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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Summer for Kids – 2016

On your mark





…and do lots of other things at Castleton Free Library this summer!



  • Age-specific programs for school-aged kids – see separate fliers for details, or check on-line:
  • For students going into 1st-4th grade, the introductory program is Thursday June 16th at 7 p.m., and the program continues in August (not July).  NO registration needed.
  • For students going into 5th-9th grade, multi-evening “maker camps” will be held in July and August. Limited enrollment – SIGN-UP REQUIRED.
  • Bookmaking Camp for students going into 3rd and 4th grade (younnger with strong interest if space is available) in early July. Limited enrollment -SIGN-UP REQUIRED.
  • Story Hours on Friday mornings at 10:30 all year:
  • Especially for preschool children, but open to all ages; NO registration needed.  Parent or caregiver should stay.  Stories, singing, art projects, movement.
  • Playgroup on Wednesday mornings at 10:00 all year:
  • Especially for babies & preschoolers, but open to all ages; NO registration needed.  Great parent support time, including breastfeeding resources.  Facilitator: Lynn Gould from Rutland County Parent-Child Center.
  • LEGO Club on Saturdays 10:15-11:45:
  • Especially for kids in early elementary school.  Great rainy day activity – drop-in to free-build or create suggested projects.  NO registration needed.  Other construction manipulatives will be available as well.
  • Resources for all of your child’s summer reading:
  • We’ll help you find those Red Clover Books, Caldecott Winners, DCF’s, graphic novels, easy readers, hot titles, books on CD, and DVD’s.
  • Park and Museum Passes:
  • Borrow a pass to get free day-use admission to VT State Parks and VT Historic sites for everyone in your car; or borrow the Echo Pass for a discount to the museum. Borrow one of our kids’ adventure backpacks for your nature excursion (with field guides, magnifiers, bug boxes, and more).
  • More travel resources:
  • Download audios and e-books from our subscriptions for those long car rides.
  • Have fun visiting other libraries with your VT Libraries Passport – pick one up now.


All of the programs are free.  Contact Jan if you have any questions. Check often, as new things may be added to the schedule, and great new books come in all summer long.              Follow us on Facebook                           Call us at 468-5574

Regular hours:  Mon. 3-8;  Tue. 2-6;  Wed. 2-6;  Thu. 3-8;  Fri. 10-6;  Sat. 10-noon

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Robert Birbeck Drawing Exhibit

We are very excited to be hosting a rotating exhibit of pencil sketches by Wells, VT artist Robert Birbeck, opening on Monday November 23rd at the Castleton Free Library. Birbecks drawings represent authors of the Modern Library 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century. Of the 100 books on the list, there are 75 authors, as some have more than one title on the list. Each week continuing through the beginning of January, twelve different author portraits will be on display, accompanied by copies of their works. Links and lists are posted on the Castleton Free Library webpage and Facebook page.

This work has been exhibited previously at the Provincetown Public Library in Massachusetts and Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury, VT. The series emerged after a period during which Birbeck struggled to create new designs for sculpture, his medium of choice. I felt I was repeating myself, and I decided to take a break and began reading, explains Birbeck. After finishing several books from the Modern Library, he began sketching the authors. What began as a rest period from creating new sculpture became a wonderful new experience in itself.

Please stop by for conversation and snacks during an informal reception from 6:00-7:00 pm. on Monday Nov. 23rd, and revisit often. A full display schedule will be available at that time.
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R.I.P. Ruth

Ruth Navin was our beloved and devoted volunteer and sub at the library for many years – working the front desk, passionately recommending books, and whipping around the place like a highly organized bee (the latter skill set no doubt honed during her years of raising 8 kids). Even after her very reluctant “retirement” from the library, she continued to crochet blankets for us and all our kin, planning ahead by “spreading herself all around” so we wouldn’t forget her when her time came to leave this earth. Dear Ruth, Do not worry – we will remember your cheerful smile, determination (stubbornness?) and spunky attitude always.Ruth

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Reception for Mark Shea and Peter Mantello

The Friends of Castleton Free Library invite all Castleton residents to a reception for Castleton’s new Town Manager, Mark Shea, and new Police Chief, Peter Mantello.

Please join your friends and neighbors at 6:30 on Tuesday, February 24 at the Library, and enjoy an open conversation, homemade snacks, and live background music.

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Amelia Bloomer 2015 List Announced

The 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project list has been announced.  These are recommended feminist titles for birth through age 18. We have some of the titles now, and many on order. Please let me know it you’d like me to get any particular books. Here’s a link to the complete list for this year and lists from previous years:  Amelia Bloomer lists

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New book order – Adult

Our recent book order includes new books by the ever-popular writers—Midnight in Europe by Alan Furst; Revival by Stephen King; Soul of Discretion by Susan Hill; Private Down Under by James Patterson; Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult. But we also have some interesting lesser-known books that got great reviews. There’s a mystery by a fairly new suspense writer Urban Waite called Sometimes the Wolf. In the non-fiction category we have a book with a wonderful title: The Chutzpah Imperative; Empowering Today’s Jews for a Life that Matters by Rabbi Edward Feinstein; Finding Zero by Amir Aczel, a book about uncovering the origin of numbers; and a book on working with mosaics. And many, many more. Come in and browse and while you’re here have a cup of coffee provided free by the Friends of the Castleton Free Library.


30 Years!

Dear Friends,

I am overwhelmed by your kindness. Now that my daughter Twyla has landed in Denmark, and I have a minute to reflect on the amazing celebration last weekend, I am struggling to put feelings into words. Equal parts mortification and delight? The personal attention was über-embarrassing – I am the one who should be expressing gratitude for this 30-year (and still going) ride. I’ve been blessed with a dynamic job that, while anchored in a community, has provided ever-changing challenges for growth, new ideas, and interesting people to meet. It has presented opportunities to help people; continuous crops of hilarious preschoolers; wonderful colleagues; books in ultimate surround-sound. Being a public librarian allows one to be as creative as one wishes, while simultaneously paying homage to OC tendencies. (Scholastic Story DVD’s shelved in rainbow order? Yes!) And any unique accomplishments at the library these past three decades have been the result of cooperative efforts by staff, trustees, and a huge array of talented volunteers. Thank you, all.

Now about that party – oh my goodness! Enormous thanks to those of you who listened to the “no gifts” plea, and navigated thick fog and darkness just to have some fun. And to those who didn’t listen, what can I say? You are brats, and I will think of you in a few months when I travel to see my baby-turned-21 in beautiful, beautiful Copenhagen.

The party was just what I’ve been longing for: an old-fashioned, multi-age, community bash to celebrate all of us, focused on what binds us together rather than what drives us apart. We need to do this more often! (Street dance next summer, okay?) Thanks to everyone for the sumptuous food (though I was too excited to eat), for laughter and conversation, and for dancing with me in the basement. Who knew three and four-year-olds could rock out for so long? And thanks most especially to my ever-supportive work partner, Meg, and my beloved daughters, Zoe, Twyla and Ivy, for conceiving this event and roping in everyone else.

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