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Covid-19 Discussion via Zoom

The Castleton Free Library will be hosting a virtual program featuring Dr. Margaret Kearns-Stanley for a discussion on Covid-19.

Dr. Kearns-Stanley received her medical degree from Stony Brook University and did her residency at Beth Israel Hospital in New York City. She is a Family Practitioner with a private practice in New York City.

She was exposed to the Covid-19 virus and came down with the disease. She has since recovered.

Her unique perspective of being a medical doctor as well as a person who has been through the illness will make for an enlightening program.

The program will be on Thursday, April 9th at 7:00 pm via Zoom.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 643 023 130

Please submit questions during the meeting using the chat feature or you may e-mail them in advance to:

Contact Mary at 468-5574 or with any questions/troubleshooting regarding Zoom access.

Hope to “see” you at the meeting. Stay well, stay safe.

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Tumblebook Access Free!


Free Access to Tumblebooks during COVID-19 Crisis

Explore now for home studies or leisure with your kids! – K-6 children’s ebook database

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 And for older readers: – a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!

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TumbleBooks’ databases are easy to use, and feature unlimited access from home! Your patrons can read as many books as they want, when they want, and on any device. There are no check-outs, holds, or bulky downloads. Books are available instantly.

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Regarding unemployment – Mar. 27, 2020

If you know someone who is worried about filing for VT unemployment without computer access, please pass along this info:

You can both OPEN A CLAIM and FILE WEEKLY by phone. If a claim was already filed last Monday or before, it should be in the system, and the next step needs to happen TODAY – call to file a weekly claim BY 4:30 FRIDAY. Call:
1-800-983-2300; selecting Option #1
Important: DO NOT hang up prior to the system telling
you “good-bye” – your claim will not be processed!!
To open an initial claim, call 877-214-3330
A supplement phone line has also been established for assistance in establishing initial claims, and may be reached at 1-888-807-7072.
*UPDATED CLAIMS CENTER HOURS: Monday-Friday 8:15am – 6:00pm, AND Saturday 9:00am – 3:00pm*
Note that if a claim was filed between Monday and now, it will not upload to the system until tonight. Don’t worry if you haven’t heard back yet.

Hopefully we can figure out a way to offer essential computer service soon! Try to relax, and stay well.

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COVID-19 Response 3/25/2020

Dear library patrons,

To be in compliance with Gov. Scott’s most recent executive order to “Stay Home/Stay Safe,” we are reluctantly suspending all in-person library services until further notice. This includes book pick-ups and deliveries, as well as all use of library computers.
These decisions also were recommended by our State Library Director, Jason Broughton, in his email to us today. We are still waiting for an opinion from the VT Agency for Commerce and Community Development, and will adjust our plans accordingly to provide the most service possible while fighting the spread of COVID-19.
In the meantime, Mary and I are still working and want to help in any way we can. We’re shifting our energy now to things we can offer online, so please check back, keep in touch, and stay well!

P.S. We apologize for the “sweepstakes” issue on our website. We’re still trying to get to the bottom of it. If you get misdirected to a sweepstakes page, you haven’t won. Ignore it and try again. 

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COVID-19 Closure – Tue. 3/17/2020

Sadly, we will remain CLOSED until further notice, following coronavirus recommendations.

However, you may still access library services in the following ways:

  • Email (, call/leave message (802-468-5574), or message the library Facebook page if you’d like materials, need computer access, or have any other needs or questions. We will be monitoring communication daily.

  • We are happy to deliver books/audios/DVD’s to your home door in the Castleton/Hubbardton area, or to prepare batches of materials for pick up at the library. Specific or general requests are fine (e.g. a specific title, a box of books for preschool age, a few YA titles, etc.). Don’t feel that you are “putting us out” – we do this as a regular service whenever patrons have a need.

  • Make an appointment to come in for computer use, copying needs, tax forms, etc. We just ask that you limit this to ESSENTIAL  uses during this tough period. Please do not come if you are symptomatic. Keyboards, mice, etc. will be cleaned before and after use.

Shelter and be well!

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COVID-19 – March 15, 2020


Dear library people,

Mary and I are adjusting our strategies for library services now that more closures have been announced in response to the coronavirus. For now, here’s where we stand:

*All programs in the library are cancelled until further notice. This includes Friday Story Hour, Wednesday Playgroup, International Student Presentations, and any Rec programs that were to have been held in the library.

*We will be open Monday (tomorrow) regular hours, but may have limited hours or access after that. Feel free to stock up on extra books/videos, and be sure you know how to access our on-line resources. I’ll be posting more about these in coming posts.

