Library Closed for Item Pickup on Monday, January 18

The library will be closed for item pickup on Monday, January 18 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. As schools are closed as well, perhaps requesting a library book about MLK to read together with a young person on Monday is a good idea. The foyer will be open for book pick up on Saturday, January 16 from 12 – 2 pm.

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The Vermont Golden Dome Book Award

The Vermont Golden Dome Book Award (formerly the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award) was created to honor excellence in children’s literature. Each year since 1957, Vermont students in grades four through eight have selected their favorite book from a list of 30 nominees carefully chosen from among hundreds of new books by a team of Vermont librarians and teachers. It is recommended that students read at least five of the year’s nominated titles before voting for their favorite. Voting takes place in the spring, generally beginning in April.

Every year we acquire each of the titles on the Golden Dome list, and these books are among the most circulated youth books in the library. The list is an excellent place to start if you are trying to help your middle-grade reader find something great to read. Encourage them to check out this year’s list and get cracking so that they can vote for their favorite. It won’t be long before a brand new list is before us.

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Peaceful Moments: a Photographic Exhibit by David Sobel

(#9) Sunset on Jaco Beach, Costa Rica.

About this Exhibit

I believe that photographs can provide us with moments of quiet reflection.  And so, I have created an on-line photographic exhibit that I would like to share with you.

Beginning today, and for nine more weeks, a photograph depicting a peaceful moment will appear each week on this website.  These photographs were taken in Italy and Costa Rica, as well as in Alaska, Utah, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont.

Several of these photographs have been previously exhibited at Vermont libraries, a town center and at the former On the Rise Bakery in Richmond.

These images are best viewed on a tablet or desktop computer.

I hope you enjoy these images and they accomplish their intended purpose–to provide you with a peaceful moment in this time of great uncertainty and stress.

Please send comments to Dave Sobel,

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What is a Playaway?

Playaways are portable, preloaded audiobook devices for both adults and children. We have 120+ youth Playaways. We think you will agree they are the easiest way for children to enjoy a book on the go or whenever they need a little time to themselves with a good story. Children as young as five can manage the few, easy buttons. The Library also has many bestselling adult books on Playaways. The devices are small and simple and work great with headphones, earbuds or through your car speakers. Reserve one through your library account or contact us at 434-3036 / to request one or to get more information. If you don’t yet have a library card, we can help with that too!

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