VACCINE UPDATES and INFO for the state of Vermont
most recent info appears in RED
5/4/21 All vaccine information can be found at this VT Department of Health webpage.
3/25/21 Vaccine Update: The Health Department is now scheduling Vermonters age 60 and older; people 16 and over with high-risk health conditions; school staff and child care workers; people who work in the public safety system; health care personnel and residents of long-term care facilities; English language learners and people in immigrant/refugee communities; Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC). Upcoming timeline for vaccine eligibility is as follows:
50+ March 29
40+ April 5
30+ April 12
16+ April 19
Schedule an appointment at https://www.healthvermont.gov/covid-19/vaccine/getting-covid-19-vaccine or by calling (855) 722-7878.
The Hartland Public Library will be open by appointment
beginning June 3, 2021
Porchside service will still be available as well.
We’re excited and happy to announce that starting Thursday, June 3rd you will be able to make a 30 minute browsing appointment for a family unit of up to four people. Computer appointments will also be available. (The library will start taking appointments the week of May 25th.)
Here are a few things to know before you visit the library:
Appointments will be 30 minutes in length Tuesday through Saturday
Please call the library to make an appointment 802-436-2473. We will tell you what times are available and you can choose a time.
Make sure you are feeling well before coming to your appointment. Do not come to the library if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
Masks that cover your nose and mouth are required for anyone over the age of two years old. Please put on your mask before entering the building. If you are unable to wear a mask we are happy to offer our porchside service and staff are available to assist you.
Children age 14 years and under are required to be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or other responsible adult party while inside the library.
Magazines, newspapers, and children’s toys and games are not available at this time. Digital magazines from Flipster are available.
You are welcome to use the first floor and second floor of the library. Please maintain a distance of 6 feet from all staff members during your visit. Staff will also be wearing masks and keeping distance.
There is plexiglass installed at the circulation desk for safety during this close interaction. You may also use our new “meescan” self checkout station, or download the “meescan” self checkout app for your phone.
Please use hand sanitizer at the main entrance before entering the library and there is hand sanitizer to use in each room of the library.
The indoor book return is not open at this time, please return all books in the outdoor book return before coming into the building.
There is no public restroom at this time.
Thank you for your patience and your willingness to adapt this past year to everchanging instructions and circumstances. We are excited to begin the process of reopening the building and interact in person with our library patrons again!
And finally, thank you for reading all of this! If you have any questions at all please feel free to ask any staff person.
The library continues to offer these services:
Porchside PickUp: Tuesday – Friday 11:00 am – 6:00 pm and Saturday 10:00 – Noon
Chromebooks are available for 7 day loans
Fax – Copy – service available by appointment
Interlibrary Loan service is available
Digital services are available 24/7 – WiFi in the library parking lot, downloadable ebooks and audiobooks, video streaming, online classes, digital magazines, and more!
Virtual story-times, children’s programming, adult programming
Library staff are available for book suggestions, reference questions, and information services
The Library Board of Trustees and staff have developed a phased reopening plan for the library. This plan takes into account CDC guidelines, as well as guidance from the Vermont Department of Health and the Vermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development. Link to the Hartland Public Library Phased Re-Opening Plan.
**UPDATE – The library will be moving to appointments for starting June 3, 2021 as we move to the next phase in the reopening plan. Details about how to make an appointment will come in a couple of weeks.
For more information about library services please visit our Porchside Lending page.
And visit Quick Links on the home page.
All in-person events have been cancelled for the time being. But look for online events in our library calendar here.
If you need assistance with your library account please contact the library Tuesday – Friday from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm or Saturday 9:00 – Noon at 802.436.2473 or Contact Nancy – email@example.com or Dennise – firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have questions about COVID-19 (the coronavirus) please call 211.
Information about COVID-19 – https://explaincovid.org/
COVID-19 is confusing. This site contains facts about the virus. How does it spread? How is it treated? Who does it affect most? Unbiased information to help you make good decisions from a team of researchers and students at Brown, MIT, Harvard, Mass General, and elsewhere.
If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs emotional support, help is available 24/7:
- Call your local mental health crisis line.
- Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.
- Text VT to 741741 to talk with someone at the Crisis Text Line.
- Visit healthvermont.gov/suicide.
- Get self-help tips and connect to mental health services at COVID Support VT.
- See ways for Coping with Stress.
Scroll down for a list of more links and resources – this list will be updated regularly.
Dear Library Patrons, (UPDATED 3-10-2021)
In the interest of public health and in consultation with the Library Board of Trustees, the Hartland Public Library building is closed to the public at this time. Governor Scott, the ACCD (Agency of Commerce and Community Development), and the VT Department of Libraries have stated that curbside lending is still the preferred method of service for libraries, museums, and galleries (6-1-2020) Libraries may re-open at this time with restrictions and only if they can meet the health and safety requirements of the state of VT. From ACCD website. Updates to New Worksafe to Additions to Be Smart Stay Safe Order are located here.
