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The Vermont Digital Newspaper Project has digitized over 11,000 pages of old Vermont newspapers, including the early years of Brattleboro’s Vermont Phoenix.  Read all about it on the VDNP blog, or go right to the papers at Chronicling America, a project sponsored jointly by the Library of Congress and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

More papers are coming, including a precious handful of issues of the Windham County Democrat, edited by noted feminist Clarina Howard Nichols.

Daily updates from Vermont Emergency Management:

Active Weather alerts around state:

Road and Travel conditions – some complaints that it is not up to date:

Windham Regional Road Status:

Crisis Landing: This map displays information about current crises for which the Google Crisis Response team has collected geographic information.

VPR Irene Blog:

Compiled by Marlboro College – Resources describing Vermont’s attempt to recover from the damaging flooding caused by Tropical Storm Irene on August 28, 2011.

Windham Status: one-stop switchboard for county information post-Irene

Vermont Grassroots Help and Volunteer Site:

Red Cross Resources for Vermont:

FEMA disaster relief:

CVPS Power Updates:

Green Mountain Power Updates:

Individual Town Information:

Newfane/Williamsville Facebook Bulletin

Town of Marlboro Facebook Page:

Marlboro Message Board

Dover Town Website (contains information on Wilington):

New York Times readers, the Library has news for you:

As you probably already know, the Times just instituted its new online article policy.  You are allowed full views of 20 articles per month from their website; after that, you have to pay.

However, the full text of the paper is available free with your library card at the Brooks Memorial Library website.  Coverage includes the current day plus a full archive of the print paper back through 1980, plus the Magazine and Book Review back through 1997.


  • It’s free with your library card.
  • It’s legal; the library subscribes on behalf of its patrons.
  • It archives the paper for you, so you can go back any time to find an article by keyword, date, etc.
  • It doesn’t limit the number of articles you can access for free


  • It’s text-only; no images
  • It isn’t automatically organized into sections, and it doesn’t present the usual visual cues to differentiate major and minor stories, etc.
  • It’s limited to what appears in the print version of the paper; it doesn’t include the valuable additional content (blog posts, etc.) featured at

If you’re interested in exploring the free New York Times on the Library’s website, click on Resources > Newspapers & Current Events > New York Times

Once you log in, you have various search options.  To find the current day’s paper, choose Date range > On this date from the pull-down menu and type in the date in the required format.

Another possibility is to view the paper at the Times website, find the stories you want to read, and then search for them by title or author in the Library’s free database.

Of course, as long as there are walls, there will be schemes for getting over them.  Here’s news from about other attempts to deal with the changes at the New York Times.



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Tip: You can read current newsstand issues of many magazines on the Library’s website.


The Library has lots of popular magazines, but the current copy — the one on the newsstands — is not available for check out until the next issue arrives. But now there is another option: full-text articles from current issues of many magazines are available on the library’s website.

I did a search for some weekly news magazines and found that Newsweek, Time, and U.S. News & World Report all have current issues in the Library’s General Onefile database. It is very easy to access:

On the website, click on resources, then choose these links:

general-icon1 General: Magazine & journal articles on many topics

General Onefile – popular magazines and journal articles.

If you are searching from within the Library, you will go right to the database. If you are searching for home, you will need to type in your library card number.

Once you’re in General Onefile, click the link at the top of the screen called Publication Search and type the title of your magazine in the search box to see if it is included in the database.

If your magazine appears in the search results, the description will tell you whether the database includes full-text or index only:



  • ISSN: 0028-9604
  • Publisher: Newsweek, Inc.
  • Issues/Year: 52
  • Audience: General
  • Publication Format Magazine/Journal
  • Index coverage: Jan 7, 1980 – Current
  • Full-text coverage: Dec 12, 1994 – Current

Click on the link for the title and scroll down to find links to current and recent issues:

Jan 12, 2009; Vol.152, Issue 02

Jan 5, 2009; Vol.153, Issue 01

For those who would like current information about computers, PC Magazine and Macworld have current issues in the database – in fact, Macworld has full-text with graphics, so you can see PDF files that include illustrations. For sports enthusiasts, there is Sports Illustrated, and People Weekly is available for those who like to be up to date on popular culture.

Other titles that I found with this feature are Consumer Reports, Business Week, Money, and Fortune. All titles that have the current issue also have a backfile that can be viewed.

Current issues are just the tip of the iceberg in this database, which is part of the Vermont Online Library (VOL), a cooperative project of the Vermont Department of Libraries and local public libraries. Through the VOL databases, archives of thousands of magazine can be searched by author, subject or title. Indexes go back many years but vary by magazine. Academic journals are also part of the database.

Give it a try. See what treasures you find. It is all free, paperless and available 24 hours a day with your library card and a computer.

If this strikes your fancy and you would like to learn more, please stop by the Reference desk. We would also like to hear about some of your discoveries.

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