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About Peacham Library

Founded in 1810, the Peacham Library is one of the oldest incorporated libraries in Vermont. With a collection of nearly 10,000 items, the P

Community Conversations about COVID Coping Strategies (Virtual)

Wednesday May 20

10 am

Self-distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 throughout our communities has brought about uncertainty and many changes in our day to day lives.

Change, even when positive, is stressful. How are you and your family doing? Would you like to share some of the ways that you have come up with for managing your stress?

Your strategies may be helpful to someone else! You invite are invited to share your thoughts – or just listen in for ideas – at a community conversation, facilitated by Judith Markey, Clinical Director at St. Johnsbury Psychology Associates.

This program will be hosted by Peacham Library through the Zoom program. There is a call in option for those without a computer
Registration URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcpfuiurzIvHdCtBp_dCJ7llG6zQ78jB6Jp

 
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Posted by on 18 May 2020 in News

 

Archiving the Present for the Future

May 14

7 PM via Zoom

Facilitated by Karen Lewis

So that 100 years from now people will understand what we did here, how and why, the Peacham Historical Association is collecting materials relating to the Covid-19 pandemic — the impact and response to it in Peacham.

History is made every day but never before has it been so obvious and compelling. The pandemic has suddenly transformed every aspect of our lives.

Find out how you can help document our community during this extraordinary time.

Karen Lewis is a retired archivist.  She began her career at the Harvard University Archives and went on to develop an archival program at Hewlett-Packard Company that chronicled the beginning and evolution of Silicon Valley, California.  With her partner Lynn Bonfield, they consulted to more than 100 private and public organizations mainly in the U.S. and Canada but some further afield.This program will be presented via Zoom.

Please use the link below to register:https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0uc–urzMiH9VJuy3ireAU6jnkhZGBOJ-B

 
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Posted by on 5 May 2020 in News

 

Internet Privacy

Thursday May 7
7 PM
via Zoom Conferencing

Peacham Library presents Librarian Jessamyn West to present practical tips for protecting your privacy online. This informal discussion will cover topics such as how to write a good password, options for browsing the internet more safely, and how to deal with “smart devices.” Bring your questions!

Jessamyn West is a librarian and library technologist from Randolph Vermont. She is a nationally known speaker, writer, and educator on the issues facing today’s libraries. Her blog focusing on libraries and politics, Librarian.net, is one of the earliest and longest running librarian websites.

This program will be presented on Zoom. Use registration link above to receive invitation.

register here to receive log in information:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEsdOmprjovGtRJtihtcSSA3gw60PoMkbG3?fbclid=IwAR0PZdne_U8robA10thVuv4S4zGcX0eMCLyjnLmEH29kOhW3CIlvtdEXrfg

Please register by noon on Thursday.

 
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Posted by on 5 May 2020 in News

 

National Library Week – Thursday


It is not too late to see this exhibit.

Visit the Gilmore Gallery virtually.

Zoom in and chat with friends. Click here to join on Friday morning or check the link on our calendar.


Need Books? We Can Now Help!

We have received the okay from the Peacham Emergency Response Team that we may now deliver materials to those Peacham residents who request them. No interlibrary loan requests can be filled at this time. We will fill requests once per week. We are delivering so that you do not need to leave your home during the Stay at Home / Stay Safe declaration.

Those without internet access will be given first priority. Contact us by phone: 802.592.3216 or email.

Requests received before Thursday 9:00 am will be delivered that day. You will be contacted about details (how to find your house, where to leave the books, etc.).

We can also do “grab bags”. Ask us for 10 picture book or 8 easy readers or 6 gardening books or 4 mysteries or 2 non-fiction philosophy books – or anything in between.


How many households in Vermont have responded to the Census?

Response Rates:

National 51.0%

Vermont 41.7% (46th in the nation)

Caledonia County 35.3% (8th of 14 counties)

Peacham 18.5%

School lunches. Plans for highways. Support for firefighters and families in need. Census results affect your community every day. Vermont receives around $2.5 billion dollars in Census guided federal funds, that works out to about $3,963 per person. Making sure we count of every person in Vermont during this 2020 Census matters a lot.

