Library Services and COVID-19 Update, April 22, 2020
AARP Defensive Driving Courses
AARP has again extended the cancellation of all in-person Driver Safety events and activities until July 1, 2020, as a precaution against the Coronavirus. As a result of this extension of the suspensions, AARP is delaying the course price increase until October 1, 2020.
If there are any participants who may not be able to renew their car insurance discount due to the course cancellations, you can direct them to the AARP Smart Driver online course. A special 25% off discount is offered to keep the price close to the classroom course price. The website is www.aarpdriversafety.org, the promo code for the 25% discount is DRIVINGSKILLS. The discount is good until August 31, 2020.
Nassau-Suffolk Hospital Council’s Medicaid enrollment assistants have been given permission by NYS DOH to provide Medicaid enrollment assistance by phone to adults and children disabled or blind and anyone over the age of 65. They can be reached at 631-656-9783. As messages come in, staff working remotely will be assigned to callers to provide assistance.
We are also here to answer any questions people may have regarding utilizing insurance, understanding their benefits, finding specialists, etc.
Below are the Medicaid programs we can assist people in applying:
- Community Medicaid (including those with excess income and/or resources)
- Medicaid for home care services
- Medicaid for nursing home care or other services in an in-patient setting
- Medicaid for adults and children in need of waiver services (OPWDD, Traumatic Brain Injury, Bridges to Health and other HCBS programs, etc.)
- Medicaid for working people with disabilities who want to buy into the program
- Medicare Savings Program for those with Medicare that need help paying Part A, Part B, and/or prescription drugs
- Medicare enrollment assistance for those also eligible for Medicaid
Their phone number for telephone assistance can also be found on our website at www.coverage4healthcare.org.
Library Services and COVID-19 Update, March 27, 2020
The Lindenhurst Memorial Library Board of Trustees voted unanimously at a special meeting on March 24 to postpone its April 7 budget and trustee election until June 30, 2020, due to the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus in New York State. The Board will also reschedule the budget information presentation from March 30 to a future date. Board President Jane Dietz commented, “The Library Board, recognizing the economic concern that the COVID-19 outbreak will have on our community, intends to carefully review the draft budget for the potential of revisions before the public budget information presentation.”
While the Library building remains closed at this time in compliance with the Governor’s orders, Director Lisa Kropp noted, “Library staff are diligently working to develop, produce and implement new online library services while our physical doors remain closed to help protect our community from the spread of the coronavirus. We look forward to reopening our physical location as soon as it is safe to do so, but in the meantime, we are here for local residents in need of the kinds of information and support that they have always turned to the library for.” The Library’s website https://www.lindenhurstlibrary.org contains additional information on the COVID-19 outbreak, and local resources for information regarding the current epidemic.
Recently expired Library cards were renewed through the end of June. Patrons in need of a library card in order to use online resources can sign up for a temporary, 90-day account at https://search.livebrary.com/selfreg
The phone system menu is now updated so patron can send voice messages to different departments, who will return the patron’s call. Patrons can also directly email the Library Director at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding the Library’s closure.
Library Services and COVID -19 Update, March 26, 2020
The Library building remains closed due to the Governor’s orders regarding COVID-19. Staff are still available via phone message and email. Phone messages are automatically sent to the email of each department based on which number you selected from the menu. Please hold any library materials that you have out while the building is closed. The book drops are not available at this time. All overdue fees are waived until the Library is open for business again. The Library is also unable to accept book donations during this time.
Patrons who need a library card can apply for a temporary, 90 day barcode here https://search.livebrary.com/selfreg
If you already have a card, but are having problems accessing your account, please email us at email@example.com or call 631-957-7755 and select option 2 to leave a message for the Circulation Department.
We are busy creating more online content, including library programs from popular instructors like Chef Rob Scott, story times featuring our children’s librarians, and a new blog curated by our adult department librarians. Look for more online content in the next week or so, such as online book discussions, YouTube informational clips and more. Please go “like” our official Lindenhurst Memorial Library Facebook page, where we are posting daily content.
Please use our phone system to leave a message by Department, and a staff member will get back to you if you leave your name, phone number and your question.
Dial 631-957-7755 and choose from the following options:
- Press 2 for the Circulation Department
- Press 3 for Adult Reference and Reader Advisory Department
- Press 4 for Children’s and Teen Services Department
- Press 5 for information about Library Programs
- Press 6 for the Buildings & Grounds Department
- Press 7 for the Network & Systems Specialist
- Press 8 for the Business Office
- Press 9 for the Library Director
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org and library staff will get back to you.
Update: Sunday March 15, 2020
For the health and safety of our community and staff, the Lindenhurst Memorial Library will be closed beginning Monday, March 16, 2020 – Sunday, April 19, 2020.
The book bins are not available to place returned material in. There will be NO FINES assessed on materials due while we are closed. Thank you for your understanding as we are all dealing with this new reality together.
We will post updates and instructions on using our online resources, how to update your library account virtually, and more early next week.
Stay healthy, Lindenhurst!