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Chili Dinner Fundraiser

Our annual Chili Dinner fundraiser is still on, scheduled for Friday, March 5. It will look a little different this year. We will be doing a chili-dinner-to-go, with an online show of local youth talent you can enjoy at home.

First, YES, we do need your donations of chili, cornbread, and dessert, and encourage you to call, e-mail or come in to sign up as a food donor. We need to keep things simple to streamline the process this year. Please keep these guidelines in mind:

–Drop-off time for food donations: 3:00-4:00p.m., Friday, March 5.

–Sign up to bring chili, cornbread, or cookies.

–Please bring cold or room-temperature food; we will repack it into take-out containers for folks to reheat at home.

–Chili: Please bring only beef or vegetarian chili. Your pan/pot/crockpot/Tupperware dish will be washed and left on a table at the church for you to pick up Saturday, so please be sure to label the variety of chili and put your name on your container.

–Cornbread: Please label your pan, and pre-cut into even-sized pieces if possible.

–Dessert: We are asking only for chocolate chip cookies this year in order to avoid choices, and please do not use nuts or peanut butter.

–Pick-up Time: Dinner Pick-up will be 4:30-6:00 p.m, Friday, March 5, and our online show will premiere at 7:00 on Youtube so you can watch and comment with friends. We will ask for $8 donations per adult, $4 for children.

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Zentangle®

Learn the Meditative Art of Tangling in Upcoming Virtual Workshop

Greensboro Free Library, Jeudevine Memorial Library and Cabot Public Library are co-hosting a virtual Zentangle workshop with Ohio artist and Certified Zentangle Teacher Katy Abbot in November 2021 (date to be announced).  The workshop is free, but we are asking everyone to register early so we can order supply kits, and we ask those who can to contribute $5 towards the cost of a kit.  The libraries will provide the kits for pickup and the Zoom link in early March.

Zentangle® is an easy-to-learn and relaxing method of creating beautiful images from structured repetitive patterns, called tangles.  The method, or art form, is used to increase focus and creativity, and for mindfulness practice and stress reduction.  It has been called a form of artistic meditation, as the creator becomes engrossed in drawing each pattern.  More information can be found at the website www.Zentangle.com.  Tangling can be enjoyed by a wide range of skills and ages, and non-artists are welcome and encouraged to participate.  This workshop, with its 2-hour time-frame, is best for ages 12 and up.   During this Zoom class, participants will learn what the Zentangle method is all about and how to tangle, acquiring skills for future creations.  Instructor Katy Abbott  is a long-time crafter and has exhibited and sold numerous glass bead ornaments and jewelry items.   She has been a Certified Zentangle Teacher since 2012, and has taught several Zentangle workshops in the past year for libraries in her home state of Ohio.

To register for the workshop, please e-mail or call one of the libraries by Tuesday, March 2: GFL at 533-2531 or [email protected], Jeudevine at 472-5948 or [email protected],  or CPL at 563-2721 or [email protected].

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Audio & Digital Books

Download eAudiobooks and eBooks for Free!

Greensboro Free Library offers over 11,000 free downloadable books and audiobooks through the Vermont Department of Libraries collection at Overdrive and its Libby App.  Simply register for an account with your library card number to access new and popular titles.  Here’s how you can do it at home, and please call if you need help!

1.    Connect to Libby App and follow step 2, or download the Libby app on your Android or iOS device and follow step 3.

2.    At the website, click the face icon (upper right) to access the menu.  It will show you are at the Vermont Department of Libraries, with no cards yet.  Click Add a Library Card.  Find and click GFL in the dropdown menu under Choose a Location.  The app will read, “Enter your library account details.”  Proceed to step 4.

3.    In the Libby App, click Yes that you have a card, type “Greensboro Free” in the search box, and select the Vermont Department of Libraries box showing GFL.  Proceed to step 4.

4.    Fill in your 14-digit card number: 2VSOO00000_ _ _ _   (the last four digits are specific to your account.  Call or email for help). 

