On your mark…and do lots of other things at Castleton Free Library this summer!
Mark your calendar now for these special events:




Wednesday June 22nd at 7:00 p.m.
Simon for 2016Storyteller Simon Brooks

Award-winning storyteller Simon Brooks is returning to the library to help us celebrate the official start of summer. Simon was born in Gloucestershire, England, and lived in Worcester, London, Brighton, & Hastings, settings that influenced his storytelling craft, before moving to the U.S. in 1994. His work as a storyteller and voice actor has won honors from Storytelling World and Parent’s Choice, including the latter’s prestigious Gold Award for his CDs. He has performed for all ages at libraries, schools, and festivals, combining his passion for children’s literature and folklore. His repertoire comes mainly from European folk and Faerie tales, but Simon also includes stories from other countries and cultures. He explains, “Stories are like boots and like to travel.” Free – open to all.






Thursday July 14th at 6:30 p.m.

Chesterland - Harris's Hawk

VINS – The Noble Sport: Falconry

Have you ever seen a hawk soar through the air, only to land on a person’s fist? If you’ve ever wondered how this is possible, join VINS for a family-friendly adventure in falconry! We’ll explore a sport that has fostered relationships between humans, animals, and the environment for 4,000 years. Learn how falconers train their birds of prey. Touch the equipment that keeps falconers and birds safe while they’re working together. You’ll also meet three live raptors up close! This program is funded by Friends of Castleton Free Library. Free – open to all, but meant especially ages 4 and up.


Schedule of programs for children entering grades 1-4

Schedule of programs for children entering grades 5-9

Bookmaking Workshop





StoryHour - Fridays at 10:30

Weekly Story Hour every Friday – an interactive happening if ever there was one.  No registration is necessary, all ages are welcome (but it is aimed at the preschool gang), and of course it is free.  Stories, projects, songs, and fun.  Call Jan if you have any questions.  P.S. Many long-lasting adult friendships were forged during Story Hour.


Playgroup – Wednesdays at 10:00

Playgroup happens every week with awesome facilitator Lynn Gould, from the Rutland County Parent Child Center.  Lynn has an extensive background in early childhood education. The program targets birth through age 3, but all are welcome. Free, drop-in, begins at 10:00. Call Jan at the library if you have any questions. We are so grateful to Lynn and the Parent Child Center for this partnership!



Dorothy Canfield Fisher (DCF) Award List

First given in 1957, the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award has honored quality literature for children for over 50 years now.  Each spring, a committee of eight carefully selects 30 books to comprise the DCF Master List.  After reading at least 5 books from the list, students then vote for their favorite titles the following spring.  The winning author is invited to visit Vermont to speak with children about the experience of writing such fine literature for such fine people.  We have most of the books on this year’s DCF reading list. Click here for a link to book cover images, or here to download an annotated bibliography of the 2016-2017 list.

Red Clover List

The Red Clover Award promotes the reading and discussion of the best of contemporary picture books in nearly all of Vermont’s elementary schools. Each year over 20,000 K-4 students read, or have read to them, the ten nominated books. Click here for more information.


Caldecott Award

The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.  Click here for more on the medalists and Honor books.

Newbery Award

The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.  Click here for the winners and more.