Although it remains vitally important to stay physically distant from each other and home as much as possible, as social creatures we also very much need to stay connected. At the library, we are committed to our mission of serving the community as a hub by providing resources and programming in new ways until things are more certain again.
Coming up next Tuesday April 7th, we begin our virtual programming with an “Any Book” Book club. Join us via a Zoom meeting starting at 4:30pm to share what you have been reading lately and hear about others’ top picks. We are also moving our last Open Mic Night of the season online starting at 6:30pm on Friday, April 17th. This is your last chance to share your hidden talents or cheer on your friends and neighbors until fall when we can hopefully meet in person again. Other programs are in development, and we welcome your suggestions for fun things to do virtually together. Visit our website for more details and the meeting links.
Other online options on our website include audio and ebooks through Listen Up Vermont, a variety of TumbleBooks links for kids and adults, and the Vermont Online Library and Learning Express databases filled with information and classes. We can sign Moretown residents up for a library card over the phone or email for access to some of these services. And, we continue to pass along links to the many wonderful things happening online through our Facebook page. Finally, our free wi-fi is also always on, so if your internet at home isn’t up to the task come to the Town Hall parking lot to connect using the MoretownLibrary network.
For those who are unable to move everything online, we are continuing to offer no contact curbside pickup of books, puzzles, audiobooks and DVD’s. Call or email the library to request your items and arrange a pickup time from the Town Hall front porch on Tuesdays from 2-6pm or Saturdays from 10am-1pm. To minimize your trips away from home please consider a time when you are already out for other essential supplies. Our due dates are extended to May 2nd, however should you choose to return your book you can use the bookdrop at the original library building as the first step in our seven day book quarantining process.
Two new books to our collection that can help you take a break from the screen and current pandemic situation are Chris Bohjalian’s “The Red Lotus” and “Finding Shelter: Portraits of Love, Healing and Shelter” by Jesse Freidin. A global thriller with compelling characters, Bohjalian’s tale follows an ER doctor and her boyfriend on a trip to Vietnam gone wrong that reveals dark secrets. “Finding Shelter” is filled with heartwarming images of volunteers and their rescue dogs from award winning photographer Freidin as he sheds light on the healing and joy that can be found in the animal shelter world. We hope to “see” you soon online!