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In This Newsletter:

*Introducing Kanopy - Movie, Course, and Family/Kids Program Streaming*
*Journal Into 2021: Weekly Saturday Writing Series*
*Upcoming Book Discussions - Fair Housing Month Events*
*VT Art and Artists Discussion Series*
*Virtual Story Hour* + *Virtual Poetry Hour*

* Art Contest: Reflections on 2020

We’ve just added the Video/Course/Family Programming streaming platform: Kanopy to our Library Offerings!

Free to patrons, Kanopy’s unique selection offers something for everyone, from award winning indie films to important and timely documentaries, to foreign films, popular cinema, children’s shows and more.  They also offer the Great Courses Series as well as a complete selection of Kids’ specific videos, courses, and other programming.

Here’s how it works (be sure to read these directions thoroughly):

  1. Sign up for an account using your Blake Memorial Library Card by visiting: https://blakememorial.kanopy.com/. 
  2. If you need your card number, please let us know; we’re happy to get that information to you!
  3. Once you’ve created an account, search, explore, and find the things you want to watch.
  4. You will have access to 3 movies, 1 course, and unlimited Kids’ programming each month.
  5. NOTE: Your movie credits get used/deducted after 5 seconds of play for any movie you pick. So, do a little research and hit “PLAY” only on the titles you’re sure you want to watch. Kanopy is in the process of adding previews. It may be a while before those are up, so use another free service (such as YouTube) to preview the film before viewing.
  6. Movies: Once you’ve selected a movie to play you have 72 hours to finish it (or watch it again and again and again). Once the 72 hour period is up, if you choose to watch it again it will incur another play credit.  Remember, you only have 3 a month.
  7. Great Courses: Once selected, you will have 30 days to complete a Course, even if that time period spans the end/beginning of a month. You will have access to one Course a month, though your course doesn’t have to finish prior to beginning another one if a new month begins in that time.
  8. Kids’ and Family Features: You have unlimited access to the Kids/Family videos, courses, and programming. This resets monthly, so start your viewing early and watch as much as you want/can during that time period. You do not have to use your Kids/Family access if you don’t want to!

Saturday Morning Writing Series: Journal into 2021
Every Saturday 10:30-Noon

Join us with your favorite notebook, journal, or pad of paper paper and something to write with. We will begin informally, complete some writing prompts together, and then share our work or reflect on the experience. 

Everyone is welcome! 
This series will run every Saturday morning from 10:30 until Noon and will be led by Interim Director, Miranda Moody Miller. 

Join with our library event ZOOM link: http://bit.ly/BlakeMemorialLibraryEvents

"SYSTEMIC: RACISM IN AMERICA" : Recent and Upcoming Book Discussions and Fair Housing Month Events

 

April 9th @ 4:30 -  Race for Profit : How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

April 23rd @ 4:30 – Community Conversation:  “Who Can Afford to Live Here: How Job Access and Housing Affordability Impacts Racial Diversity in Rural VT” facilitated by the Fair Housing Project



Next Month: May 14th 4:30 – The Dream of The White Village by Philip E. Baruth


For more information on these books and the series, visit our website.  To get a copy of the book, please stop into the library during open hours, or call/email for curbside service.  To join the book discussion please go to https://bit.ly/BlakeMemorialLibraryEvents

New! - Vermont Art & Artists Discussion Series - 3rd Friday of every Month @ 4:30pm

Each month we will invite you to check out the work of a featured VT artist, and then join us for a virtual discussion with them. These will run much like a Book Discussion and you do not need to know anything about art to attend. 

The third discussion will feature White River Junction artist Dave Laro and will be held via ZOOM on Friday, April16th from 4:30-6:00pm

In preparation for this discussion, please view Dave's current and archived work on his website: https://www.davelaro.com/


For more information about this event, and for the updated list of artists in this series, please visit our website. 

To participate please use our new permanent Zoom link:  http://bit.ly/BlakeMemorialLibraryEvents

Story Hour Returns - Weekly On Zoom

Join volunteer Wendy Heidenreich as she continues the Story Hour tradition Thursday mornings at 10am.  Weekly Story Hour Craft Kits are available for pickup in the Library Foyer every Monday by 2pm.

Use the Zoom Link:
https://bit.ly/BlakeMemorialLibraryStoryHour

 

Virtual Poetry Hour - First Fridays

In February we started hosting a Monthly First Friday Virtual Poetry Meet Up to share and discuss our favorite poems. Join us at 6:30 on April 2nd to celebrate Poetry Month with your favorite beverage and a poem or two for a virtual “poetry hour” and some community connection.

Use the Zoom Link:
https://bit.ly/BlakeMemorialLibraryEvents

 

Come on in to View our Current Art Contest! "Reflecting on 2020 - Lessons, Frustrations, Silver Linings"

2020 Will go down in history as a year filled with upheaval, frustration, insights, and change.  We invited you to share your realizations, lessons, frustrations and/or silver linings through an ORIGINAL PIECE OF ART OR WRITING.  Thank you for your submissions! These items are on display in the library. Come on in to vote and select the winners!  For more information visit our website.

