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.
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 hoopladigital.com.
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.
eBooks, Audiobooks, and Comics – 21 days
Music – 7 days
Movies – 3 days
Downloading the App
For Nook Colors, Android tablets and phones, iPads, and iPhones, follow these steps:
Go to your device’s App Store, and install Hoopla Digital.
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 #.
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.
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.
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.
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.