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We are pleased to offer pickup service on Wednesdays and Fridays between noon and 6pm, based on first letter of last name, for books, DVDs and audiobooks on CD. Click the image to submit a request form, or email requests to mcculloughlibraryclerk@gmail.com, or call us at 802.447.7121

From the Library Director’s desk:

The John G. McCullough Free Library’s Staff and Trustees stand in solidarity with the American Library Association, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association and the Vermont Library Association in opposition to racism, and condemn the violence and oppression experienced by Black people, Latinx people, Indigenous people, people of color, and all marginalized people.

Black lives matter. Black voices matter. Black stories matter.

These facts have compelled us to listen, to reflect, to seek additional training, and to act.

Information and literature are essential, especially at this moment. We have renewed our commitment to responsive, inclusive, and actively antiracist collection development and community event planning.

Free, equal access to information and literature is necessary for hearts, minds, individuals, and societies to change. We are reviewing our policies and operating procedures to ensure that the services we provide are inclusive and actively antiracist.

Recently, the McCullough Library has received and fulfilled numerous requests for resources to guide personal reflection, public action and conversations about community policing, race, and racism. If you are interested in learning more about these topics, we encourage you to review the resources below. Library staff members can help connect you with any of the books on these reading lists. Email your requests to mcculloughlibraryclerk@gmail.com, call us at 802.447.7121, or use our easy online book request form: https://forms.gle/y5NPgqmKwvyWA7Vf8.

You can also request items through our online catalog anywhere you have Internet access. If you aren’t sure how to do this, please email us at the address above or call. Additionally, many of these titles are available in ebook and digital audiobook formats and can be borrowed for free with your McCullough Library account. If you don’t know how to access this resource, please ask.

Community Policing and Related Topics: Recommended Resources

For Adults and Teens:

Vermont Department of Library’s Racial and Social Justice Resources: https://libraries.vermont.gov/services/racialjusticeresources

The National Museum of African American History and the Smithsonian Institute’s Talking About Race: https://nmaahc.si.edu/learn/talking-about-race

Black Lives Matter: Essential Readings for Adults and Teens from the Los Angeles Public Library: https://lapl.org/black-lives-matter/essential-readings

Understanding Structural Racism from the San Francisco Public Library: https://sfpl.bibliocommons.com/list/share/433865467/1651517679

The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center Black Liberation Reading List: https://www.nypl.org/blog/2020/06/09/schomburg-center-black-liberation-reading-list

An Antiracist Reading List by Ibram X. Kendi, as published in The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/05/29/books/review/antiracist-reading-list-ibram-x-kendi.html

5 Books to Read About Race and the Police, a list by Joumana Khatib, as published in The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/06/10/burst/books-policing-race.html

Resources to Teach the History of Policing in America That You Won’t Find in Textbooks, compiled by Valerie Strauss, as published in The Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/education/2020/06/09/resources-teach-history-policing-america-that-you-wont-find-textbooks/

For Parents and Educators:

Race, Racism and Revolution Reading List for Educators from the New York Public Library: https://www.nypl.org/blog/2020/06/17/race-racism-revolution-booklist-educators

Anti-Racism Books for Kids from The New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/02/parenting/kids-books-racism-protest.html

School Library Journal’s Diversity & Cultural Literacy Toolkit: https://www.slj.com/?detailStory=diversity-cultural-literacy-toolkit

School Library Journal also provides many recommended reading lists on its website.

How to Explain Racism to Kids: the CNN/ Sesame Street Town Hall video:


-Jennie Rozycki, Library Director

Tuesday July 21 at 7 p.m. Russell Banks' Affliction is the second of four Vermont Humanities Council Reading and Virtual Discussion series. It will be led by scholar Richard Wizansky. Copies of the book are available at the Library. Call 802-447-7121 or email mclibrary@comcast.net to reserve your copy.
Additional books and discussion dates in the New England Uncovered Reading and Discussion series are: Michael White’s A Brother’s Blood on August 25th @ 7:00 PM
Bill Bryson’s I’m a Stranger Here Myself: Notes on Returning to America After Twenty Years Away on September 22nd at 7:00 PM.

