In This Newsletter:
* Curbside Service  * Marko the Magician * Summer Reading Challenge * Border Crossings Book Discussion Series * Jools Skeet the Interactive Storyteller * Life on the Other Border * History of Veggies * Free Online Resources * New Additions to Our Collection


We are happy to announce that we are now offering curbside service for pickups and returns on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2-5 pm. Please see the FAQ on our website for answers to all of your questions.


Join us on Saturday, June 20th at 10 am via Zoom for a live, interactive magic show with Marko the Magician.  After his performance, Marko will teach everyone how to do a magic trick.  Email to get the Zoom link and join the fun!

For 2 weeks following the performance you can pick up a DIY Magic Kit from the library containing all of the materials needed to make a magic wand and pipe cleaner dragons.


We are happy to announce our annual Summer Reading Challenge! This year we will be winding our way along a very bookish path, collecting prizes along the way. Anyone 18 or younger is welcome to participate. Your task is to read for a minimum of 15 minutes a day. Then color in a space for each day you've completed the task. After 7 spaces are completed, collect a prize. Print the map out yourself or pick one up at the library during curbside hours Mondays and Wednesdays from 2-5 pm. Click here to get the map!


Join us on Friday, June 26th @ 4:30 pm as we continue our Border Crossings discussion series with Crossers by Philip Caputo, a novel about 3 generations of ranchers on the Mexican/Arizona border. Moving between eras and countries, it illuminates the transborder conflict: Migrants fleeing poverty and terror at great peril and the resultant cost and fear for homeowners.

This series is arranged by the Vermont Humanities Council and is free and open to the public.

ALL BOOKS NOW AVAILABLE TO PICK UP DURING CURBSIDE SERVICE (MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS 2-5 PM). This discussion will be held via Zoom. Email us at for the Zoom link.
Additional dates in this series to put on your calendar:
Friday, July 31st @ 4:30 pm on Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Friday, August 28th @ 4:30 pm on Exit West by Mohsen Hamid


Join us on Monday, July 13th at 3 pm via Zoom for Jools Skeet the Interactive Storyteller.

Have you ever wanted to teleport to another world? Solve a mystery? Or dig for hidden treasure? Well, now is your chance! Storytree will give you the opportunity to participate in a fun, dynamic storytelling adventure. Using the magic of the imagination and an ancient story bag full of weird and wonderful objects, you will be part of a journey that could take you ANYWHERE!

At the end of each story, the adventure continues through a hands-on art component designed to engage the participants and allow a space for reflection.

Email to get the Zoom link and join the fun!


Join us on Wednesday, July 15th at 5 pm via Zoom for a lecture and discussion by UVM professor Teresa Mares. In her timely new book, Teresa Mares explores the intersections of structural vulnerability and food insecurity experienced by migrant farmworkers in the northeastern borderlands of the United States. Through ethnographic portraits of Latinx farmworkers who labor in Vermont’s dairy industry, Mares powerfully illuminates the complex and resilient ways workers sustain themselves and their families while also serving as the backbone of the state’s agricultural economy. In doing so, Life on the Other Border exposes how broader movements for food justice and labor rights play out in the agricultural sector, and powerfully points to the misaligned agriculture and immigration policies impacting our food system today.

Email to get the Zoom link.

Free Online Resources Available to All Vermonters

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 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:
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