We’re connected! Woodbury Community has free public WiFi, now with faster upload/download speeds and enhanced coverage. You can now connect throughout the library and outside on the library grounds. Use one of our laptops  complete with headsets anywhere inside the library or bring your own device. Almost out of battery? No problem! Ask the librarian for a charger to use while you are at the library! And use our public access internet enabled printer to print, copy, or scan!

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We have tables full of books in the community room for your browsing pleasure. It just might be possible that there really is something for just about everyone: There are picture books and young adult fiction. There are books on spirituality and books on politics. There are cookbooks and books on gardening. There are biographies and books on child development. And, yes, there is fiction in just about every genre, including mysteries, lots of mysteries.

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A Few Updates

We have free passes to state historic sites, state parks, the American Precision Museum, and the Vermont History Museum. The first two passes may be borrowed from the library, and must be returned after use. The passes to the American Precision Museum each admit two adults and one child. We have two passes to the Vermont History Museum, each of which admits one person, and which are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Because we are a full community library, dedicated to every age group, and protective of health and privacy for members and visitors, we will continue to require face masks for all who enter the library. We have made this decision to protect those who cannot be fully vaccinated, including our youngest patrons.

We will revisit this policy on a regular basis. We will continue to offer curbside pick-ups, and are glad to help patrons access other services that we provide.

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What are you reading?

We have had a few people say that they would like to see reading suggestions from others in the community.  Some have said they would like to see these “book reports” put up on our bulletin board; others would like to see them posted to our on-line forums.  It seems that either or both would work, perhaps dependent upon a person’s level of comfort with one or another of the venues.

We encourage patrons of all ages to participate in helping their neighbors find new favorites.  We think that anyone sharing their recommendations and the reasons for them deserve to be credited by name, but understand if someone prefers to be anonymous. 

Anyone want to go first?

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Update on Library Board of Trustees Meetings

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will take place via Google Meet on Thursday, April 15th at 1 p.m. Going forward, regular meetings will be held on the third Thursday of each month at 1 p.m.

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Happy Spring

It is the first day of spring, and, fittingly enough on this sunny day, it is the International Day of Happiness. If your idea of happiness includes visiting the library and selecting a great new book (or two or three), you are in luck: Library hours have been expanded to nearly pre-pandemic levels, and we have been stocking our shelves with books for every age group, Some of these books are newly published; others are new to our collection. Most of these can be located on the bookcase that faces the door, or, you can access our on-line catalog to see our latest additions.

In honor of Women’s History Month, we have a small display of interesting books chosen from our collection. There are still eleven days left to come take a look, but there is no time limit set on exploring our shelves for these and other treasures, or to ask for reading suggestions.

The library is now open on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 1 to 5 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. We continue to follow safety protocols to prevent the transmission of Covid-19. These include using hand sanitizer upon entry to the library, wearing a mask, observing physical distancing, and a limitation on the number of people who can be in the library at any one time. Curbside pickup also remains an option.

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Black History Month Recommendation

Black Buck by Mateo Askaripour is the best-selling story of a young Black man trying to “make it” in white corporate America. The book is about racism, about sales, about life in a poor Black community. You will find yourself urging the main character on, laughing with him and crying for him. Black Buck is both entertaining and educational.

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The New Yorker

The next issue of The New Yorker is available to be checked out. Come by the library Wednesdays between 1-5 or send us a message or email if you’d like to pick it up curbside!

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Woodbury Community Library – Librarian Job Description

The Woodbury Community Library is seeking a friendly, collaborative, book lover. If you like people of all ages, enjoy working with children in an informal educational setting, and like learning new things. you might be the right person for the library.

This job is a part time position for the primary librarian. The ideal candidate will: 
• enjoy reading and talking about books 
• have some computer skills and feel comfortable helping others with technology questions 
• be friendly and responsible with children who use the library after school 
• demonstrate creative energy to design events for all ages 
• work in partnership with the school to best utilize the shared space of the library building and grounds 
• communicate and listen well 
• feel a strong sense of community and interest in developing the library to enhance the town 
• have knowledge of library administration and work towards Public Library Certification if not already certified.

A bachelor’s degree is recommended, but no formal library training is necessary. Training will be provided as well as support during the learning process. Compensation will depend on experience and skills. To apply please submit a letter of interest, resume, and three reference contacts to woodburyvermontlibrary@gmail.com.

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Interested in joining a monthly no-pressure, virtual reading group this winter?

I’d like to host a monthly reading group, for connection with a small infusion of literacy, and hopefully a lot of laughter.

Material and time can be determined by the group.

Please email me interest at woodbryvermontlibrary@gmail.com.

Hope to hear from you!

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