Located in the small town of Otego, New York, the Harris Memorial Library has a rich history in large part thanks to the lovely and adventurous Daisy or “Dasa” Harris who willed her Victorian-Italianate-style home to the village of Otego–so long as it became, and remained, a library. Her house became known as the Harris Memorial House, and when it was realized that the small rooms were not conducive to a library’s organization, and that the weight of so many books and their shelves might collapse the historic structure, a modern addition was added to the back of the building to house the library.
We offer free computer and wi-fi access, and have a 3D printer – things Dasa likely never imagined being part of the library she was so intent on providing room for.
We invite you to explore our history and book shelves with us, and learn about our inclusive and varied programs. Like us and follow us on Facebook to get the most up-to-date listing of activities.
The Board and Library Director are in agreement that, for now, the library will remain curbside-only, until we can reassess the COVID-19 numbers approximately two weeks following the end of spring vacations in our area.
What can you do with curbside?
Get books: audio, paperback, and hardcover. Get DVDs. Get CDs. Get photocopies. And, if you get your 4CLS library card (always free, and easy to get–just call Shannon to start the process) you can select all of those sorts of resources from any of the member libraries in the 4CLS system. Maybe we don’t have a resource you want. Maybe it’s not in our budget, or it’s winging its way to us–with a 4CLS card you can place a hold on some other library’s copy of that resource and have them send it to us.
Story Times still happen every Thursday at 10:30am, they’re just on our Facebook Live, not in person.
Really, almost all our regular services are available (strange times require flexible thinking) except for public computer usage, but we are working on solving that, too. Remember also that our wi-fi is accessible (and free) outside of the library. Rain or shine, day or night, pull into the first library parking space and you should have no trouble connecting.
So, although the library is unavailable for socializing (and we do miss all of you and look forward to a time doors are open again), most of our services are still easily accessible. If you have questions, call during our regular business hours for more information.
Starting soon, Director Shannon will make available a limited number of Lego and Duplo kits patrons may borrow for home use. Some kits will be open-ended and themed (like our “Adventurer’s Kit”) and some will be more targeted/goal oriented (“Can You Make a Rescue Vehicle?”). Kits will also include at least one related book to read, and educational coloring/activity sheets for young participants.
Kits will be able to be viewed on our @HarrisLibrary Facebook page.
Below are eight links we hope simplify the process.
These are some of the vaccine providers in the Otego/Otsego County area. Each provider updates information at different times throughout the week, so be prepared to look several times a week, or several a day. Some also require your insurance info, so have your cards/info ready. Some may also require you to have a free account first (Walgreens, Walmart, Price Chopper). Shannon has had the most luck getting family booked with the state site and CVS, almost always early in the morning. If you need help, give her a call at the library–she’ll do what she can for you. We’re all in this together!
1.) The NY state site gets updated pretty often. Click the link below, scroll down and hit “Get Started” and fill out the eligibility bit to get the ball rolling. https://am-i-eligible.covid19vaccine.health.ny.gov/
2.) For 65+ living in New York: CVS. Click the link. Scroll down and select New York in the list of states to the right of the map. A pop-up will show you locations and if they are “Available” or “Fully Booked.” If you see a place you’re able to get to, click the red “Schedule an appointment now.” https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine?icid=cvs-home-hero1-link2-coronavirus-vaccine
3.) Otsego County COVID-19 Vaccination Clinics: https://www.otsegocounty.com/departments/d-m/health_department/covid-19_vaccination_clinics.php (There are clinics in our county that they share the availability of.)
4.) https://www.kinneydrugs.com/locations/appointments/NY/ (If you are willing to drive to Ilion or Richfield Springs they may be the closest of the Kinneys.)
5.) https://www.walgreens.com/findcare/vaccination/covid-19?ban=covid_vaccine_landing_schedule (Some Walgreens are able to give some eligible parties the vaccine–you need a free online account with them first.)
6.) https://stores.healthmart.com/bartlespharmacy/stores.aspx (Also, if you are willing to drive to Oxford, contact Bartle’s Pharmacy–they are friendly, responsive, and personable.)
7.) If you are 65 or older, Price Chopper may be an option for you: https://www.pricechopper.com/covidvaccine/
8.) Rite Aid also is able to vaccinate certain groups. Go here to see if you are eligible (https://www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/covid-qualifier) then you’ll put in your zip code (or a nearby zip code, depending on how far you’re willing to drive) and see which stores show up. Then you select a store by clicking the button beneath it and clicking the button below the map. Sometimes it’s hard to scroll to that button under the map (the whole thing you need to see doesn’t fit well on some screens). There will either be a pop-up telling you there are no available appointments (so you have to scroll to the next store, hit “Select Store” there and click the button below the map again) or it will take you to a calendar with times available.
