April 2022 Newsletter

Important Updates
From the Office of the State Librarian
A Note from Catherine Delneo, Vermont State Librarian

ARPA Grants to Vermont Public Libraries

In The Vermont Department of Libraries (VTLIB) received $2,135,819 in American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) funding through the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS).


In the fall of 2021, VTLIB disbursed more than $900,000 to 163 public libraries across the state through the Grants to Public Libraries for Equipment and Supply Purchases program. These funds were leveraged by local public libraries to purchase equipment so they can provide continuous library service to their communities during the COVID19 pandemic. Examples of equipment purchased include equipment like firepits, canopies, and seating to support outdoor programming during our coldest months, book bikes, and self-checkout stations.


The Catamount Library Network (CLN) and Vermont Organization of Koha Automated Libraries (VOKAL) received IMLS ARPA funds in support of technical upgrades including their transitions to Aspen. The Vermont Historical Society received IMLS ARPA funds to procure and pilot mobile scanning equipment which local historical societies can borrow to digitize their collections. This enables more Vermonters to access these collections remotely. The ABLE Library also received new equipment purchased with IMLS ARPA funds to support at-home recording of audio books by Vermont authors and with Vermont themes, which will become part of the ABLE collection and be shared more broadly with the National Library Service.


We have granted IMLS ARPA funds to the Green Mountain Library Consortium’s Listen Up Vermont (LUV) program and plan to spend approximately $240,000 on the Department of Library’s eBook and eAudiobook platform to make more titles available to Vermonters through the new Palace app.


VTLIB is in the process of making collection purchases for Vermont’s six correctional facilities. We are also currently reaching out to other state institutions we routinely support to offer a collections refresh. These purchases will aid in restoring access to print materials to these underserved community members, whose access to library materials was disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

In the coming weeks, we will share information with the Vermont library community about a second round of IMLS ARPA funding directly to libraries. While the grant will be administered like the first round, we particularly encourage libraries to use this funding to grow their Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and New American collections as this is a rare opportunity to update physical collections using federal funds. We expect this second round to provide approximately $300,000 to public libraries.


Working Group on the Status of Libraries in Vermont

On March 25th, the Working Group on the Status of Libraries in Vermont convened its fourth meeting on the topic of Facilities. The working group members heard from library professionals from school, public, and academic libraries throughout the state. This meeting, like the three earlier meetings of the working group, can be viewed in its entirety online. Links to the written testimony and to the meeting recordings can be found here: https://libraries.vermont.gov/services/projects/working_group/testimony_record


The next meeting of the working group will be held on May 20th on the topic of Technology. A call for live testimony will go out in May.


If you would like to contribute your knowledge and expertise to the working group’s efforts, you can share written testimony on the topics of Technology, Facilities, Collections, or Programming by emailing lib.contact@vermont.gov. (It is preferred that testimony on each topic be shared in a separate email or document.)


As always, please feel free to reach out to me and others at the Vermont Department of Libraries with questions, suggestions, and concerns! The contact information for all our team members is available here: https://libraries.vermont.gov/contact_us/directory. We enjoy hearing from you! 

Finalists Announced for 2021 Vermont Book Award


The VT Department of Libraries, the Vermont College of Fine Arts and the Vermont Humanities Council are proud to announce the finalists for the 2021 Vermont Book Award! Listen to the announcement on VPR here: https://bit.ly/36UsOqd. Congratulations to all finalists! And don't forget to reserve your tickets for the awards ceremony on Saturday, April 30 at 7:00 pm here: https://bit.ly/vt-book.

Staff News

Welcome, Lauren!

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Lauren Kelley is a recent addition to the Vermont Department of Libraries in the position of Technical Services Librarian. She is from Hinesburg, Vermont and has worked as a cataloger at the Stowe Free Library and Burnham Memorial Library. She received her Master’s in Library and Information Sciences from Syracuse University and studied philosophy at St. Michael’s College for undergrad. Singing and watching movies are her favorite pastimes and she’s very excited for this new role at the state!

Department News
For State Employees
LearningExpress Library for State Agencies

Did you miss the LearningExpress webinar for State Employees? Have no fear! The webinar was recorded and is available here: https://youtu.be/7TJoKetcytQ

In this webinar we reviewed the user interface and highlighted the resources most relevant to state employees including computer skills tutorials, career resources, job tools, adult basic education, high school equivalency, and Spanish language resources.

Youth Services

2022-2023 Nominees Announced for Three Vermont Youth Book Awards

VTLIB has announced the 2022-2023 nominees for all three of our Vermont youth book awards!

