Homeschooling Resources

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.

Vermont Homeschooling/Schooling from Home Support Resources

Homeschooling BooklistBooklist compiled from Vermont library listservs  

Browsing Hours Available

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.

Virtual Trivia!

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.

Sign up your team here.

We will send out specific login/platform information via email on Thursday, July 9, to all participants.

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