In This Newsletter:

*We Have a Wonderful New Director*
*Bird Walk*
*Art Display & VT Art and Artists Discussion Series*
*Book Discussion - Last Book in Racism Series*
*Plant/Bake Sale & Pizza Oven*
*Art Contest Winners*
*Saturday Morning Writing Series*
*Virtual Story Hour-Soon to be In Person!*
*Free Seeds*
*Kanopy - Video Streaming*
*New Additions To Our Collection*
*Did You Know? Learning Express*
*Other Free Online Resources*
*211 24/7 hr Support For Vermonters*
*We're OPEN, Mon & Wed 2-6 pm- COVID Reminders*
*Ways To Support The Library*

A Warm Welcome to Our New Library Director, Jennifer Spanier

We are happy to have her and she is looking forward to seeing you all at the Library

Bird Walk, Sat. May 15th 7:30 am- Co-sponsored by the Corinth Conservation Commission


Join us at the Cookeville Town Hall @ 7:30 am. Seasoned Birder, Bill Sheperd, will lead us up Tenney Rd. to find all our feathered friends.  RSVP appreciated - or 802-439-5338

Come View The New Art Display at the Library!
And then join us to Meet the Artist and Discuss his Art on May 21st @ 4:30

Each month we 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. 

This discussion will feature Newbury Artist Robert Chapla and will be held via ZOOM on Friday, May 21st from 4;30-6:00 pm. His colorful paintings are on display at the library (and are for sale).

You can also view Robert's work on his website:

To participate please email Jen to get the Zoom link at 

"SYSTEMIC: RACISM IN AMERICA" : Our last book for this series 


May 28th @ 4:30 -  The Dream of The White Village by Philip E. Baruth.  Join us with Suzanne Brown for our last book discussion of this series.

For more information on the 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 please email and we will send you the Zoom link

Plant/Bake Sale & Rob's Wood Fired Pizza Oven
Saturday, May 29th from 9-3 pm

Come get some baked goodies, plants for your garden and some delicious, fresh-baked pizza!
Held on the Library lawn.
Bake Sale is run by the East Corinth Congregational Church.
Please bring your plant donations to the library on Friday, May 28th - all potted up and labeled - Thank You!!


Winners of The Art Contest! "Reflecting on 2020 - Lessons, Frustrations, Silver Linings"
Thanks to ALL the Artists who submitted their wonderful work!
The top 3 winners are:
1. "The View" -A painting by Brandon Burmeister of Corinth, age 20.
2, "Full Bloom" - a drawing/photo by Chris Esten of Newbury, age 62

3. "The Year of Treading"  - a painting by Brenna Colt of White River Junction

To see all the entries visit our website.

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 Miranda Moody Miller. 

Join with this ZOOM link:

Story Hour - Weekly On Zoom
And Starting in June We Will be Holding it IN PERSON & OUTSIDE - YAY!!


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.

To get the Zoom link please email Jen at



We have many veggie, herb and flower seed packs for the taking.  Come see what you can find for your gardens.


as we plan
Summer and Fall Programming. 
Please fill out this Library Survey

You Can Find the Survey Here! 

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: 
  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!






Young Adult Fiction - ALL the Green Mountain Book Award Books are in!:
  And many More...
YA Graphic Novel:

YA NonFiction:

JUV Fiction:

All The Vermont Golden Dome Books are In!!! (formerly Dorothy Canfield Fischer):
 and many more...
JUV Graphic Novels:


JUV NonFiction:


Early Readers:

Picture Books:

Did You Know?

Through the library's website you can connect to Learning Express where you have FREE access to incredible preparatory and learning materials such as: ACT/SAT prep, GED prep, Exam prep for jobs such as nursing, plumbing, cosmetology, culinary arts and more. They also offer support for finding a job including resume and interview guidance.
Need help with your computer and software skills?  You'll find this support here too!  Plus they have a section for Spanish Speakers with classes in grammar, writing, GED prep and more.
Here's the link to this service on our website
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:
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


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.

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.
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