Creative Journaling: an online mini course. Two Saturday sessions: July 11 and 18, 2 to 4 p.m. via Zoom. Join poet James Crews. Using poems, quotes, and our own experiences, we'll let words carry us forward as we write together in a low-pressure, supportive environment. Free. Registration is required and limited. Registrants will receive a free journal to keep and an invite to the online meetings. Email mclibrary@comcast.net or call the library at 802-447-7121 to reserve.
McCullough Library members now have unlimited access to Lynda.com, an on-demand learning platform with over 15,000 courses to help you build skills for a new job, to advance your career, or start your own business. Click image to learn more. Email mclibrary@comcast.net for your login information. Generously sponsored by The Fund for North Bennington

News from the Children’s Room:

Summer Reading Club for Kids. Activities and incentives to keep your kids reading and creating through the summer.
Summer Reading Club registration kit request form:

We’re excited to offer two ways for kids to participate in our Summer Reading Club this year! Kids can earn tickets for our prize raffles by reading, experimenting with our play prompts, and attending virtual or live events. Track your child’s participation online with the new Beanstack app, or with paper reading logs. This year’s prizes include a razor scooter, a dress-up kit, two art supply prize baskets and two science-themed prize baskets!

Beanstack, an online book discovery service, not only enables you to track your child’s reading, but also offers personalized book recommendations and special learning tools. You can choose to keep track of the number of books you read or the number of minutes you read. As reading is logged and activities are completed, kids will earn tickets for our raffle prize drawings. Instructions for accessing Beanstack are included in Summer Reading Club registration packets.

The paper reading logs work the same way. Track your child’s reading and activity completion by filling in the circles on the paper slips in this kit. When all the circles on the slip are filled in, choose a raffle you’d like to enter and return the slip to the McCullough Library’s book drop anytime. Be sure to include your child’s name on the paper slip. If you need more slips, please call the Library at 802.447.7121 to arrange for pickup.

 Need a little help registering children in your care? Need more information? Contact McCullough Library Youth Services Librarian Katrina Hastings  at 802.447.7121 or email mcculloughyouthservices@gmail.com

Fairy Garden Kits. Part of the Summer Reading Club for kids. A limited number of kits will be available for pickup at the Library. Reserve yours with the online form below or call 802-447-7121
Fairy Garden Kit online request form: https://forms.gle/zTaU7hq1CJcdby6a9

StoryWalk. Enjoy Marianne Berkes' "Over in the Forest" while strolling the grounds of Par-McCullough Historic Governor's Mansion. Sponsored in part by the Vermont Department of Libraries.
Check out The Bennington Banner‘s coverage of our StoryWalk installation here: https://www.benningtonbanner.com/stories/ban-l-storywalk-0601_web,605900?

Mark Your Calendars!
Here’s just some of what’s ahead!

Friday August 21, 6:30 p.m. Story hour event with local author Sandra Magsamen. Held outside if possible, otherwise virtual. Stay tuned.
Virtual Auction coming soon. Stay tuned for details

The digital library is open, even when the building is closed! 
Check out these fantastic services. 

Activate your Library e-account online for free access to thousands of digital audiobooks, ebooks and 500+ online courses! If you don't have a library account, click image to get started.
Need Wifi? Connect to McCullough Library's network anytime, even from outside the building. Instructions on brass plaque on picnic table.
Cake Decorating 101 - just one of the 500+ free online classes available through your McCullough Library account. Click Online Courses in the menu at left above. Call 802.447.7121 for help setting up your account.
Vermont Online Library. Perfect for curious minds and students of all ages. Powerful reference databases, ebooks, popular magazines and more. Click Reference Desk in the menu at left above. Help is available at bottom of most pages. Feel free to email mcculloughlibraryclerk@gmail.com for any questions you have.