C’mon Peacham! Fill out your census form here. It takes less than 10 minutes!



As seen on TV…..

This week you may see some very short television spots on WCAX, about free services offered to ALL Vermonters through their library. Today we feature links to various genealogical resources in the state, including free access to Ancestry.com for Vermont records. 

Genealogy

old drawing of a family tree

Vermont State Library Resources

Vermont residents can research Vermont birth, marriage, and death records from 1909-2008 on Ancestry.com for free if they first sign up for a MyVermont.gov account. 

Additional Recommended Resources

Vermont Specific Research

The Vermont Historial Society maintains a list of places to find Vermont genealogy information.

The Vermont State Archives houses a large collection specifically related to Vermont history useful for genealogy research.

The Vermont Genealogy Library has a wide range of resources, classes, and assistance for researching ancestry.

Family Search contains some, but not all, Vermont birth, marriage, and death records in the state registry from 1760-2003.

Genealogical Society of Vermont can assist you in your Vermont-specific searches.

The list of Vermont Town Clerks can help you know who to contact in order to find local records.

Vermont Newspapers on Newspapers.com

The Vermont Department of Libraries has partnered with the Vermont State Archives and Records Administration (VSARA) to provide access to Vermont newspapers though Newspapers.com. These Vermont titles are freely available to Vermonters as part of the agreement. There are now over 1 million pages of Vermont newspapers available. Although some of the Vermont content on Chronicling America is duplicated, there are hundreds of thousands of pages that are unique to Newspapers.com. Because Newspapers.com uses the same standards as Chronicling America for digitization and indexing, these scans and metadata are of the highest quality. This really is a great resource. 

How to access Vermont titles on Newspapers.com:

To sign up for Newspapers.com access, you must create a free MyVermont.gov account.

  1. To do so, visit MyVermont.gov.
  2. Once there, create a new account:

3. After creating your account, you will need to add your personal profile and contact information by clicking through on the right of the page. This is how you are verified as being a Vermont resident. 

4. Once you have those updated, you will see in the center of the page a section called “Featured Item.” In that section you shuld see a link to Newspapers.com. Note that you will also have access to Vermont vital records, a very useful tool when doing research.

5. Click through to Newspapers.com to begin searching Vermont titles:

Search titles or topics. Best of luck with your research!

 
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Posted by on 23 April 2020 in News

 

National Library Week – Wednesday

2020 National Library Week Honorary Chairs Maia and Alex Shibutani, a.k.a. the ShibSibs, are two-time Olympic bronze medalists and authors of KUDO KIDS: The Mystery of the Masked Medalist. Watch their Library Week Promo here.

TODAY’S THE DAY TO POST YOUR EARTH DAY FLAGS!!

Zoom hours:  On Wednesday from 10 am – 12 noon, staff will be available via a ZOOM connection. 

Call in for Earth Day – Show off your flags or come to see all the flags!

There is a call in option, for those without a computer. It is a long distance call, but the library will be happy to reimburse you.
(invitation here)

Invitations can also found on the Library’s Calendar.

Post your flags on the library’s facebook page too. We will award 2 prizes. Winners will be randomly selected from all zoom participants and posts to the facebook page by midnight Wednesday April 22. Please tag @nofa-vt, so they can see your work too! (Don’t do facebook? Send us the photo and permission to post (we can do it anonymously if you prefer). Don’t have fabric and paint? We will happily accept a drawing too!

PRIZES! DID WE TELL YOU THERE ARE PRIZES?

We are so excited to see what sort of flags you will design that we are offering TWO PRIZES!! Everyone who stops in for Zoom Hours tomorrow to show off their flags will be entered in a drawing.  You will also be entered if you post a picture on or facebook page – do both and you are entered TWICE!!