The library will continue to offer Curbside appointments through the month of March. You may contact Shannon at 988-6661 during our regular hours for an appointment, or message the library through Facebook. If you aren’t sure how to choose books through Curbside, it’s easy! Shannon can take requests of individual books, or make note of your preferred authors, or your preferred genres and she’ll curate a selection of books for you. Then we arrange a time for you to drive up and take delivery of your resources. It’s a bit like Christmas–you ask for what you want, and we try to give you what you want, or surprise you with something we think you’ll like.
Due to COVID-19 numbers, we have returned to curbside only. This does not limit your access to vital resources–call the library to request a 4CLS card, library books, large print books, DVDs, and audiobooks. Tune in to our Facebook page to watch weekly Story Times and other online programs. Call the library to arrange for an appointment to pick up resources!
Every year in December the Harris Memorial Library tries to hold its Annual Silver Tea in conjunction with our Annual Basket Fundraiser. This year, though, has brought new challenges with COVID-19. As a result, we aren’t able to hold the Silver Tea, but we’re doing our fundraiser, and the baskets are here!
Baskets are created and donated by the Board members and Director Shannon, and businesses that want to contribute (special thanks this year to Otego’s Sun, Moon and Earth, Otego Family Dental, and Otsdawa Creek Candles for jumping in). Director Shannon inventories, photographs, and then shares the baskets online, and people are invited to make an appointment to come in, see the baskets in person, and find out how to donate.
Follow us on Facebook (@HarrisLibrary) to see all the photos, request an appointment, or connect. Want an appointment without Facebook? Call the library at 988-6661.
Please support all our local businesses–and, if you haven’t already, check out the ones mentioned above!
Every year we’ve been fortunate to work with Gary of Oneonta’s Secret Comix Cave, and Gary provided us with lots of great, free comics for Halloween. Director Shannon and her husband and son dressed up for the evening and handed out candy and comics for the last two Halloweens–well, the two prior to this year. The comics are always at least as popular as candy ever thought about being!
But, this year, as we all know, was different. The library didn’t participate in Halloween, but Gary (always generous) still wanted us to have comics for the kids (and adults). So Director Shannon and her son went out to his shop on a recent Friday and brought back boxes of great reads! After skimming the content, Director Shannon placed the comics in age-level and reading-level packs (and included some other neat things too).
To pick up your selection of free comics that you can keep, contact the library and make an appointment to visit or do a curbside pick-up. You can call us at 988-6661 or reach out on Facebook (@HarrisLibrary).
Hannaford graciously chose YOUR little but lively library for this month’s Community Bag campaign!
Supporting local non-profits has never been more important than it is right now! Give back to your local community by purchasing a $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Hannaford located in Oneonta in October. We will receive a $1 donation for every reusable Community Bag sold. If you do pick one up, be sure to practice standard safety protocols. Just like you need to wash your hands regularly, always wash your reusable bags before and after use. If possible, bag your own groceries at check out when using a reusable bag. Thank you in advance for your support!
We have been assured that you can get a Community Bag (or two, or three…!) with your Hannaford To-Go order–just put that request in as a note for them. Please support practices like recycling and support local non-profits and other local organizations and businesses during this trying time!
We are currently continuing to offer either Contact-Free Curbside Appointments (call Shannon at 988-6661 and she’ll help you pick out books via phone), or Brief Book Browsing Appointments during which you may enter the library at an agreed upon time, first having done a Health Self-Assessment, being in good health, having not been around anyone having or suspected of having COVID-19, and not exhibiting any symptoms, and wearing a mask correctly fitting over both your nose and mouth at the same time.
Call or contact Shannon through the library’s Facebook page @harrislibrary to secure your time slot during our regularly open hours.
We are moving into an exciting period of time, readers!
We’ve been offering Contact-Free Curbside Appointments for some time now and have had great results getting books and other resources to you (and back from you), but now we are opening to Brief Book Browsing Appointments. Appointments must be made in advance, are for 30 minute spans, and begin on library opening and conclude shortly before closing. Appointments are for finding books and resources only, and patrons are to be healthy and appropriately masked.
To book an appointment, please call the library at 988-6661 and talk to Shannon.
Contact-free Curbside Appointments also continue each day, so, no matter your comfort level we can help you get the reading material you need.
As a reminder, our hours are:
If you need other assistance, call and let Shannon know–we can receive emails to print items for you, and are always available for your reference needs, too.