The Schoharie Central School budget vote for the 2020-21 fiscal year will be held on June 9th VIA ABSENTEE BALLOT due to the COVID-19 public health emergency. A proposition to increase the Schoharie Free Library Association’s annual budget by $10,000 per year will be included on the school budget ballot. For most taxpayers, this tax increase is about the price of a medium size ice cream cone and will allow us to continue to provide programming for all residents of the school district.
Voters will receive a postage prepaid absentee ballot that will include the Schoharie Free Library’s proposition. The absentee ballot must be returned by 5 p.m. on June 9, 2020 in order to be counted.
During the COVID-19 emergency, the Schoharie Free Library continues to provide virtual programming via the internet, including our Friday morning Story Time. Many of our clubs and programs were converted into an on-line format so patrons could continue to participate. The library also provides internet access and e-books and magazines through Overdrive and we continue to offer free books on our porch.
The Library is getting ready to reopen and when we do, we plan to offer “curbside” pick up for books and a separate time for seniors and those who are immunocompromised to visit.
PLEASE CHECK OUR WEBSITE FOR UPDATES. WWW.SCHOHARIELIBRARY.ORG
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES WITH SCHOOL AGED CHILDREN The Families First Coronavirus Response Act of 2020 has authorized the payment of Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) to households with children who would have received free and reduced price school meals, were it not for the March-June school closures. All children who qualify for free or reduced-price school meals will receive Pandemic-EBT benefits! Pandemic-EBT does not replace or affect eligibility for other nutrition programs; families will continue receiving emergency meals distributed by schools, SNAP, WIC, summer meals and/or meals in childcare in addition to Pandemic-EBT. Eligible families will receive a set amount of funds on an EBT card to purchase groceries at retailers that accept EBT Benefits. Visit fns.usda.gov/snap for more information on participating retailers and eligible food items. Benefit amounts will be $5.70 per child, for each day that school is closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic—equivalent to USDA’s daily reimbursement for free breakfast and lunch, for a maximum of $420 per child in a household for the March-June period. Families do not need to apply to receive Pandemic-EBT. Benefits will be issued automatically on existing EBT cards for households already receiving SNAP, Public Assistance or Medicaid. New cards will be mailed to all other eligible households who currently do not have an EBT card. Families are due to receive benefits in two payments during the month of June. For additional information, please go to https://otda.ny.gov/SNAP-COVID-19/Frequently-Asked-Questions-Pandemic-EBT.asp
Special thanks to Hunger Solutions NY and NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance for providing information.
Are you interested in attending one or more online programs, but don’t want to scroll through all the events looking for the signup links? Here’s a link you can use to sign up for any online program! https://forms.gle/PirbUh6c29CTnwEs7 When you sign up, we’ll e-mail you a link you can click on to get into the program – no commitment necessary.
It’s true! Online Storytime with Miss Heather starts tomorrow, Friday, April 3 at 10am! We’ll have stories, songs, and movement, and it’s interactive! Please make sure you have some room to move and some paper and crayons. Here’s the link to join: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/968216008 You can choose whether to have your video cam and microphone on or not – either way, you’ll be able to see and hear Miss Heather from the comfort of your own home!
Good news! Books from our shed are now on the front porch of the library for your reading enjoyment. Please practice “social distancing,” and hang onto whichever books you choose (no need to return them). A note of caution – please don’t add to the books on the porch – we’ll accept donations again when the library is open. Thanks!
In response to the Schoharie County COVID-19 Business Impact Survey, SEEC Associates have scoured the internet, sourced trade associations, government agencies and banking experts to present the latest and most credible information to help organizations and professionals BEST manage their business through this COVID-19, world pandemic crisis. Not only will business owners and not-for-profit leaders find resources here – so, too, will creative professionals, independent contractors, crafters and farmers.
Bassett Healthcare Network is asking for volunteers to sew reuseable fabric face masks for staff to free up the N95 masks for use with actual COVID-19 patients. Go HERE for instructions and more info. Here’s a chance to bust your stash in a good cause!
The Schoharie Library is closed, consistent with the Schoharie School closure, until further notice. All programs and activities are cancelled. Overdue fines will not be charged. Interlibrary loans will not be filled. The Drop Box is closed; please hold on to your items to be returned until the Library has re-opened. The FREE WiFi is on and accessible from outside the building. Please check out the Online Resources page for links to activities for everyone. Ebooks,eAudiobooks, and eMagazines can still be borrowed, and watch our Facebook page for information about joining a virtual Knitcetera, Writing Club, or Books & Chocolate meeting (email firstname.lastname@example.org for instructions). 3/28/20