COVID-19 Response - Deborah's Messages

Gradually restarting our patron services!

Curbside service has been available beginning June 2, 2020.

Inter-Library-Loan courier delivery service has been available since June 16, 2020.

May 1, 2020

Here are some links that you might find useful:

(Please note that Addison County Mutual Aid now has a phone number: 802-377-3335).

Warmest wishes to you all, Deborah

April 8, 2020

Hello everyone -

Here is a "steal" from the Pierson Library in Shelburne via a Library Trustee. (Thank you!)

The National Emergency Library (https://archive.org/details/nationalemergencylibrary) is offering 1.4M books published from 1920-2000. It's a great new source for e-books, if you have been using Listen Up VT and are wait listed for a book, this could be a great way to get that book right away!

Also, they are carrying textbooks, so if you have been suddenly thrust into the role of homeschool teacher and are lacking certain books, you might find them here. You can download up to ten books at a time.

If you are interested in books published before 1920 (like the classics) you can visit Project Gutenberg (www.gutenberg.org), Just search the title you are looking for. And downloading content is unlimited.

I would like to remind people once again about our "parking lot Wifi". The connection you will join with is NHCL Air. I would also like to remind people to please ignore any system-generated overdue notices you get, and to hang on to books you have at home until we re-open. Thanks!

Warm regards to all, Deborah

April 1, 2020

Hi folks - I'll be posting about our online resources in the coming days. Today I'm going to talk about our two most popular online options! (Please do not let unfamiliarity with the terms I use prevent you from using these sites. I am very happy to help walk you through these steps!) To enroll in either of these, you will need a library card number. I am happy to fill out a form for you if you call, and we can easily get you set up. If you have more than yourself living at home, have the others sign up, too - you'll get the ability to sign out a lot more for your household that way!

LISTEN-UP VERMONT: Once you are signed up, this site allows access to many thousands of audio books (books that you listen to) that you can download using your computer browser. Additionally, using the LIBBY app on your phone or tablet, you can download and listen to audio books and read eBooks on your Kindle or reading app. In addition to audio books, ListenUpVermont also has a solid collection of ebooks - print books that you actually read on your screen.

KANOPY: Once you are enrolled in Kanopy through our library, you will be able to access (stream) many thousands of independent and foreign films and documentaries. Each patron is allowed 5 free viewings a month and your account will reset on the first of the month. (More household members enrolled - more movies!) They also offer Kanopy Kids - a collection of movies and shows for kids available in public libraries only. Your public library offers unlimited plays in Kanopy Kids, so your kids are free to explore enriching, educational and entertaining films and TV series.

And one final note: If she isn't already awesome enough, Dolly Parton will be reading bedtimes stories to kids on Facebook starting Thursday at 7pm. Follow this link for further information: Dolly Parton's Good Night Read Aloud

Warm regards to all,

Deborah Lundbech, Director

March 23, 2020

I write this in March, and it is a strange time, indeed! We are closed in an effort to keep patrons, volunteers, and staff healthy. As of this date our decision about lending materials (i.e. curbside drop-off, holds, etc.) is still undecided. Libraries in Vermont have made many different decisions, but as I write this the situation is changing almost daily.

We will keep you informed about our changes on Front Porch Forum, Facebook, and you may call me any time during regular library hours - or leave me a message and I'll get back to you: 802-453-4015

I would like to remind all of you that we have free available Wifi from the library parking lot. You can access this Wifi at NHCL Air.

For information, education and entertainment check out the following or go to On Site and Online Resources:

  • ListenUpVermont offers free downloadable audiobooks and ebooks.

  • Kanopy offers five free streamed movies a month per library account. (If you have several household members who belong to the library, you will each have five movies per month.)

  • Vermont Online Library provides free access to online information databases, with content such as Kids InfoBits for elementary school age kids, and databases that are selected for middle school, high school and college. It provides general reference and specific reference for adults with a wide scope of available topics.

  • Universal Class offers online classes to patrons using their library barcode to access. (call me if you need your number). Over 500 courses offered in an amazing array of subjects - guitar, cooking, poetry, writing, and many, many more.

With so much difficult news out there, it's inspiring to see the thoughtfulness and kindness that has arisen in this and other communities.

My warm wishes to you all, Deborah Lundbech, Director (802-453-4015)

March 19, 2020

Hello friends - As you know, information is changing daily about the virus and much of the infection path is still unknown. The Library Trustees and I will be meeting soon to discuss library service options while keeping in mind safety for everyone, and I will keep you all posted on decisions.

Please do not return any materials until further notice. (To aid you in remembering, our outside drop-off bin will be in Randy Boise's shop getting a needed repair and paint job. Yay!!) You can ignore any system generated reminders about overdues. We never have fines, but your own conscience can be clear. Nothing will be regarded as overdue until you all receive notice that books may be returned.

Again, if you need help accessing any on-line library services, do not hesitate to call me.

And remember that our Wifi is available from the library parking lot: use NHCL Air for your connection.

Regards,

Deborah Lundbech

Director

March 17, 2020

Dear patrons,

The library will be closed until further notice, due to the Covid-19 virus. We will be opening as soon as public health advisories and the Library Trustees judge it to be safe to do so. We are extremely sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but are doing our best to keep patrons and staff safe and healthy.

We would like to remind you that online resources are still available: Listenup Vermont - ebooks and audiobooks, Kanopy - 5 free streamed movies per person per month (although there have been problems due to large number of people accessing this site), and free Wifi outside the building.

If you need help with any of these, please call the library and, if I'm not there, leave a message and number and I'll call you back. (453-4015).

The Trustees and I will be thinking of other ways to help people access the collection over the next few days.

Stay well - this too shall pass! ~Deborah Lundbech, Director