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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:

In order to protect our community’s health, the Friends of the McCullough Library’s Book and Bake Sale, a two-day celebration of books, baked goods, and community spirit, has been postponed until September 2021.


The thousands of dollars generated by the Friends’ Book & Bake Sale fund most of our award-winning free community events, most of our magazine subscriptions, our ebook and digital audiobook lending services, craft supplies, and so much more.


In order to keep funding for Library programs and services in place for the year ahead, we are hosting an online auction over Labor Day weekend (September 4th- 7th). Can you help? Auction items are needed. Please contact me at 802.447.7121 or at  mclibrary@comcast.net. A wide variety of desirable items in good condition, experiences, services, and gift certificates will ensure this effort’s success.


If you’d prefer to donate directly to the Friends of the McCullough Library, many thanks in advance! Checks should be made out to McCullough Free Library and can either be brought to the Library or mailed to PO Box 339, North Bennington, VT 05257.


Donations of books, games, puzzles and DVDs will be accepted until the Library’s basement storage area is full.


Also, be sure to check out our honor system sale rack at Powers Market and Sunny Day Sales at the Library’s back door in the months ahead.


-Jennie


Jennie Rozycki, Library Director



McCullough Library Garden. Saturday August 15 at 10am meet the gardeners, learn about the plants and harvesting techniques. Masks are required, safe physical distancing is expected. If you'd like, bring a painted stone to add to the garden's perimeter!


Learn to use the online catalog. 3 virtual sessions: Wednesday Aug 5, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Aug 12, 6:30 p.m. Saturday Aug 22, 12 p.m. Call 802.447.7121 or email mclibrary@comcast.net for zoom meeting link.
Can’t attend these virtual sessions? Click the link to view a presentation given by Library Director Jennie Rozycki to the Bennington Rotary Club in early July. This presentation covers some of the catalog basics, previews our ebook and digital audiobook lending service and Lynda.com: https://youtu.be/Lq5tC1DtBFc


Book Chats. Thursdays in August, 6 p.m. via zoom. Email mclibrary@comcast.net for invitation. All are welcome!
Read anything good lately? Looking for ideas about what to read next? Need to connect with fellow readers? Join us! All are welcome to this series of virtual discussions, hosted by Library staff members. A list of books discussed will be kept and distributed to help you request them from the Library.


New England Uncovered: A Vermont Humanities Council Reading and Virtual discussion series. Tuesday August 25, 7 p.m. Scholar Richard Wizansky will discuss the book A Brother's Blood by Michael C. White. Copies are available at McCullough Library. Call 802.447.7121 or email mclibrary@comcast.net to reserve your copy and receive a virtual meeting invitation.
The fourth and final book in the New England Uncovered Reading and Discussion series is 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.


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



Sunny Day Sales. Look for an honor system sale rack at the Library's ramp entrance on sunny days in August and September for books, games, puzzles, DVDs and more. Your purchases will directly fund Library programs and services.



News from the Children’s Room

Summer Reading Club for Kids. Activities and incentives to keep your kids reading, creating, and imagining through the summer. Kits are still available.
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.

To register, or for more information, please contact McCullough Library Youth Services Librarian Katrina Hastings  at 802.447.7121 or email mcculloughyouthservices@gmail.com



Free Books for kids. Wednesday Aug 5 from 12-6 p.m.
Stop by our table at the Bennington Farmers’ Market on Saturday 8/1/20 from 10 AM to 1 PM & at the McCullough Library (2 Main Street, North Bennington) on Wednesday 8/5/20 from 12 PM to 6 PM to select new, high quality children’s books to keep. Reservations aren’t required. This opportunity is generously funded by the Children’s Literacy Foundation.


New Story Walk image of sign with heart and the word You inside it.
Take a stroll around the Park- McCullough Historic Governor’s Mansion and enjoy our latest StoryWalk installation: local author Sandra Magsamen’s YOU!


Bedtime stories. Live on McCullough Library's Facebook page every weeknight in August at 7:30 p.m. Join Katrina, Jennie, Berta, Nicole and Jan for stories to help your little ones relax at the end of the day.


Create a Creature! Click the image to reserve a kit containing air dry clay and acrylic paints. Use it to create a miniature creature. Creature creators invited to hide their creatures outside the library the weekend of August 15-16 and look for creatures hidden by other kids.

T-shirt design contest. Young people up to age 15 are invited to submit a t-shirt design for the McCullough Library. One design will be featured on our new t-shirts. The best designs will incorporate our logo and/or our "Connect. Discover. Create." motto. Submit a digital copy of your work in .png format by Aug 17 to McCulloughYouthServices@gmail.com. Winner will be selected by Aug 21.


Friday August 21, 6:30 p.m. Story time Live. Join us for a special story time with local author Sandra Magsamen at the Park-McCullough House. Due to space limitations, reservations are required. Click the image to RSVP.


Join us on Tuesday August 25 for a special storytelling event with Beth Tegart. Stay tuned for time and location details.


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

Saturday September 26, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Free Comic Book Day. Part of a national celebration of comics, people of all ages are welcome to stop by the library and pick up a free new comic book. First come, first served. Costumes optional


Coming this November. Winter Reading Challenge for Adults. Read books, win prizes!


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.


The Library thrives with your support. Click the image to donate securely online.