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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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Some helpful community resources, information and guidelines to help with the Covid-19 crisis.
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:
§ 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 an elbow bump or wave.
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. At this time, there is no recommendation to wear masks to prevent illness. Please refer to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website for frequently asked questions.
Additional recommended resources regarding the novel coronavirus include:
§ 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/