Highlighted New Arrivals

Become a Magician

The library is pleased to offer a new video series designed to educate and entertain called “Becoming a Magician”. This successful, self-guided course is free. It teaches students ages 8-80 enough magic to do a 30-minute performance and includes, along with teaching the magic tricks, acting and storytelling skills so the performance is fun and entertaining. Props needed for the course are ones most people already have at home or can be purchased at the local dollar store.

The course was tested in ten Vermont communities and was well received by both libraries and students. “The course is wonderfully designed and not only teaches the magic in a marvelous way, but the performance and storytelling skills make the tricks come alive” states a librarian from Vermont. “There are so many things a librarian can do with this course.” A mother of two who accessed the course through their local library said “My son and daughter performed a magic show for their grandfather whom they had not seen in person for months because of the pandemic.
They have missed each other terribly. He kept shouting, ‘I can’t believe it, this is wonderful, how are you doing this?’ He was astonished. What you taught them has already brightened one person’s life.”

Teachers, Tom Verner and Janet Fredericks are founders of Magicians Without Borders ( and have traveled to over 45 countries bringing love, laughter, magic and hope to hundreds of thousands of refugee and orphan children in many of the most war-torn parts of the world.

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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Librarians are caretakers of some of the world’s greatest treasures—from historical documents and out-of-print books to archival photographs and illustrations.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!


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



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



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.

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.


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!

Mindfulness coach 

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

  • Computer Science
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  • Humanities
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  • Science
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  • Health & Medicine
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Education & Teaching
  • and Personal Development

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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


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.


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 for K-6 children’s ebook database
Username: tumble735 Password: books for K-6 math ebook database Username: tumble2020 Password: A3b5c6 for gr 7-12 ebook database
Username: tumble2020 Password: A3b5c6 for all ages audio book database
Username: rumble2020 Password: A3b5c6 – a huge collection of steamy Romance novels for the older crowd!
Username: rumble2020 Password: A3b5c6


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 . 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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