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Johnstown Public Library reopens to public

JOHNSTOWN — The Johnstown Public Library is open to the public again, library officials announced last week.

Patrons can come into the 38 S. Market St. building to browse and check out materials.

“We continue to offer curbside pickup for our patrons,” the library states in its latest email to patrons.

For information about digital programming or for assistance with online services, the public is asked to contact rweatherby@mvls.info or message the library’s Facebook page. For additional inquires, the public can contact: joh-director@mvls.info or call the library at (518) 762-8317.

Library officials said this year’s annual basket raffle on April 26 will be entirely virtual. Baskets must be viewed online, and tickets can be purchased at the library. The drawing will be livestreamed on April 26. Those preferring to purchase their tickets with cash can do so by putting it in an envelope with your name, phone number, and the number(s) of baskets you wish to purchase in the library’s book drop.

Patrons will receive confirmation from the library approximately one week after doing so, officials said.

In other library activities, the public can join in for a conversation about life and fiction writing with local authors Brian Phillip Whalen and Ed Schwarzschild. Whalen earned his PhD from SUNY Albany, and Schwarzschild is the director of creative writing at SUNY Albany. Both men have recently published books. Readings from these books will be followed by Q&A with the authors. The public can join on Zoom at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89389146557 The password is “Johnstown”

The public can also watch and comment on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/johnstownpubliclibrary/live

Ms. Erin will post a short Storytime on Tuesdays. Children’s book readings go up each Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. on the library Facebook page.

Gary VanSlyke conducts a short musical performance each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. on the library Facebook page.

A Dungeons & Dragons game hosted by the library for patrons age nine to 12. is held by Zoom meeting. The password: Johnstown. Contact the library on Facebook or email Robert at rweatherby@mvls.info for more information.

A Dungeons & Dragons game hosted by the library for patrons age 13 to 18 is also held by Zoom meeting. Password: Johnstown. Contact the library on Facebook or email Robert at rweatherby@mvls.info for more information.

The Book Club exploring LGBTQIA+ stories will have as this month’s book “You Should See Me in a Crown” by Leah Johnson. This group is intended for adult readers. The meeting will be online using Zoom. Password: Johnstown

Also this month, the library will discuss “No Country for Old Men” by Cormac McCarthy. The public can pick up a copy at the library. The meeting will be online using Zoom. The password: Johnstown

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