OPL opens up to public by appointment only on July 6

In compliance with New York State’s phased reopening guidelines, Oneida Public Library opens up to the public on a limited, by-appointment-only basis on Monday, July 6, for patrons who wish to use its Wifi and public computers as well as for one-on-one tutoring.

Library patrons can make appointments by phone at (315) 363-3050 or by email at oneida@midyork.org for fixed 1.5 hour segments, whether or not they require that much time. The appointment schedule follows the new operating hours devised for the State Public Health Emergency’s reopening phases: Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; and Sunday, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m.

By limiting public access inside the library building for the next few weeks, the OPL can continue to comply with social distancing and cleaning and disinfecting state guidelines. In addition, library clerks will assign patrons who have appointments to use the Wifi, public computers and tutoring services to specific “stations” on the library’s main floor. Due to the configuration of the old library building, the number of stations during each two-hour period is limited to four Wifi stations, four adult computers, two young people’s computers and two tutoring spots.

Patrons will be restricted to their assigned stations in order to prevent any roaming through the library, browsing through the stacks or making physical contact with staff members in pursuit of their duties. In many areas of the library, social distancing is impossible, so they will remain off-limits to all but individual staff members.

Meanwhile, patrons can continue to return and pick up materials at the OPL’s Drive-up Window at the rear of the library, 220 Broad St. Patrons at home can choose materials listed in the MidYork Library System web catalog (https://myls.ent.sirsi.net/client/en_US/localon/) as “available” in the OPL’s collection and choose to place a hold online, or phone the library with the request (315-363-3050). A library clerk will call the patron, usually the day after the request is made, to say that the requested materials are ready for pick-up.

Until further notice, the MYLS is not taking holds or requests by phone or by web catalog for MYLS interlibrary loans. The OPL continues to provide MYLS online services such as Hoopla, Overdrive and Tech Connect with Amanda McCallops. She provides one-on-one help for people having trouble with their cell phones, PCs and devices. Library patrons can explain the problem and make an appointment by going online to https://madisontechconnect.wixsite.com/tech/appointment.

For more information, call the Oneida Library during its new operating hours at (315) 363-3050.

459 Main Street, June 25, 2020. Since the start-up of Phase I Reopening for the Central New York region, construction workers, following COVID-19 safety precautions, have been kept busy at the New Liberary constuction site, with work concentrating on the exterior’s final layers. Here the masons’ work on the building’s west side is highlighted, while up on high in the late afternoon light is a sign that, yes, the New Library will be completed soon. (Photo by R. Kinsella)

Register your child online for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Parents can now sign up online their young children, from birth to five years of age, for the wonderful gift of monthly deliveries of age-appropriate picture books from Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. It’s all FREE!

And simple to do. Click on the following following link or, using Google Chrome, copy and paste the link on your phone, tablet or computer :
Imaginationlibrary.com/check-availability. Then,
(1) Make sure it says United States and click on NEXT;
(2)  Enter your zip code and state ;
(3) Click on CHECK and then click on CONTINUE; and
Follow steps 1 through 4 to enroll your child!

Once you register, Oneida Public Library or your local Madison County library will validate your registration. Note that it can take up to  two months before the first book arrives in the mail, Then month after month, until your child’s fifth birthday, your child will receive an age-appropriate book. 

(If you have problems registering your child, call Madison County’s Imagination Library Coordinator Tara Truett  at 315-345-1468 Tuesday – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.)

For more information about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, check out  https://imaginationlibrary.com/usa/

19th-century Oneida newspapers in OPL’s Digital Archives Thanks to a grant from the Central New York Library Resources Council and a donation from the Friends of the Oneida Public Library, the OPL’s Digital Archives of the Oneida Public Library now has the digital versions of 10 microfilm reels of Oneida 19th-century newspapers: The Democratic Union (Feb. 1872-Sept. 1875 and Jan. 1885-Dec. 1901) and the Oneida Free Press (April 1880-March 1886).


The OPL has Oneida High School yearbooks online Oneida High School yearbooks from 1936 through 2018 have been successfully digitized, electronically indexed and, as of today, posted online at the web site of New York Heritage, thanks to a Regional Bibliographic Databases Program grant to the Oneida Public Library from the New York State Library, as administered by the Central New York Library Resources Council in Syracuse. Those interested in exploring the yearbooks online can go directly to the New York Heritage site at: https://nyheritage.org/collections/oneida-yearbook-collection 

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10:00 am Summer Story Hour
Summer Story Hour
Aug 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Summer Story Hour
OPL’s Youth Services Coordinator Megan Gillander invites preschoolers and their parents or guardians to a program of stories, songs and games for summertime fun.