Readers of all ages across Vermont are invited to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge! Read or listen to any book and track minutes using the Beanstack web or mobile app.

The Library will have Summer Reading Logs available starting Monday, June 21. They will be located at the Youth desk in the library with the logo Summer Reading Logs attached to the bin they will be in. They will be set up according to grade level. Once a child has picked out their reading log they may then go to the Help desk to pick up one reading bag with a ‘Tails and Tales’ logo on it. These bags are for children PreK and up. Inside the bag will be summer program related ‘goodies’. We will have more information on summer programs soon. They will begin after the first week in July.

Jubal Harp & Song / Live in the  Library’s Garden!

Join Judi Byron Outdoors in the  Library’s Garden* for Jubal Harp & Song

Thursday, June 24th at 11:30 AM

* In case of rain, we will meet in the library’s children’s area.

Judi will bring her guitar and a couple of harps (small ones.)

You bring a blanket, folding chair, your rhythm instruments, voices and a big smile.

We will have some fun!

For families and little ones.

No need to register. Just show up!



This online video program will continue through the month of April via video.

Do you think you could build a robot using a small scrub brush?

Bristlebots are simple, tiny robots that buzz around like bugs.

They are easy to build and fun to play with, and you do not need any previous experience with robotics to make one. Participants can create their own bristle bot from a kit that will be provided by the library for this program.

Parents, you can sign your child up for this program by emailing: 

You will then be emailed a confirmation of your sign up and date options of when you can pick up a kit during curbside service.

For Ages 6-11 yrs. Children may need some parental guidance with this activity.


Story Time with Paige and Michelle / Videos

Michelle and Paige are taking a break from story times for a little while. You may access pre-recorded videos posted on our webpage at any time. 

Keep in mind, Paige and I may use a mix of shakers, rhythm sticks and scarves. 

If you have any of these items around the house you could use them to follow along. 

A program for Baby, Toddler & Preschool Families.

Watershed Explorer Challenge

Watershed Explorer Challenge

Ongoing Program

“The UVM Extension Lake Champlain Sea Grant education team is launching a new program Watershed Explorers. The Watershed Explorer Challenge booklet has 11 activities, rooted in Next Generation Science Standards, that are designed for young people to learn about watershed science and the Lake Champlain Basin. This is a learning experience for students and their families to engage in at their own pace. Students that complete all the activities in the booklet will be awarded the title of Watershed Explorer and receive a certificate.

The challenge has been designed for middle-school-aged youth but can also be appropriate for younger and older students.” 

They are partnering with public libraries to provide a link to the website and a booklet. Parents if you are interested in receiving a booklet and a link to the Watershed Explorer Challenge site please email:

PressReader is our new digital magazine and newspaper service

PressReader is our new digital Magazine and Newspaper subscription service and contains over 7000 digital magazines and newspapers from around the world, in multiple languages. You can read these eMagazines and eNewspapers in the PressReader app which is available on most devices’ app store, or in your desktop/laptop’s browser.

Experience the award-winning app on smartphones, tablets, and eReaders. Life is short! Read on the run with the PressReader app.

To get started, choose your operating system or device:


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Getting Started

  1. Visit PressReader.
  2. Click sign in, and select the “Library or Group” option
  3. Select “Waterbury Public Library” and sign in with your library card number and PIN (last 5 digits of library card number).
  4. Finish creating an account that can be used on the app or select “No, thanks” to proceed without an account
  5. Sign into your account every few weeks to keep your app account active.
  6. Download the app for Apple iOS or Android to use PressReader on your mobile device
  7. On the app, you can download newspapers for offline reading without subscribing.