The Moffat Library was building in 1887 by David Moffat as a gift to his hometown of Washingtonville. The Library serves the residents of the Washingtonville Central School District. The Library circulates more than 170,000 items & answers over 10,000 reference questions annually. Library facilities and programs are handicapped-accessible.
Adult Services is committed to meeting the informational, educational and recreational needs of our patrons. Book discussions, computer classes and more are part of our monthly programming. Professional staff are here to provide reader’s advisory and reference services.
Friendly, professional staff registers patrons, answers questions and provides general library information. Multiple staffing of the Circulation Desk ensures efficient checkout service.
Music CDs, audio books, Playaways, DVDs, CD-ROMs, puppets and puzzles may be borrowed for home use.
Download the latest bestseller or audiobook to your e-reader at home through our Overdrive site.
Magazine Articles & Reference Databases for use @ Home
Free access to literally hundreds of thousands of full-text magazine and journal articles – all with your Moffat Library card! In addition, find a myriad of reference book articles, learn a new language, or just find reliable health information all in one spot!
The Library’s reference librarians know the collection thoroughly and are ready to assist. Telephone reference service provides quick information and checks availability of materials.
Programs for all ages are planned throughout the year by a dedicated staff. Staff provide expert reference and advisory service geared towards our younger patrons. See our Youth Services brochure or below for a full description of programs and services.
YOUTH SUMMER PROGRAM
The Library participates in the statewide summer reading program. Special reading activities and program events are planned for preschoolers through fifth graders. In addition, a special Teens & Twelves summer Reading & Volunteer Program is offered for grades 6-12.
BOOKS AND BABIES – For Babies (6 – 23 mos.) & Their Caregivers
An interactive nursery rhyme program with board books, music & movement that promotes early literacy. Since we want this to be a special time for just you and your baby, we ask that you make other arrangements for older siblings.
STORYTIME ZOO- For Ages 2-3 years old w/ an Adult
Join us at Storytime Zoo! Each week we will explore a different animal as we sing songs, listen to stories, and make lots of noise!
TERRIFIC TALES – For Ages 4 – 5 (excluding kindergartners)
Join Miss Anna to listen to stories, sing songs, make crafts & watch a short video of a children’s book.
FAMILY STORYTIME – For all ages w/ an adult
Join us on the second Saturday or Sunday of each month for a story time program for all children in the family. Listen to seasonal stories, sing songs and then make a craft together as a family.
KINDERGARTEN KIDS – For Kindergartners
Calling all Kindergartners! Come to the library to explore picture books and so a related craft!
MAGIC TREE HOUSE CLUB! – Meets every other Tuesday for Grades 1-4
If you already love The Magic Tree House books or just want to have fun learning about different topics, you’ll want to join us! Miss Anna will introduce a new book each session and participants will make a craft related to the book. No prep is needed. Copies of the books will be available for check out if parents/caretaker wants to finish reading the book with their child.
PAGE TURNERS – A Monthly Book Club for Grades 3-5
Young readers hone their listening, speaking, and critical thinking skills as they react to the books they read as well as the ideas of others. This is a more challenging book club for children interested in stretching their reading skills. Books must be read prior to each meeting.
There are three sessions of Storytimes – Fall, Winter and Spring – for Moffat Library cardholders. Please call the Library at (845) 496-5483 ext. 328 for more information. Registration is required and must be in person.
In addition, a variety of special programs are scheduled throughout the year. Announcements appear in library fliers and in the library’s newsletter.
Online Library Catalog
The Library’s book and audiovisual collections are cataloged on ANSER (Automated Network Services), a computerized system providing instantaneous shelf status, which links the Moffat Library with all of the public libraries in the Ramapo Catskill Library System. Our online catalog may be accessed from your home or office through our website. Staff is always available to assist in the use of this catalog.