*We will make every effort to deliver materials to you if you send us requests. Interlibrary loan services may be slow and/or limited depending on staffing in other libraries.

*All returned materials will be quarantined for four days before being returned to the shelves.

*Wifi is accessible 24/7 from outside the building. Public access computers, printer & photocopier will be available until the situation warrants full closure.

*We trust that you WILL NOT come in if you are symptomatic or have had known exposure; and that you’ll practice “social distancing” while in the building. We have soap and sanitizer for anyone needing our computer stations.

Please feel free to call, message or email with any questions or needs. STAY HEALTHY!
We can get through this together! (….with six feet of separation)

~ Best, Jan & Mary


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On Writing, On War – Program by Dennis Jensen

On Writing, On War: a talk by Dennis Jensen

Thursday January 16th – 7:00 pm

Please join us for engaging evening with Dennis Jensen. He will be talking about his experiences as a veteran and a writer.

Dennis Jensen was born in Orange, N.J., in 1947. The fourth of six children, he grew up in the slums of Newark and Belleville. He graduated from Matawan High School in 1965 in the bottom fifth of his class. He was drafted into the army in 1966 at the age of 19, volunteered for airborne training, became a paratrooper and served with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam in 1967-68. In 1973, he graduated from Trenton State College with an English-Liberal Arts degree. He was the city editor, sports editor and an award-winning writer for 37 years, with 33 years at the Rutland Herald. He retired in 2010 and continues to write a weekly outdoors column for the Herald and the Barre Times Argus and is a freelance writer for magazines in Maine, New Hampshire and New York. He has completed one novel and is working on a second. He is an avid fisherman and is a passionate turkey and deer hunter.

This event is free, open to all and is accessible.


Light refreshments will be served following the program.


Program by Dennis Jensen

Program by Dennis Jensen

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2019 Tree of Remembrance Lighting & Holiday Events

Tree of Remembrance

Tree of Remembrance

Please gather with us around the Tree of Remembrance on Saturday Dec. 7th to honor loved ones and bring holiday light to our community! This year’s Tree Lighting will signal the start of Castleton’s evening Holiday Kick-Off, with many events in the Village and at Castleton Corners.

Inside the library from 4:00-8:00 pm, the Castleton Woman’s Club (Tree Lighting sponsors) will be helping with hospitality and serving holiday breads, cheese, cookies & warm beverages for you to snack on while visiting with friends. Listen to music; browse tables of new discounted gifts & books (courtesy of Karen McLaughlin) and very gently used books for sale on both floors (proceeds benefiting the library).

Gather outside at 5:00 for the lighting ceremony, watch the Lighted Vehicle Parade pass by with Santa (and follow him to the Fire House for cookies,& cocoa beginning at 6:00 pm), and/or visit the outdoor Christmas Market right across the street from the library. Then come warm up again at our fireplace, and sing carols with the Rutland Area Hummin’ Strummin’ Singalong Ukulele Band at 7:00!

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Science Pub Returns!

The 8th Science Pub season, sponsored by Friends of Castleton Free Library, has just been announced!  The first talk will be on Sunday, November 3rd, 4:00 pm at the Fair Haven Inn.  These timely science talks are free and open to all.  Many attendees choose to patronize the hosting restaurant, staying for dinner, drinks, and conversation with friends after the talks, but this is optional.

Click on the link below for the full schedule and more details about each event.


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CLiF Summer Readers: Book Give-Away and Storytelling


Libraries are all about sharing resources through robust lending collection development, but we also recognize the joy that comes with choosing your own brand-new books to keep, so we are delighted to invite you to another Storytelling and Book Giveaway sponsored by CLiF. This free event, open to children of all ages, will be held on Wednesday, August 7th at 3:30 on the library lawn, 638 Main Street, Castleton. If weather is stormy, the program will be held in the children’s room (ground floor/north entrance).

The Children’s Literacy Foundation has served kids in over 400 towns across Vermont and New Hampshire, raising funds to promote reading through an array of approaches. We are very grateful for their presence in our community, and especially for this upcoming Summer Reader event, designed to keep a focus on reading over summer vacation. Each participating child will choose two new books. “CLiF finds that when children choose their own books, they’re more excited about reading and more likely to read for pleasure. A study by the International Literacy Association found 80% of students say the books they enjoy the most are the ones they choose themselves.” A CLiF presenter will come to the library to tell stories, read aloud, and share their love of words, reading, and writing.


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