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February is Needs and Things Time at PYPL

February is Needs and Things for Fines Time at PYPL

Do you have checked out library materials that have overdue fines on them?  For the month of February we are collecting Needs and Things for The Living Well, and if you bring one object from the list below, your fine on one overdue library item being returned will be forgiven.

The practical details:

-           Fines will only be forgiven on currently checked out items being returned.

-           One Needs and Things object is required for each overdue item being returned in order for fines to be forgiven.

-           We cannot offer this program to our patrons who have had their PYPL accounts sent to collections.

-           We will most happily collect these important items for the Living Well even when patrons do not have any overdue fines!

Needs and Things list

Dish soap, laundry soap, diapers (size 3 and up), baby wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissues, deodorant, razors and shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, bar soap, deodorant, shampoo.

Speedy Fiber at PYPL

Penn Yan Public Library is one of three libraries in Yates County to offer ultra-high-speed bandwidth

With its new fiber-to-fiber connection, Penn Yan Public Library is one of three libraries in Yates County to offer ultra-high-speed bandwidth at its public access computers and through its Wi-Fi hotspot.  Download and upload speeds are in excess of 100 Megabits per second, much faster than typical cable or DSL connections, and exceed NYS Broadband Standards.

High speed broadband connections are now possible in our area thanks to the not-for-profit Southern Tier Network (STN) which has constructed an open access optical fiber network in Steuben, Chemung and Schuyler, and Yates counties. Southern Tier Library System (STLS) and Penn Yan Public Library are directly networked to each other via the STN fiber backbone.  Expansion of this collective arrangement will reduce costs for all member libraries that connect to the STLS via the STN fiber network.

STLS Executive Director Brian Hildreth said he is delighted that STLS is able to work with member libraries to bring lighting fast internet to the public. “Penn Yan Public Library is one of 23 libraries in our five-county region that is now connected to the Southern Tier Network. This means nearly 200,000 residents have access to broadband through their local public library. Libraries are really leading the way for broadband connectivity in our rural communities”

Funding for the new library connections was provided through New York State’s Construction Aid for Libraries program, with the support of New York State Senator Thomas O’Mara and Assembly members Phil Palmesano and Chris Friend.

February is Needs and Things for Fines Month

News Release

1/20/2015

February is Needs and Things for Fines Time at Penn Yan Public Library

For the month of February the library is collecting Needs and Things for the Living Well.  Library patrons may bring in hygiene and cleaning items to have overdue fines forgiven.  Fines will only be forgiven on currently checked out materials being returned.  One Needs and Things item is required for each overdue item being returned in order for a fine to be forgiven.  The library cannot offer this program to our patrons who have had their PYPL accounts sent to collections.  The library will also collect donated items for the Living Well even if a patron does not have any overdue fines.

Needs and Things list:  dish soap, laundry soap, diapers (size 3 and up), baby wipes, toilet paper, paper towels, facial tissues, deodorant, razors and shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, bar soap, deodorant and shampoo.

New Parking Lot

September, 2014

Dear Patrons:

When construction begins on the new Penn Yan Public Library parking lot, steps and ramp, the main entrance will be closed.  We ask that library patrons please enter through the door located directly across from the main entrance by the coffee machine.

There will be temporary handicapped parking spots located in the county lot across from the door.   A temporary walkway will be in use.

Library patrons have permission to park in the First Presbyterian Church lot when the county lot is full.  If parking in this lot, please use the crosswalk at Main and Clinton Streets.

We thank everyone for their patience while the library grounds are being improved.

Sincerely,

Angela Gonzalez

Executive Director

Changes at PYPL

The last week of September we  joined the Penn Yan Public Library (PYPL) on-line catalog with the Southern Tier Automated Regional Catalog (STARCat).   Patrons are now be able to search for Penn Yan items in the same combined online catalog as the 47 member libraries of the Southern Tier Library System (STLS).  With this new service in mind, the Penn Yan Public Library Board of Trustees enacted some new policies to ensure our patrons have fair access to library materials.  Selected policy sections:

4.1 Patron Registration Requirements:  Special First Library Cards (ages 0-5) require the signature of a parent or guardian and an ID which may be the parent’s to prove address.  These cards may only be used to check out children’s materials.  Examples of children’s materials:  All items located in the children’s area of the library, Juvenile nonfiction, Juvenile Audio books and CDs, DVDs marked with an orange dot and story time kits.  Video games cannot be checked out with this card.