To see the 2022-2023 nominee list for each award, please visit the individual award pages:

More 2022-2023 award materials will be added to the book award pages as we move into the spring. You can find more information about the new book award timeline here: https://bit.ly/3DvtONi

We want to give a huge thank you to the members of the Red Clover, Vermont Golden Dome, and Green Mountain Book Award reading committees for working tirelessly year-round to curate fantastic lists for the benefit of Vermont youth!

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Save the Date: 2022 Teen Lit Mob


Save the Date! Teen Lit Mob 2022 will be a virtual event (with the potential for regional, in-person viewing parties) on Friday, May 6th. Teen Lit Mob is Vermont’s

only teen literary festival. Its main goal is to celebrate teen readers, YA literature, and its fandom.

This year’s program includes: Keynote by National Book Award Finalist and Margaret A. Edwards Award winner Kekla Magoon, author of Revolution in Our Time, How It Went Down, and The Season of Styx Malone; writing workshops with Kekla, Printz Medalist and National Book Award Finalist An Na, author of A Step From Heaven and The Place Between Breaths, New York Times Bestseller Chris Tebbetts, author of Me, Myself, and Him and M of F (with Lisa Papademetriou), International Latino Book Award winner Ann Dávila Cardinal, author of Five Midnights and Category Five, and Vermont Book Award finalist Jo Knowles, author of Read Between the Lines and Living with Jackie Chan; and an illustration workshop with comic artist James Kolchalka of American Elf fame.

Teen Lit Mob aims to connect teen readers and creators to authors and illustrators; connect teen readers and creators to each other; represent, honor, and affirm underrepresented voices and identities; celebrate and encourage reading and creating for pleasure; and promote the Green Mountain Book Award, Vermont's teen-choice book award.

Teen Lit Mob is open to all Vermont teens, age thirteen through high school. Registration details and promotional materials coming soon!

Governance & Management

Bite-Size Trustee Training Videos


After Town Meeting Day, you may have acquired one (or two!) new trustees. With this opportunity to bring new trustees up to speed also comes the potential to refresh your more seasoned trustees. Of course, it’s not always easy to gather everyone together for an hour or two of training outside of your regular meetings.

To help address these challenges, we are introducing short trustee training videos that can be shown before or after a meeting. Topics will include open meeting law, the division of duties, trustee roles and expectations, Title 22, and intellectual freedom.

In conjunction with these videos, Governance & Management Consultant Tonya Ryals will conduct virtual office hours to provide consulting services. More information for the release dates and virtual office hours will be made available in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, you can offer your new trustees a tour of the library, an opportunity to meet the staff, and an orientation to the library’s website and online resources. It is considered best practice to provide every library trustee with a specific library e-mail account to clearly distinguish library-related email correspondence from personal email (since library-related email may be subject to public records requests).

All trustees should receive information on items such as:

  • Names and contact information for other trustees and stakeholders (including town administration)
  • Board bylaws
  • Policies manual
  • Annual report
  • Strategic plan
  • Library maintenance schedule
  • Past meeting minutes
  • And more!

Check out our website for an expanded list of items (https://bit.ly/NewTrust) and more training materials for trustees (https://bit.ly/VTLIBtrustees.)

Small & Rural Libraries

ARSL Professional Book Club


The Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) Professional Book Club had its inaugural meeting March 29, 2022. Two meetings were offered to accommodate time zones for participants all over the country. The Eastern time zone one had attendees from multiple New England states, New York, Kansas, and Ohio. The book discussed was Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library’s Future in an Uncertain World, by Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System in New Yor., and a leader in the field of sustainable libraries. Her book introduces a three-pronged approach to sustainability, encompassing economic feasibility, social equity, and environmental practices. The book discussion was competently and warmly facilitated by Margaret Woodruff, Library Director at the Charlotte (VT) Library, and featured a lively exchange of ideas and shared examples of work libraries are already doing or plan to do in the future. Some very practical and accessible initiatives were shared, including making the library a plastic bag recycling site (https://recycle.trex.com/view/programs) and a battery recycling site (https://www.call2recycle.org/). For more broad information on libraries and sustainability, visit https://sustainablelibrariesinitiative.org/

The next ARSL Professional Book Club is tentatively planned for Fall 2022. The ARSL Continuing Education (CE) Committee is collecting title suggestions for the book. To suggest a title or with questions about the program or other ARSL CE, please contact ARSL CE Committee co-chair Joy Worland, joy.worland@vermont.gov. To see a current schedule of ARSL CE events, visit https://www.arsl.org/arsl-train

Information & Access

Focus: Family Matters

According to the Statewide Legal Needs Assessment (December 6, 2019) conducted by Legal Services Vermont and Vermont Legal Aid, family issues ran a close second to housing issues among the top reasons that people turn to legal aid for help. Vermonters noted difficulty in navigating the family court system, needing legal advice on how to proceed on legal issues, and needing in court representation on contested matters.   

