Our online offerings are growing! Every few weeks we post a video featuring a stack of new books on the shelves. We’ve got videos showing how to use our catalog, as well. Who knows what we will come up with next! Visit our YouTube channel to see what’s available.
Our virtual story time shorts are proving to be a fun community connection. Below are our favorites. Find more on our Virtual Story Time page.
Orwell Free Library RECEIVES NATIONAL GRANT FOR SMALL AND RURAL LIBRARIES $3,000 Grant provides funding for Orwell Library to support the Orwell Select Board with virtual Town Meeting offerings.
We were selected as one of 200 libraries to participate in Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and rural communities.
The competitive award comes with a $3,000 grant that will help the library purchase quality streaming technology and support staff time to bring the 2021 Orwell Town Meeting safely to town residents.
We are excited and ready to assist our town officials with a COVID safe Town Meeting alternative. The grant funds will also allow our library to build infrastructure for quality virtual programming. This moment in time is special and challenging in so many ways. It is wonderful to be given opportunities to work together and serve our community as best we can.
The pandemic put small Vermont towns in a difficult position. Running a virtual informational meeting with a Q & A piece is a challenge many are not comfortable offering. Local libraries are positioned to provide advice and, in some cases, assistance to local governments amidst this challenge.
More than 300 libraries applied for the grant, according to ALA.
Since 2014, ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative has re-imagined the role libraries play in supporting communities. Libraries of all types have utilized free dialogue and deliberation training and resources to lead community and campus forums; take part in anti-violence activities; provide a space for residents to come together and discuss challenging topics; and have productive conversations with civic leaders, library trustees and staff.
“Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL).”
Join us for a virtual 3-part discussion as, together, we work through Me and White Supremacy: a 28 Day Challenge to Combat Racism, Change the World, and Become a Good Ancestor by Layla Saad.
ABOUT THE BOOK, from the publisher When Layla Saad ran a free month-long Instagram challenge during the summer of 2018, she had no idea it would become an international cultural movement. Thousands of people from around the world were galvanized by the #meandwhitesupremacy challenge, examining and owning responsibility for the ways in which they uphold white supremacy. Over 80,000 people downloaded her guide to the movement, Me and White Supremacy Workbook in the space of just six months. And now, that guide is a published book. Me and White Supremacy leads readers through a journey of understanding their white privilege and participation in white supremacy, so that they can stop (often unconsciously) inflicting damage on Black, Indigenous and people of color, and in turn, help other white people do better, too. The book goes beyond the original workbook by adding more historical and cultural contexts, sharing moving stories and anecdotes, and includes expanded definitions, examples, and further resources.
Ramona Akpo-Sani will facilitate the discussion. In addition to reading and discussing the book there are questions for each participant to answer for themselves in an effort to help the reader personalize the material by looking at their own history, attitudes, and actions.
Meetings will take place on Saturday November 7, 21, and December 5 at 1:30. Link to the virtual meeting, held on the Zoom platform, will be emailed out to all participants 24 hours before the start of each gathering.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Layla Saad is a globally respected writer, speaker and podcast host on the topics of race, identity, leadership, personal transformation and social change. As an East African, Arab, British, Black, Muslim woman who was born and grew up in the West, and lives in Middle East, she has always sat at a unique intersection of identities from which she is able to draw rich and intriguing perspectives. Saad’s work is driven by her powerful desire to ‘become a good ancestor’; to live and work in ways that leave a legacy of healing and liberation for those who will come after she is gone. She earned her Bachelor of Law degree from Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. She lives in Doha, Qatar with her husband, Sam, and two children, Maya and Mohamed. Learn more at www.laylafsaad.com.
In the spirit of new, different, and COVID safe, we are creating a Halloween Pumpkin and StoryWalk.
This event is full of fun. Read on to be fully informed!
The featured story is There Was An Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid Of Anything by Linda Williams.
Enter your jack-o-lantern into our Pumpkin Carving Contest! Fill out the entry form and leave your pumpkin at the library on Friday, October 30th with the form inside. Bring your phone to vote on your favorite pumpkin.
Wear a costume! The Mordasky family is providing hay bales for a fun photo scene at the end of the walk.
Candy will be given out along the storywalk between 1 pm and 4 pm. If you’d like to sponsor a candy stop, bring candy (a large amount of one or two varieties only) to the library before Saturday morning at 10 am. Donors will be listed at their candy stop.
Not interested in the candy? Visit the Pumpkin and Storywalk before 12:30 pm on Saturday for a sugar free Halloween experience.
Masks and social distancing are required to participate in this community event.
The walk begins at the library, crosses at the crosswalk, circles the town green, and crosses back to the lawn next to the library parking area. Use extreme caution with small children.
We will be safely passing out candy during regular trick-or-treating hours.
Orwell Free Library is now a member of the HomeCard library system, a cooperative lending program of 27 libraries in and beyond Chittenden County. All residents of Orwell are eligible to receive Homecard borrowing privileges.
With a library card issued from your home community, you can check out materials from libraries in Chittenden, Grand Isle, Franklin, Addison, and Lamoille counties.
