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.
*kay-lee (noun) – a social event at which there is Scottish or Irish folk music and singing, traditional dancing, and storytelling.
When: Friday March 24th
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.
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!
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.
TOY HACKING: A WORKSHOP FOR KIDS WHO LIKE TO TAKE THINGS APART AND SEE HOW THEY WORK
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 email@example.com or 468-5574
LOOKING FOR OTHER IDEAS FOR WINTER BREAK?
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)
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.
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.