We're pleased to announce that we are beginning to reintroduce in-person services at our library! Here's a few important things to know about CPL's services at this time:
Curbside Pick-Up Service
Pick ups can be scheduled by appointment during our reduced hours of operation, from 1:00-6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Pick-up orders are limited to 10 items per patron, per day. Same-day pick-up may not be available if all appointment slots are full. The latest pick-up time is 5:45 p.m.
Only curbside service is offered at this time; the library building remains closed to the public.
To place an order for specific titles: Request books, DVDs and other materials online using our online catalog or by calling 518-732-0879. Holds will be filled in the order they are requested. We appreciate your patience; it will take longer than usual to fill holds due to differences in library reopening schedules, high demand, and enhanced safety protocols. You will be notified by an automated email or robocall when your materials are ready for pickup. After you receive the automated notification, call the library at 518-732-0879 to make an appointment to pick up your items. You will have 7 days to pick up your item(s). After 7 days, your item(s) will be placed back on the shelves.
Interested in a genre or topic rather than specific titles (for example, cozy mystery books for an adult, or transportation-themed picture books for a preschooler)? We can create a book or DVD bundle for you! Call 518-732-0879 to speak to a staff member about ordering a bundle of up to 5 items. After assembling your order, staff will call you to schedule your pick-up.
All pick-ups will take place at a table next to the rear entrance of the library on First Street. When you arrive for your pick-up appointment, call the library at 518-732-0879 and a staff member will put your items on the table for you to pick up. Your items will already be checked out and a receipt will be bundled with your items.
We cannot accept returns at the pick-up table. If you have items to return, please put them in our outdoor book drop, located on the front lawn.
Patrons who are coming to pick up or return materials must practice appropriate physical distancing. Staff will also be required to wear a mask and practice physical distancing.
Print/Fax services: Have a document that you need printed, or a digital document you need to fax? Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, along with how many copies you need and whether in color or black & white (for print jobs), number to be faxed to (for fax orders) and your phone number. We can only offer digital-to-print services at this time and cannot make photocopies or fax hard copies. Once your order is ready, one of our staff members will call you to arrange pick-up of your order. There is no charge for printing/fax service during this time.
Tax forms: We have a limited number of Federal and NYS tax forms and instruction booklets available for pick-up, while supplies last. Call 518-732-0879 to arrange pick-up. Please have the specific tax form number you need in order to fill your request.
If you no longer want to check out items you requested, please call 518-732-0879 and ask a staff member to cancel your hold or visit your library account online to cancel your hold.
All library items must be returned using the outdoor book drop.
If the book drop is full when you attempt to return items, please hold on to the items and try to return them at a later time. We will empty the book drop at least twice daily on weekdays and once a day on weekends. We ask for your understanding and patience as CPL's staff works to handle an unprecedented volume of returned items.
All returned materials will be quarantined for 3 days before they are made available to borrow again. That means it may take up to 5 days for materials you have returned to be removed from your account. If you have returned an item and still see it on your account after 10 days, call us at 518-732-0879 or send an email to email@example.com.
All late fees/fines will be waived during this time.
The library space is not open to the public yet. When we do open to the public, we will have to limit how many people are in the library at any given time, and our services will be limited.
Patrons will be required to wear masks when they are in the library for the foreseeable future. If you are unable to wear a mask, we can provide curbside service.
For detailed information regarding our reopening plan, please see our board-approved Phased Reopening Plan. Our Phased Reopening Plan is a guide for our gradual reopening, which is designed to incorporate safety protocols for our community and staff, with services gradually increasing as public health guidance evolves. Although we use the word "phase" in our reopening plan, CPL's phases are not directly tied to the Governor's reopening phases.
Summer Reading Club
Our Summer Reading Club starts in a few short weeks! We have our official Summer Reading Club Virtual Kickoff events on Saturday, June 27 (see below for details). We'll have more information about this summer's activities and reading fun available on our website after June 15! Stay tuned!
We hope you and your loved ones are staying safe, healthy, and connected!
Virtual Events & Meetings - Live
CPL Board of Trustees Meeting
Monday, June 15, 7:00 p.m.
Monthly meeting of the CPL Board of Trustees. Members of the public are welcome to attend. A recording and full transcription of the meeting will be available at a later date. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom connection information.
It’s time to sign up for the Summer Reading Club! Celebrate the beginning of the summer with virtual events for children of all ages! Kids ages 7 and under are invited to a Live Virtual Storytime at 11:00 a.m., kids going into 3rd-5th grades in the fall can participate in Kids Book Bingo at 12:00 p.m., and teens going into 6th-12th grades in the fall are invited to a Teen Book Bingo at 2:00 p.m.! Please email email@example.com for Zoom connection information.
Our TED Talk Discussion Series returns -- in virtual form! We'll watch 2 short TED talks on a shared theme, then discuss. For adults. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for Zoom connection information.
Teen Time: Virtual Clue
Thursday, July 2, 4:00 p.m.
Teens going into in 6th-12th grades in the fall are invited to play a virtual game of Clue! There will be small prizes for winners! Please email email@example.com for Zoom connection information.
Coming soon! We'll offer a weekly craft kit for pick-up from the library that links to a short how-to video. We'll have a new kit each Friday, beginning 6/26!
Virtual Library Resources
We're Here to Help!
Our staff are available to respond to your questions and to troubleshoot issues connecting to digital resources. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 518-732-0879.
WiFi Outside Our Building
Our WiFi is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can access the public WiFi at the picnic table on the front lawn, or alongside the building on Stimpson Avenue (the signal is strongest near the front of the building). Just look for the network called "Castleton Public Library." There's no password to connect!
The Upper Hudson Library System hosts a great collection of ebooks and digital audiobooks, digital magazines, and streaming video on OverDrive. It's easier than ever to enjoy them on your desktop computer or mobile device. All you need is your library card. Learn more on the UHLS OverDrive Getting Started page.
The Upper Hudson Library System hosts a great collection of ebooks and digital audiobooks, comics, music, TV, and movies on Hoopla. Enjoy popular titles without having to wait -- titles can be used by multiple users at once, on demand! Please note that each person is limited to 5 checkouts per month.
Use Flipster to read the complete contents of our most popular digital magazines on your computer or mobile device. There is no separate account to set up - your library card grants you access from wherever you are. Titles include People, The New Yorker, Consumer Reports Buying Guide, Martha Stewart Living, and Real Simple.
Ancestry Library Edition brings the world’s most popular consumer online family history resource to your library. Its 7,000 databases deliver an unprecedented online collection of individuals from North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia, and more.
Project Gutenberg is an online library of over 60,000 free eBooks and audiobooks. No library card is needed! You will find the world's great literature here, with focus on older works for which U.S. copyright has expired.
NOVEL NY gives communities across New York State online access to the full text of hundreds of journals, newspapers, and other references. No library card required when accessing from anywhere in New York State.