COVID-19 Information

The Kellogg-Hubbard Library Response to Covid-19

(Scroll down to the next section for recommended Covid resources)

 

UPDATED 1/15/2021  

The Library lobbies are open for curbside pickup at this time.  The front lobby, inside the main street entrance, is the default pickup location.  The side lobby, inside the school street entrance, is our ADA accessible pickup location.  We are not charging fines for overdue materials, but ask that you still return or renew your items on time.  

 

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 are the Library services currently available:

  • Call or email us to make arrangements to print or scan documents.  We can print tax forms upon request.

  • 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 lobby.

  • 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.

 

Thank you!

Response Summary

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 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.  We offer our most popular magazines digitally 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.  Based on data from a study by Batelle and the Institute for Museum and Library Services, circulated library items are quarantined for 7 days or sanitized and quarantined overnight.  Library DVDs and CDs may carry Coronavirus risk; we cannot disinfect the discs themselves without damaging them.  Please wash or sanitize your hands after handling.

Book Sale

The Library book sale is unavailable until we are able to open again to patron foot traffic.

Library Programs

We've moved our Library programs to digital formats.  Check out the programs pages for adults and children located in the menu above. 

Library Outreach

Our Outreach program is busy bringing curbside pickup and delivery to Berlin, Calais, East Montpelier, Middlesex and Worcester each week!  If you are homebound, you may qualify for home delivery.  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 can't wait to see you again!

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 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.