The Library offers Internet access for those patrons with a valid ANSER card who have read and signed the Library’s Internet Policy. Reservations for half-hour Internet sessions may be made by phone or in person during regular Library hours. Walk-ins are allowed whenever the computers are free. The Library’s Web page is updated often with links to Internet sites for all of your information needs. Reference staff also offers Internet instruction. Visit the library’s website at www.moffatlibrary.org.
The Library subscribes to many databases that provide you with a wealth of information including magazine articles and reference books; and they are available to you 24/7. As a patron, you have free access to these databases with your library card. To use the databases:
1. Go to our website.
2. Click Reference Databases (under Quick Links).
3. Click: Home Access link.
4. Enter: 14-digit library barcode number (found on the back of library card).
5. Start searching.
Library staff will assist in making photcopies. The cost is $0.10 per page for personal copies. Up to 10 copies from Library reference materials are free. All color copies are $0.50 each.
Family Fun Pass
The Library’s Family Fun Pass program is a unique service that provides discouonts and/or free admission to museums and other educational and fun activities within a comfortable drive of Washingtonville. Stop in, or call us to learn how you and your family can enjoy this program. For a list of available locations, click here.
A fax machine is also available for the public. The cost for an outgoing fax is $2.50 for the first page and $1.00 for each additional page. Incoming faxes cost $0.50 per page. The Library’s fax number is (845) 496-6854.
The Library provides delivery and pick up service for residents who cannot visit the Library due to a permanent or temporary disability. Orders can be placed over the phone and the materials will be brought to the home and then picked up again on or before the due date. All that is necessary is a Moffat Library card.
Notary Public Service
Need something notarized? The Library has a notary on staff. Call (845) 496-5483 ext.322 for hours.
This program provides teachers and childcare providers with easy access to age-appropriate materials for use in the classroom. Call our Children’s Department at (845) 496-5483 ext. 328 for details.
1. Moffat Library cards are issued free of charge to taxpayers within the Washingtonville Central School District. Proof of current residence is required at registration.
2. Patrons MUST present a library card in order to borrow materials.
3. The Library’s loan periods vary from three days to three weeks. The due date is printed on the checkout receipt.
4. Books not on reserve may be renewed two times for the original loan period. DVDs, music CDs, magazines and new books may not be renewed. Telephone renewals are accepted as long as the items are not overdue or on reserve. Have your library card or checkout receipt on hand when you call.
5. Borrowers must pay the replacement cost for materials lost or irreparably damaged while on loan. There is a $5 replacement fee for lost or damaged library cards.
6. When the Library is closed, items may be returned through the slot next to the front door. When the Library is open, returned items must be received at the Circulation Desk. Please secure all audiovisual materials before placing them in the book drop.
New books: $0.25 a day
Music CDs: $1 a day
DVDs: $2 a day
All other materials: $0.10 a day
CD-ROMs, DVDs and music CDs carry a maximum fine of $10. New books carry a maximum fine of $6. All other materials carry a maximum fine of $3.
RESERVES & INTERLIBRARY LOANS
Patrons may reserve materials not immediately available or materials owned by other libraries, including public, private and university libraries in the region and nationwide. Patrons may place reserve requests from home by accessing our online catalog through the Library’s webpage.
If you don’t see what you are looking for in our catalog, call us. We may be able to obtain materials through interlibrary loan. Library staff will be glad to assist you. Time required to obtain these materials depends on their location and availability.
BOOKS ON CD AND PLAYAWAYS – Whether you are visually impaired or just have a long commute to work, Books on CD and Playaways are a great ways to read. Books on CD for kids and teens are great for those long car trips or to reinforce reading skills.
CAREER INFORMATION CENTER – The Library has a comprehensive collection of resources for job hunters, career changers and the college-bound, including DVDs and software.
LARGE PRINT – The Library offers a collection of large print books for the visually impaired.
LOCAL HISTORY – The Library has a local history collection that is available for use in the Library. It includes books on Orange County history, people and landmarks, and is a great source for genealogical information.
PARENTING – This collection includes a wealth of information for parents as well as books to share with children on topics such as temper tantrums, toilet training, ADHD, the trials of adolescence, good nutrition and so much more.