5.    Now you’re ready to explore!  Click Preferences on the left to filter your choices by language, audience (child, teen, adult), format (audiobook or ebook), compatibility (e.g. Kindle), and availability.  “Sort by” allows you to sort your results by date added, title, more.  Click Apply Preferences to confirm.

6.    Click Explore on the right to find guides to various collections, e.g. for teens, as well as links to What’s New, What’s Popular, What’s Available, and Subjects (featuring 97 different topics).  Or, simply scroll down to explore featured collections.

7.    Click a title you like.  If it is available, you can read or listen to a short preview, or click Borrow to download the title for a 21-day period.  If the title is in use by another patron, click Place a Hold, to learn when the title will be available and to reserve it.

Contact GFL for help: 802-533-2531; [email protected]

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Kanopy Films

Greensboro Free Library has contracted with Kanopy to offer streaming of “thoughtful entertainment” for our library patrons. Kanopy offers almost 30,000 alternative, independent, critically acclaimed, and educational films, 60% of which are exclusive to their streaming service. This includes Kanopy Kids, a selection of educational films selected for 2-6-year olds, and over 6,000 films in the Great Courses series.

We believe this service aligns with our mission to promote lifelong learning and serve as Greensboro’s “living room,” especially as we face the prospect of a winter of staying home to stay safe. At the same time, we acknowledge that not everyone has sufficient internet access to stream movies; we do wish to continue improving our library’s DVD collection and welcome your suggestions for DVD purchases.

Kanopy is a service that is free to patrons; the library pays $2 per film viewed or $5 per 30 days of access to Kanopy Kids or a Great Courses film series. If you like Kanopy and are able to do so, please donate to our Kanopy Fund so we can continue the service.

Here is a link to our website for Kanopy. Login to see what’s available.

Your library barcode is: 2VSOO00000_____________________.

Scroll through “carousels” of movies listed by topic, or click on the
Browse heading for an extensive subject listing. Once you begin
watching a film, you have 72 hours to watch it. You will have 5
credits each month, for 5 films. Kanopy selects 10 movies each month
for free access (to you and to us); these are listed under the heading
“Credit-Free Viewing.”

Parents are encouraged to check out Kanopy Kids, which has its own heading. This site includes many short films that are adaptations of picture books, as well as TV episodes like Sesame Street and language-learning videos. Films in Kanopy Kids or from the Great Courses series do not count towards the 5-credit limit. Instead, once you begin watching a selection, you will have 30-days of unlimited viewing (note that the library will be charged for each different Great Courses series viewed, so we encourage patrons to select one Course at a time). Parents can set a PIN to prevent a child from inadvertently clicking out of Kanopy Kids and in to the full film collection.

We hope you enjoy Kanopy.

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Amazing Library Collections to Explore Online

By lsimon on March 17, 2020

Librarians are caretakers of some of the world’s greatest treasures—from historical documents and out-of-print books to archival photographs and illustrations. And thanks to the wonders of digitization, many library collections are available for everyone to explore online. Check these out during your next internet deep dive:

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress—the largest library in the world and the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States—is filled with artifacts and images from the nation’s history. More than two million items from their collection are available online, including American newspapers dating back to 1789 and thousands of musical recordings.

New York Public Library

In addition to the 3.5 million New Yorkers served by NYPL, people all across the world can enjoy the library’s digital collections online. They currently offer more than 850,000 digital materials (including manuscripts, maps, and videos) with more added every day. Highlights include turn-of-the-century photos from Ellis Island and the first folio edition of William Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies.

The British Library

The national library of the United Kingdom, the British Library has more items cataloged than any other library in the world. Many of those holdings are available to peruse online, including thousand-year-old maps of Great Britain and original copies of the Magna Carta.

Harvard University

Harvard boasts the oldest library in the United States and the largest academic library in the world. Members of the public can discover more than six million items from their collection online—highlights include two original Mozart manuscripts and Chinese stone rubbings dating back to 200 BCE.

