Library News

Summer Reading 2020


Monday, July 27 - August 21

We will be posting on our Facebook page.

We hope you will participate and tell your friends!


  • Record your summer reading through READsquared
  • Watch ONLINE STORY CORNER videos by Terry. 
  • Take a JOURNEY WITH JOURNEY! and Terry. 
  • Get ideas for summer activities that you can do at home.
  • Keep your kids reading and prevent the "summer slide" (studies show kids lose as much as 2-3 months of math and reading skills over the summer).


For families missing our storytime programs, we are posting STORYTIME on our HML Facebook page.


We would like to thank all of the publishers that are allowing libraries to read their books through online storytime programs. (Storytime video links will expire. This timeframe varies by publisher.)

Our goal continues to be a focus on early literacy by helping children build a strong foundation for learning, and encouraging a lifelong love of reading.



Journey is an 8-month-old Australian labradoodle dog in training. He loves being read to. With many of us having to put travel plans on hold this summer, it is a perfect time to take a virtual trip with Journey as he explores our wonderful world through books. Come along and see new places through the eyes of a puppy!  Find Journey on our Facebook page.




Online Registration for our Summer Reading Program - for individuals and families with READING RECORDS, activities, book lists, challenges, and more.

How it works:
  • Register online at READsquared.
  • Parents, you can create an account first to easily monitor your children's activity.
  • Track your reading - log in and track your reading to earn points.
  • Keep reading! Earn a completion certificate once you've completed the program.


The First Step on the Path to Reopening…

The library will reopen on Monday, June 29th, for curbside service!

Order library materials through our website's online catalog or call the library for assistance 518-731-8084

Curbside pick-up hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday 12:00-4:00 pm, Wednesday 12:00-6:00 pm, and Saturday 11:00 am-2:00 pm

How does pick-up work?
  • Request your materials and when items are ready we’ll email you.
  • Give us a call to schedule a pick-up time.
  • When you arrive, give us a call and we'll have your materials ready on the side porch.
  • No cell phone? No problem! Just call when you're leaving and we'll be ready for you.
How can I return materials?
  • Items currently checked out are due by the end of July (7/30).
  • Please return items to the return drop box on the side porch.
What are we doing to make sure people are as safe as possible?
  • Returned items will be kept in quarantine as advised by the CDC.
  • Note: It may take a lil longer to get your materials, so be patient!
  • Staff will be wearing gloves and masks.
  • Do your part: wash your hands, wear a mask, and do your best to practice safe social distancing when possible.
  • Patrons will not be allowed to enter the library at this time, thank you for your understanding.
Thank you in advance for your patience. We are so excited to see everyone again!





The Library District is committed to serving the community during the current health crisis. We are doing all we can to ensure that our buildings are clean and safe and we will appreciate your help in this effort.

If you are exhibiting symptoms consistent with COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) or have been exposed to individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past fourteen (14) days, we ask that you please do not enter the library.   

Thank you for your cooperation.


Arm Yourself with INFORMATION:

Call your doctor: If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms of respiratory illness, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider immediately.


Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Information You Can Trust:

Information from Local, State, and National Agencies:

Look to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for some of the most comprehensive information available regarding the coronavirus outbreak.

Center for Disease Control – Coronavirus page

NYS Dept. of Health - Coronavirus page

Albany County Department of Health - Coronavirus page

Greene County Government - Coronavirus page

Columbia County Dept. of Health - Coronavirus page

Albany Medical Center Hospital - Coronavirus page

St Peter's Hospital - St Peter's Health Partners - Coronavirus page

Columbia Memorial Hospital - Coronavirus page

World Health Organization (WHO)


Ancestry Research

There is temporary remote access to ANCESTRY LIBRARY EDITION  through June 30.

Use your LIBRARY CARD number and password for access and Log in HERE

What is the difference between Ancestry.com and Ancestry Library Edition? ancestry and ale 112018.pdf



HML’s friends group is always looking for new members

Friends of Heermance Memorial Library

The Friends of the Library formed in 1991 to raise funds for books. Today, as volunteers, we raise needed funds, develop activities, and sponsor events.

The Friends of Heermance Memorial Library meets the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6 pm in The Heermance Memorial Library. All are welcome.


Changes to library calendar of events

In the interest of public health, all programs in the library are CANCELED until further notice.

We know this is disappointing news for both staff and the community. Thank you for understanding. 

Please continue to check our website, online calendar and Facebook page for any changes and updates.