In This Newsletter:

*Summer Reading Program Begins!*
*History of Veggies Talk June 14th*
*SRP Kick-Off Event June 19th*
*Backyard Composting Workshop*
*In Person Story Hour*
*Art Display - Robert Chapla Paintings*
*Story Walk in F.X. Shea Town Forest*
*FREE Humanities Camp*
*Saturday Morning Writing Workshop*
*Free Seeds*
*Kanopy - Video Streaming*
*New Additions To Our Collection*
*Did You Know? Free & Reduced Rate Passes to State Parks & Museums*
*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*

Summer Reading Program Begins! Events and Reading/Activity Challenges with Prizes & Ice Cream!

We have lots of fun events planned for the summer - check out our website for a list of the events -

Reading and Activity Challenges - we have numerous reading and/or activity logs that you can take home, fill out and bring back into the library to choose your prizes.

Come get your logs and start reading and doing the fun activities!

History of Veggies Talk

Entertaining History of Veggies Talk, Monday June 14th @ 5 pm via Zoom. Did you know that George Washington was nearly assassinated with a plate of poisoned peas? Find out how a 17th-century pirate named the bell pepper and how carrots won the Trojan War.
Come learn more about these and other fascinating stories involving our garden veggies with dynamic Speaker/Science & History Writer Rebecca Rupp.
Email to get the Zoom link. Sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council and offered through Blake Memorial Library.

SRP Kick-Off Celebration! Saturday, June 19th 10-12:00
The VT ARTS BUS will be parked on our lawn and will perform a Puppet Show, PLUS - Face Painting, SuperHero Fun, Water Balloons, Art-Kit Giveaways and Ice Cream Cones! Come join us as we begin our Summer Reading Program Fun! 

Backyard Composting Workshop - Wednesday, June 23rd 5:00 - On the library lawn, under our new tent!

Join the Northeast Kingdom Waste Management District for a fun, informative, and free workshop on how to successfully compost food scraps in your backyard
In this workshop, we will review:
-Vermont’s Universal Recycling and Composting Law
-Where and How to Build a Compost Pile; including Types of Compost Systems, Location, Ingredients, Recipe
-Troubleshooting and Maintaining the Compost Pile
Whether you’re an experienced composter or looking for more information to start composting in your backyard, 
this workshop will strengthen your confidence with composting at home!

In Person Story Hour - Yay!! Every Thursday @ 10 am on the library lawn

Join Wendy for a fun hour of Stories, Songs and Crafts.
Come View The New Art Display at the Library!
Newbury Artist Robert Chapla's Paintings

Robert's work will be up for the rest of the month.  The paintings are for sale and 25% of the sales will go to the library.


Story Walk in the F.X. Shea Town Forest
"The Water Protectors" book is set up, page by page along a trail in the Shea Town Forest.  It is a beautiful book with an important message.  So - why not pack up a picnic and head over to the Town Forest for a fun walk (there is a picnic table along the trail to the right).  Here are the directions to the Town Forest

FREE Humanities Camps 
Grades 2-5 - July 12-16th &
Grades 5-8 - July 19th-23rd
9:00 am- 3:00 pm

We invite you to join us for a week outdoors: hiking, nature journaling, gardening, exploring, making crafts, and storytelling around a campfire in community and friendship.
To sign up for the younger kids camp, follow this link -
To sign up for the older kids camp, follow this link - 



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:


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? Free and Reduced-rate Passes 

Free and reduced-rate passes to many Vermont attractions are available from the library. You check out a pass just as you would a book. We only ask that you return it promptly so others may use it!

Check out all the places you can go on our website -

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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