Vermont Farm Kids Film

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Science Pub Season is here!


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Vermont Reads Books Have Arrived

brown girl dreaming cover          They’ve arrived – a box filled with 75 new copies of the 2017 Vermont Reads book, Brown Girl Dreaming, thanks to a grant through the VT Humanities Council.  This year’s title is a memoir written in exquisite yet simple free verse by award-winner author Jacqueline Woodson, chronicling her childhood and coming-of-age during the 1960’s and 1970’s.  The book simultaneously gives its reader glimpses through a child’s eyes of events during this tumultuous era in United States history, and reflections from an adult perspective.  The New York Times Book Review says that the triumph of this novel “…is not just in how well Woodson tells us the story of her life, but in how elegantly she writes words that make us want to hold those carefully crafted poems close, apply them to our lives, reach into the mirror she holds up and make the words and the worlds she explores our own.”  With universal themes of family, place and home, religion, race relations, and the importance of stories, this is a perfect book for us to distribute far and wide, to focus community book discussions, and to inspire creative programming in the library.

We plan to offer several formal programs centered on the book over the next three months, including intergenerational book discussions, a memoir writing group, and a multimedia evening (film clips, music, and art) – dates to be announced.  Because the writing is so accessible, we also will be sharing copies with students in 4th -8th grade, with an invitation to present their work at a final program in the fall.  But our immediate goal is to get the books into your hands – to read and keep, read and return, or read and pass along to a friend.  Please come in at any time to pick up your free copy while our supply lasts, and sign up for notification of event dates.

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“Build a Better World” challenges

Dear “Build A Better World” reading friends,

Summer Reading Program does resume Monday July 17th at 7:00 pm, but due to a family emergency our Build-a-thon has to be modified. I’ll be in Portland, Maine, but Twyla and Jenna will be on deck to give you some LEGO and KEVA Plank building challenges, and help you with new books and stickers. Thanks for your understanding.

Can anyone design a LEGO lighthouse? (Did you know that Robert Stevenson, a famous Scottish lighthouse engineer, was the grandfather of Robert Lewis Stevenson, author of Treasure Island?)

LEGO Classic 10692 Creative Bricks Lighthouse

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Swing Peepers

M-J-leaning-paint-bg-med-rez-300x217We are excited to share some “rollicking, earth-friendly wackiness for the whole family” with the Swing Peepers, as they kick-off our Summer Reading Program on Monday June 26th at 7:00.  The Peepers are known for their lively, improvisational, participatory music and storytelling. They are a Vermont vocal-harmony and multi-instrument duo comprised ofmusician/storyteller/educator Matthew Witten, and singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist John Hadden.  Between them, they play guitar, mandolin, violin, harmonica, banjo, ukulele and accordion, and have performed throughout New England and NY State at such venues asHudson River Sloop Clearwater, Champlain Valley Folk Festival, Boston Regional Harmony Sweepstakes, and many regional coffee houses.  Hadden has appeared on Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion,” and Witten has performed as the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum’s Troubadour.

The concert is free and open to all, and appropriate for all ages.   I’ll have Summer Reading Program materials ready to hand out to all students who want to participate in this year’s program.


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.

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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!


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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