The new edition of Gale’s online reference book collection is looking spiffy.  Find it on our website under Resources > Reference > Gale Virtual Reference Library.  Have your library card handy if you’re searching from home.  There are 100 or so titles that you can search all at once or individually.

News from the Vermont Department of Libraries and e-Vermont Community Broadband:

FREE 30 min Webinar:
Your Library Presents: Information 24/7

Find out how your library offers resources for job seeking & career exploration, lifelong learning, genealogy, and small business development. All available to you 24/7 from any computer with Internet access!

This webinar is easy to participate in wherever high speed Internet access is available.
Please log in 5 min. before the session begins and turn on your computer’s sound/speakers.

Tuesday November 8th, 12:00 – 12:30 pm or
Thursday November 10th , 6:00 – 6:30 pm or
Tuesday, November 15th, 12:00 – 12:30 pm

No registration required. Go to the webinar link at

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):

NOAA has posted this useful disaster supply kit list to prepare for hurricanes. Be careful on Sunday!

We upgraded our NoveList subscription to NoveList Plus!  Check it out for reading suggestions for both fiction and nonfiction.  There’s also a separate K-8 interface for kids.  It’s a clever database that combines the wonderful ability of computers to remember everything and the wonderful ability of humans to describe things like writing style and tone: is it fast-paced and witty?  Is it disturbing and gritty?  Is it atmospheric and character-driven, with a strong sense of place…?

You will find NoveList Plus and NoveList K-8 by clicking Resources > Books & Authors on the Library’s website.

  • How many amendments does the Constitution have?
  • If both the President and Vice President can no longer serve, who becomes President?
  • What territory did the United States buy from France in 1803?
  • There are four amendments to the Constitution about who can vote.  Describe one of them.
  • And for extra credit: who was Publius?

How did you do?  (answers below)

I you are you studying for the Naturalization Test to become a U.S. citizen, or if are you a citizen who hesitated before answering any of those questions, the Library has free study guides to help you brush up on your knowledge of U.S. history & government.  They are shelved in the Reference area and are free for the taking (one of each title per person, please).  You will find guides to the naturalization process, test lessons, a pocket edition of the Constitution & Declaration of Independence, and a lovely illustrated compendium of important facts and documents called The Citizens’ Almanac.

Online, the Citizenship Resource Center has lots of useful material for prospective citizens and teachers, and has practical links for new immigrants, including: find a job, learn English, get a Social Security Number, get a green card, and get a driver’s license.

Answers (from Learn About the United States: Quick Civics Lessons for the Naturalization Test from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services):

  • 27 amendments
  • Speaker of the House
  • Louisiana Territory
  • A male citizen of any race can vote (15th); women as well as men can vote (19th); you don’t have to pay a poll tax to vote (24th); citizens 18 and older can vote (26th)
  • Extra credit: James Madison (his pen name for the Federalist Papers, which he wrote with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay)

E Pluribus Unum!  And can you name a major U.S. holiday that happens in July…?

Happy summer!  The sun is shining as I post the hundredth entry on the Ready Reference blog.  But I know you don’t want to spend the day online: you want to get outside, even if it’s only for a stroll on your lunch hour.  If you live in the Brattleboro area, check out the Brattleboro Chamber of Commerce Hiking & Biking Guide or the Retreat Trails map & podcast or the lovely pamphlet called Treasured Trees: A Walk Thru Brattleboro by the Brattleboro Tree Advisory Board.  JMW

…and Hermit Thrushes, and Downy Woodpeckers, and Hooded Mergansers…

Vermont eBird is the hub for all bird-related data, a place for birders to record their observations for use by scientists and the birding community.   eBird is a “vast and powerful database co-sponsored by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon,” and the Vermont section is sponsored by an ecological hall of fame team that includes the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, North Branch Nature Center, Birds of Vermont Museum, Vermont Audubon, and VINS.  Don’t miss the Resources list, which includes links to the BirdsEye phone app and eBird Rare Bird Google Gadget.  Who knew? 

Enjoy the music!


Here’s the lowdown:

“Brattleboro’s heart is as big as all outdoors and we’re proving it at the party of the year!”


A Brooks House Party:  Unity for Community!


An all-community gala event to show our neighborly love for and support of the residents, businesses and employees whose lives have been affected by the Brooks House fire

Friday, May 6th / 5 – 9 p.m. (yes, along with Gallery Walk!)

Downtown Brattleboro– with Elliot Street closed to traffic and open to celebration!

Be on hand to salute the many individuals and organizations that responded first and fantastically to help with the downtown recovery:

Brattleboro Fire and Police Departments
Brattleboro Town Manager and staff
Rescue Inc.
United Way of Windham County
Green Mountain Chapter of the American Red Cross
BaBB, BDCC and
All the social and human services professionals
who do what they do better than anyone could!

Father Rich O’Donnell,  Chaplain of the Brattleboro Fire and Police Departments

Non-stop music by:
Stockwell Brothers
Cool Beans
Sugarhouse and Friends

Bring your appetite, your heart and your pocketbook!  There will be folks stationed all around Main Street to collect your donation to the United Way’s special fund to benefit the displaced residents of Brooks House. 

This event is brought to you by WTSA, WKVT, WYRY, the Brattleboro Reformer, the Commons, ibrattleboro, Building a Better Brattleboro, Brattleboro Area Chamber of Commerce, Brattleboro Development Credit Corporation, United Way and the Red Cross.


Make it your business to be there!

But if you have to miss it, SEVCA (800) 464-9951 x127 and United Way (802) 257-4011 are welcoming your contributions to the Fire Fund.


New Contact Information for the Brooks House Inc.

Brooks House Realty, Inc.

P. O. Box 2130

West Brattleboro, VT 05303

802-257-7100 (being activated on Tuesday 4/26)


Displaced tenants of the Brooks House please update your contact information with Jonathan by calling the above telephone number or email.

Jonathan is in need of your name, mailing address and telephone number.

About this blog



Brooks Memorial Library Reference Department:

Jeanne Walsh, Therese Marcy, Sharon Reidt, Jess Weitz, and sometimes Jerry