As librarians we cannot give legal advice, but we can certainly provide information, resources, and referrals. Here are some ways that we can help:

  • For help navigating the family court system try Vermont Law Help’s webpage that is devoted to family law issues including child custody, support, divorce, and DCF investigations. Visit the website at https://vtlawhelp.org/family. The content includes a video roadmap on how to obtain a divorce in Vermont.
  • The Vermont Judiciary also has a webpage devoted to Divorce and Parentage issues located at https://www.vermontjudiciary.org/self-help/divorce-parentage, which also includes a video on the legal process for obtaining a divorce in Vermont.
  • The Vermont Commission on Women has published an immensely useful resource that uses plain English to explain to women, their rights and responsibilities under the law. The handbook is entitled “The Legal Rights of Women in Vermont and can be accessed at https://women.vermont.gov/help/legal_rights.

If you need further assistance with patron legal reference questions, you can “Ask a Law Librarian” by calling (802) 831-1313 or emailing clic@vermontlaw.edu.

February 2022 Online Resources Usage Report

We’d like to share the February 2022 stats for the online resources offered by the Department of Libraries. LearningExpress and Vermont Online Library are free to all libraries (public, school, or academic), while Universal Class is only available to public libraries.

For more in-depth statistics, please contact Josh Muse (joshua.muse@vermont.gov).

LearningExpress - Provides training for workplace, academic, and job-hunting skills. It offers training for occupation exams, skills for school, exploration of careers, resume and interview help, and more.


Most Used Resources:

  • Tests – Real Estate Salesperson, Praxis Elementary Education, SAT Reading Practice Test
  • Tutorials – Intro to the SAT, Great Resumes
  • Computer Courses – Getting Started with Your Computer, Microsoft Excel, Using the Internet
  • eBooks – Culinary Arts, Career Conversations, Cosmetology Exam, Manage Your Time, Public Speaking

Universal Class - Offers a wide range of online courses (from business to cooking, computers to social work) that are led by a real instructor, and that can be completed at your own pace.


Most Active Classes – Writing Basics, Chemistry, Medical Terminology, Genealogy, Pre-Algebra, How to Write a Grant Proposal, Biology, Accounting, Anatomy, Conversation Skills


Vermont Online Library - Covering everything from magazine and newspaper articles to DIY car repair and business help, Vermont Online Library can help with any topic. Users can even read articles by issue from popular magazines, including The New York Times, Economist, Cosmopolitan, and Esquire.


Most Used Databases – Academic OneFile, Opposing Viewpoints, Biography, General OneFile, US History, Virtual Reference Library, News


Read more about LearningExpress, Universal Class, or Vermont Online Library, or email Josh Muse with any questions.


February 2022 ILL Stats


Total number of requests: 4781

  • Books: 4410
  • Videos: 279
  • Audiobooks: 82
  • Music CDs: 5
  • Articles: 5

Top 5 requested DVDs:

  • Captain Fantastic
  • The Time Traveler's Wife
  • Nightmare Alley
  • The Crow
  • The Truffle Hunters

Top 10 most requested book titles in February 2022 (with most requested titles at the top):

  • Four Spirits (Naslund)
  • The Personal Librarian (Benedict)
  • Overcome: Burned, Blinded, and Blessed (Tarleton)
  • Heart Spring Mountain (MacArthur)
  • How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America (Smith)
  • Faithful Place (French)
  • Anxious People (Backman)
  • Into the Wild (Krakauer)
  • Mostly Dead Things (Arnett)
  • The Alice Network (Quinn)

ABLE Library & Inclusive Services
ABLE Library & Inclusive Services Updates

ABLE Book Club

Join us for another ABLE Library virtual book club meeting! Our next discussion is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18, 2022, from 2:00 to 3:00 pm. We will be discussing The Midnight Library by Matt Haig (Sound recording book number: DB100906, Large print book number: LP100906). Please contact the ABLE Library to find out how to get a copy of the book and register for the discussion. Email lib.ablelibrary@vermont.gov or call (802) 636-0020 or (800) 479-1711.

