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COVID PROTOCOL REMINDERS

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.


**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.**

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.
The State-Wide Vermont Winter Reading Challenge is open now through the end of February!  The new year is a time for reflection and reinvigoration. What better way to do that than to cozy up with inspiring books this winter? The challenge is open to readers of all ages. Participants can read books of their choosing, log minutes, and earn digital badges.

We encourage readers to choose books and stories from an array of diverse authors and topics, and we invite you to explore books from bestselling and acclaimed authors including Cozbi Cabrera, Sharon Draper, Stuart Gibbs, Stephen Graham Jones, Hena Khan, Debbie Ohi, Christina Hammonds Reed and Rebecca Roanhorse. Each of these authors will participate in a virtual event at a library or school that achieves the highest level of participation from their community. For more information check out Simon & Schuster’s Books Like Us.

To get started visit the link above and follow the instructions to register. Share about your participation on social media (please tag us!) using #WinterRead2021 and you could be featured on one of Beanstack’s weekly roundup stories on Facebook and Instagram.

JANUARY IS NATIONAL JOURNALING MONTH! 
Join us January 9th at 10:30am for the first session of our
Journal into 2021 Series

Do you like to write? Do you want to find more time this year to document your life? Maybe you want to start a Morning Pages routine or begin an artist's journal to sketch your thoughts or record your day? Perhaps you're working towards a goal or New Year's resolution and want to find a way to reflect on your progress?

There's no right or wrong way to journal and in this Saturday morning series we will explore them all!

To get started,
join us January 9th with your favorite notebook, journal, or pad of paper paper and something to write with. We will begin informally, discuss journaling, write together, and then share our work or reflect on the experience. 

Everyone is welcome! 
This series will run every Saturday morning at 10:30 and will be lead by our Interim Director, Miranda Moody Miller. 

Join with our new library event ZOOM link: http://bit.ly/BlakeMemorialLibraryEvents

 BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES -
"SYSTEMIC: RACISM IN AMERICA" 4th DISCUSSION JAN 15TH @ 4:30pm


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 khotellingbml@gmail.com for the Zoom Link.

New! - Vermont Art & Artists Discussion Series - 3rd Friday of every Month, Starting Jan 22nd @ 4:30pm

Each month we will invite you to check out the work of a featured VT artist, and then join us for a virtual discussion with them. The first discussion will feature local artist Madeleine Murray and will be held via ZOOM on Friday, January 22nd from 4:30-6pm. Her paintings will also be on display in the library following this event; please come in and check it out! 

In preparation for this discussion, please view Madeleine's current and archived work on her website: http://mmurrayart.com/.

For more information about this event, and for the updated list of artists in this series, please visit our website. 

To participate in this discussion please use our new permanent Zoom link:  http://bit.ly/BlakeMemorialLibraryEvents

Winter Recipe Swap! Friday, Jan 29th @ 4:30pm

Need some inspiration? Have some to share? Want to do a little “Show and Tell”?

We all experience cooking ruts and one of the best ways to find new inspiration is to get a new recipe from a friend!

During this meet up all participants will have a chance to show/describe their dish and we will compile and share out the recipes to everyone afterwards!

Join us with the ZOOM link: http://bit.ly/BlakeMemorialLibraryEvents

Submit Work to our NEW Art Contest! "Reflecting on 2020 - Lessons, Frustrations, Silver Linings"

2020 Will go down in history as a year filled with upheaval, frustration, insights, and change.  We invite you to share your realizations, lessons, frustrations and/or silver linings through an ORIGINAL PIECE OF ART OR WRITING.


To Participate: Using whatever medium you are called to, complete a piece of art or writing that responds to the theme.  Submit your finished work to the library any time between Jan 20th and Feb 22nd.

All Art and Writing will be displayed in the library and on our website. For more details
 about the contest, and the exhibit to follow, please visit blakememoriallibrary.org

We look forward to seeing what you'll create! So, get started and ...
LET YOUR CREATIVITY FLOW!!

REMINDER: Vote With Your Dollars
FALL PHOTO FUNDRAISER

 

The Beautiful Fall Photos from our Fall Photo Contest are still 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 are still able to
VOTE WITH YOUR DOLLARS
to determine the
PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD WINNING PHOTOGRAPH!!!

WE WILL BE ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS IN THE LAST WEEK OF JANUARY SO DON'T DELAY, VOTE TODAY!!!

To participate, come view the photo display in the library (or online on our website).
  • 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 https://blakememorial.org/donate-library/ , 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!   
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January Book Display - "Food Glorious Food"

We've gathered books that Speak of  All Things Food - 
-Where Our Food Comes From
-Scrumptious Fiction Focused on Food
-History of Food
-Biographies of Chefs
-Mindful Eating
and MORE FASCINATING FOOD READS!

 
Looking Ahead: Starting February 5th, we will be hosting a first Friday Virtual Poetry Meet Up to share and discuss our favorite poems. Join us at 6:30 with your favorite beverage and a poem or two for a virtual “poetry hour” and some community connection.
NEW ADDITIONS TO OUR COLLECTION

Mystery/Thriller:
        


Non-Fiction:
POETRY:
        

MEMOIR:
                    
NONFICTION:
                    
Fiction:
        

Young Adult Fiction:

YA Graphic Novel:

YA NonFiction:
     
JUV Fiction:

    
        
JUV Graphic Novels:
        



JUV NonFiction:

    

Early Readers:




Picture Books:
             
 

DID YOU KNOW? 
You can access over 500 Online Classes through the library website via Universal Class?  You can even get Continuing Education Credits, as well!


You will find almost any topic you have an interest in, including - Meditation, Computer Skills, Accounting, Parenting, Small Business Management and Candle Making!

Click Here To Access This Resource!
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: www.blakememorial.org.
 
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: https://blakememorial.org/explore-research/
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
WAYS TO SUPPORT THE LIBRARY
Do you shop at Amazon.com?  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: https://smile.amazon.com/ch/03-0212407

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. 
Support the Library's Fundraising Efforts and Purchase a Journal and Your Favorite Journaling Beverage


 
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