Boro office hours: The Boro Office will be open to the public beginning Friday when the county goes green. However, members of the public must wear appropriate masks upon entry to the building, in an effort to protect staff and limit human contact as instructed by the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. The Youngsville Borough office also continues to be open by phone, email and through the drop box to the right of the office’s front doors. You may reach the borough at 814-563-4604; Kim Hall at ext. 4, Jolean Ishman at ext. 3, Mark Theuret at ext. 1 and Lisa Hagberg at ext. 2.
Restore needs volunteers: The Youngsville Restore is looking for healthy volunteers to help sort through large amounts of donated clothing. They are hoping to find volunteers that are willing to give three or four hours a day of their time. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Youngsville Restore is a Christian-based organization. If interested in volunteering, contact Diane at 814-730-1284.
Public Library services
The Office of Commonwealth Libraries has now released the “Framework for Reopening Libraries” guide for public libraries in Pennsylvania during the COVID-19 Crisis. The good news is that the Youngsville Public Library, as well as the other independent libraries in Warren County, will all begin offering some form of curb-side or contactless pickup services by Monday, June 1. Per the OCL Framework, public library buildings will remain closed and will not be accessible to the public or library patrons (i.e. no public computers, restrooms, meeting rooms). If a public library has a lobby with locked inner doors, they may use the lobby for some form of contactless pickup if they choose. As per OCL Framework, only a limited number of staff are permitted to return to the library at this time. There are also very stringent rules regarding quarantining and sanitizing materials upon return and prior to redistribution to patrons. This means that there will be changes in daily operations at all five libraries and library hours for curbside services and material requests by phone will be limited. Each library will be abiding by federal, state/OCL, and local health guidelines to keep our staff and community safe.
Curbside/contactless service is not the same as a drive-through service. Requests will not be ready the same day they are made due to staffing limitations, quarantining times, item availability and other factors. However, patrons will be able to contact their library to request materials via phone call, hard copy request form or through online services such as the card catalog system or Google Forms. Options will vary by library. Once the patron’s request is processed, library staff will then call the patron to arrange a special, scheduled pick-up time/date for the library materials. Patrons are asked to please have a mask on while waiting in their car during their scheduled curbside pickup time at Youngsville Library and to have their library card on hand.
Visit the Youngsville Library website, YoungsvilleLibrary.org, for specific details regarding:
¯ how to order materials (online material requests can be made starting today),
¯ links to our online card catalog,
¯ downloadable material request forms,
¯ curbside pickup procedures,
¯ hours for requests via phone, and more.
Online programming, including summer learning and summer reading programs, will still be active at Youngsville Library, just in different formats. Details regarding upcoming outreach and programming can also be found on our website. Please remember that the Office of Commonwealth Libraries (OCL), Pennsylvania Department of Education, and Pennsylvania Department of Health have determined that these procedures are the best options for what public libraries are currently allowed to offer in terms of community health and safety – even in green counties. Youngsville Library is really looking forward to being able begin offer our patrons access to our on-site materials once again.