ABLE Library Statistics for February 2022

Total number of checkouts: 9,204

Digital cartridges: 7,152

Large print: 573

BARD app (audio or braille books downloaded by patrons): 1,479

Top 5 Most Popular Books:

1.     For Batter or Worse by Jenn McKinlay (DB105918)

2.     The Mitford Trial by Jessica Fellowes (DB106183, LP013934)

3.     Someone Always Knows by Marcia Muller (DB106019)

4.     Flying Angels by Danielle Steel (DB105744, LP105744)

5.     City of the Dead by James Patterson (DB105826)

Memorable Times Café

Join the Central Vermont Council on Aging (CVCOA) and the ABLE Library on Wednesday, April 6th from 10:30 to 11:30 am for Memorable Times Café. Birds and buds, seedlings and mud! What signals the arrival of spring for you? Spring cleaning? Spring training? New life on the farm?! Come enjoy sharing stories, memories, music and community. Attendance is free and warmly welcomes new participants. Please contact Barb Asen at CVCOA for more information or to register: basen@cvcoa.org or 802-476-2681.

Continuing Education

Training Reflections: How to Build an Antiracist Library Culture & How to Build Diverse Collections

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The Department of Libraries recently provided funding for over 80 public, school, and academic librarians and Department staff to attend two training series offered by Library Journal and School Library Journal. The trainings were “How to Build an Antiracist Library Culture,” and “How to Build Diverse Collections.” Each training was three weeks long and comprised synchronous sessions with diverse presenters from all over the country, exercises to apply the work, and a wealth of resources to use well beyond the duration of the classes. There will be an online session on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, at 3:00pm for attendees to share reflections and action steps inspired by the trainings with each other and other librarians or interested people. You can find the access information for that on our Continuing Education page: https://libraries.vermont.gov/services/continuing_ed.

Attendees also contributed to a Jamboard with takeaways from the training. It is categorized by topics such as gathering community data, policies, collection development, outreach and more. That can be viewed here: https://bit.ly/3LKuQrP.

April is Fair Housing Month


A reminder that April is Fair Housing Month. Libraries are encouraged to raise awareness of local and national issues around housing needs and housing insecurity through programming, sharing of resources, and staff participation in related Continuing Education. The Department of Libraries will host a webinar with presenters from the Champlain Valley office of Economic Opportunity, the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition, and the Vermont Human Rights Commission on April 27, 2022, at 2:00pm. You can find access information for the webinar on our Continuing Education page: https://libraries.vermont.gov/services/continuing_ed.

For a list of Fair Housing suggested activities and resource lists, visit the Department of Libraries website: https://libraries.vermont.gov/fairhousingmonth

From Our Neighbors at the Vermont Historical Society
VHS News & Events

EXHIBIT RECEPTION: Voices of St. Joseph's Orphanage

April 8. 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Vermont History Museum, Montpelier, VT


Join us for a reception for the latest exhibit in our Local History Gallery. Free admission and refreshments. Public remarks beginning at 2:00 pm.


The Voices of St. Joseph’s Orphanage exhibition tells the story of the former orphans, and their remarkable and enduring accomplishments. The multimedia exhibit includes photographs, documents, artifacts, and oral history selections from fifteen participants of the Restorative Inquiry and is open through July. Elements of the exhibition–including the oral history selections–can also be found on the Restorative Inquiry website: https://www.stjosephsrjinquiry.com/oralhistoryexhibition.


The exhibition is a collaboration between the Vermont Folklife Center, the St. Joseph’s Orphanage Restorative Inquiry, an initiative of the Burlington Community Justice Center, and the Vermont Historical Society; and is generously funded by the Vermont Humanities Council. 

WINTER SPEAKER SERIES: Room for Improvement: Landscape, Social Uplift, and the Changing Nature of Vermont

April 27. 12:00 pm. Zoom.

Speaker: Sara Gregg


The Vermont Commission on Country Life devised a notorious eugenics research program for the state, but its participants were simultaneously engaged in coordinating a systematic survey of the state that sought to articulate a program for the future. After more than a century of outmigration, those who had stayed behind were left reckoning with how best to support their families and communities on often-challenging terrain; it was only in the 1930s that state agencies turned their attention to planning for social and landscape change. Weaving together the threads of landscape change and state planning that oriented Gregg’s 2010 book, Managing the Mountains, this talk examines the developments that shaped the evolving economy and political culture of Vermont during a pivotal century in its transformation.


Sara M. Gregg (Ph.D., Columbia University) is an associate professor of History whose work focuses on environmental change, agricultural history, and land policy. Her current project, "Little Piece of Earth: The Hidden History of Homesteading on the Great Plains," examines the process of state formation in the US West from the first years in the contact zone through the several Homestead Acts and into the present. She is the author of Managing the Mountains: Land Use Planning, the New Deal, and the Creation of a Federal Landscape in Appalachia (Yale, 2010); co-editor of the anthology American Georgics: Writings on Farming, Culture, and the Land (Yale, 2011); a fellow of the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich, Germany; an associate fellow of the Center for Great Plains Studies; and a co-convenor of the Women’s Environmental History Network (WHEN). 


Register for the talk here: https://form.jotform.com/213334591950153

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