Salute to National Library Week on WCAX

Don't miss "Across The Fence" on WCAX, Monday, April 15th at 12:10pm.
Celebrating National Library Week: Amy Howlett, Vermont Department of Libraries, and Rubi Simon, Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library


Governor and VTLIBS Celebrate National Library Week

 April 14-20, 2013


Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont State Librarian Martha Reid are encouraging Vermonters to celebrate National Library Week, which will be observed April 14-20, by making a visit to their local library. This year libraries across Vermont and the nation will spread the word that “Communities Matter @ Your Library.”  Read more.

Department of Libraries March 2013 Newsletter

The March2013 newsletter from the Vermont Department of Libraries is now available. To view the newsletter click here.


Previous editions can be found here.


Department of Libraries February 2013 Newsletter

The February 2013 newsletter from the Vermont Department of Libraries is now available. To view the newsletter click here.


Previous editions can be found here.

American Library Association Releases "Digital Literacy, Libraries, and Public Policy" Report

At the ALA 2013 Midwinter Meeting the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy released a report that provides a broad overview of digital literacy in the context of school, public, and academic libraries. The report can be found here.

FCC Chairman Says Libraries Essential to Digital Literacy

A video released at the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting featured FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski who thanked libraries and librarians for their support of digital literacy. An article with further information and the video can be found here.

Books to Help Children Cope With Tragedy - A Bibliography from the Department of Libraries

The Department of Libraries has created this book list to support parents, teachers and other caregivers in helping children cope with their feelings and questions which may arise in the wake of traumatic events, such as the recent tragedy in Sandy Hook, CT.   If these books are not available in your local library, you may request them via interlibrary loan.

Books to Help Children Cope With Tragedy (PDF)

Vermont Libraries Mark Banned Books Week

This week marks the 30th anniversary of Banned Books Week and the Vermont Library Association has produced a video highlighting the ongoing commitment of Vermont libraries to support intellectual freedom and the freedom to read.  View the video here:


To honor this week,  plan to attend the Vermont ACLU’s “Evening Without” to hear Vermont writers reading from banned works. The event will take place on October 4 at 7 p.m. in Montpelier. For details, go to:


To find out more about Banned Books Week, see:

New Report on Department of Libraries use of LSTA Grant

New report released by Himmel & Wilson, Library Consultants: An Independent Evaluation of Vermont’s Implementation of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants to States Program, 2008-2012

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