$15 Gift Certificate from Cross Farm

$15 Gift Certificate from 
Peacham Cafe

It’s not too late – anyone who post a flag (or flag design on paper) will be eligible for the drawing!NOFA has suggested we all make flags that include:
 “VERMONT FARMERS FEED US ALL  (or a similar message of your choice) and decorate with drawings of farmers in your community, local foods you love or signs of spring like peepers, robins and green grass!”
https://nofavt.org/blog/make-earth-day-flag-celebrate-vermont-farmers

But, you don’t need a reason to stop in virtually and say hi – we miss seeing everyone! You can also ask questions about ListenUp or any of our new online serves. Don’t have a library card? You can talk to us about that (For your privacy, we will ask for your personal details offline and after the meeting.)


As seen on TV…..

This week you may see some very short television spots on WCAX, about free services offered to ALL Vermonters through their library. These services are paid for by the state, at no cost to the library. Each day we will feature details about one of them.

Universal Class

Universal Class is an online learning platform offering over 500 continuing education courses on a diverse array of topics. All Vermont public libraries and their patrons have access to Universal Class through the Department of Libraries.

Screenshot of Vermont Online Library

What does Universal Class Offer?

The site offers a wide-range of courses, from office skills to algebra, baking to self-help, and spiritual studies to painting. The classes are generally meant for high school-age patrons and older. Though classes are not for college credit, they are led by a real instructor with whom you communicate through the site. Courses allow you to proceed at your own pace, working on assignments anytime, day or night. You have up to six months to complete a class and can enroll in up to five classes at a time.

How Do I Register?

To get started,  go to the registration link.

Next, enter the number on your library card, and then fill out a registration form with your name, email address, and password, which you will use whenever you log in from now on – you only need your library card number once! Then you will receive an e-mail with a link to confirm their registration. 

Don’t know your library card number? Just email the library and we will be happy to help.

Screenshot of Vermont Online Library

How do I Use the Service?

Login by going to https://vermontstate.universalclass.com and use your email address and password. You can search through available classes by title or topic area. Each course will show the number of assignments and estimated amount of time it should take. Once you join a course, you can reach it under My Classes.

Problem – Asking for a Fee?

If a you ever encounters an issue where the site looks like it’s going to charge you to take a class, you may have registered as a general user rather than a library user. Please use the links in this email or on the website. Please contact the library if you need help!

Categories of Courses

Accounting, Alternative Medicine, Arts, Crafts & Hobbies, Business, Career Training, Computer Training, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Education, Health & Medicine, History, Homeschooling, How To / Do It Yourself, Language Arts, Law/Legal/Criminal, Mathematics, Office Skills, Parenting and Family, Personal Development, Pet and Animal Care, Psychology, Real Estate, Science, Self-Help, Social Work, Special Education, Spiritual Studies, Teacher Resources, Test Preparation, Web Development, Writing Skills

START EXPLORING HERE

 
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Posted by on 22 April 2020 in News

 

National Library Week – Tuesday

EARTH DAY FLAGS TO SUPPORT VERMONT FARMERS

How are those flags coming? Wednesday is Earth Day and NOFA is suggesting we all make flags that include:
 “VERMONT FARMERS FEED US ALL  (or a similar message of your choice) and decorate with drawings of farmers in your community, local foods you love or signs of spring like peepers, robins and green grass!”
https://nofavt.org/blog/make-earth-day-flag-celebrate-vermont-farmers

Show them off during our Wednesday morning zoom (10-12) and post them on the library’s facebook page. We will award 2 prizes. Winners will be randomly selected from all zoom participants and posts to the facebook page by midnight Wednesday April 22. Please tag @nofa-vt, so they can see your work too! (Don’t do facebook? Send us the photo and permission to post (we can do it anonymously if you prefer). Don’t have fabric and paint? We will happily accept a drawing too!

Wednesday ZOOM Invite:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/601500564?pwd=VE1XdmwvYmppSkx2Z1UwSmJoZW1oZz09

PRIZES! DID WE TELL YOU THERE ARE PRIZES?

We are so excited to see what sort of flags you will design that we are offering TWO PRIZES!! Everyone who stops in for Zoom Hours tomorrow to show off their flags will be entered in a drawing.  You will also be entered if you post a picture on or facebook page – do both and you are entered TWICE!!

