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:
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
FREE, ACCESSIBLE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
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.
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.
Douglas Brooks will present slide lecture “From Skiffs to Sail Ferries – The Story of Vermont’s Small Boat Traditions.” Free.
…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.
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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.
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.
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.
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