Our sense of community remains

Although as a species we often have a difficult time with it, change is inevitable. The recent closure of our state and world is a hardship to many, and reopening brings a new variety of uncertainty as we can’t go ‘back to normal’. While things certainly won’t look the same moving forward, one thing that remains is our underlying sense of community and care for each other.

As we continue to develop appropriate guidelines for reopening our doors to the community in a safe and responsible way, we are adding another day to our curbside pickup hours. In addition to Tuesdays and Saturdays, you will now also be able to come grab your books, puzzles, DVD’s and audiobooks on Thursdays from 2-6pm. Visit our website for our catalog and new books list, and then email or call us at 496-9728 to make your requests. When arriving and retrieving your books from the front porch of the Town Hall, make sure you maintain adequate distance with others outside of your household, and please stay home if you feel ill in any way. Returns should be dropped off in the book drop at the original library building as the first step in our book quarantining process. As the weather improves, our 24/7 wi-fi accessible from your car in the parking lot becomes more attractive as well.

Our virtual trivia nights remain a fun way to connect over the topics we love. This Friday at 6:30pm we are diving into the world of the Stranger Things TV series, complete with an 80’s hair challenge. Register online at any of the MRV Libraries’ websites before 9am on Friday to receive the login information to compete on your own or as a team. We then move onto Hunger Games on May 29th in honor of Suzanne Collins’ recent prequel release “The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes”. And, start preparing now for a Local Trivia Night in partnership with the Friends of the Mad River on Friday, June 5th.

The MRV Libraries are also dreaming up fairytales, myths, and legends as we “Imagine Our Story” for this year’s Summer Learning Program. While we don’t know exactly what form it will take quite yet, we are hosting a fun community art project for all ages to get started. Submit a drawing of your favorite character, scenery or prop to become a part of our own community fairytale as we reimagine the classic T-shirt design “contest” into a T-shirt design “creation”. Any of these things can be from an existing fairy tale, myth or legend or they can be from your imagination as well. To ensure the best quality, please submit a high resolution photo or email of a line drawing to kidsjml@madriver.com. Submissions are due by Saturday, June 20th. Contact any of the libraries if you would like more information.

Newest to our collection are several titles from the 2020-2021 middle grade book award including “The Last Human” by Lee Bacon, “The World Ends in April” by Stacy McNulty, “A Good Kind of Trouble” by Lisa Moore Ramee and “Scary Stories for Young Foxes” by Christian Heidicker. Formerly known as “Dorothy Canfield Fisher”, this year Vermont students in grades 4-8 have the opportunity to help create a new, more relevant name for this popular statewide award. The deadline for name submissions is May 26, 2020, after which the renaming committee will review and grade them. Then students in grades 4-9 will vote for their favorite name from the final list in the fall of 2020.