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A Letter from the Director:


Friends,


I am often asked by community members, “How can I help?”  It warms my heart to know that the McCullough Library’s supporters are so generous with their time and energy.

At the moment, there are a few easy things you can do from home to help the library realize its mission:

1: Take advantage of all the McCullough Library offers! Borrow books and DVDs, suggest additions to the collection, check out the digital collections, attend our virtual programs, and enjoy craft kits.

2. Invite your neighbors and friends to activate their McCullough Library accounts so they too can take advantage of all the library offers.  Please feel free to share our new online account activation form: (https://forms.gle/DJbCEBLvrRq1xB8j7) with people living in Bennington, North Bennington, and Shaftsbury.

3. Help spread the word: Like and Follow the McCullough Library on Facebook and Instagram, invite your friends to do the same, and share our posts with your network.

4. Join the Friends of the McCullough Library.  This fundraising and advocacy group, whose major project is the Book & Bake Sale, is always looking for new members and welcomes new ideas.  Email me at mclibrary@comcast.net to be added to the Friends email list.

Looking forward to seeing you at Book Pickup!
-Jennie

Jennie Rozycki, Library Director

The library will continue to provide book pickup services for the foreseeable future. The building remains closed to the public. We are pleased and proud to safely and reliably provide access to reading materials, interlibrary loan services, DVDs, and audiobooks on CD to our members. To request items for pickup, click the image to use our online request form, call us at 802.447.7121 or email McCulloughLibraryClerk@gmail.com. Pickup hours are Wednesdays and Fridays 12 to 6 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Not yet a McCullough Library member? Click the image to activate your free membership. All are welcome!
Receiving item due or overdue emails for items you've already returned? All returned items are kept in quarantine before they're checked in. Until quarantining isn't necessary, it is okay to ignore notifications for items you're confident you've returned, and many thanks for returning items you've borrowed!

Events for Adults & Teens:

This Reading & Discussion series explores how different authors and communities understand the multiple definitions and connotations of ecological sustainability and try to make it work in the world.

The final book in this Reading & Discussion series is Julia Alvarez's  novella, A Cafecito Story. 

English/ Spanish bilingual copies of this book are available at the McCullough Library. Reserve your copy by calling 802.447.7121 or emailing mclibrary@comcast.net. Our online discussion, facilitated by Deborah Lee Luskin, will be held on Tuesday, March 9th at 6:00 PM. This event is free and all are welcome.

Our next Reading & Discussion series will explore graphic novels:
Fun Home by Alison Bechdel on Tuesday, April 6th at 6:00 PM.
Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi on Tuesday, April 20th at 6:00 PM.
Berlin, City of Stone by Jason Lutes on Tuesday, May 4th at 6:00 PM.
Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast on Tuesday, May 18th at 6:00 PM.

Tabletop garden craft kits for teens and adults. Available March 26, 12 - 6 p.m.
Knittin' for Kittens. Crafting for a cause: make blankets for adoptable felines at Second Chance Animal Center. Use your own acrylic yarn or stop by the library for free yarn, crochet hooks or knitting needles. Yarn donations are welcome. Completed blankets must measure 17 inches square and can be dropped off at the library for delivery to Second Chance. Questions? Call 802.447.7121 or email McLibrary@ComCast.Net
Want to learn how to use the library's online catalog, access free ebooks, digital audiobooks, research databases and online courses and tutorials? Email McLibrary@Comcast.Net to schedule a personalized virtual tour.

Events for Children and Families:

March Craft Kits sponsored by the Bank of Bennington. Free for children.
3/6/2021 Pop-up Rainbow & Rainbow play-dough Kits
3/21/2021 Candy Science Kits
Building Challenge Wednesdays. Every Wednesday in January, February and March, the library will post a building challenge on social media. Every child who shares a photo of what they built will be automatically entered into a raffle to win a brand new building set each month!

Homework help. Professional research assistance and resources for students of all ages. Email McCulloughLibraryClerk@Gmail.com or call 802.447.7121

Mark your calendars, here’s just some of what is ahead!

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

The digital library is always open. Read on Libby, the one-tap reading app. Email McCulloughLibraryClerk@Gmail.com to get started
Lynda.com is now LinkedIn Learning. Develop in-demand skills with over 16,000+ online courses taught by real-world experts. New courses are added every week. FREE with your McCullough Library account! 
Already set up Lynda account through the library? No worries-- your account automatically upgraded.

Ready to get started? Email mclibrary@comcast.net for your login information. 

This resource generously sponsored by the Fund for North Bennington.
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.


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