Bodleian Library

The University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library has been collecting and preserving cultural artifacts for more than four centuries, and now many of those materials are accessible for free online. Their digital collections include a Gutenberg Bible and pages from an original draft of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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Links to Enjoy

Virtual Tours 
San Diego Zoo: Learn all about animals at the San Diego Zoo. Includes videos, stories, activities and games to help children learn about wild animals

Yellowstone National Park: Take a virtual tour of some of the main attractions in Yellowstone such as 1)Fort Yellowstone, 2) Fountain Point Park, 3) Grand Canyon on the Yellowstone, 4) Mammoth Hot Springs, 5)Mud Volcano, 6) Norris Geyser Basin, 7) Yellowstone in 3-D and 8)Yellowstone’s Upper Geyser Basin

Mars: See the real service of Mars as recorded by NASA’s Curiosity Rover

National Parks Virtual Tours: Visit this site to see a virtual tour of many of our National Parks including ones you never even new about.

Traveling Around the World: Virtual Tours and Field Trips : Visit new places with your friends and see the world outside of your normal everyday life. With a virtual field trip, you can go anywhere in the world. Go with your friends during a group chat or by yourself any time you want. Make it a family trip, or a class trip! It’s your choice!

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Live Cameras

Monterey Bay Aquarium: Be delighted by the antics of the sea otters or mellow out to the hypnotic drifting of our jellies. With ten live cams to choose from, you can experience the wonder of the ocean no matter where you are.

Panda Cam: Learn all about the Pandas at Zoo Atlanta

Houston Zoo: Watch the the herd of Asian elephants wander through their enormous habitat, giraffes nibble lettuce fed to them by guests, rhinos roll in their mud puddle, flamingos floating next to a waterfall or chimpanzees interacting with guests at their window or snoozing in a hammock.

Georgia Aquarium: Watch our aquatic friends at the Georgia Aquarium

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Museums 

British Museum, London: Learn about history throughout the world and learn about things on display at the British Museum

Guggenheim Museum, NY: Learn about the beautiful art available at this world renowed museum.

National Gallery of Art, Washington DC: The nation’s museum – preserves, collects, exhibits, and fosters an understanding of works of art.

Musee d’Orsay, Paris: This Parisian museum is housed in the former Gare d’Orsay, a Beaux-Arts railway station built between 1898 and 1900. The museum holds mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1914, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography.

National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Seoul: This is a contemporary art museum with the main museum in Gwacheon and three branches each in Deoksugung, Seoul and Cheongju. The museum was first established in 1969 as the only national art museum in the country accommodating modern and contemporary art of Korea and international art of different time periods.

Pergamon Museum, Berlin: The Pergamon Museum houses monumental buildings such as the Pergamon Altar, the Ishtar Gate of Babylon, the Market Gate of Miletus reconstructed from the ruins found in Anatolia, as well as the Mshatta Facade.

The museum is subdivided into the antiquity collection, the Middle East museum, and the museum of Islamic art.

Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam: The Rijksmuseum, which in English means – The State Museum, exists for more that two hundred years and today belongs to the most breathtaking museums in the world. …

The unique position Rijksmuseumin Amsterdam gained in the world throughout the centuries, comes not only from the possession of many masterpiece paintings of Dutch and world art. Along the masterworks like Rembrandt’s “Night watch”, several paintings by Vermeer, van Dyck and Jan Steen, the museum has truly exceptional collection of the antique objects of the material Dutch culture, vast collection of prints, drawings and the classic photography.  

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam: The museum a Dutch art museum dedicated to the works of Vincent van Gogh and his contemporaries in Amsterdam;…The museum contains the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings in the world.

The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles: The primary museum, located at the Getty Center, is in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles … The Museum houses primarily European paintings, drawings, sculpture, illuminated manuscripts, and decorative arts, as well as photography from its beginnings to the present, gathered internationally.

