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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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