In This Newsletter:

*Summer Reading Program Continues!*
*New Book Discussion Series*
*Amazing Monarchs Presentation*
*VINS Raptor Presentation with Live Birds*
*Community Conversation*
*Let's Go Fishing*
*In Person Story Hour*
*FREE Camps*
*Art Display - Robert Chapla Paintings*
*Story Walk in F.X. Shea Town Forest*
*Did You Know? We have a toy lending library*
*Kanopy - Video Streaming*
*New Additions To Our Collection*
*Other Free Online Resources*
*211 24/7 hr Support For Vermonters*
*We're OPEN, Mon & Wed 2-6 pm & we will be opening for more hours soon - stay tuned!*
*Ways To Support The Library*

Summer Reading Program Continues! 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!

Summer/Fall Book Discussion Series: "Conservation, Ecology and Indigenous History & Wisdoms." 


 We will be holding our book discussions this Summer under our new tent at the library.  In person!

1st Book Discussion is on "Braiding Sweetgrass" by Robin Wall Kimmerer - Friday, July 9th @ 4:30

The next discussion will be on August 6th @ 4:30 for the book "Changes In The Land: Indians, Colonists and the Ecology of New England" by William Cronon. Come to the library to get your copy or let us know if you want us to set one out for curbside pick up - 439-5338

AMAZING MONARCHS PRESENTATION by a Biologist from the Vermont Center For Ecostudies
- Monday, July 12th @ 6:30 at The Corinth Town Hall

 Come learn about these beautiful creatures, their life cycles, migrations, their history and conservation.  Come find out how we can help with their declining numbers.  For more info. go to our website

VINS Raptor Presentation with LIVE BIRDS!
"Raptors Inspiring Conservation" Saturday, July 17th @ 2:00 at the library, under our new tent.

Join us to learn about these fascinating birds, the vital roles they play in our ecosystem and how people have come together to bring their numbers back from decline. Visit our website for more info -

Community Conversation - We want to hear what YOU want at the library!
Sunday, July 25th @ 4:00 at the library under our

Big New Tent

The library is creating a 5-Year Plan and WE WANT YOUR IDEAS!  What would you like to see happening at your library?  Please come give us your input. We will serve Rob's wood-fired pizza and refreshments - free for all who participate. RSVP appreciated but not required -

Let's Go Fishing! Saturday, July 24th & July 31st @ 9-1:00.  Meet at the library.

The 24th is to learn about fish, their ecosystems and habitat.  The 31st we will all go fishing together. All equipment is provided. Free and open to all ages. RSVP appreciated - or 439-5338

In Person Story Hour - Yay!! Every Thursday @ 10 am on the library lawn, under our new tent.
Rain or Shine (the tent can have walls)

Join Wendy for a fun hour of Stories, Songs and Crafts.
Creative Arts Camps - open to all ages. Held at the library.
Session 1 - July 26-30th, 9-3:00
Session 2 - August 2-6th, 9-3:00
Join us for creative art, play and fun!
To sign up email -

Thanks to Summer Matters for All grant funding we’ve been able to add two weeks of Creative Arts Camp.
Kids can sign up for just one or both weeks. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided. All camp programs are FREE and open to children of all ages. 

In Creative Arts Camp we will bring Native American and other Indigenous stories to life through art, writing, music, movement, and theater. We will create art from nature, making paint and ink from rocks and berries as well as natural fiber paper mache. We will explore traditional Abenaki crafts such as baskets, rattles, and beadwork. At the end of our two weeks together we will celebrate what we’ve created in a final performance to share with the community. 

For more information and to register please e-mail the Camp Director at

Come View The Beautiful 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  -

Did You Know? We Have a Toy Lending Library!

Stop by the library to check out one of our maker/builder/creative-type toys from our Toy Lending Library. We have 14 toy sets appropriate for children 1-10 years.

Toys available for loan for a two-week period. Take one home, play, bring it back, and check out another! 

Recommended age range labeled on each toy. Let your children’s imagination and creativity run wild!

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:
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?

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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.
Vaccinated no mask, Unvaccinated mask please.

Soon we will be open for our regular hours!
Stay tuned - we will announce it on the list serves.


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. 

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