The value of connections...
This was supposed to be Spring Break week. Many of us had plans to travel and gather with loved ones. Instead, we are staying home and staying apart.
Humans are social beings. We're not used to being isolated from each other. Thankfully, technology offers wonderful opportunities to stay connected with each other. There are many digital platforms that are free and accessible on most personal devices. We are using apps like Facetime, Skype, and Zoom to connect with our coworkers and those we love the most.
These sessions lift our spirits and keep us grounded.
We are doing everything we can to help you stay connected to
and our community. In addition to this newsletter, we are
posting regularly on
a variety of helpful and uplifting content that we hope you will find useful and fun.
Please, if you are feeling alone and anxious during this time, we urge you to take advantage of these resources:
The New York State Office of Mental Health is working around the clock to help people who are struggling at this time. If you or someone you care about needs assistance, do not hesitate to call the Emotional Support Hotline: 1-844-863-9314.
This week New York State also launched a partnership with Headspace to offer free meditations and mindfulness exercises. Visit www.headspace.com/ny to access music and soundscapes.
We miss you, but are grateful for the opportunities to connect with you on our social media platforms. It's not the same as visiting with you in the library, but your encouraging comments, likes, and thumbs up help us feel connected to you. Thanks.