The Kellogg-Hubbard Library Response to Covid-19
(Scroll down to the next section for recommended Covid resources)
UPDATED 11/12/2020 Visitor Access
Due to the sharp increase in Covid cases in Washington County, the Library will close to patron foot traffic for the time being. Curbside pickup will be available just inside the main entrance. ADA accessible pickup will remain under the tent in front of the building.
What hasn’t changed:
All library lending is still available via curbside pickup and returns must go to the outdoor book drops. Our curbside hours remain the same.
Here is what you can do starting November 16th:
Call or email us to make arrangements to print or scan documents
Ask a Librarian a reference question (by phone or email)
Request items for curbside pickup tomorrow
Read a newspaper outdoors (we'll leave the paper in the rack out front)
Access digital resources from home, including Flipster, Kanopy or Libby.
Sign up for home delivery (if you are at increased risk, or homebound for an extended period of time).
Request Outreach delivery to our regular weekly stops in our member towns.
Here’s what you can’t do yet:
Come inside the building beyond the foyer.
Request and immediately receive library materials.
Use the public computers.
Use the public bathroom.
Please note everyone must wear a mask/face covering over their nose and mouth to enter the building, even if you're just picking up your books.
The Library is following the Work Safe guidance from the Vermont ACCD and further guidance from the Vermont Department of Libraries. We are watching caseload trends closely in Washington County and responding accordingly to keep our staff and patrons as safe as possible. We have staged closure and reopening plans in place. We have staff in the building offering curbside pickup of library materials on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm and in our member communities every week.
To reach a Librarian, please e-mail email@example.com or call the Library at (802) 223-3338. Many library services can be accessed 24/7 through this website! You can sign up or renew a library card, request interlibrary loans or new items for purchase, renew materials, find recorded library programs and much much more!
Digital Services – Connect to the Library from Home
The Library subscribes to Overdrive/Libby which allows for digital downloads of E-books and Audiobooks. We also have access to hundreds of online classes and digital newspapers. Starting December 1st, we've doubled our digital magazine collection through Flipster, and you can watch streaming movies for adults and kids on Kanopy. Find out more by clicking Digital in the menu above.
Serving Patrons and Protecting Staff
Our book drops are open and you can return items at any time. Following a study from Batelle and the Institute for Museum and Library Services circulated library items are quarantined for 7 days or sanitized. Library DVDs and CDs may carry Coronavirus risk. We disinfect all DVD and CD cases but cannot disinfect the discs inside without damaging them. Please wash or sanitize your hands after handling.
The Library book sale is unavailable until we are able to open again to patron foot traffic.
We've moved our Library programs to digital formats. Check out the programs pages for adult and children located in the menu above.
Our Outreach program is busy bringing curbside pickup and delivery to Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex and Worcester each week! The Adamant Annex is open for borrowing at this time. See the Outreach menu for further details!
Library meeting rooms are closed until further notice. We are unable to place new reservations at this time.
Thank you all for your continued support! We look forward to exploring new ways to safely serve our member communities. Updated 11/12/2020
The Library recommends these resources for reliable information on Covid-19.
Unemployment Insurance Tax Relief - From the Office of VT Governor Phil Scott.
Federal Stimulus Information - compiled by the Vermont Department of Libraries
Vermont Legal and Benefits Updates from the Vermont Law School. - Information about changes in your rights around utilities, evictions, court hearings, and more.
The Vermont Department of Health Covid-19 page. - Includes Vermont specific updates and information, including guidance for individuals, businesses, schools and community groups.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention Covid-19 page. - Includes information geared toward the U.S., including updated frameworks for mitigation.
Vermont Department of Libraries Covid-19 page. - A clearinghouse of additional resources, some of them library -specific.