A friendly reminder to get your census done! Here is some information from Bryan Sell of Killington, tasked with helping to get Pittsfield counted:
The current decennial census response rate for Pittsfield is at 29.2% (national response rate is currently above 60%). And maybe you didn't know this: second/seasonal-home owners are required to respond; there is more information about that on the attached flyer (above). The decennial census is only 10 questions that can be answered by mail, by phone at 844-330-2020, or at https://2020census.gov/en/ways-to-respond.html
Representative John Lewis, the civil rights icon, visited Burlington in October 2019, along with his co-writer, Andrew Aydin. Together, they created graphic novels (called March, in three volumes) telling the story of Congressman Lewis's life experiences, growing up in segregated Alabama and becoming active in the civil rights movement. The link below will take you to the VT Humanities Council page, from where you can navigate to a recording of his talk at the Flynn, his interview on VPR, and photos of his time in Burlington.
We have volumes 1 and 3 at the Library, ready to borrow now. I have hopes to fill that obvious hole in our collection where volume 2 should go soon!
A few weeks ago, I posted here that ECHO in Burlington has reopened. YAY! Now, even more good news: ECHO has done away with admission fees through mid-September! That's right, ECHO is FREE! You do still need tickets for a specific time slot, as they continue to keep safety precautions in mind. Go to their website for more info:
Like science? Have some time to volunteer? SciStarter could be the place for you! From their website:
"SciStarter is an online community dedicated to improving the citizen science experience for project managers and participants. Over 3,000 projects and events are searchable by location, scientific topic, and age level, and by joining SciStarter, members can track their contributions and provide valuable feedback. SciStarter also supports researchers in managing projects, including best practices for engaging participant partners."
Check them out at
Here's a description of the podcast from the NPR website:
"Created and produced by parents of young children, WBUR's Circle Round adapts carefully-selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10. Each 10- to 20-minute episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence and generosity. And each episode ends with an activity that inspires a deeper conversation between children and grown-ups."
The website has information on how to listen as well.
Billings Farm and Museum in Woodstock is open for visitors. You can see the cows, check out the quilt show, take part in Tractor Days in August, and more. Some areas are closed for the health and safety of all, and there are new requirements in place. Find all the info you need, including descriptions of their online events, at
Wonderfeet is a museum for children in Rutland, where play is how your learn! From their website:
"Our exhibits foster curiosity and exploration, inspire creativity and engage the imagination through play. As you play with your children you will discover new ways they demonstrate their creativity, social interaction and problem-solving skills. Explore. Create. Imagine."
They have just reopened, with limited hours and new ways of doing things, to keep all safe and healthy. Check out their website, with lots more museum info as well as resources for at-home learning:
The Killington Food Shelf is at the Sherburne United Church of Christ ("The Little White Church") on Route 4 near River Road in Killington.
They are stocked with nonperishable food/paper goods/cleaning supplies.
Any person in need, please call to arrange a pickup. Donations accepted.
Please call Ron Willis, 422-3843 or Nan Salamon, 422-9244
ECHO is reopening to the public! Starting this weekend, they are open Saturday and Sunday (7/4 &7/5), from 10 am to 3 pm. On July 10th, ECHO will open with summer hours - Friday through Monday from 10am to 3pm. Timed tickets are required and available for two slots: 10 am – 12 pm or 1 – 3 pm for fast and contactless entry. More information can be found at https://www.echovermont.org/plan-you…/reopening-information/
If you are interested in using the ECHO pass discount from Roger Clark Library, please contact ECHO at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-864-1848, to register your family and sign up for a time. They are keeping entry contact-free, so instead of getting the pass from the Library, you'll register on their website or by phone for a timed visit. You will get the Library pass discount!
There is a limit on the number of people who can be in the building at one time.
In terms of pricing, the structure has changed for the summer hours: ages 0-17 are free and adults 18+ are $12. With the library discount, adults 18+ are $6 per person.
Additionally, for now, the card can be "checked out" as many times as people want. ECHO is happy to accommodate and welcome more than one family from our Library on the same day. ECHO is dedicated to staying accessible and supportive of all Vermonters.
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