Virtual Library @ Charlotte Library

Online resources and offerings while the library is closed during the Coronavirus “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions. No library card? No problem! Sign up for a virtual library card below.


Coronavirus Information

Coronavirus (COVID-19) What you need to know now
Charlotte Coronavirus Help Page
Please find more Coronavirus information here


Highlights

Borrowing Begins!!

We are excited to announce that we will be offering curbside (actually porch) circulation of library materials has begun. If you’re interested in checking out library books and other items, please place holds for those materials through our catalog or by calling the library at 802.425.3864. Please read the instructions on how to utilize Porch Pick Up. Learn how to place a hold with your library card

We are so glad to begin opening up the library and hope that you all are well.

May is Mental Health Month


Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottleib is available as a book group set as well as an ebook, thanks to a grant from NNLM-NER. Take a look at the discussion guide here.


Explore our Health and Wellness page for more mental health resources.

Virtual
Re-Opening

We look forward to showing you the newly expanded Library in person. For now, there is a virtual tour.


Upcoming Programs

  • Bringing History Alive: 1936
    Wed., May 27 @ 3pm 2020 will undoubtedly be a year remembered in history, and we are just in spring. There have been many monumental years that have shaped our political, social, and aesthetic choices. One such year was 1936. Join us for a lively discussion Zoom discussion! More information. Register here.

Ongoing Programs


Audiobooks, eBooks, Movies, TV & Music

Hoopla With Your Library Card

Instantly borrow free movies, TV series, music albums, eBooks, and audiobooks anytime with your library card. No waiting or holds!
    
Hoopla is available on your desktop, phone, tablet, Alexa devices, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Android TV. Download the app to take your borrows anywhere. Device specific instructions available here.  

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.


Book Clubs

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:


Coding

IRL Coding Club will have to wait. Learn to code from home!

Virtual Coding Club with Charlotte Library
Thursdays, 3:00-4:00pm on Zoom

Code on your own options:


Connecting

Video Chat
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.


Essential Services, Economic Assistance & Consumer Protection



Internet

WiFi @ the Library

You may still use the library internet connection from the library parking lot or porch.

Provider Services

Several Internet providers are making their networks available for free or reduced cost (where geographically applicable):


Kids & Teens


Learning for Everyone

Learning Express

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.

Universal Class

Over 500 free, online, non-college-credit continuing education courses.

VT Online Library

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.

Class Central

Discover thousands of free online courses from top universities around the world like MIT, Stanford, and Harvard.

Free Online Learning Due to Coronavirus

A continuously updated list of course providers that are offering learning content for free in response to the pandemic and isolation measures.


Mental Health

Feeling anxious, confused, overwhelmed or powerless is common during an infectious disease outbreak. If you or someone you know needs emotional support:


Museums, Music & More


Newspapers 

We are halting delivery of the print versions but do have limited online access.  Call us to get details. Many papers including New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post are providing free online access to COVID-19 related information and updates.


Parents

Resources to Help Talk to Children About Corona Virus


Seed Library: Gardening Resources

Earth Day Seed Share Launch

The Seed Library is offering two new Gardener Support programs this spring: a Community Seed Share, and Seedlings to Share.  Both facilitate local gardeners sharing seeds or seedlings with others in the community. 

Community Seed Share Begins Now! 

You are invited to share your extra seeds and by mid-May we hope to have many generous offers of seeds in this database and will open it to those needing vegetable, herb or edible/pollinator-friendly flowers for their own gardens.

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

More Gardener Support coming soon!


Tech Help

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
  • More

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.