COVID-19 resources

NEW!! May 21

Saturday, May 23, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. members of the Rotary Club of Rutland will distribute free nonsurgical masks outside Walmart and the BROC parking lot at 45 Union St. in Downtown Rutland. All health and safety measures including social distancing guidelines will be taken for proper distribution in accordance with the Department of Health. Education as to how people use and clean masks will be provided on-site.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Rutland, email jeff.g.rotary@gmail.com or visit our website at https://rutlandcityrotary.org/

Looking for advice on how to reopen safely? Here’s the draft of CDC’s step-by-step advice for that — according to published reports by The Associated Press — the White House sought to bury.  Advice for schools, camps, day cares, communities of faith, restaurants & bars, mass transit, and employers with staff with vulnerable workers. Need to know advice from the experts!

On May 7, REDC announced new small business loans through its revolving loan fund. They are updating their page with business-oriented releases regularly.

Covid advice in several languages is available from  U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants in Vermont’s YouTube channel. As of May 7, this includes Arabic, Burmese, French, Kirundi, Maay Mayy, Nepali, Spanish, Swahili, and Vietnamese.

Curbside pickup

The library is again offering curbside pickup of materials for loan!! It’s easy …
1) DM on our Facebook page or email us at rutlandfree@rutlandfree.org the titles you want (second choices aren’t a bad idea, just in case), your library card #, and what day you want them.
2) We’ll confirm your selections are ready and have them at the Center St. door for you.
3) Call 773-1860 x101 when you arrive and we’ll get the materials out the door to you in a safe, social-distancing way! Please wear your mask.

Pickup time is noon-2 PM M-F or by appointment. We will try to provide next-day service, depending on demand. Books, DVDs, and audiobooks on CD are all available. We cannot provide materials from other libraries yet. Please DO NOT attempt to place holds directly from our catalog as that function has been shut down until the whole consortium is open again. However, you can browse the catalog to see what’s available!

We are quarantining all items for four days before we reshelve them to ensure they are safe to handle.

RFL response

Rutland Free Library is taking the novel coronavirus and COVID-19 seriously. We are following state and federal government guidance on preparations.

  • The library building is closed until at least May 14 — depending on state recommendations. The governor may extend this date, so please check back.
  • If you haven’t yet, browse our selection of over 14,000 downloadable e-books and audiobooks, plus our read-along picture books, and our free Acorn TV, Kanopy, and Kanopy Kids streaming services. You’ll need your library card and PIN to access these; you can update your card or PIN by emailing us at rutlandfree@rutlandfree.org. Please provide a phone number as well so we can get back in touch as quickly as possible.
  • Check out our YouTube channel for online storytime and Library yoga videos!
  • We are able to check phone messages intermittently; email or DM through Facebook or Twitter is the best way to reach us.
  • We are waiving fines and extending card expiration dates for the duration of the closure.
  • All items have a due date of two weeks after our resumption of service. That will be extended if the closure needs to be longer.
  • We apologize for the interruption in service. Please stay safe. We look forward to serving you after this unavoidable hiatus.

Rutland County Covid-19 resources

The Rutland Regional Medical Center has links to CDC / national information, hospital details and community information.

Here’s an excellent list of local resources the Rutland County State’s Attorney’s Office put together.

Here’s a map of freely available WiFi locations from the state. Rutland Free Library’s WiFi is Rutland Public and there is no password or login page. It’s on 24/7 and is generally available from the curb.

Rutland County Mutual Aid has a site both for those in need and with local volunteer opportunities.

Transfer station restrictions / requests.

From our supporting towns & area schools:

Here’s the city schools guidelines.

Rutland NorthEast Supervisory Union has a huge set of educational links.

Greater Rutland County Supervisory Union has an online education page.

Mill River S.U. coronavirus page is here.

Rutland Town has an FAQ page up for residents there.

Rutland City has some updates posted.

Mendon has a full closure notice posted.

Tinmouth has a dedicated Covid-19 response page.

Ira has its town office guidelines here.

Statewide:

The State of Vermont is looking for volunteers, particularly those with in-demand skills and / or health care training.

Here’s the state’s overall Covid-19 information page.

Vermont Dept of Labor.

The state’s home page has become a defacto Covid resource page — links to unemployment, health resources & more.

Returns

Please feel free to use the outdoor book / materials drop. We are checking it daily.

WiFi

RFL has awesome WiFi, connecting directly to fiberoptic. It’s generally available from the street or parking lot behind the library. And we put out a few of our outdoor summer chairs in spots that typically have the best connectivity. So while we can’t invite you in to use our computers, we have the fastest lawn-based internet in the city.