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Learning in the Time of Coronavirus: Vermont Libraries Offer Digital Programming 

Published March 23, 2020 at 11:02 a.m. | Updated April 6, 2022 at 9:21 a.m.

click to enlarge Miss Diane from Jeudevine Memorial Library in Hardwick
  • Miss Diane from Jeudevine Memorial Library in Hardwick

Vermont libraries have closed their doors to slow coronavirus, but librarians are still serving the public. Many libraries are offering online programming, from story times for preschoolers to educational resources for older students. Since these options are free and available to everyone, check out different libraries to see what works best for your family.

• Brownell Library in Essex Junction has rolled out a number of virtual programming options, including story times every Wednesday at 10 a.m., read-alouds of classic children’s literature on Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m. and a teen writers club on Tuesdays at 3 p.m. To access, click on the event on the library's online calendar and follow the directions.

• In Hardwick, Jeudevine Memorial Library’s youth librarian, Diane Grenkow is hosting story times from her front porch on Facebook. The library's website is showing online drawing lessons from local resident Jason Clarke.

• Middlebury’s Ilsley Public Library airs Rhyme Time! with Miss Tricia on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10:30 a.m on Facebook.

• Westford Public Library’s director Bree Drapa made her YouTube story time debut.

• Find South Burlington Public Library's Storytime with Kelly here.

• Pierson Library in Shelburne shares Musical Story Times with Mary Catherine Jones Tuesday mornings via Zoom, at 10:30 a.m.

• Youth Services Librarian Miss Becky entertains little listeners with a mini story time from the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum every Friday at 10:30 a.m.

• The Fletcher Free Library in Burlington has links to online resources on its website. Register for the "1,000 Books Before Kindergarten" literacy program here. Check the library’s Facebook page for upcoming online programming.

• Aldrich Public Library in Barre is offering a virtual story time with children's librarian Ian Gauthier. Watch the St. Patrick's Day story time here.  New story times premiere on Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. on the library's Facebook page.

• Winooski Memorial Library launched a Read Aloud series with Youth Services Coordinator Mr. Josh. Find it, and other educational resources, on the library's new remote resources page

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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