COVID-19 Information

The Kellogg-Hubbard Library Response to Covid-19

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NEW!!  Visitor Access

We’re excited to announce that the Library is open to limited visitor foot traffic Mondays and Wednesdays 2:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. 

 

What hasn’t changed:

All library lending is still via curbside pickup and returns must go to the outdoor book drops.  Our curbside hours remain the same.

 

Here is what you can do now:

  • Browse and borrow books from the “New” shelves

  • Buy books from the book sale

  • Use a public computer for 30 minutes

  • Print or scan documents

  • Ask a Librarian a reference question

  • Request items for curbside pickup tomorrow

  • Read a newspaper or borrow it to read outdoors

  • Use the public bathroom

 

Here’s what you can’t do yet:

  • Request and immediately receive library materials

  • Access the nonfiction room, basement or second floor (including the children’s library)

  • Stay in the Library for more than 30 minutes

 

Please note all visitors must wear a mask/face covering over their nose and mouth to enter the building.

 

Thank you!

Response Summary

The Library building is open in a limited way to visitors on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:00-7:00pm and Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 10:00am-3:00pm.  Overdue items will not accrue fines at this time.  We are following the Work Safe guidance from the Vermont ACCD and further guidance from the Vermont Department of Libraries.  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 info@kellogghubbard.org 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.  Recently we added a subscriptions to Flipster, which gives our patrons digital access to a half dozen of our most popular magazines and Kanopy which offers 4 plays per-month of streaming video.  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.  A study from Batelle and the Institute for Museum and Library Services show that Covid-19 is undetectable on common, highly circulated library items after 4 days.  At KHL, Returned items quarantine for 96 hours before being returned to regular circulation.    

Book Sale

The Library book sale has moved to the Reading Room and can be accessed during the days when the library building is open to the public.

Library Programs

We've moved our Library programs to digital or socially distanced, outdoor formats.  Check out the programs pages for adult and children located in the menu above.  Our Summer Reading Program started in mid-June!

Library Outreach

Our Outreach program is busy bringing curbside pickup and delivery to Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex and Worcester each week!  We are also giving away children's books at outreach locations all summer long, and refilling our  book-swap sites.  See the Outreach menu for further details! 

Meeting Rooms

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 8/3/2020

The Library recommends these resources for reliable information on Covid-19. 

Unemployment Insurance Tax Relief - New! 6/29/2020 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 World Health Organization Covid-19 page.  - Information on the worldwide situation including statistics, maps, printable signs and recommendations.

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.

For students and parents, Both Montpelier-Roxbury and U-32 have sites with information specific to Covid-19.