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.





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.