The secondary museum, the Getty Villa, is in the Malibu neighborhood and displays art from Ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria.

Uffizi Gallery, Florence:  For art lovers, the Uffizi Gallery is the number-one attraction in Florence. … The Uffizi contains one of the world’s most important collections of paintings. Besides Florentine and Italian art, it also includes a large number of foreign works and Classical sculpture.

MSAP, Sao Paulo: Founded in 1947 by Assis Chateaubriand and Pietro Maria Bardi, MASP distinguished itself for many important initiatives concerning museology and art education in Brazil, as well as for its pioneering role as a cultural center. It was also the first Brazilian museum interested in Post-World War II art.

The museum is internationally recognized for its collection of European art, considered the finest in Latin America and all Southern Hemisphere.[ It also houses an emphatic assemblage of Brazilian art, prints and drawings, as well as smaller collections of African and Asian art, antiquities, decorative arts, and others, amounting to more than 8,000 pieces.

Open Heritage Sites from Around the world Explore iconic locations in 3D, discover the tools of digital preservation and download the collection

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Reading 

Free Audio Books — 800 Free eBooks for iPad, Kindle & Other Devices.

Internet Archive : Visit this non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more.

LibriVox – Free public domain books

Project Gutenberg: This site offers thousands of public domain ebooks for free use on any device. Because they are public domain, they are typically limited to items published before 1924 but that still includes a wide range of classics.

Your local library has digital books and audio books to check out. Visit Recorded Books Digital where you can download audio music, books and ebooks to a computer, CD, iPod, iPad, Kindle or MP3 player anywhere in the world where you have internet access. The program includes over 9,000 fiction and non-fiction titles for adults, children and young adults. New titles are added each month.

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Resources for Kids 
Suessville:  The Cat in the Hat, Sam-I-Am, Horton and the Whos, and the rest of the Seuss characters welcome you to Seussville, Dr. Seuss’s playground in cyberspace. You can play games, chat with the Cat in the Hat, win prizes, find out about new Dr. Seuss books and CD-ROMs, and much, much more!

Fun Brain: FunBrain helps preschoolers and kindergarteners jumpstart their journey of learning with engaging online games, stories and printables.

Storyline Online:  Storyline Online is a children’s literacy website created by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation, which provides free storytelling videos and resources for parents and teachers to foster a love of reading in children.

Fun Science Experiments:  A series of short films and activities make it fun, easy and cheap to do science experiments at home with your children. It includes activities for children from A selection of activities particularly well suited for children under 5 and as old as 11.

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Other Entertainment:

How to Meditate: Learn how to meditate if it’s part of your routine. Choose a time to do it each day and try to stick with it. This website gives you instructions on how to do it and make it a habit.

Meditation for Anxiety: 15 Minute Meditation For Anxiety guides you through a simple at home meditation to provide relief from anxiety, stress and energetic imbalance. Find a comfortable seat, tune into your breath and soften. Return to this practice regularly for preventative care. Great for beginners!

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Mindfulness coach 

Free Online Courses  450 online Ivy League courses you can take for free. Courses are offered in:

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On Line Resources

Resources that Patrons Can Access Remotely

Resources provided by the Vermont Department of Libraries to All Public Libraries:

Universal Class

More than 500 online classes ranging in topics from writing skills, software programs (including Adobe and Microsoft programs), to science, html, and graphic design. There’s something for everyone! Though classes are not for college credit, they are led by a real instructor with whom you can communicate by e-mail. Courses allow you to proceed at your own pace, working on assignments anytime, day or night.

Access – Go to Universal Class and use your library card number to login and create an account.

Learning Express

Learning Express library is a deep and broad tool that has something for everyone! It covers elementary school homework help, prep for the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) exam, nursing and medical testing prep, job interview and resume writing, computer skills, SAT, LSAT, and GRE test prep, to interactive tools to help someone choose a career. It can help someone choose a pathway in life or provide the tools to get a better job.

