In This Newsletter:
*Saying Hello   *National Poetry Month
     *Free Online Resources


We hope you all are well and doing what you can to stay safe and content during this time of social distancing.
We are missing not being able to see you all but are looking forward to when we can welcome you all back into our newly renovated and beautiful library.

The renovation went smoothly and we think you all will love our new space.
For now we are getting the books back on the shelves, processing new books and have scheduled many wonderful events for the upcoming seasons. Below is a sneak peak at our beautiful new circulation desk!

Do check out
 our FB page and website for updates on state
and local resources available and for creative ideas for entertainment and
education during this time.

Please keep any books that you have checked out until we reopen.

If you have any questions, concerns, or need our support during this time, please do not hesitate to email us at:
Our website -

For more information on COVID-19:

April is National Poetry Month

Here is a wonderful website, “Favorite Poem Project”  where you can listen and watch “Americans Saying Poems They Love” – the short videos also give a little glimpse into the reader’s lives - beautiful and moving.

And here's a poem for you all, written after the COVID 19 outbreak:

Untitled by Kitty O'Meara (2020)
And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.

Free Online Resources Available to All Vermonters

During the COVID 19-time,  Tumblebooks is offering FREE access to their many children’s 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 the library director 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 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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