Navigating Together
From the director's desk
By Beverly Arlequeeuw
September 21, 2020

As I write this, we are six months into our new normal. For many of us that has meant sheltering in place and learning to work from home. For those of you with children, it’s meant juggling your role as parent, teacher and breadwinner and figuring out how to manage it all, especially as children navigate these truly uncharted waters. For them, it’s learning to live in a virtual world, unable to play in real-time with friends and experiencing learning and school in a different dimension.

As the landscape continues to shift around us, know that the library is here for you. We too are working to make adjustments and meet you where you are. For library staff it has meant not being able to see you all in person, moving our programs and services to virtual platforms and learning how to safely reconnect with the physical aspects of what we do. Who knew books and materials had to be quarantined? That being said, we are thrilled to announce that our library will open for computer and browsing appointments Mondays through Saturdays, beginning on September 21.

We are so happy that many of you have embraced our virtual collections, programs and services. Use of our Overdrive collection is through the roof! Attendance at virtual events have shown that you want to connect. We are gearing up for more virtual programs this fall. Curbside pickup services continues to thrive. Thank you.
Until we meet again.

Donate used children's books

Now through September 30, 2020

The Port Jervis Free Library is excited to be partnering with Eco Children, a non-profit organization based in South Africa. We are collecting used children’s books for their “Give a Book, Give a Dream” campaign. The donated children’s books will be going to a new library in South Africa. Just bring your used children’s books to the library and place them in our book drop. Please bag or band your books together and mark them with "Give a Book, Give a Dream." Books can be donated now through September 30, 2020.