In This Issue
April is for Libraries
Important Library Events SPRING-ing Up Next Month

We've been looking forward to the month of April here at VTLIB, and not just because we're eager for warmer weather. April gives us an excuse to do what we do every day here at VTLIB- celebrate libraries- with other folks all over the country. We hope that you will be inspired to take part in one of the events below and celebrate along with us. April is for libraries! 

Month-Long Events:

*VTLIB CONNECTION: Attend one of our two Financial Literacy workshops this month! Visit for more information! 
  Week-Long Events:  


* VTLIB CONNECTION: Our public library directors are leading Vermont libraries towards bigger and better things. Governance & Management Consultant Lara Keenan will be holding a workshop for these new (and new-ish!) leaders in the Vermont library community. Visit for more information!  

 Important Days:


                                 adult-education-class.jpg Continuing Education
Opportunities for April

VTLIB has a busy spring ahead! Take a look at the following continuing education opportunities being offered in April, including more VTLIB staff office hours and workshops by three of our fabulous consultants!
For more information about Continuing Education, visit:


Office Hours

  • Continuing Education Overview
Tuesday, Apr. 2 at 11 am

Jason Broughton will provide an overview of continuing education and the new consultant position for Small & Rural Libraries.

Meeting ID - 483 472 548
  • Governance & Management
Monday, Apr. 16 at 9 am

Lara Keenan will give an overview of what she works on for the Department of Libraries and will answer any questions you may have.

Meeting ID - 675 418 705

(For instructions on how to access these office hours by phone, visit: )

ATTN: State Employees
Free Online Learning with Universal Class

Universal Class is a great service that all state employees can access using their Vermont State Library Card. With over 500 online classes available, you can take courses to help you with work, life, hobbies, and more!

Courses on delegation, negotiation skills, running effective meetings, and team management can help you take your supervision and interoffice skills to the next level. Additional courses on creative writing, soap making, cake decorating, and flower arranging can kick your hobbies up a notch. An entire section of DIY and How-To courses is available to help you learn new skills for projects at your home.
From accounting, to pet and animal care, to spiritual studies, there's truly something for everyone in these courses! To get started, all you have to do is follow this link and register with your Vermont State Library Card:

Don't have a Vermont State Library Card? You can request one here:

For more information, contact April Shaw (

Bringing Resources to Light
Gale Computer Database

Join us each month as we illuminate a fantastic resource from Vermont Online Library. This episode: Gale's Computer Database ( and click on "Computer Database").

Are you curious about Bitcoin and its underlying technology BlockChain? (Why does Bitcoin have value anyways?) You may have patrons asking how they can keep their accounts secure online, and a quick search in this resource will provide good cybersecurity information. Try searching bee colony activity and improvements in artificial intelligence (AI) to learn how computer experts are taking lessons from the natural world. Ever wonder how criminals are using social engineering to manipulate unsuspecting citizens into giving up personal information? With a quick search in Gale's Computer Database, you can provide your patrons with up-to-date computer and technology information. It's another way libraries provide more than patrons expect!

Libraries offer many resources to their patrons. Consider surprising patrons by telling them about the Computer Database - available for free from your library through Vermont Online Library!