Libby by Overdrive: There’s a great service at the library: audiobooks and e-books that you can download to your own computer, iPod, iPhone, Kindle or e-book reader, or Android device. Patrons can access Libby by Overdrive using the website or the Libby app. To use Libby by Overdrive, you will need to log in using the barcode from your active library card and your Catamount password.
The Palace App allows you to checkout items like other similar services, but its most significant feature is the ability to combine content from Overdrive into one app, rather than having to switch between multiple apps. The statewide collection includes eBooks and eAudiobooks for all ages and in multiple languages. Please note this app does NOT work with Kindle.
Hoopla lets you download and stream music, movies, TV, eBooks, audiobooks, comics, and magazines right to your iOS or Android device. You will
need to provide an email address, create a password, and have your library
card barcode (from the back of the card) ready.
Learn a language at home. Mango Languages allows patrons access to conversational language learning lessons in 22 languages. Be sure to create a profile with your email address when you log in for the first time.
Our access to Mango Languages is made possible through a partnership with the Green Mountain Library Consortium.
LearningExpress Library provides a comprehensive selection of academic and career-related solutions available in one platform. It includes skill-building in reading, writing, math, and science, college admissions exams, occupational licensing tests, workplace skills improvement, career exploration, and much more. The subscription includes Job & Career Accelerator, a job and career platform where job seekers can explore occupations, find career matches based on interests and skills, search for jobs and internships, search for scholarships, write winning resumes and much more. Also included is computer Skills Center, where one can learn the fundamentals of using a computer, the Internet and popular software applications with these self-paced, easy-to-use online tutorials —in beginner to advanced levels.
Universal Class is an online continuing education program, available to our patrons at no cost! There are over 500 classes available in many subject areas such as arts and crafts, medical skills, finance, genealogy, personal care, animal care, career development and more! Each person is welcome to enroll in up to five courses at one time and will have up to six months to finish each course. Every course has a real instructor that can be communicated with via email. To use, simply go to Universal Class and enter in the full barcode number on your library card.
The Vermont Judiciary and Legal Services Law Line of Vermont have recently launched a new interactive program to help self represented litigants fill out court forms. It’s called CourtFormPrep- Vermont Court Forms made easy!
The program uses A2J Author (A2J = Access 2 Justice) to walk the user through the forms, using plain English and simple questions to gather the information needed. It puts all the information together in the right place using a program called HotDocs, adds simple directions for filing, tells the user to print, and voila! They’re done. This program will be a huge help both to those representing themselves as well as those who have attorneys for a limited appearance.
Interviews available are:
- Filing for and responding to a divorce, civil union dissolution, and legal separation
- Filing for Parentage
- Filing a motion to modify or enforce child support
- Filling out the Financial Affidavits- 813A and 813B
Vermont Online Library
The Vermont Online Library provides access to hundreds of full-text magazine and journal articles, the New York Times, and many other resource materials. For more information see our Vermont Online Library instructions.
Vermont Department of Libraries Online Catalog
While the Deborah Rawson Memorial Library’s online catalog is available on the web, you may also search for titles, authors and subjects in any of the libraries in the state using the CLOVER (Collaborative Libraries Of VERmont) system at the Vermont Department of Libraries. Please note that you will still need to request Interlibrary Loans (ILLs) through the circulation desk at the library.
Tips for Locating Obituaries and Articles
Several helpful resources are available to help patrons find obituaries and newspaper articles in Vermont newspapers. One of the most useful sites is the Vermont Newspaper Project Catalog Database, http://vtnp.uvm.edu/, where locations of newspaper titles in repositories throughout the state are displayed by searching the place of coverage. To use this site, click on the link “Search the Catalog” and, on the next screen, type the name of the town for which you are searching in the “Find this” box. Use the “Find Results In” box to highlight “place of coverage” and then click on the “Search” button. A subject heading for the town you are searching will appear with the number of associated newspaper titles. Or, if you don’t find the name of the town, search for a larger nearby town or city that may have news and articles about the town in question. Click on the newspaper title(s) of interest within the date range desired. Bibliographic information is provided along with: (1) a list of repositories owning the newspaper, (2) the format (print or microfilm) available, and (3) the dates available. It is possible to make an interlibrary loan request at your local library for microfilm reels to view in your own town library, provided they have equipment available. Or call the Vermont State Library at 828-3268.
The Library of Congress Chronicling America website http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/ now has several digitized Vermont newspapers available for full-text searching. Drop-down menus allow for searches by state and/or time period. Use search terms such as a person’s name for an obituary or for a specific event and all available newspaper pages that contain the search terms will be displayed. The “zoom” feature allows for changes in print size; and “advanced search” allows the user to select and view individual newspaper titles.
Both of the websites listed above include Vermont newspaper content as a result of the Vermont Newspaper Project and its successor project, the Vermont Digital Newspaper Project. These projects have been made possible by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The current Vermont Digital Newspaper Project in progress is a collaborative effort led by UVM. The Department of Libraries is a partner in that project.
Driver’s Education Online
Free Driver’s Education Program that contains the following state-specific information:
- 10 car practice tests
- 6 motorcycle practice tests
- 3 CDL (Commercial Driver’s License) practice tests
- 3 online driver’s manuals (car, motorcycle, CDL)
- An FAQ section with detailed answers to 100+ DMV-related questions