4.4 Renewals:  Two renewals of loan periods per item are granted dependent upon: material type and the presence of a request for the material by another patron (a hold).  More renewals may be granted upon staff discretion.

4.8 Interlibrary Loan( ILL)/HoldsAll ILL and holds materials should be picked up promptly as loan periods are set by the lending library and may be short.  If a reserved item is not picked up from Penn Yan Public Library within the 1 week hold period, the reserve is canceled and the patron is charged a $1.00 non-pickup fine.

July 2014 Library Board Meeting

In July 2014, the meeting will take place on July 31st.

Lemonade Stand

Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon in June stop by the library for a free lemonade!

Flood Assistance Update

0% loans available

The FLEDC Board of Directors has approved $150,000 to $200,000 for emergency relief funds for Yates County businesses impacted by the recent floods. The loans will be at 0% and will have flexible payback schedules. We are in the beginning stages of establishing this fund, so please bear with us as we get things up and running. Please fill out the following pre-application form to the best of your ability and email it to alex@fingerlakesedc.com or mail it to/drop it off at our offices at:

Finger Lakes Economic Development Center, ATTN: Emergency Funds, One Keuka Business Park, Penn Yan, NY 14527

PLEASE FIND THE APPLICATION AT THE FOLLOWING LINK: http://www.fingerlakesedc.com/#!blank/c1rgv

Services being offered by The Living Well:

•     Free laundry service at Main Laundry in Penn Yan, for those affected by the flood, Saturday and Sunday from 9:00am-5:00pm

•     The Well, located at the Penn Yan UMC (look for the blue canopy on the corner of Chapel and Main Streets) will be open from 8:30-5:00pm. Volunteers can go there to get assignments for clean-up.

•     Anyone who needs help can also call The Well (315-521-6883) or stop in

•     At The Well folks can find cleaning supplies, personal care items, paper towels, etc.

•     The Haven Church (located at 5 Collins Avenue) is collecting household items and clothes for distribution. You can drop off items or get items you need

You can call 2-1-1 HELPLINE or look at www.211helpline.org for additional resources

Services being offered by The American Red Cross:

  • The Shelter at Penn Yan Academy will be open until Monday, May 19 at noon
  • There is a Red Cross Unit on Main Street that has cleaning kits and bottled water.  They are also available to connect you with other resources you may need.

Tetanus Shot Clinic Offered by Public Health

If you are unable to receive a tetanus shot from your primary physician and you are concerned that you are at risk, you may come to the Yates County Public Health Office on Monday, May 19 from 9am-11am to get a free tetanus shot.  If you are unable to come during that timeframe, you may can 315-536-5160 to schedule an appointment.  According to the CDC: Tetanus is an infection caused by bacteria called Clostridium tetani. Tetanus bacteria are everywhere in the environment, including soil, dust and manure.  The bacteria can get into the body through broken skin, usually through injuries from contaminated objects.

Certain breaks in the skin that are more likely to get infected with tetanus bacteria. These include:

  • Wounds contaminated with dirt, poop (feces), or spit (saliva)
  • Wounds caused by an object puncturing the skin, like a nail or needle (puncture wounds)
  • Burns
  • Crush injuries
  • Injuries with dead tissue

Flood Relief Information

  • The American Red Cross has a shelter open at the Penn Yan Academy.  Other services that they offer are free and you do not have to stay at the shelter to receive:  clean up kits, showers, hot meals for people in need, emergency responders included.  American Red Cross has a help line 315-536-6841 if individuals have any other needs.
  • Red Cross will be distributing work gloves and clean up kits at the Penn Yan Academy Friday May 16 and Saturday May 17 from 9 am to 2 pm.
  • Tops has donated 7 pallets of paper towels, bleach, water, garbage bags, cleaners and latex gloves. The Living Well have this available for distribution Friday, May 16 beginning at 2:00pm at the Penn Yan United Methodist Church.
  • If folks want their money designated for food, clothing and shelter they should send checks to the American Red Cross – 53 Bayard Street Seneca Falls, NY and indicate for PY Flood Relief.
  • If folks want their money to support longer term needs ( paper towels, laundry detergent, cleaning supplies, etc.) they can make checks out to The Living Well and send or drop them off at the Penn Yan UMC 166 Main St in Penn Yan, New York 14527.
  • Friday, May 16 from 10:00-1:00 (this time may change based on how busy we are but it is a minimum) The Living Well will have a volunteer at the Main Laundry to provide funding and supplies (including laundry detergent, and fabric softener) for folks who have been affected by the flooding who are in need of doing laundry.