COVID-19 precautions lead Canton, Potsdam, Heuvelton libraries to close; children's museum closes
Monday, March 16, 2020 - 6:07 am

Library patrons stocked up on books after finding out schools and libraries were closing. Potsdam Public Library is closing Monday at 8 p.m., due to COVID-19 concerns, said Director Annie Chase. From left, Finley, Claire, Jen and Danny Thomas, Canton, wait to sign out books Sunday. “One of my children’s greatest worries was what they were going to read now if they weren’t going to school,” said Jen Thomas. NCNow photo.

Many events, businesses and organizations are canceling events or closing entirely for an extended period of time to help stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19)

A roundup of the most recent cancellations included:

• Canton Free Library and its branch libraries in Rensselaer Falls and Morley will close to the public March 16 through April 20, according to a press release from the library. The bookdrop in Canton will be open so that books can be returned, but borrowers will not be charged late fees if they choose to keep items until the libraries reopen.

Canton Free Library and branch cardholders are encouraged to explore the library's online resources, including downloadable e-books, audiobooks and magazines from Overdrive, craft tutorials from Creativebug, language-learning from Mango Languages and local history resources from NYS Historic Newspapers. Those who don't have a library yet can sign up for one online by choosing "My Account" at Links to all of these resources are available on the library's website at

• The Potsdam Public Library plans to close Tuesday, March 17, until further notice. They plan to be open, today, March 16.

• To support public health efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID 19, the North Country Children’s Museum has made the decision to close to the public until April 1, according to Sharon Vegh Williams, executive director of the museum. The museum will continue to monitor this quickly evolving situation and will re-evaluate this decision on a weekly basis, she said. The closing will help the community with the “social distancing” that is necessary to slow the spread of the virus at this critical stage. We have taken this proactive step to protect the health of the community. These steps will ensure that families can return to the Museum knowing that our priority is that everyone has a playful, joyful, and healthy hands-on, interactive experience at NCCM. Museum staff will update any changes on its website along with social media channels.

• The Heuvelton Free Library will be closed until April 20 due to recommendations issued by the Department of Health as it relates to COVID-19.

• Canton CFW Post 1231 Auxiliary is canceling fish fries until further notice.