This cooperative system provides users with expanded library hours and a vast collection of books, magazines, videos, music, and audiobooks available for check-out.
How to participate:
Visit OFL to update your account and get a new library card. All users must be Orwell residents and be in good standing for 3 or more months.
Visit a library in the Homecard system. Sign up for an account with that library using your Orwell Free Library card..
By participating, patron agrees to:
Abide by the lending libraries’ policies
Return items to the lending libraries
Pay any fines for damaged or lost items
Titles become overdue at the discretion of the “lending library.” Patrons are responsible for visiting or calling the library from which they borrowed an item to find out if it can be renewed.
Orwell Free Library is responsible for sending overdue notices to Orwell library patrons.
If patrons do not return the items they borrowed from another library they will be suspended and lose library privileges at the Orwell Free Library and all homecard libraries.
Patrons are reinstated when the item is returned or when the patron pays for the lost item.
Patrons with ten or more overdues from homecard libraries will be immediately suspended.
The success of the HomeCard system depends on patrons using it responsibly. We urge you to return your materials on time. Thank you.
Bristol- LAWRENCE MEMORIAL LIBRARY 40 North St. 05443 PHONE: 453-2336 lawrencelibrary.net HOURS: Mon 10-5, Tues & Thurs 10-8, Fri 1-5, Sat 9-1
OFL provides resources to local homeschooling families. Check out materials that cover a multitude of subjects and reading levels (for free!) on our shelves or through inter-library loan. We will assist in gathering items for you or can support you while hunting through our stacks. Easy readers, transitional chapter books, exciting juvenile fiction stories, biographies, animal stories, historical fiction and nonfiction, astronomy, nature guides, and so much more are readily available on our shelves.
Please let us know how we can help.
Here is our collection of how-to homeschool books. Reserve a copy by clicking the images (or email us). To sign-in to our online catalog, use your library barcode number and the password userpass for first time users.
Guidelines for Home Study in Vermont: Contains information necessary to prepare and submit an enrollment notice for homeschooling. Excerpts from relevant statutes and rules are also provided.
Minimum Course of Study (MCOS) – Vermont state statute requires that parents provide a list of skills and topics, scope and sequence, for each of the topic areas that the student will be learning about during the course of the school year for each child.
Vermont PBS: At Home Learning – Vermont Public Broadcasting System (PBS) and the Agency of Education (AOE) are partnering to support continuity of learning for our students and school communities this Fall.
Learning Media – VTPBS and PBS have curated FREE, standards-aligned videos, interactives, lesson plans, and more for teachers like you.
HSLDA Homeschooling law, rights, cases, and resources
Oak Meadow – Resources for families and independent learners in kindergarten to grade 12
We our opening our doors for 6 hours a week to patrons as of July 25th. We ask all visitors to wear masks and practice social distancing to help keep our space and users as safe as possible, under the circumstances. Check with the librarian before entering, in case our space is at capacity.
Browsing hours will be every Tuesday from 1 pm – 4 pm and Saturday from 10 am – 1 pm.
Computers and printing will be available during our regularly staffed hours, Tuesday & Friday 9 am – 4 pm and Saturday, 9 am – 1 pm.
Pick up and delivery continue to be our preferred access point to the collection. If possible, please use our online catalog and/or pick up and delivery form. Calling or emailing are also great ways to catch up and order items. We’ve separated our open hours from our packing hours as much as possible, so this option continues to be safe.
Get ready to geek out over trivia with the Orwell & Platt Library every Friday, between July 10 and July 31. Each night will be an online adventure of pop-culture, fairy tales, movie adaptations, geography, Vermont history, and so much more.
Teams may have a maximum of 6 players.
No outside help (internet, phone, etc.) of any kind, including during breaks! If you are caught, your team will be disqualified.
You will have 1 minute (3 minutes for picture round) to answer via your designated reporter via Zoom private chat to The Point Taker
The game is comprised of 5 rounds of 6 questions—each question is worth 10 points unless otherwise noted. After 5 rounds, there will be a FINAL TRIVIA round where each team may place a Jeopardy style wager.
In the event of a tie, a tie-breaker question will decide the winner. In the unlikely event that the tied teams each answer the question correctly (closest), the winner shall be the team which chats the correct answer to the Point Taker the quickest.
The Point Taker and the Quiz Queen have the final say on all rule interpretations and disputes.
While the library remains closed, we recognize a need to provide public computer access to the community. Locals can now use our laptops outside the library walls during staffed hours (Tues & Fri 9 am- 2pm, Sat 9 am- 12pm). Fill out our online form to reserve a machine, call the library, or drop by and wave at the librarian. We will do our best to accommodate all requests. Our wireless reaches across much of the town green, providing lots of places to work while remaining social distant from other users of the space.
Each computer will have a layer of press n’ seal wrap over the key board during each patron use. This will allow us to keep the keyboards clean. The laptops will be wiped down and, if possible, quarantined for 3 days before recirculating.
Please contact us if you have questions or would like to use one of our computers. Help us spread the word!
Another successful Plant Sale has come and gone! We had hiccups and learning opportunities galore – thank you all for your patience and support. We debriefed, took notes and will be better prepared to do online ordering again.