Librarian’s Note, June 2015

The library has free passes available for the American Precision Museum in Windsor, the Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock, the Fort at No. 4 Living History Museum, and the Vermont History Museum, with branches in Montpelier and Barre; and we have reduced-price passes for Echo Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington.

We also offer a pass for many of Vermont’s state parks, good for free entry into designated park day-areas for up to eight people in a vehicle. The pass can be checked out for two days and is good at Ascutney, Plymouth, Wilgus, and Silver Lake state parks, among others. We’ve got a similar pass for half a dozen Vermont historical sites, including the Eureka Schoolhouse in Springfield, the Old Constitution House in Windsor, and the Calvin Coolidge Birthplace at Plymouth Notch.

Our “Books Have Legs” display has three new anecdotes. David Rowlee, Milde Waterfall, and Maryann Allcroft each shared thoughts about some special books. Stop in and take a look on the wall above the stairs leading to the children’s room. We will continue to highlight additonal entries as they come in. If you’d like to share a few sentences about a book that played an important role in your life, you can pick up an entry form at the library.

We have added about eighty-five DVDs to our collection—classics, comedies, dramas, the whole gamut. They’re all available for check-out. The Vermont Movie is available as well for folks who’d like to see the documentary but couldn’t attend the library’s showing.

The town library provided nine of the ten nominated Red Clover picture books to the school for the kids to read and vote on in class. About a dozen of the kids, in turn, provided the town library with written reviews of the books. The kids’ reviews are laid out atop the bookcase in the library’s children’s room as a guide to parents. We also sent many of the nominated Dorothy Canfield Fisher books over to the older elementary students to read and vote on in class. We very much enjoy working with the school and want to thank the teachers and administrative staff for encouraging the collaboration.

In that spirit, we are working with some of the sixth graders, who are organizing and running a family movie night here at the library. As of this writing, we haven’t yet settled on a specific movie, but it will be shown on Saturday, June 6, at 6:30. Kids may bring pillows and sleeping bags or blankets. They can attend in their pajamas if they like and can bring along a doll or stuffed animal. Popcorn and lemonade will be served.