We are monitoring the status and potential risk of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Below is an update as to what we are doing to help stop the spread of disease throughout the building, what services you can take advantage of from home, and information about the virus from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention). We will continue to add new information as necessary.
The Library is currently in Phase 3 of our reopening plan.
This phase includes a modified opening of the building where patrons are allowed up to 2 hours in the building. The guidelines are as follows:
- Masks are mandatory and must be worn at all times.
- Social distancing in place.
- A limited number of patrons will be permitted in building for up to two hours.
- Computer usage is limited to one 2 hour time slot per day.
- The photocopy machines, scanner, and fax machine will be available.
- Significant modifications of facilities will be implemented such as the installation of sneeze guards, restrictions on public access, building use, etc.
- Returns must be made at the book drops. All book drops will be open.
- Programs will remain virtual. To check out virtual events for all ages click here.
- Curbside service will continue. You can either reserve your items through our online catalog or you can call the reference desk at 516-931-1417 ext. 124 to reserve your materials, and then schedule a pickup.
All materials will be quarantined for 96 hours before being cleared and may not come off your record right away. All late fines are being waived.
Our virtual library remains open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Check out our online resources which include streaming services, ebooks, audiobooks, language learning software, and more.
Each phase will depend on the status of the area metrics and the ability for us to safely offer services in the library. The Board will continue to monitor the directives/orders of the Federal, State, and Local Governments and make further determinations pursuant to same.
Links to the latest information on COVID-19:
DynaMed - An electronic evidence-based, primary care database designed to provide the most useful point-of-care health information available.
Nassau County Health Department
Text COVID19NC to 888777 & subscribe to receive emergency updates from Nassau County.
Protect yourself against Fraud related to COVID-19
The FBI has seen an increase in fraud schemes related to Coronavirus. Please visit the Department of Justice's website for more information on how criminals are exploiting the virus and how you could report fraud. Please share this information with those who might not have access to the internet.
US Department of Justice
Statement from the FBI
Mental Health Resources Related to COVID-19
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) - The NAMI COVID-19 resource and information guide.
New York State Office of Mental Health
Emotional Support Helpline: 1-844-863-9314
The Emotional Support Line provides free and confidential support, helping callers experiencing increased anxiety due to the coronavirus emergency. The Help Line is staffed by volunteers, including mental health professionals, who have received training in crisis counseling.
LICADD 24/7 Substance Use Hotline - 516-747-2606 or 631-979-1700
Long Island Crisis Center 24/7 Crisis Hotline - 516-679-1111
Central Nassau Guidance & Counseling Services - 516-822-6111
Coronavirus - A Book for Children
LICC Senior Helpline: 516-679-0000
RSVP Suffolk Senior Reassurance Line: 631-979-9490
Circulo de la Hispanidad, Inc – Project SALVA 24/7 Billingual Domestic Violence Hotline: (516) 889-2849
Nassau County Department of Senior Citizen Affairs Senior HELP-LINE Available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm: (516) 227-8900
Hicksville's Planned Phases of Reopening
Phase 1: June 8 - Library employees will return to work in the building in a reduced capacity. Only staff will be permitted into the building.
Phase 2: June 15 – We will begin lending materials to Nassau County residents with a valid library card only via curbside pickup. Only staff will be permitted into the building.
Phase 3: July 15 - Modified opening of the building with “Grab and Go” for patrons. Limited number of patrons in building to select and checkout items. Social distancing in place. No other in-house services. Significant modifications of facilities may be implemented such as the installation of sneeze guards, restrictions on public access, building use, etc.
Phase 4: Date to be determined - Open to a limited number of public patrons with social distancing in place; some modification of facilities and no public events or gatherings.
Each of these phases will depend on the status of the area metrics and the ability for us to safely offer services in the library. The Board will continue to monitor the directives/orders of the Federal, State, and Local Governments and make further determinations pursuant to same.
The book drops are currently closed until further notice. All materials will be quarantined for 96 hours before being cleared and may not come off your record right away. All late fines are being waived.
