Rural Libraries Face Modern Demands

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Here’s a fact you’ll often hear about Vermont libraries: the state has more public libraries per capita than any other. That statistic is born from a tradition of each town independently operating its own library. This set up makes each library unique to its community. But it also puts limits on the amount of resources the library can offer and on the ability of staff to meet community needs – like computer training, downloadable books and reference skills. We look at how Vermont libraries are trying to be innovative in response to community demands with Mary Danko, president of the Green Mountain Library Consortium and director of the Hartland Public Library, and with Jerry Carbone, the longtime director at Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro.


Also in the program, VPR music hosts George Thomas and Cheryl Willoughby are counting day the days to the annual Burlington Discover Jazz Festival. They tip us off to some of the great acts they’re looking forward when the 10-day event begins on June 3.

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