Community Resources


Welcome! To help our patrons stay connected to their community, the world of books, audio books, history and learning, below are some helpful resources from the Vermont Department of Libraries Resources for Patrons:

Looking for books that you can have, hold and read?

We are now offering Front Porch Curbside Pickup! We also have found a few local book stores who are are offering book orders, some shopping with social distancing and curb-side pick-up. These are difficult times for us all. While we are monitoring the Covid-19 situation, with local state and health officials, we are beginning to slowly re-open, one phase at time. Meanwhile, please consider supporting your local or favorite book stores. They need the support at this time as well and have some affordable choices and the newest best sellers!

Northshire Bookstore, Manchester, Vt.

Blair Books & More, Chester, Vt.

Village Square Booksellers, Bellows Falls, Vt.

The Book Nook, Ludlow, VT.

Phoenix Books, Rutland, VT

Free Digital Book & Audio, Genealogy Resources:

Internet Archive – Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 418 billion archived web pages. Access – Go to https://archive.org/

Project Gutenberg – The site offers thousands of public domain ebooks for free use on any device. Because they are public domain, they are typically limited to items published before 1924, but that still includes a wide range of classics.
Access – Go to https://www.gutenberg.org/ and download ebooks in a variety of formats

LibriVox – This site offers public domain audiobooks recorded by volunteers for free use on any relevant device. Like Gutenberg, they tend to be items published before 1924.
Access – Go to https://librivox.org/ and download audiobooks.

TumbleBooks – This site offers is a collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, ebooks, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games. They recently announced its online products would be available for free to all public libraries until at least August 31.
Access – Libraries need to email info@tumblebooks.com with subject line Free TumbleBooks in order to receive links for use by their patrons.

FamilySearch – This free genealogy site allows users to search for information, create a family tree, and pull records from their extensive database.
Access – Go to https://www.familysearch.org/

LUV/Overdrive – Overdrive allows you to check out ebooks and digital audiobooks to your phone, tablet, or other device. Just like print books, there’s a checkout period, and only one person can have a book at a time.
Access – Install the Libby app, or go to http://gmlc.overdrive.com . You’ll need your library card number and possibly your password to get logged in.

For more information and resources, visit:

https://libraries.vermont.gov/covid19/resourcesforpatrons

Some helpful community resources, information and guidelines to help with the Covid-19 crisis.

Important Covid-19 Update – July 15, 2020!

Southwestern Vermont Health Care (Bennington Hospital) in a partnership with Town of Manchester and Riley Rink.
The SVHC pop-up site will open Wednesday, July 15 for drive-up testing between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and remain open at Riley Rink as many days as necessary. Once patient volume subsides, the pop-up testing location will transition to the SVMC Northshire Campus in Manchester. Those who attend the SVMC pop-up testing event should bring a completed form with them. The form can be obtained at https://svhealthcare.org/Portals/0/Outpatient%20COVID_%20Patient%20Data%20Sheet%20updated.pdf

Please continue to follow the CDC and State of Vermont guidelines — particularly,  •  wear masks — preferably at all times except on your own property •  keep social distance — 6-10 feet •  stay away from crowds •  wash your hands •  limit trips and exposure to others to essential needs • contact your provider or a health care professional if you feel sick or think you have been exposed
We can do this. We can keep our community safe and strong. But we all have to do our part.
For more information about the SVHC test https://svhealthcare.org/news/svhc-opens-pop-up-pcr-testing-for-covid-19
If you have questions, Regina Downer, My Community Nurse Project, 802-797-6517 is here to help.
STAY SAFE AND WELL

As a means of supporting initiatives to control the spread of the Coronavirus, as well as, the flu, we encourage everyone to follow social distancing practices and to observe careful health and sanitation measures during these times. Here are some helpful guidelines below:

An Ounce of Prevention:  Protect, Prepare and Know the Facts
It may be reassuring to know that the best ways to reduce the risk of becoming ill with seasonal colds or the flu also applies to the prevention of COVID-19.  These include:

  • Wear a face mask whenever you go into a public place, indoors or outdoors.

§  Washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

§  Covering your cough or sneeze.

§  Stay home if you are sick.

§  Avoiding touching your face.

§  Using alternatives to shaking hands, like a wave.

  • Adhere to social distancing at 6 feet or more away from others.

Please note: if you have recently returned from a country, state or region with ongoing COVID-19 infections, monitor your health and follow the instructions of public health officials.

Vulnerable individuals, which are defined as 60+ years or those who have health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease and weakened immune systems, are recommended to limit outings, avoid large gatherings, telecommute if possible, stay home if they are sick and avoid people who are sick. Remember to wear your mask in public places to protect those around you.

 Please refer to Vermont Department of Health    https://www.healthvermont.gov/, for daily updates, new orders & guidelines from the governor’s office and health officials. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for frequently asked questions.

State & Federal Resources regarding the novel coronavirus:

* Harvard Global Health Institute https://globalhealth.harvard.edu/

§  Vermont Department of Health    https://www.healthvermont.gov/

§  Vermont Department of Libraries https://libraries.vermont.gov/covid19

§  World Health Organization   https://www.who.int/

Centers of Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/

Senior Solutions Vermont

Vermont Agency of Education

OSHA

 US Chamber of Commerce Small Business Assistance

Hunger Free Vermont

VPR Coronavirus Briefing subscribe here

CDC Managing Anxiety and Stress with COVID 19

Mental Health Considerations during COVID-19 Outbreak

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA

Local Community Organizations for assistance & health:

Just Neighbors: Call 802-787-1225 to leave a voicemail message.

Weston Town Office: Check website and bulletin board for updates. Call 824-6645

My Community Nurse Project:  Regina Downer at 824-9596 or 845-797-6517 

Weston Community Hub Facebook Page

Londonderry Community Forum Facebook Page

Bennington County Mutual Aid

Rutland County Mutual Aid

Neighborhood Connections, Londonderry, Vt.