Virtual Library @ Charlotte Library
Below is a list of online resources and offerings while the library is closed during the Coronavirus “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order. Most can be accessed using the link provided and your library card number or with link alone. Any other login details will be noted. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or if you need a library card.
Library On Demand
Audio & eBooks to Download
Overdrive & Libby With Your Library Card
Available 24/7! See our expanded collection of books on our Online Library. We’ve also added some suggested reading lists.
If you are new to Libby or OverDrive, take a look at our Online Resources page to get started.
Note: Your password is the same as your password on your library (Koha) account. By default it is your last name with standard capitalization (e.g. Smith, McCord, O’Brien, Grant-Smith).
National Emergency Library
A collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed.
TumbleBooks for Everyone
New!! Ebooks and audiobooks for all ages and interests. Use the links below. No password required.
Bring your book talk online!
Popular Online Groups
Library Virtual Book Clubs
Please contact us if you would like to be part of one of these Book Clubs so we can send you and invite to the online disussion:
- Better Together Book Club
- Check-in and chat- not book this month
- Wednesday, April 8 @ 7pm on Zoom
- Mystery Book Group
- “A Test of Wills” by Charles Todd (ebook available on Libby)
- Monday, April 20 @ 10am on Zoom
- Men’s Book Group
- “Elephant Company” by Vicki Constantine Croke
- Wednesday, April 15 @ 3pm on Zoom
There are many options for communicating with live video chats for personal or work use. Here are a few. Compatible with Android, Apple and Windows devices unless otherwise noted.
If you need help connecting, click the Get Tech Help button below to be in touch with our tech librarian.
Economic Assistance & Consumer Protection
- For workers: Career One Stop ReEmployment
- For employers/business owners: CareerOneStop Business Center
- Steps for unemployment: Department of Labor Unemployment Insurance Assistance
- Unemployment Insurance Frequently Asked Claimant Questions
- Avoid Coronavirus Scams tips from the Federal Trade Commission
- Protecting your finances during the Coronavirus epidemic from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
- Latest coronavirus scam information and how to keep your family safe from the FBI
WiFi @ the Library
You may still use the library internet connection from the library parking lot or porch.
Several Internet providers are making their networks available for free (where geographically applicable):
- Comcast Opens Xfinity Wi-Fi Network Nationally for Free –
- Xfinity Wi-Fi Free For Everyone: Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers: Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots map.
- AT&T –
- For the next 60 days (as of March 13, 2020), will keep public Wi-Fi hotspots open for any American who needs them.
- Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers on current plans with limited data with data will automatically have unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days (excluding roaming). No action required.
Kids & Teens
- All About Learning
- Abdo Distance Learning
- All About Birds
- A Big List of Podcasts for Little Kids (from The NYT)
- Chess Kid
- Great Websites for Kids
- Home Safari Facebook Live daily at 3pm until April 11
- Learning at Home Resources From VT School Library Association
- The Learning Network (from the NYT)
- Ocean Webcam
- Sesame Street
- Tinkering Studio
- TumbleMath – K-6 math ebook database
- TumbleMath – K-6 math ebook database
- Zooniverse: Citizen Science
- Author/Series Websites
- Story Times:
- Aldrich Library: YouTube Story Time posted every Tuesday
- #GadBookClub: Josh Gad of Frozen live on Twitter @ 7pm every night
Learning for Everyone
One stop learning for all ages. Skill-building in reading, writing, math, and science, college admissions exams, occupational licensing tests, workplace skills improvement, career exploration, and much more.
Over 500 free, online, non-college-credit continuing education courses.
Get Researching! For kids and adults, a wide array of electronic information databases on a variety of topics geared to a range of age levels.
Feeling anxious, confused, overwhelmed or powerless is common during an infectious disease outbreak. If you or someone you know needs emotional support:
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Trained helpers are available 24/7.
- Or text VT to 741741 to talk to someone at the Crisis Text Line.
- Call First Call for Chittenden County at 802-488-7777
- First Call is a 24-hour, 7-day-per-week emergency service for anyone in Chittenden County experiencing a crisis.
Museums, Music & More
Resources to Help Talk to Children About Corona Virus
- Common Sense Media
- H is for Handwashing: online storybook from Sesame Street
- Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
- The Story Seeds Podcast: Coronavirus PSA: How to Fight the New Bad Guy in Town by Jason Reynolds, the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature
- Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019: Messages for parents, school staff, and others working with children
- Teaching Your Kids to Be Safe Online: A Hasty Primer from the NYT
Seed Library: Gardening Resources
New Program: Seedlings to Share
Seedlings to Share asks those who can, to plant a few (or a lot of!) extra seeds in their sunny windows or under grow lights now, in order to share the resulting eager seedlings with the community in 8-10 weeks when they are ready to go into the ground. More information here and on FPF soon…
Gardening & Seed Saving Help
This is the perfect time to plan your garden, if you haven’t already. You may want it to be a little or a lot different from last year. You may be ready to try saving some of your own seeds. Here are some suggestions to get you started
- Seed Savers Exchange: how-to design your garden to avoid cross-pollination
- Low-waste, Inexpensive Seed Starting: article with inspiration and practical information
- Oregon State University’s Master Gardener Series: free on demand, general advice on gardening
More Gardener Support coming soon!
Feeling overwhelmed navigating technology during social distancing? The Charlotte Library is here for you. Our tech librarian, is available (virtually) to help with things like:
- Downloading audiobooks and ebooks for free
- Accessing library resources
- Connecting on FaceTime, Skype, Zoom, etc.
- Understanding your smart phone
Please use the button below to to ask a question and/or set up a time to connect via phone or video chat.
For more complex needs or hardware issues we encourage you to support local businesses.
Health and Safety
From Chris Davis, Emergency Coordinator for Charlotte
- VT Health Commissioner Mark Levine, MD.: “We expected that Vermont would see more cases, and that there likely will be more. As Governor Scott said yesterday, the full focus of the state is on minimizing spread of COVID-19 in our communities. We all have a critical role to play in flattening the potential curve of infections, and I ask every Vermonter to visit healthvermont.gov for up to date information about the steps to take to keep themselves and our communities healthy.”
- Please go to healthvermont.gov/covid19 for the most up-to-date information and guidance about COVID-19, including from the CDC.
- WHEN TO CALL
- If you have questions about COVID-19: Dial 2-1-1
- If you are returning from most of Europe, China, Iran or South Korea: Call Health Department Epidemiology at 802-863-7240.
- If you are sick or concerned about your health: Contact your health care provider by phone.
- Do not go to the hospital, except in a life-threatening situation.
- Do not call the Health Department.
Person-to-person spread of the virus occurs mainly via respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Take these everyday preventive actions to help stop the spread of germs:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.