A Message from Morton COVID-19 Edition

At this time we remain closed but are planning for when we will be open for curbside service. All in-person programs are postponed until further notice.

Our first concern is the safety of our patrons and our staff, so we want to continue to offer services, just in styles in line with the times.

Lawrence’s plan to offer tutoring help gave our board the idea that the library could serve as a connector between people able to offer schoolwork help and those kids/families that may need assistance. Right now all the kids are at home and only some have parents at home able to help them. We are putting out a call for volunteers and then will try to connect those volunteers with kids.

Those of us who live in Rhinecliff have had a recent loss which brought home the knowledge that people are suffering without others realizing. We have mental health professionals in our midst and Morton would be pleased to serve as a connector for people who need mental health support and those who can provide it and are local. (There are plenty of wonderful hotlines available but often a more personal local connection would help people who don’t want to call an anonymous hotline.)

Please contact us if you are willing to help professionally or feel the need for professional help. Morton does not purport to have medical expertise but our community has proven time and time again that we can come together to help others. Let’s keep that going!

Keep in touch via our social media sites: Instagram and Facebook, where we try to share new ideas daily.  We will also be posting on our website and at the Rhinecliff Post Office.

Let us know if there is anything that we can be doing for you to help out or if you can think of anything that we can do together to make this experience as positive as possible. Morton remains fine free until at least June 30. We are checking the phones daily and electronically all day long, so feel free to contact us.

Contact us either electronically: sandy[at]mortonrhinecliff.org or by phone: 845-876-2903.

Thank you, stay safe, and take care of each other.

Storytime with Sandy

Missing story hour at Morton Memorial Library? We miss you too but are happy to be able to ask you to join us Friday at 11:00 am for a new storytime coming to you from the wonderful hamlet of Rhinecliff! Just click on this link. Sandy can’t bring you to the children’s library at Morton but she can provide the coziness of listening to well written and illustrated stories.


Tuesday’s Tip

Universal Class                April 14, 2020

One of the latest additions to database offerings in the Mid-Hudson Library System is Universal Class. It’s an offering of over 500 classes, some with certificates of completion available or continuing education Units (CEUs). Check out the full catalog here:
Best of all, is that there are several courses that are helpful for both personal and professional development and growth during this unprecedented period of home confinement while we fight the COVID-19 pandemic!
For parents trying to keep their young students academically engaged, and prevent ‘back-sliding’ in educational development, there is a unit in Universal Class that includes classes for school-aged learners.

On a personal level, you might find wisdom and practical techniques in topics like:

Anxiety Therapy 101; Stress Management; Relaxation 101; How to Improve Your Concentration

For professional skill development, some topics that might serve as useful refreshers for both public service and business workers include:

Customer Service 101; Effective Communication; Telephone Skills; Listening Skills; Goal Setting 101, etc.

All classes are broken into units of video instruction followed by simple multiple-choice question quizzes to test learning outcomes. This format is helpful for taking single units and returning over several days or study sessions.

Check it out! There are so many topics, there is bound to be something to pique your interest. Visit our Website to find access to Universal Class and other Mid- Hudson Library System Databases!

UPDATE: Morton Closed – Information Regarding COVID-19

In order to keep our community safe and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order, Morton Memorial Library will remain closed through at least Tuesday May 5th.

All library programs and events are cancelled at least through Tuesday May 5th. We will continue to post library updates on our website, Facebook, and Instagram.
Fines will NOT be charged on any items due at this time. Items may be returned in the outside dropbox. Don’t forget to check out our online resources for an extensive collection of ebooks, audiobooks, online classes, and magazines, all of which can be accessed from our website.
Feel free to email: sandy[at]mortonrhinecliff.org with any questions or concerns. We will be checking email and voicemail on a regular basis.
Thank you for your cooperation and understanding!
Please stay safe, stay well, and STAY HOME.**
Visit the Dutchess County Government/Coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date, local information. This site offers invaluable resources for our community during this time.