Meet Your Neighbor From Afar – An Immigration Discussion

About a dozen community members who have emigrated from a half dozen countries around the world have agreed to talk about their stories in an informal program this Thursday, April 13th at 7:00 pm, during National Library Week. Invited guests, who moved from Asia, Africa, and Europe, have been asked to discuss reasons for their journeys and how their experiences did or did not match expectations. Other discussion may include cultural identity in the U.S. (particularly Vermont), traditions, reactions to the current political climate, or other topics of interest. We hope that many community members, born Vermonters as well as transplants, will join us for conversation and light refreshments.

world map

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Meg’s Mud Fling: a Community Ceilidh*

*kay-lee (noun) – a social event at which there is Scottish or Irish folk music and singing, traditional dancing, and storytelling.

This woman deserves a party, and you are all invited!Meg pipeline - square

      When: Friday March 24th 

      6:30 pm

      Free, accessible, open to all

Presented by Castleton Free Library

      at Castleton Elementary School

      (off Route 30)

For close to 25 years, Megaera (Meg) Fitch served as the Adult Services Librarian & Tech Watchdog at the Castleton Free Library.  She retired about a year ago, and we’re finally throwing her a party.  This is a free event for everyone who knows Meg and enjoyed talking with her at the library over books, and everyone else who never met Meg, but wishes they had.


Marcos & MaryMusic and calling will be provided by Marcos Levy and Mary Barron of Cold River Band.

If you’ve never contra danced before, come learn!  If you don’t want to dance, come listen to great music!  If you hate music, come anyway to hug Meg, talk to friends, and eat some snacks provided by the Friends of Castleton Free Library. We really hope to see you!

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Mary Gorman Photography Talk and Exhibit

blue flagThursday March 23                  

7:00-8:00 pm

downstairs in the library

free & accessible

Mary Gorman, a photographer from from Mt. Holly, Vermont, will present a  slide talk on her exhibit. In her current work, she blends old film photography with digital techniques to expand her view of traditional and abstract subjects. The photographs in this exhibit will, she hopes, allow others a chance to see details, colors, shapes and connections they might otherwise miss.

Mary’s small, “pop-up” exhibit will be up from now through April 13th in our upstairs display area.

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Winter Break Activities for Kids


Friday February 24th – 1:00-3:00 pm

Open to 3rd & 4th graders

Free, but enrollment is limited, so you must call or email to register or 468-5574



Borrow some of our new books & videos

Borrow or download audiobooks & music for long car trips

Visit a local museum using one of our passes for free or reduced admission (Wonderfeet, Hildene, Echo Lake Aquarium & Science Center, VT History Museum – donated by Friends of Castleton Free Library)

Come to one of our free drop-in programs:

  • Preschool & Primary Story Hour every Friday at 10:30
  • Lego Club Saturday 10:15-11:45
  • Preschool Playgroup Wednesdays at 10:00 (Run by Lynn Gould from Rutland County Parent-Child Center)

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Menorah Lighting


We invite you to join us on Tuesday, 12/27/16, as a small menorah is lit at 4:30. As we were closed on the first three days of Hanukkah, we’ll be lighting four candles.

At the library, we strive to share traditions that further understanding between people, and help us live in peace, loving each other. May these candles, and similar lights glowing throughout our community, help to keep hope in our hearts.

All are welcome. We’ll share traditional treats after the lighting, and a children’s story (if children attend).  Like our Tree of Remembrance lighting, we hope this will become an annual event.

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Additional Museum Passes

We’ve had great news from the Friends group – they have purchased additional passes for free or discounted admission to local museums and attractions. The new passes include:

Hildene – family admission for four
Wonderfeet Children’s Museum – 2 family passes
Shelburne Farms – 2 family passes
Vermont History Museum – 1 pass for “group”
Shelburne Museum – this will be purchased in future after Xmas as they are restructuring their “pass” program
State Park and State Historic Site passes – 1 additional for each of these (the library had one of each, so now two different families may borrow at the same time)
We also have a pass for discounted admission to Echo.
In case you’ve never used one of these in the past – you come into the library, and check a pass out just as you would a book or DVD, but the passes are due back in 3 days. We generally limit a borrower to one pass at a time.

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Joyce Thomas Poetry Reading

Thursday Nov. 17 at 7:00 pmjoyce-thomas reading

Please join us for a reading by JOYCE THOMAS from her new book of poems, Washing Birds.

Joyce Thomas is a Professor of English at Castleton University and teaches courses in world and children’s literature. Her poetry has appeared in various small press magazines, journals and anthologies.
“ These are amazing poems that inhabit that mystic folktale realm between the animal world and the human. The haunting images surprise with depths of insight and immense compassion” – Michael O. Riley


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Eric Ray’s Eagle Scout Project

Have you been wondering about the new structure on the west side of the library?  Local high school senior Eric Ray of Castleton chose to complete his Eagle Scout requirements by planning, funding, and building a pergola to provide a shady retreat for outdoor programs, reading, and relaxing. Next spring we’ll add the climbing vines. Eric presented a full evening of entertainment with an Italian dinner at the Bomoseen American Legion on September 10th to raise funds for the project.






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An Origami Elephant Marathon



Friday 9/9  3:30-6:00

Saturday 9/10 10:00-noon;

Monday 9/12 6:30-8:00


To help Tuttle Publishing and the Wildlife Conservation Society to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the largest display of origami elephants.  The official count by Guinness World Record™ will be on September 22nd, National Elephant Appreciation Day at the Bronx Zoo.

But more importantly…

To raise awareness about the plight of African elephants:    The goal to reach is 35,000 to represent the number of elephants killed every year in Africa for their ivory. That’s 96 elephants per day.

These are free, informal sessions open to all ages. All supplies have been donated by Tuttle Publishing.  We’ll teach you how to fold and tell you more about the elephants.


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VT Humanities Council Program tonight, 8/10/16 at 7:00

Douglas Brooks will present slide lecture “From Skiffs to Sail Ferries – The Story of Vermont’s Small Boat Traditions.” Free.

VT Humanities Council Program Wed. 8/10/16 at 7:00

VT Humanities Council Program Wed. 8/10/16 at 7:00

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