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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 follow the appropriate protocols for quarantine and testing before returning to the library. We appreciate your caution and care to keep everyone safe.**

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.


Come get the next book in this powerful series: The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin.  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.

"Basically the finest essay I’ve ever read. . . . Baldwin refused to hold anyone’s hand. He was both direct and beautiful all at once. He did not seem to write to convince you. He wrote beyond you.” --Ta-Nehisi Coates on "The Fire Next Time"

For more information on this book and the series, visit our website.  To join the discussion, please e-mail for the Zoom Link.


The Beautiful Fall Photos from our Fall Photo Contest are all hanging in the library (and showcased on our website) for you to come see!
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
to determine the

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! You can EVEN VOTE FOR YOUR OWN!!! 
  • You may visit the Circulation Desk to vote in person with cash or check.
  • To vote from home: mail in your vote or vote online using our Network For Good online donation option.  (Use the hyperlink here or visit , look for the Network For Good button, and click on it)
  • 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.   
  • If you are interested in taking one of these photographs home with you we will be holding a silent auction after the contest wraps up so stay tuned for more information on that.
  •  All donations go to support our programming and collection development and we are grateful for your support!   

Light Up Your Holidays With Our December Holiday Craft Kit - Evergreen Table Centerpiece with Candle.
The kits will be available to pick up in our foyer anytime after 12/16.

December Book Display - "Stuck at Home? Travel the World Through Books!"

While we have to stay home why not explore the world through a book? 
Want to visit China? Tibet? Italy? Mexico? Istanbul? The Amazon?

Come check out a book from our book display and take yourself on an adventure!


Looking Ahead ... January is National Journaling Month!

Support the Library's Fundraising Efforts and Purchase a Journal and Your Favorite Journaling Beverage Here at the Library!!

**Journals Available 12/16/20 * Beverages Available 12/21/20**

Then, Join us for some January Journaling and Journal Sharing Events! 
Check our Website and our Next Newsletter for the Details/Dates!


You can search America’s historic newspapers from 1690-present through a link on our website.
Chronicling America is an Internet-based, searchable database of U.S. newspapers with descriptive information and select digitization of historic pages.

Here's the link -

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

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 -

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:
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:






Young Adult Fiction:

YA NonFiction:

JUV Fiction:

JUV Graphic Novels:

JUV NonFiction:

Early Readers:

(we now have the complete Lunch Lady series!)

Picture Books:

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 
Do you shop at  The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization or non-profit of your choice.  To start shopping in support of Blake Memorial Library, please use:

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. 
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