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Mah Jongg

Join us every Thursday at 3:00pm for Mah Jongg. Starting September 14th.

Mah Jongg (or Maahj, as it is often called) is a fascinating, rummy-like game played with tiles rather than cards. The game originated in China but its exact origins are shrouded in story and myth. Some claim it was the game of Chinese royalty, played in secret to keep the knowledge to themselves. Others claim it was invented by a Chinese General to amuse his troops during long months of battle. More recent investigations point to early versions of this popular tile game appearing as recently as 150 years ago in China as a variant of card games. Whichever story you choose, there is general agreement that the game we play and love originated in China, and popularized in the United States by Joseph Babcock at the beginning of the 20th century.

Kanopy is Live!

Kanopy is a video-streaming platform dedicated to thoughtful and thought-provoking films. Founded in 2008, Kanopy was established to provide academic institutions with essential films that foster learning and conversation. In 2016, Kanopy expanded its services to public libraries and now delivers a diverse collection of 30,000+ enriching films, available to stream anytime and anywhere — from desktop to TV to tablet. With an ideal platform for showcasing independent films that fuels lifelong learning, we are on a mission to ensure that everyone has access to enriching films that bridge cultural boundaries, spark discussion, and expand worldviews.

Just use your 14 digit library card number to log on. **Your library card number should be entered with capital letters.** If you don’t know your library card number call or email the library and ask Keagan or Heidi for help.

Every patron will get 4 streams per month with their library card. Happy watching!

Recording of Racial Justice in Vermont: Three Black Perspectives

Thank you to the over 300 participants who joined us for a discussion of racial justice from the perspective of three different leadership roles within prominent institutions of Vermont.  Thank you especially to Jason Broughton, Vermont State Librarian; Dr. Emily Bernard, UVM’s Julian Lindsay Green & Gold Professor and author of the award winning book, “Black is the Body”; and The Rt. Rev. Dr. Shannon MacVean-Brown, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont for giving so much of their time and insight to such a thoughtful and personal discussion. The three panelists discussed their experiences living and working in a largely white state. This Forum is a program of the Worthen Library, South Hero, Vermont’s public library.

Great News for Library Supporters

Great news for supporters of the Worthen Library

The Cares Act of 2020, passed in March, contains two little known federal tax benefits, even for tax filers who use the standard deduction and do not itemize. 

Annual charitable contributions of up to $300 for an individual, or $600 for married couples filing jointly, can be deducted and used to reduce the donor’s AGI (Adjusted Gross Income).  

Also, individuals who itemize can deduct donations up to 100% of their 2020 AGI, up from 60% previously.

Why not take advantage of this one-time tax benefit to make a donation to your library that lowers your taxable income? You can send a check or you can click here to make a secure gift online.

The Worthen Library does not provide legal or tax advice so please consult your tax advisor to determine how these changes may impact you.  Thank you for your ongoing support. And on we go!

Live Vermont Animals!

Join us this Friday July 24th at 10am for live Vermont animals with Michael Clough from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum. He’ll be bringing local animals from turtles to birds of prey. Check out the animals and learn something new.

This event will be held outside behind the library and will be socially distant. Feel free to bring your own blanket or chairs and please wear a mask.