8.4 Indoor Arts, Culture and Entertainment (Effective 6/1)
- Libraries, galleries, museums, theaters and other indoor arts, culture and entertainment organizations are limited to 25% (twenty-five percent) of approved fire safety occupancy; or 1 customer per 200 square feet; or 10 total customers and staff combined, whichever is greater. Operators must post their temporary occupancy limit, and which method was used to determine it, prominently on all entrances. Posting templates are available at accd.vermont.gov.
- Cashless/touch-less transactions are strongly preferred.
- Curbside pickup remains the preferred method of operation. When possible, organizations should take steps to schedule or stage customer visits, such as waiting in cars or outside, to ensure lower contact operations.
- Organizations should close or remove high touch entertainment features, including arcades and playgrounds.
The Community Meeting Room is closed and all library programs and outside events and meetings will be cancelled. We now offer online events such as Early Literacy Storytime, Book Discussion, and Movie chat night, and more. See all events here.
Tech Tutor sessions are cancelled until further notice. If you are having tech issues, please contact the library and we’ll try to help or put you in touch with someone who may be able to help.
Library staff will be available to answer phones and reply to email questions, Tuesday – Friday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Saturday 9:00 am – Noon.
Please check the library website Covid-19 info page, Facebook, and the Hartland Listserv for future updates regarding library services during the pandemic.
Please also remember there is WiFi access in the library parking lot 24/7, and online access to library services 24/7. You may download ebooks and audio books, and stream video with your library card. If you don’t have a card, just give us a call or email and we can set up an account for you. Please take a look at our new Advantage Collection of audiobooks and eBooks available only for Hartland library patrons (less wait time!). We’ll be adding items to this collection monthly, so check back often.
Connect to our Calendar for online events and programs. Storytime and other kids programming with Amy are offered on Facebook LIVE.
Thank you to everyone for your support and patience during this time as we all learn new ways of living during this challenging time.
The links below are from the Vermont Department of Health, the CDC, and more.
Vermont Department of Health
Communities and Workplaces
Stay informed about COVID-19 check the webpage frequently for current guidance. Click “See the latest update” for the latest information (in red)
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID -19)
Guidelines for Cleaning for Community Non-Healthcare Organizations
World Health Organization – WHO – Advice for the Public
Medline Plus – US National Library of Medicine – Coronavirus Infections
National Association of School Psychologists
Talking to Children About COVID-19
Psych Central – How to Cope With Coronavirus Fears
SAMSHA – Coping With Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks
Addiction and Substance Abuse Help in VT – https://vthelplink.org/
WIC Women, Infant’s, and Children’s Supplemental Nutrition Program – https://www.healthvermont.gov/
3 SquaresVT (also knows as Snap,Food Stamps, and EBT) – https://www.vtfoodbank.org/
Hunger Free VT – info on food access in Vermont
Hartland Mutual Aid – resources and how to give and receive help in Hartland
Mutual Aid Resources in Southern VT – the second section of this document is for LGBTQ and QTPOC folks
Peace and Justice Center of VT – mutual aid resources in Vermont
VT HELPLINK – Info and referrals to substance use, prevention, treatment, and recovery. The VT Dept of Health launched this clearinghouse for VTers to receive free, confidential, personalized information/referrals throughout the state. It offers a call center of trained staff/clinicians. Callers can get info, referrals, resources, educational materials on substance abuse for themselves, family/friends, or on behalf of clients. VThelplink.org
Several Internet providers are making their networks available for free (where geographically applicable):
- Comcast Opens Xfinity Wi-Fi Network Nationally for Free – https://corporate.comcast.
- Xfinity Wi-Fi Free For Everyone: Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. For a map of Xfinity Wi-Fi hotspots, visit www.xfinity.com/wifi. Once at a hotspot, consumers should select the “xfinitywifi” network name in the list of available hotspots and then launch a browser.
- Comcast Opens Xfinity Wi-Fi Network Nationally for Free – https://corporate.comcast.
o AT&T – https://about.att.com/
Consistent with FCC Chairman Pai’s “Keep Americans Connected Pledge” announced today and concerns raised by members of Congress, which we share, AT&T is proud to support our customers by pledging that, for the next 60 days (as of March 13, 2020), we will Keep our public Wi-Fi hotspots open for any American who needs them.
o T-Mobile – https://www.t-
T-Mobile and Metro by T-Mobile customers on our current plans with limited data with data will automatically have unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days (excluding roaming). No action required.
If you are or someone you know is in crisis
Feeling anxious, confused, overwhelmed or powerless is common during an infectious disease outbreak.
If you or someone you know needs emotional support, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifelineat 1-800-273-8255. Trained helpers are available 24/7. Or text VT to 741741 to talk to someone at the Crisis Text Line.
For more information visit healthvermont.gov/suicide.