Digital Downloads

If you have a smartphone, a tablet, a kindle, a laptop, or a desktop, you can download eBooks or audiobooks to your device.   For your login, you’ll need #1) the barcode on the back of your card and #2) your last name and #3) and unexpired card.   Go here to login: https://gmlc.overdrive.com

We recommend downloading the Libby app.

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Why the Library is Closed

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The Richmond Free Library has closed effective 6 pm, Friday, March 13 to protect our community. The library has many patrons (and staff) over the age of 60. It is also an after-school meeting and pick-up location with high traffic in the afternoons. We are not in a position to disinfect the library, and we cannot keep up with wiping “high touch” areas as new patrons come in and out of the library. We do not have a “purpose built” building and the space we have is not conducive to social distancing. Our library is a combination of several small spaces that encourage interaction (which libraries love!)  and one large meeting area for programs. Our programs were discontinued on Monday, but there is no way people can maintain adequate distance in other areas. Nor can staff maintain safe distances at our service desks.

I’m also seeing conflicting information in medical literature on the persistence of the COVID-19 virus on surfaces. Several reputable and peer-reviewed journals have indicated the virus survives up to 9 days in ideal conditions, and most likely dies off after 5 days in other conditions. This is certainly contradictory to other sources, and points out that there is yet a good consensus on this factor. In reality, there is still much to learn about COVID-19 and it’s transmission. The CDC is putting out its best guess.  What we do know is that while the contagion seems to moving slowly, it will grow at an exponential rate unless actions are taken to slow it.

In keeping the library open, it signals the public that it’s a safe place to convene. It isn’t. There are only five confirmed cases in Vermont. That doesn’t seem like a threat, but it’s only because there is limited resources for testing and monitoring.  Real numbers of infection are not available. The virus is spreading, and I think everyone should be contributing to the halt of the disease.

In the meantime, our communities need to quickly develop safety nets of all kinds for our residents.

The Library will be implementing some means of book delivery and pick up next week and discontinuing due dates. Our online resources are limited, but we will encourage their use as well. Any other ideas on service that is not in-person are welcome. Some staff will be continuing to work at the library, but we will not be admitting patrons until further notice.

Please feel free to call or email us.

Rebecca Mueller, Dir.

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Library Closure

The Library is closed until further notice.  All programs have been suspended.  Our annual Baby Brunch will be rescheduled for later in the year.

More information will be forthcoming.

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Women Speak: Resistance Art – March 2020

Women Speak: Resistance Art created in response to recent political, cultural events and concerns.  Meta Strick, IndiaTresselt and Sarah Rosedahl present this powerful show at the Library during the month of March.
 
Women Speak
 
Meta Strick is a mixed media artist who makes one-of-a-kind Art Dolls, ornaments, paintings, and other decorative objects. Her work often tells a story, presents a feminist message, or offers hopeful inspiration. Meta has taught studio art and art history classes at Community College of Vermont for over thirty years. In addition to participating in art fairs, she regularly offers workshops at her studio.
 
For the last three years, India has focused her needle on resistance to the current administration, social issues including immigration and sexual harassment, and peace. This exhibit will feature her stitched Flags of Resistance and a recently completed year-long embroidery project, 52 Small Meditations on Peace. India is a fiber artist from the Champlain Valley, in Northwestern Vermont. Knitting, temari and embroidery are her passions.
 
In response to the 2016 U.S. Presidential election, Sarah Rosedahl started creating editorial cartoons, often using chickens to communicate a message. After creating dozens of cartoons, Sarah published the collection as a book entitled “What the Cluck”. Sarah Rosedahl is an artist and recovering software engineer. After working in the high tech industry for 30 years in California and New Orleans, Sarah now lives in Vermont where she is inspired by the wildlife and agriculture of the Lake Champlain Islands. Sarah works in watercolor, acrylic and mixed media and especially enjoys painting birds, both wild and domestic.
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