We are here to inspire the joy of reading, promote lifelong learning, and strengthen community. 

Here's a glimpse at how we did that in 2021.

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circulation

Patrons borrowed 56,943 materials at the library, online, or through curbside services and home delivery. Additionally, 2,164 items were shared with other libraries worldwide through our interlibrary loan services.

online resources

Our collection of online databases, encyclopedias, and teaching resources help community members with everything from learning to paint, studying a new language, or fixing an automobile! Our resources were used 97,265 times!

food

Aldrich staff continued to work with Hunger Free Vermont to provide breakfasts, lunches, and snacks to children under 18 through summer break. This work served over 1,000 meals to Barre kids.

prepare

Our buildings were closed or limited to the public for half of the year, but our library was hard at work. In addition to the services we offered, we worked with Lajeunesse Construction to update our handicap accessible entrance with new paint, new stairs, and beautiful display boards to promote community events and resources. Come visit our beautiful historic building soon!

reference support

When patrons needed help connecting to information or their next reading material, Aldrich staff helped with phone advisory, book reviews, and collection lists. Aldrich reviews and resources were accessed over 2,804 times.

technology

3,568 people used our public computers and printers to look for work, access to resources, connect with friends and family on social media, or looking to relax and enjoy a game or movie. Additionally, over 6,900 people came to our library to use Wi-Fi services.

programs

With help from community partners, the Aldrich Library maintained our existing programs for all ages while expanding the Summer Reading Program. 
 

190 people gathered at our Senior Programs this year, hosted on the front lawn of our historic building.
 
Over
6,200 people participated in children's, young adult, and Summer Reading programs! A tent was pitched in the library lawn and there were multiple events each week for young people of all ages. 

Thank you for joining us for a year of coming together again.