A Letter from West Fairlee

Dearest library friends,

I am sitting at my home in West Fairlee, VT, a sweet aging cat on my lap, far away from all of you.  I don’t know when I’ll be able to see you again, but I’m so grateful for the ability to stay in touch, to read your notes, and to talk virtually.  

I’ve been searching the Internet for things that can enrich our lives while so many of us are staying close to home, and I’ve found some lovely resources.  In addition to things like free online recovery meetings and information on low-cost Internet and cell service, I’ve collected piles of links to activities and digital books and a hundred other things to surprise, delight, entertain and inform you.  For example, did you know, in addition to the books available through ListenUpVermont (which you can access any time with your library card number – email if you don’t know yours) that children get free access to much of Audible’s collection of children’s books?  Or that TumbleBooks’ ebooks and audiobooks are also now free?  Did you know that you can watch James Earl Jones and Betty White read children’s stories on StoryLine Online?  Or maybe peeking in on adorable puppies chewing squeaky toys is just what you need for stress relief.  Want to join a virtual book club – for adults?  Or make giant puppets?  Or identify insect species in your backyard?  Or participate in a virtual poetry reading?  Or create your own mandala?  Or, or, or…?  There’s so much to explore – virtually!  Just check out the library’s Resource Center at https://sharonvtlibrary.com/resource-center/

I’ll update this blog with new resources I stumble upon.  What else am I doing while I’m tucked away in West Fairlee?  Well, I’m watching webinars to learn more about some of my patrons’ favorite literary genres, like historical fiction and thrillers.  I’m talking with other Vermont librarians about how they’re continuing their missions despite the pandemic, and gleaning ideas for virtual programming. I’m also working on a redesign of the library’s website.  It’s been a little while since I’ve had my design hat on, and it feels good!  If there’s anything at all I can do for you or help you with, please let me know.  Helping each other is what it’s all about right now.

Stay safe, stay well, and stay kind,