Morrill Memorial & Harris Library

 

                                    

    Modified Hours: 

Monday 1:00-6:00

Wednesday 10:00-3:00

Thursday 10:00-3:00

Saturday 9:00-12:00


Phone: 802-765-4037

           Email: straffordvtlibrary@gmail.com



Covid Update, June 23

    

     Starting July 1, and in accordance with the guidelines of state health authorities, the Morrill Memorial and Harris Library will take a few more measured steps toward offering its full range of services, including

inter-library loans, acceptance of the return of books and other materials,

and limited browsing of the collection. We are also pleased to announce

that we will be able to offer a Summer Reading Program to Strafford

children through a combination of online and outdoor programming.

     Our initial phase of reopening the library offered curbside pickup of

materials and has worked well. We strongly encourage patrons to continue to use this service as a way to borrow from the collection while heeding the

advice of public health authorities to minimize social contact. Patrons can

check what books, DVDs, audiobooks and other items from our collection are available through our online catalog (www.straffordlibrary.org) and email

their requests to Library Director Melissa Strayton (straffordvtlibrary@

gmail.com). In addition, we offer a wide range of online materials that can

be accessed through our website.

     For those patrons who aren’t well served by curbside pick-up, we will offer a limited number of half-hour scheduled appointments to browse the

collection. To comply with state guidelines regarding maximum occupancy,

these visits must be scheduled in advance, are limited to a half-hour and

can include family groups of no more than four people. Half-hour

appointments can also be made to use our computers and printer. To protect the health of our patrons and librarian, visitors will be required to wear a mask and use the hand sanitizer that will be made available at the

library door.

     As part of this phase of reopening, we are also expanding our hours of

operation from our current one day a week. Starting July 1, the library

will be open: Mondays, 1-6 (curbside pickup, 2-6); Wednesdays, 10-3

(curbside, 12-3); Thursdays, 10-3 (curbside, 12-3) and Saturdays, 9-12

(curbside, 10-12). We will be closed on Saturday, July 4.

     Beginning July 1, patrons will also be able to request materials through

our interlibrary loan service and place books on reserve. On that date, we

will also begin to accept the return of books and other materials.To limit

handling of library materials, we can accept only items that are returned

directly to the library during open hours, where they will be quarantined

before being put back in circulation.

     Starting June 29 and running to Aug. 3, a Summer Reading Program planned by Melissa and Children’s Programming Coordinator Sarah Rogers will be offered online and outside. For more information, please visit

https://straffordstorytime.wordpress.com.

     Needless to say, we look forward to announcing the resumption of full and normal service. In the meantime, we thank you for your patience and

understanding as we attempt to balance our commitment to serving the

library needs of the town with our intention of doing it as safely as

possible.


---- The Library Trustees


Stay-at-Home                  Family Activities


To help parents find substitute activities for some of the children’s programming that the library would normally offer, Sarah Rogers, our children’s programming coordinator, has created Strafford Stortytime, a website for children (and their parents) to enjoy.  In addition to some links to videos of children’s book readings, the site offers children’s book recommendations and some suggestions for craft projects and other activities. Information about our summer reading program, “Imagine Your Story,” will be posted on the site, which can be found at

https://straffordstorytime.wordpress.com/

 Online Offerings      

  

While the library is open for limited hours, patrons will still have access to a wide range of books, videos, online courses, magazines and other material through our digital offerings, which are listed below. Should you need to get your library card number or require other assistance, feel free to call Library Director Melissa Strayton through the library email at Straffordvtlibrary@gmail.com  or by calling 765-4037 and leaving a message.


Access to our high-speed internet service will still be available 24/7 to those who park (or, if the weather permits, sit) outside the library. 


Our online offerings include:


Overdrive, through the Green Mountain Library Consortium (GMLC), provides free access to downloadable eAudiobooks and eBooks. https://gmlc.overdrive.com/

On the landing page, you will be asked to select your library on a pull down menu and then to enter your patron account number (contact the library if you need your account number).


The Vermont Online Library offers a wide array of electronic databases through Gale/Cengage on a variety of topics geared to a variety of age levels, for both generalists and specialists. These resources are available 24 hours-a-day anywhere Internet access is available. The information is produced by known and trusted publishers.  These include many newspapers and magazines.

https://vtonlinelib.org  You will be asked for geo location, that will connect you to the Morrill Library account.


Kanopy is an online streaming video service with material from sources like PBS and the BBC.  Please note that the library is billed $2 per view; for this reason there are viewing caps of 3/month for each patron. Only start a movie you want to watch.  You have 72 hours from the time you begin the film to complete it without additional charge. 


 Right now, the service is offering a number of movies and a wide range of quality children’s programming at no charge. (Usually children's programming service is billed at $5/30 days of unlimited viewing). Please contact the library for further instructions on using this service.

https://straffordlibrary.kanopy.com



Universal Class provides access to a wide range of online classes.

https://vermontstate.universalclass.com/barcode-login.htm?enter+code

http://bit.ly/vtlib_uc 


LearningExpress Library provides a comprehensive selection of academic and career-related material. It includes skill-building in reading, writing, math, and science, college admissions exams, occupational licensing tests, workplace skills improvement, career exploration, and much more. Follow the link, and create a login and password.

https://www.learningexpresshub.com/?AuthToken=7D8DFFB6-42A8-4C31-8197-6866AB096C17 

 

You can read more about the program here - https://libraries.vermont.gov/online_library/LearningExpress 

Kanopy Movie-Streaming Service



The library is pleased to offer the Kanopy film-streaming service, an on-demand collection of 30,000 titles, including classic movies, documentaries, foreign language works, hard-to-find films, indie productions, PBS shows and The Great Courses. Films can be streamed from any computer, smart TV or mobile device by donwloading the Kanopy app. Patrons can access Kanopy by visiting straffordlibrary.kanopy.com, clicking on "Sign Up" and entering their name, email address and library number. Feel free to stop by the library or call if you need to obtain your library number or would like assistance. 

     Please keep in mind that the library is charged per view, so patrons can help us keep the service affordable by streaming only those movies they intend to watch -- rather than sampling several. Movies that are stopped and paused can be completed within 72 hours without incurring an additional charge. 

Universal Classes

 

     These are high-quality online courses available for free. See information on our links page.