Even though we can’t gather in communities to celebrate the Week of the Young Child this week, BBF is planning a week of fun, engaging activities and performances on Facebook. Starting on Monday, April 13, we have something exciting planned for five straight days! We’ll be posting every day at 3 pm unless otherwise noted:

  • Music Monday: We have two wonderful performers lined up for Monday: the Podd Brothers at 11 am and John Gailmore at 3 pm.

  • Tasty Tuesday: Join BBF’s own Robin Stromgren and Jay Austin to learn how to make Wacky Cake.

  • Work Together Wednesday: We’ll be working together with BBF’s Amanda Biggs to learn a wonderful Calm Down Routine.

  • Artsy Thursday: We’ll have a very busy day with River Gallery School of Art in Brattleboro teaches us how to make a collage at 9 am, Crabgrass Puppets in West Brattleboro will do a puppet show and show us how puppets are made at noon, and our friends at Artistree in Woodstock will teach us how to make a homemade drum at 3 pm.

  • Family Friday: We’ll be joined by Mister Chris for a Week of the Young Child grand finale concert!

During this stressful time, we are reminded more than ever that children are at the heart of our work. We hope that our Week of the Young Child activities bring some of the joy of childhood to your home!

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What You Need to Know about the Federal Stimulus Package

HERE IS THE LINK: https://libraries.vermont.gov/sites/libraries/files/Misc/FederalStimulusInfo.pdf

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Universal Class – More than 500 online classes ranging in topics from writing skills, software programs (including Adobe and Microsoft programs), to science, html, and graphic design. There’s something for everyone! Though classes are not for college credit, they are led by a real instructor with whom you can communicate by e-mail. Courses allow you to proceed at your own pace, working on assignments anytime, day or night.
Access – Go to http://bit.ly/vtlib_uc and use your library card number to login and create an account.

Learning Express – Learning Express library is a deep and broad tool that has something for everyone! It covers elementary school homework help, prep for the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) exam, nursing and medical testing prep, job interview and resume writing, computer skills, SAT, LSAT, and GRE test prep, to interactive tools to help someone choose a career. It can help someone choose a pathway in life or provide the tools to get a better job.
Access – Use the link on your library’s website and create an account.

Vermont Online Library – Covering everything from newspaper articles to DIY car repair, the Vermont Online Library (VOL) can help with any topic. Available for free to all Vermonters, VOL has options for all ages from elementary school through adult. You can even use it to read current articles from the NY Times, Washington Post, the Economist, and more.
Access – Use the link on your library’s website. It will ask if you share your location; if not, login with your library card number or a password (ask library staff).

LUV/Overdrive – Overdrive allows you to check out ebooks and digital audiobooks to your phone, tablet, or other device. Just like print books, there’s a checkout period, and only one person can have a book at a time.
Access – Install the Libby app, or go to http://gmlc.overdrive.com . You’ll need your library card number and possibly your password to get logged in.

Audible Stories: All stories for children are free to stream on your desktop, laptop, phone or tablet. Link:  https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

National Emergency Library

Announcing the National Emergency Library, a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed. Link: https://archive.org/details/nationalemergencylibrary

www.VermontArtOnline.org   allows you to explore and discover Vermont’s museums & galleries all from the comfort of your home.

The newly launched #SmithsonianEdu campaign highlights 1.7 million online tools geared specifically toward students and teachers. Read more here: Eight Digital Education Resources from the Smithsonian.












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2020 CENSUS: Available online at the library.


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Advice from Thing 1 and Thing 2

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2019 Tax forms Available

2019 Tax forms and instruction booklets are now available at the library.

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Closed President’s Day

We are closed Monday, February 17th for President’s Day.

We’ll open again on Wednesday, February 19th.

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Librarian’s Report 2019

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