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The national library theme this summer is LIBRARIES ROCK! It’s about music, yes, and great books
that sing, but in Castleton, it is also about rocks (because we love them). So we’re doing programs about music and geology, and it’s not too late to join the fun! Our reading incentive: help your children keep track of their reading (we have sticker charts), and every time they read three books on any subject (or you read them together), they can choose a rock sample to add to their collection. Reader? Geologist? Rock star? It’s all good.

Here’s a line-up of free programs for all ages. We don’t have a “regular” night this year, so check dates carefully:

Sat. July 7th at 6:30 pm: ROCKIN’ RON THE FRIENDLY PIRATE kicks off the program with music and swashbuckling fun. Pirate books to borrow. Rock the boat!  All ages. Free – supported by a grant from the VT Department of Libraries.

Mon. July 9th at 7:00 pm: JUST ROCKS! Geology basics, rock identification, painted rocks, and books. Start building your own rock collection – earn rock samples for reading.

Wed. July 18th at 7:00 pm: SUMMER ENCORE presents “In Search of a Song” – an original play about finding your own song, directed by Cathy Archer. Outdoors if weather is good (bring blanket); inside if rainy. All ages. Supported by a grant from the VT Department of Libraries.

Mon. July 23rd at 7:00 pm: ROCK TO ART – a kid-friendly tour of the West Rutland Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, a re-imagined industrial site. Marble quarry holes, post-industrial landscape, sculpture garden, artists’ works-in-progress, and gallery. Meet at the library by 6:40 to caravan, or in the Carving Studio parking lot at 7:00 pm. This is a great trip for all ages, but children must be accompanied and transported by an adult. If weather is a problem, the tour will be rescheduled and an ALTERNATIVE PROGRAM will take place at the library at 7:00.

Thu. Aug. 2nd at 3:30 pm: CLIF SUMMER READERS GRANT STORYTELLING AND BOOK GIVEAWAY – Presented by the CLiF Foundation. Every child (preschool-age 12).who attends will be able to choose two new free books.

Mon. Aug.13th at 7:00 pm: SMUSHED ROCK – pottery and rock music. What could be better? After a short intro to books about pottery and clay hand-building techniques, we’ll listen to rock music as we construct pots. Especially for school-aged kids.

Every Fri. at 10:30 am: STORY HOUR ROCKS! – Come to Preschool Story Hour to meet other parents/caregivers while your wee ones listen to stories, sing, move, and do open-ended art projects. Geared toward 0-5 year-olds, but anyone is welcome. Don’t worry if children aren’t quite ready to fully participate – we have a play area for escapees. In July and August, we’ll have a rock theme.

Every Wed. at 10:00 am: PLAYGROUP – Through partnership with the Rutland County Parent-Child Center, Lynn Gould facilitates weekly playgroup for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Drop-in any Wednesday.

Aug. 6th-Aug. 9th 6:00-8:00 pm: MAKER CAMP WITH LISA CACCIATORE – Four nights of projects for techies entering 5th-8th grade. Limited enrollment. Free, but you MUST PRE-REGISTER.

GARDEN CLUB – Kids are encouraged to join adults at our new Garden Club which meets about every two weeks to share gardening projects and advice. Call or email to find out the next meeting time.

Check our Facebook page and website for updates. New programs may be added. Programs are FREE and open to all (except Maker Camp which is by enrollment only).  Please call or email Jan with questions (468-5574;
This summer, remember the 3 R’s: Rock & Roll (of course, because summer is for extra fun) & Read!


Have a look at this Virtual Tour created by students in our summer Maker Camp. Thank you, Lisa Cacciatore!  And then take a look at the short video documenting the projects.




…and do lots of other things at Castleton Free Library this summer!

 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

Summer Reading Program 2012

Kick-off event Thursday Jun. 21st at 7:00 pm:

Storyteller Simon Brooks will tell stories to celebrate the summer solstice. Free and open to all.

Award-winnning storyteller Simon Brooks began spinning yarns and telling tales in 1991, performing for school groups and families at Youth Hostels in the United Kingdom before moving to the States. In 2003 Simon became a children’s librarian and professional storyteller. He has performed for libraries, schools, and festivals, combining his passion for children’s literature and folklore to create fun programs for all ages. His repertoire comes mainly from European folk and Faerie tales, but Simon also includes stories from South America, Africa, China and Japan, amongst other countries and cultures.

Dream Big – Read! 

Link to Simon’s website

Dream Big

Ideas for keeping kids happy this summer


Summer 2011:


Summer Reading Program

Monday nights 7:00-8:30 (final program August 15th)

*storytelling*arts*puppets*food*music*dance*prizes*world games*geography*lots & lots of great books!*

Especially for school-aged children – open to all

j0438416“The Four Elements” Story Camp

August 1st-4th, 9AM-noon

Come join us as we battle fire-breathing dragons, search for the water of life, soar the wind on the back of an eagle and dig the earth for ancient dinosaurs!  This summer the library is offering a four-day story camp for kids ages 4-6.  Story Camp will run 9AM-noon August 1-4 and is free of charge.  Local artist and dancer Zoë Marr will lead participants on story adventures exploring the four elements through books, art projects and creative movement.  Zoë is experienced in the Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education as well as using the Visual Thinking Strategies method and the Whole Book Approach to Children’s Picture Books.  Snacks will be provided daily.  Space is limited so please register with the library either by phone 468-5574 or email