 

We want YOUR INPUT 
as we plan
Summer and Fall Programming. 
Please fill out this Library Survey

 
You Can Find the Survey Here! 
 

 

SIGN UP FOR A VERMONT READING CHALLENGE

While the Winter Reading Challenge has ended, there are on-going VT Reading challenges related to the 2020-2021 Green Mountain Book Award, Red Clover Book Award, and Vermont Golden Dome Book Award texts. There's even a 1000 Books before Kindergarten reading challenge! 

Families - stay tuned for our upcoming BML board-book tote bag kits to make participation in this challenge even easier!  


For more information and to participate in these V Department of Libraries Reading Challenges visit https://vermont.beanstack.org/
NEW ADDITIONS TO OUR COLLECTION

Mystery/Thriller:
   

      
Non-Fiction:

MEMOIR/BIOGRAPHY:
       
                    
NONFICTION:

 
Fiction:
    



Young Adult Fiction:
 
YA Graphic Novel:
      
YA NonFiction:
     
JUV Fiction:

 
        
JUV Graphic Novels:
        



JUV NonFiction:
 
  

Early Readers:

  

Picture Books:

DID YOU KNOW? 
You can access over 500 Online Classes through the library website via Universal Class?  You can even get Continuing Education Credits, as well!


You will find almost any topic you have an interest in, including - Meditation, Computer Skills, Accounting, Parenting, Small Business Management and Candle Making!

Click Here To Access This Resource!
NOTE: You'll need your library card number to access the system. So, please let us know if you need it! 
ListenUp! Vermont offers audio and e-books for download to your device. Thousands of books for all ages are available here. All you need is an internet connection and your library patron ID and password. To get started, visit the ListenUp! Vermont sign-in page. Need help accessing audio and e-books? Click here for the help page with useful guides or contact us.
All Vermonters have access to a wealth of online resources provided by the Vermont Online Library (VOL). The VOL offers a wide array of electronic databases on a variety of topics geared to a variety of age levels, for both generalists and specialists. These resources are available 24 hours-a-day via the internet (to access VOL out-of-state, a password is required; please contact us for details). You can also access VOL from our website: www.blakememorial.org.
 
LearningExpress Library IS AN INCREDIBLE FREE RESOURCE which provides a comprehensive selection of academic and career-related solutions available in one platform.

It includes skill-building in reading, writing, math, and science, college admissions exams, occupational licensing tests, workplace skills improvement, career exploration, and much more.

The subscription includes Job & Career Accelerator, a job and career platform where job seekers can explore occupations, find career matches based on interests and skills, search for jobs and internships, search for scholarships, write winning resumes and much more.

Also included is a computer skills center, where one can learn the fundamentals of using a computer, the Internet and popular software applications with these self-paced, easy-to-use online tutorials —in beginner to advanced levels.

To access LearningExpress, go here: https://blakememorial.org/explore-research/
Do you need support or assistance?

Feeling isolated and alone?

Could you use help with heating your home?

Do you need access to meals for Thanksgiving?

Or just access to food, in general?


Vermont 2-1-1 is there to point you in the right direction and get you the help you need!

You matter; you are not alone; it's OK to ask for help!

Reach out to VT 2-1-1 
Experiencing Food Shortage? Visit the VT Everyone Eats Website for More Information

COVID PROTOCOL REMINDERS

Our current hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 2-6 pm, with 2-3 pm reserved for high-risk patron use only. We have a max capacity of 6 people in the building at once. If we reach capacity please add your name to the waitlist in the foyer and you will be called in as soon as it's your turn.

Please complete your temperature check, sanitize, and sign in upon entry.  Masks, temperature checks, and contact tracing are required, and masks, gloves, and VT's own Silo Distillery sanitizer will be provided for your convenience.

 

Curbside Service Is Still Available!!!  To Reserve Books for Curbside, please call, e-mail, or use our online catalog.


**If you have travelled out of state, please follow the appropriate protocols for quarantine and testing before returning to the library. We appreciate your caution and care to keep everyone safe.**

We're excited to have you visit the library and look forward to continuing to safely serve the towns of Topsham and Corinth. 

Need Info on COVID-19 in VT?  Visit the State of VT Site Here.

** We may move to Curbside Service at any Point due to Concerns re:COVID-19.**
Please call ahead or check our website before visiting to ensure we are open to in-person service.  We will do our best to stay fully open, but must put safety above all else at this time.  Thank you for your support and understanding.
WAYS TO SUPPORT THE LIBRARY
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Want to Donate to the Library?  There are many ways to do that in person, through the mail, or online.  We appreciate all of your support!!!  You can view our 2020 Annual Appeal Letter Here. 
Support the Library's Fundraising Efforts and Purchase a Journal and Your Favorite Journaling Beverage


 
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