If you have any questions you can call us at 931-1417 ext. 124 for General Information and Reference, ext. 105 for Adult Programming, ext. 112 for Children’s, and ext. 115 for Computer Services. You can also reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update from the Board of Trustees:
March 26, 2020
To assist in preventative measures of the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Hicksville Public Library is closed until further notice. All Library programming through April 19th has either been cancelled or postponed. However, the Hicksville Public Library staff is still working from home to provide online assistance to our patrons. The online resources we have been offering for years are now at the forefront.
On Wednesday, March 25th, the Board of Trustees, after careful examination of the community situation, put together our budget for the fiscal year of 2020-2021. We took a big step to help the community during this catastrophic crisis by having a zero increase on this year's budget. We have made every effort to minimize any potential difficulty due to this decision to try to mitigate the financial situation for many residents in this community. Our goal is to help bring the highest level of library services available to our patrons during this crisis.
We are committed to working with the community to maintain the operation of library services. In addition, we are completely confident in the dedication of the Hicksville Public Library staff to continue to work behind the scenes to keep the high level of services that this community deserves.
We implemented a chat service on our library home page. You can also call the library at 931-1417 ext. I 05 for general information, ext. 124 for Reference, ext. 112 for Children's, and ext.115 for Computer Services. You can reach us by email at email@example.com. We will contact you within 24 hours.
We hope to see you again soon. In the meantime, please continue to follow the CDC guidelines by staying home. Be healthy and safe.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Mr. Carlos Munozospina, President
Mrs. Mary D’Antonio, Vice-President
Mr. Geoffrey Rowan, Secretary
Mrs. Gurbani Malhotra
Mrs. Joanne Curran Perrucci
Statement from Library Director, Chrstine Edwins:
March 12, 2020
To assist in preventative measures of the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Hicksville Library will be closed from Monday, March 16th through Monday, March 30th. All Library programming through Tuesday, March 31st has been either cancelled or postponed. Museum passes are suspended until further notice. These dates are subject to change. Please check our website, Facebook page, or phone message prior to visiting the Library.
Our number one priority is the safety of our patrons. At this time there are no reported cases of Coronavirus at the Hicksville Library. We are proactively taking this step as a precautionary measure to ensure the welfare and safety of each member of our community, particularly those most vulnerable. We will continue to monitor all new information released on the Coronavirus and will adhere to the recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), both local and federal government agencies, and health officials.
No fines or late fees will incur on materials that are due within the duration of the closure. Any library card that expires prior to May 1st will automatically be renewed until May 1, 2020.
We understand that there is difficulty in this time of isolation and we are anxious to reopen our doors. In the meantime, we invite you to use our online resources from the comfort and safety of your home with the use of your library card.
Please feel free to contact us for more information.
Call 931-1417 ext.111 for general information, ext. 124 for Reference, ext. 112 for Children’s, ext. for 115 for Computer Services. Or you can reach us by e mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be contacted within 24 hours by a staff member.
· Gale Courses offers a wide range of highly interactive, instructor led courses that you can take entirely online. As a library card holder in good standing, you are entitled to these courses at no cost. Courses run for six weeks and new sessions begin every month. Link here - https://education.gale.com/l-hickplsp/
· eBooks and audiobooks are available through the Nassau Digital Doorway at nassau.overdrive.com Their new, easy-to-use app, Libby, is available for download in the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store.
· Kanopy is an online video streaming platform with over 30,000 movies. This includes documentaries, indie, and foreign films from over hundreds of producers including The Criterion Collection, The Great Courses, Kino Lorber, PBS, and thousands of independent filmmakers. Download the app or visit hicksville.kanopy.com to sign up with your valid Hicksville Public Library card.
· RB Digital is the world's largest library newsstand, curating custom collections from thousands of magazines from North American and global publishers (in multiple languages and genres), libraries offer patrons full-color, digital editions for desktop and mobile streaming and mobile-app download. https://www.rbdigital.com/hicksvilleny/service/magazines
· Tutor.com offers one-on-one help for students and professionals.
· Reference Databases – We offer a variety of databases to assist you in finding information on numerous topics including Health & Medicine, Encyclopedias, Science, Business & Finance, and much more - click here!