A friendly reminder that absentee ballots are due to the Patchogue Medford School District on June 9 by 5:00 pm. There is a dropbox at the district office building at 241 South Ocean Avenue, Patchogue, NY 11772 if you would like to drop off by hand on Monday or Tuesday this week. The governor has extended the mail-in ballot “received by” date to June 16. Please note, this is not a “postmarked by” date, this is a “must be received by” date. The Library Trustee election is included on the ballot with one candidate running, Elizabeth (Betsy) Kennedy. Ms. Kennedy currently serves as a Library Trustee and is seeking another term. You can learn more about Ms. Kennedy here.
The world was turned upside down these last few weeks after the murder of George Floyd and the outcry of public protest against violence and the history of brutality and discrimination against black people in America.
At the Library, we seek to treat everyone in an equal, open, and unbiased manner. The Library staff strives to live up to the ideals the public library was founded on: equity in service to all individuals without judgment based on race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, immigration, economic, or educational status. We stand in solidarity with our black community members and are available to help with supportive resources during this dark time.
A curbside checkout procedure for library items is being created and implemented using the back of the Library area (by the mural) and should be up and running by June 15. Between now and then, Library staff will be culling through the list of your requested items and filling those requests with the materials we have available to us in our building. As we share many items in our catalog with the Public Libraries of Suffolk County, some items you have requested may take longer to obtain than others. We will begin to take delivery of other Suffolk County Library items next week and distribute them as soon as we are able to receive them. Please note, that each Library is required to quarantine items for 72 hours before passing on to the next patron or Library. That will make the borrowing process a little slower for the time being, but we hope that this is the safest way to continue to lend library items under the current circumstances.
Please remember that our online services continue to be available for you to use, and if you need a library card, do not hesitate to reach out to us.
The Library buildings themselves will remain closed to the public until we are given more guidance from local government. We anticipate opening in a limited capacity during phase 3, which may happen at the end of June or early July. Please stay tuned to our website or sign up for our email updates here. Any questions, please reach out at 631-654-4700, x300.