$15 Gift Certificate from Cross Farm

$15 Gift Certificate from
Peacham Café


As seen on TV…..

This week you may see some very short television spots on WCAX, about free services offered to ALL Vermonters through their library. These services are paid for by the state, at no cost to the library. Each day we will feature details about one of them.

 Screenshot of Vermont Online Library

The Vermont Online Library (VOL) 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.

Can You Read Articles from a Specific Newspaper/Magazine?

Users can read articles by issue from many popular magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Times, Economist, Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Highlights for Children, National Review, and Runner’s World. Articles may be a day or two behind. Some other magazines are available, but have an embargo period (often 1, 6, or 12 months), or stopped availability at some point. Admittedly, it is not as tidy as reading the actual magazine, but users do get all of the information!

  1. Go to the VOL site
  2. Choose All Resources and then Popular Magazines
  3. On the right, Click Go To Publication Search, and enter the magazine/newspaper you’re looking for.
  4. Click on the magazine/newspaper you want, and select an issue by date. You’ll see all of the articles in that issue.

START EXPLORING HERE


On April 20 the American Libr

ary Association (ALA) released the State of America’s Libraries 2020 report, an annual summary of library trends released during National Library Week, this year April 19–25, that outlines statistics and issues affecting all types of libraries during the previous calendar year.

The report found that the popularity of libraries in 2019 continued to soar. According to a recent Gallup poll, visiting the library is the “most common cultural activity Americans engage in by far.” In 2019, US adults reported taking an average of 10.5 trips per year to the library, a frequency that exceeded their participation in other common leisure activities like going to the movies, a museum, or the zoo.

The best proof that public libraries are about more than just books is their evolution into libraries of things, offering nontraditional collections that are community-specific and imaginative. The wide array of items available to check out includes air mattresses, dolls, bicycles, binoculars, and accordions.

Read the full report here State of America’s Libraries 

 
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Posted by on 21 April 2020 in News

 

National Library Week – Monday April 20

As seen on TV…..

This week you may see some very short television spots on WCAX, about free services offered to ALL Vermonters through their library. These services are paid for by the state, at no cost to the library. Each day we will feature details about one of them.

LearningExpress Library is now available to all Vermonters at no charge through Peacham Library. LearningExpress Library provides a comprehensive selection of academic and career-related solutions available in one platform. It includes skill-building in reading, writing, math, and science, college admissions exams, occupational licensing tests, workplace skills improvement, career exploration, and much more. The subscription includes Job & Career Accelerator, a job and career platform where job seekers can explore occupations, find career matches based on interests and skills, search for jobs and internships, search for scholarships, write winning resumes and much more. Also included is computer Skills Center, where one can learn the fundamentals of using a computer, the Internet and popular software applications with these self-paced, easy-to-use online tutorials —in beginner to advanced levels.

LearningExpress library is a deep and broad tool that has something for everyone, from prep for the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) exam, nursing and medical testing prep, job interview and resume writing, computer skills, SAT, LSAT, and GRE test prep, to interactive tools to help someone choose a career. It can help someone choose a pathway in life or provide the tools to get a better job.
The first time you use the site:

  1. You will click on Sign In/Register in the menu. On the next page, under New User you’ll click Register.
  2. To create an account, you will enter your name and address, and create a password. You will not need a barcode or library card number.
  3. Alternately, if you don’t have an email address, or would just prefer not to use it, you can click “I’d rather NOT register with my email” to the right. You will need to create a username and a password. You will be asked to choose a security question and an answer (in case you ever forget your password). Make sure you write down your username and security question, as there is no way to retrieve them.

After you have registered:

  1. You will click Sign In/Register. You can then use your email address (the default) or username (if you chose to create one – see step 3 above) and password to login.
  2. If you have forgotten your password or are otherwise having trouble getting logged in, you should go to the Sign In page and click Forgot Password. You will either receive an email with a reset link, or (if you didn’t share your email address) you’ll need to answer the security question you setup during registration.

START EXPLORING HERE

 
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Posted by on 20 April 2020 in News