Since March 20, the Henry Waldinger Memorial Library has been shuttered following an executive order by Gov. Andrew Cuomo as he ordered all indoor public gathering places closed in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus.
Two months on, and although the library’s doors have remained locked, its staff are still offering a variety of digital services to give residents a sense of normalcy in these unprecedented times. Many can be accessed via the library’s website at valleystreamlibrary.org in conjunction with the Nassau County Library System and include:
— Access to digital books, audio books, magazines and video.
— Access to educational and learning sites such as Live Homework Help, Learning Express, Pronunciator.
— Access to publications such as Consumer Reports and news publication aggregators such as ProQuest (New York Times and Newsday).
— Remote access to Ancestry.com.
Additionally, no fines will be charged for materials past due after March 13 until Sept. 1, and all library cards set to expire in March have had their expiration dates pushed to the end of 2020.
If residents do not have a library card or theirs has already expired, the Nassau County Library System is offering applications for digital-only library cards. To apply visit www.nassaulibrary.org/coronavirus-information/digital-card-application/.
Waldinger librarians Jaclyn Kunz and Faith Kenney are also continuing to offer weekly interactive programs through the video chat application Zoom. To sign up and receive the Zoom link, visit and send a message through the Henry Waldinger Memorial Library’s Facebook page or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org. Currently scheduled for Thursdays is Family Game Night at 7 p.m., and on Friday mornings at 11 a.m. is Toddlers, Tots & Tykes Storytime. Other upcoming programs include:
Valley Stream: A Mecca for Music Makers
On May 27 at 6:30 p.m. Clive Young, a pop culture expert will give a multimedia presentation featuring Valley Streamers who have met with success in the music industry including Rita Moreno, Steve Orich, Everlast, Robin Wilson of Gin Blossoms, Richie Alan, reggae star Shaggy and Guy Lombardo.
Virtual Book Club
On June 2 at 7 p.m. the Valley Stream Book Club will hold its first virtual Zoom meeting. The group will be discussing the works of author Elizabeth berg such as “The Story of Arthur Truluv,” “Open House,” “Talk Before Sleep” and “The Year of Pleasures” among others.
Ms. K’s Read-Alouds
On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 4 p.m. Kunz reads chapters from a children’s book for about an hour.
To check for upcoming remote programs and other enrichment opportunities on offer, visit the library calendar located on its webpage.
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