VACCINE UPDATES and INFO for the state of Vermont
most recent info appears in RED
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 Library building is closed to the public.
But library services are still available:
- 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.
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 – firstname.lastname@example.org or Dennise – email@example.com.
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.