Access – Go to the Learning Express Library Click on Sign /In Register in the upper right corner. Click on New User to start New User Registration. Your institution (Greensboro Free Library) will already be filled out. Fill in the rest of the form and click Register at the bottom of the page. Thereafter you will sign in with the user name (your email address) and password you entered.

Vermont Online Library

Covering everything from newspaper articles to DIY car repair, the Vermont Online Library  (VOL) can help with any topic. Available for free to all Vermonters, VOL has options for all ages from elementary school through adult. You can even use it to read current articles from the NY Times, Washington Post, the Economist, and more.

Access – Use the Vermont Online Library your library’s website. It will ask if you share your location; if not, login with your library card number or a password (ask library staff).

Free Resources:

The Daily Hazen Link

Learn about what’s happening at Hazen Union at The Daily Hazen Link. This link also gives you teacher’s weekly class plans, ideas on what to do while school is closed and when students can pick up meals.

Internet Archive

Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 418 billion archived web pages.

Access – Go to Internet Archive

Project Gutenberg

The site offers thousands of public domain ebooks for free use on any device. Because they are public domain, they are typically limited to items published before 1924, but that still includes a wide range of classics.

Access – Go to Project Gutenberg and download free ebooks in a variety of formats

LibriVox

This site offers public domain audiobooks recorded by volunteers for free use on any relevant device. Like Gutenberg, they tend to be items published before 1924.

Access – Go to LibriVox and download free audiobooks.

TumbleBooks

This site offers is a collection of animated talking picture books, read-alongs, ebooks, quizzes, lesson plans, and educational games. They recently announced its online products would be available for free to all public libraries until at least August 31.

Access go to
www.TumbleBook Library.com for K-6 children’s ebook database
Username: tumble735 Password: books

https://www.TumbleMath.com for K-6 math ebook database Username: tumble2020 Password: A3b5c6

https://TeenBookCloud.com for gr 7-12 ebook database
Username: tumble2020 Password: A3b5c6

www.AudioBookCloud.com for all ages audio book database
Username: rumble2020 Password: A3b5c6

https://www.RomanceBookCloud.com – a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!
Username: rumble2020 Password: A3b5c6

FamilySearch

This free genealogy site allows users to search for information, create a family tree, and pull records from their extensive database.

Access – Go to FamilySearch

Available through some Public Libraries (Please contact your local library for availability):

RB Digital

RB Digital allows you to check out ebooks and digital audiobooks to your phone, tablet, or other drive. Just like print books, there’s a checkout period, and only one person can have a book at a time.

Access – Install the RB Digital app, or go to https://vermontstate.rbdigital.com/ . You’ll need your library card number to enter a username and password when setting up your account. Call the library (802-533-2531 for your username which is your library card number.

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Audio & Digital Books

Follow the steps below to download eAudiobooks and eBooks for free from home! These are free downloadable books and audiobooks through RBDigital. Simply register for an account with your library card number to access new and popular titles. Here’s how you can do it at home. Please call if you need help!

  1. Connect to https://vermontstate.rbdigital.com.
  2. Click on REGISTER (upper right corner).
  3. Fill in your library card number: 2VSOO00000XXXX – call us to find the last 4 digits specific to your patron number. Also create a username and password, and fill in your name, email address, and postal code.
  4. Download the app appropriate for your reading device – Android or I-phone, Amazon Kindle or desktop…
  5. From the app or website, click on Explore to see Audiobook or Ebook titles under headings such as Most Popular and Newly Added. From there you can click View by Genre to see titles listed by genres such as Humor, Sci-Fi, or Biography.
  6. Click on a title you like. If it is available, you can listen to a short preview, or click Check Out to download the title for a 21-day reading or listening period. If the title is in use by another patron, you may place a hold on it, and you will receive an email notification when the title is available.
  7. For video tutorials in using RBDigital, or for more information about it, click on HELP (upper right corner).