Public Computers Now Available

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!

Hurray for Hoopla!

Orwell Free Library is pleased to present Hoopla Digital. This service dramatically increases our online and mobile access to movies, music, eBooks, audiobooks and more. OFL card-holders can instantly explore, borrow and enjoy dynamic content on their smartphones, tablets and PCs, 24/7, no holds, no waitlists.
Each patron gets 6 borrows per month. All you need is your barcode number to sign in. Check out this new resource and get started at

Checkouts are limited to six items per month. The month resets on the first of each month. Items cannot be renewed, but you may re-borrow. Music titles may only be borrowed twice during the month.

Checkout Times

  1. eBooks, Audiobooks, and Comics – 21 days
  2. Music – 7 days
  3. Movies – 3 days

Downloading the App

For Nook Colors, Android tablets and phones, iPads, and iPhones, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your device’s App Store, and install Hoopla Digital.
  2. Open the app and choose sign up to get started. If you allow the app to access your location, Orwell Free Library should be listed in “Nearby Libraries”, or you can search for your library. You will need to give your email address and create a password for Hoopla. You will also need with your OFL library card #.
  3. You can search for eBooks, audiobooks, movies/television, and music by title, author, or keyword in the search box and narrow by filter, or just browse through their pre-established categories. Click on the cover for more information about the item or to borrow.
  4. Once you’ve chosen an item, click borrow. You will have the option to read or play, otherwise the item will be in “My Titles” for you to access later.
  5. You can see the items you have out under “My Titles”. Tap on the item you wish to read/play, and then click read/play to start or continue. The selection should pick up from where you last left off. You can also see when a title is going to return automatically, or return the item from this screen.


If you want to see all that Hoopla has to offer, check out Hoopla’s YouTube page.


If you need help using Hoopla, please feel free to stop by the Orwell Free Library for assistance. You can also visit Hoopla’s help section.

Trusted COVID-19 Resources

During these uncertain times, we look for information and leadership that we can trust. At the library, we use the following resources to keep up with this quickly developing situation.

Vermont Department of Health novel coronavirus website

Center for Disease Control site

CDC videos with information about the virus and how to protect yourself.

World Health Organization novel coronavirus site

Comics for Good – weekly comics on COVID 19, coloring pages

Psych Central – How to Cope with Coronavirus Fears

How Can I Help #prepare – Vermont based facebook group.

Sign Language Club

Students of Sign Language 1 at Orwell Free Library can’t keep their hands quiet! Children from grades 3-5 participated in activities learning the ASL alphabet and numbers, as well as, signs for colors, people, foods and animals. They are learning to put together short sentences and are excited to show off their skills.

Sign Language 2 begins soon. Our experienced signers will take their learning to the next level over the six week course.

Retired speech therapist and library volunteer extraordinaire, Cindy Werner, provides this wonderful opportunity for our local children.

Fall at OFL

Check out what we’ve been up to this fall. It’s been busy and exciting with programs and events for all ages of Orwellians.

Susan Powers and George Macedo filled our gallery walls with a wonderful exhibit of their art. Howard Coffin tested the limits of our renovated space, bringing in 63 people to his lecture on Vermont Sharpshooters. Miss Cindy taught our youngest set colors in sign language using perfectly ripe, local apples. Cliff Hunter pressed cider with his home built press – and gave us all a sweet treat to take home. Later that same night, tweens and teens decended on our space for Nailed It! Library Edition and made a huge mess (wonderfully enough, those young participants had a huge hand in cleaning it all up!) In October we had our annual Harvest Sale, raising $1800 for the library. A handful of readers connected over lunch at our Books for Lunch discussion featuring Hillbilly Elegy. Cheryl Tudhope brought her rug hooking to the Friday afternoon fiber meetup. Susan Powers demonstrated painting with oil (and 5 year olds) in late October. We rounded things off with a teen Halloween Party that was as crazy as we expected.

We are lucky to be located in a community who speaks up, shows up and steps up when necessary!

Now it is time to begin scheduling events for those deep winter months when many of us need a little community pick me up. Got any ideas? Email OFL at

Summer Reading Shenanigans

Our summer of space programming has been a blast! With one week left to go, our participants (ages 0-12) learned about our solar system, the stars, constellations, the sun, planets, and the moon. Learning about UV rays bombarding our astronauts will round out our events for school age children. The story time crowd will learn what an astronaut is and why they have such an interesting job.

We had 50 people sign up for our summer reading incentive programs, including Rubber Ducky Club for 0-5 year olds, Read for Beads Club for 5-12 year olds and our Reading Raffle for teens and adults. There has been loads of reading and plenty of fun at OFL this July!

Learning about moon phases with cookies.
Moon Rover Activity
Making planetary bracelets

EBooks and Audiobooks

Access a large and growing library of eBooks and audiobooks anytime, anywhere (with an internet connection).  Search, reserve, request and check out books using your OFL barcode, for free.


Use the help link at the Listen Up! Vermont website to get started.  Call or stop by the library if you need more assistance.

Stream Movies and Documentaries

We now offer movies and documentaries through the streaming service Kanopy.  Sign up at  You will need your library card number to begin.


Library patrons have 6 credits (1 credit per film viewed) each month.  For more information or help using the service, please contact the librarian.

Find out how to use kanopy with a phone or tablet device or on your computer with this print out.  Kanopy is also available through Roku, Chomecast and Amazon Fire Sticks and Telstra TV.  The help section of the kanopy website is also useful when learning the program.