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WE'RE OPEN! 

We are excited to allow you inside to browse the stacks and see the new renovation!

Our 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. So far this system has worked well and we've been delighted to welcome so many of you back into the building.

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.

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

CONCERNED ABOUT HOW TO KEEP YOURSELF SAFE DURING THE HOLIDAYS? WONDERING IF YOU NEED TO QUARANTINE IF YOU'VE GONE OUT OF STATE?  THEN, CHECK THE MAP BEFORE YOU TRAVEL

** Due to Holiday Travel and staffing/safety concerns we may move to Curbside Service for a limited time between Thanksgiving and Christmas.**
Please call ahead or check our website before visiting for the two weeks following Thanksgiving to get the most accurate schedule. 
We will do our best to stay fully open, but must put safety above all else at this time.

DAY OF THE DEAD CELEBRATION! Saturday, Nov. 7th 4-7 pm on the lawn

Join us for this Mexican celebration to honor our loved ones who have passed on.  Bring a photo (pets included) for the altar and some memories; everyone who wants to share will have the opportunity to do so. 

We will have hot chocolate, warm soup, and heaters.  We will wrap up this celebration with the movie Coco

Bring chairs or blankets and dress warmly. This is an all-ages family event; everyone is invited. 

 

NEW BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES -
" SYSTEMIC: RACISM IN AMERICA" 2nd DISCUSSION NOV.13TH @ 4;30


Come get the next book in this powerful series: How to Be An Anti-Racist, by Ibram X. Kendi. The insightful Suzanne Brown will be facilitating once again. You can pick up a copy during our regular hours or via curbside service. Please call or e-mail to have the book set out for you.


“If Ibram X Kendi has been a lifelong racist – as he confesses in this book – then we all have. This is the unsettling idea at the heart of How to Be an Antiracist, in which one of the US’s most respected scholars of race and history steps away from documenting the racist sins of others, and turns the lens pointedly, uncomfortably, at himself.

Kendi’s argument is brilliantly simple. An idea, action or policy is either racist – that is, contributing to a history that regards and treats different races as inherently unequal – or it is antiracist, because it is trying to dismantle that history. There is nothing in between. There is no pure state of racism or anti-racism: people of all races and backgrounds can fall into either category depending on their ideas, actions or the policies they support.”

-The Guardian

For more information on the series, and for information on the upcoming video screenings related to this series, please visit our website.

To join the discussion, please e-mail khotellingbml@gmail.com for the Zoom Link.


 

FALL PHOTO FUNDRAISER
 

As promised, we will be displaying the wonderful entries
to our Fantastic Fall Photo Contest Very Soon!


Library Staff and Volunteers will be choosing category winners.
* And * 
as a much needed fundraiser to make up for our loss
of Book and Plant Sale revenue this year,
you will be able to
VOTE WITH YOUR DOLLARS
to determine the
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD WINNING PHOTOGRAPH!!!

  • To participate, come view the photo display in the library (or online on our website) from 11/16 through 12/23.
 
  • Make a donation (of any amount) in honor of your favorite photo, or photos: donate a dollar vote for each photograph, five dollars for your top five favorites, twenty dollars for your top two, or donate fifty dollars for your first choice. There is no right or wrong way to donate/vote! 
 
  • The photo with the largest donated dollar amount attributed to it will be the People's Choice Award Grand Prize Winner and the winning photographer will receive a gift box of organic, fair trade, and locally made gifts and products. 
 
  • Like a photo so much you'd like a copy of your own?  Then put a bid down on the silent auction sheet and you just might get to take it home at the end of this exhibit!  All donations go to support our programming and collection development and we are grateful for your support! 
 
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Looking for a gift for someone for the holidays?
Then consider purchasing something in support of the library!
4We'll be selling Equal Exchange Products as well as notebooks, journals, and Blake Memorial Library Tote Bags!
Look for the display in the library (coming soon)!  



November is Family Literacy Month! 

Literacy starts in the home. November is a month to celebrate the role the family plays in creating the routines and habits of life-long learning and a love of books and reading. We are welcoming families into the library to browse books together and invite you to share your family literacy-related activities with us via our Facebook page.  Look for more posts there!

There are so many ways to create memorable reading and writing experiences. Here are a few resources we found to get you started:

DID YOU KNOW? YOU CAN ACCESS OVER 500 FREE ONLINE CLASSES THROUGH OUR WEBSITE

Hundreds of subjects - from Financial Planning, Alternative Medicine, Wildlife Rehabilitation, Knitting and so much more!  Just go to our website and click on the "Explore" tab. Then go to "Learning and Research."

Or, visit the site directly through this link.

You'll need your library card number to access the system. Please let us know if you need it! 
NEW ADDITIONS:

Mystery/Thriller:



Non-Fiction:


Fiction:


Young Adult Fiction:

YA NonFiction:

JUV Fiction:


JUV Graphic Novels:


JUV NonFiction:

Early Readers:


Picture Books:

 

During the pandemic, Tumblebooks is offering FREE access to their many children and adult offerings. These include free access to ebooks, audiobooks, lesson plans, videos and games for kids. For adults, they offer free audiobooks plus a whole section of audio romance novels. No checkouts, holds or bulky downloading – it’s all available instantly. Just go to our website and get started - https://blakememorial.org/free-access-to-tumblebooks/.

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 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 
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