Summer Programs

    Special Family Programs for Baby/Toddler & Preschool up to 6

    AB2: Books Come to Life with Music & Dance with Rachel O’Donald

    Thursdays, June 20, July 25. 10:15 AM

    Join Rachel O’Donald of AB2 (Active Body-Active Brain) for a creative music and movement-based exploration of early literacy skills. The class will focus on a concept of dance tied to a children’s book. A wide variety of music, props and rhythm instruments add to the fun and learning!

    Harp & Song with Judi Byron

    Monday, July 8th 10:15 AM

    Join Judi Byron with her semi-Clarsach (“little harp” in Scottish Gaelic) and her “wee” harp– even smaller, perfect for a child to hold, but not a toy! Judi will weave harp tunes and sing-songs for the little ones and give them a chance to play the harp themselves!

    Musical Munchkins presents Starship Shake-up

    Monday, August 5 at 10:15 AM

    Interactive musical activities involving instruments and props that will keep children singing, dancing, clapping and jumping to a music beat in keeping with the library's summer theme. Come sing and dance around the earth, moon and stars.

    Hamel Family Puppet Show and Craft

    Thursday, August 8 at 10:15 AM

    Join the Hamel Family here at the library for the end of the summer reading program as they perform a delightful puppet show based on the “A Universe of Stories” summer reading theme.



    Craft/Science programs*

    Wednesdays, 1:30-2:30 PM. Ages 6 to 11.

    *Please call (244-7036) to register and ask for details about craft/science programs listed below.


    Design Planet Aliens

    Wednesday, July 10 from 1:30-2:30 PM

    Design an animal or being to live on one of the eight planets or Pluto. A short presentation will be done of each planet, its environmental conditions and place within our solar system resulting in an invitation of each participant to create their own being out of foam sheets exhibiting the adaptations it would need to live on the chosen planet. Ages 6 to 11.

    Duct tape crafts

    Wednesday, July 17 from 1:30-2:30 PM

    Learn how to make a duct tape book mark, pouch or bracelet. If there is time you can create a small craft on your own. Handouts and books will be available to look at for ideas on different items to make. Ages 6 to 11.

    Galaxy Slime

    Wednesday, July 24 from 1:30-2:30 PM

    Learn how to make Galaxy Slime using household ingredients. Safe and Borax-free ingredients will be used such as clear glue, baking soda, glitter, food coloring and saline solution. If there is time kids will get a chance to make Fluffy Slime, too, using shaving cream. Ages 6 to 11.

    Alka Seltzer Rockets

    Wednesday, July 31 from 1:30-2:30 PM

    Kids will learn how to create the classic science experiment, alka seltzer rockets. They are incredibly easy to put together and launch! The rockets have tons of potential for the type of trial and error experimentation that makes an excellent first foray into the field of physics. Ages 6 to 11.


    Dorothy’s List Book Club

    Wednesdays. 5:30-6:30 PM. For Grades 4-7.

    • July 10 - The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty (Books available for checkout by  6/19)
    • August 7 - Bob by Wendy Mass (Books available for checkout by  7/10)

    Join us for pizza, a book discussion and a craft. Get a copy of the book, and sign up for the book group at the circulation desk - limited copies available.



    Additional Programs:


    Nature Walk with Mark Ferguson

    Tuesday, June 25 from 1-2 PM

    Meet in the SAL room at the library to join us for a nature walk/bug hunt with VT State Biologist Mark Ferguson. We will catch a few bugs and butterflies with nets and they will be identified. There will be time for a Q & A at the end of the walk back in the SAL room.

    For grades 1 and up.  Rain date Thursday, June 27.


    Alien Earth with the Southern VT Natural History Museum

    Friday, July 19 at 10 AM

    Funded in part by the Vermont Department of Libraries.

    Look beneath your feet and see the alien worlds of earth's history. Learn about the different conditions life on earth has had to survive and the extinction events that changed the rules allowing for new forms of life to rise. All Ages.


    Vermont Wild - Adventures of Fish & Game Wardens with Megan Price

    Tuesday, July 30th 7-8 pm in the Steele Room

    Megan Price, author of the popular book series “Vermont Wild” and a  MOTH Slam Winner, shares secrets from the stories-behind-the-stories of Game Warden Adventures from Vermont to Maine.  These true stories range from hilarious to harrowing. Books available for purchase, and a sneak preview of Price’s upcoming Vermont Wild, Volume 6, to be released in October. All Ages.


    Air as it Occupies Space

    Friday, August 2 from 10 AM

    The Story of Air As It Occupies Space. A cornucopia of science experiments will be demonstrated to show that air, though invisible, does occupy space. For young and old, with audience participation guaranteed to bring the wonder of science to all. All Ages.



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    Weekly Story Times

    Mondays at 10:15 AM is Babies & Toddlers Story Time

    Snuggle with your baby or toddler as we sing, tickle and bounce our way into a lifelong love of language. Get ready for high-energy literacy with songs, active rhymes and stories. Got the wiggles? This is the place to be. Recommended for newborns - 36 months.

    Thursdays at 10:15 AM is Preschool Story Hour

    Join us as we travel to new places through books, puppets, and felt boards. A craft may be provided.  We'll shake our sillies out with movement-based rhymes.  Recommended for ages 3-6 years.

    Each week we will feature a different themed Story Time, with stories and/or crafts. Join us!



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    Songwriting Workshop with Dan Murphy - 7/16 (Tues)

    When: Tuesday, July 16th from 6:30-8 pm

    All levels of experience welcome!

    Space is limited - please call call 244-7036 to register.


    My name is Dan Murphy and, like you, I am a singer / songwriter.  These days, my primary musical entities are the local band ONEoverZERO and my own solo project, Daniel Waterhouse.  My musical evolution has gone something like this 1) Finding a cheap, old acoustic guitar in my family’s home in Cambridge, MA and teaching myself some open chords and power chords 2) With the assistance of a friend, recording my first song on a basic 4 track machine (a watershed moment for me).  3) Playing in bands that featured the songs of others, and later playing in bands that featured my songs (and recording these songs at a handful of music studios)  4) Learning the basic ins and outs of sound engineering (for a while I was doing Live Sound at ZenBarn here in Waterbury Center)   5) Building a recording studio, and making my own record from beginning to end, which you can find by googling “Daniel Waterhouse bandcamp,”  with the help of some friends that are listed in the credits.

    I am hosting this songwriting workshop in the hope that my experiences can be helpful to your undertakings. In addition to fielding questions on anything and everything related to songwriting, I’ll also be addressing some specific topics that I feel are common threads that will be relevant to many of you including a) I have the beginning of a song in the form of “XYZ,”…what now?  b) Tools that can be useful in the process c) Identifying the notes in your songs and how to work with them.  If there is time, I will also begin to discuss the subject of how to make your songs come to life in the recording studio.  All levels of experience / aptitude are welcome.

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    Vermont Wild - 7/30 (Tues)

    When: Tuesday, July 30th 7-8 pm in the Steele Room

    Megan Price, author of the popular book series “Vermont Wild” and a MOTH Slam Winner, shares secrets from the stories-behind-the-stories of Game Warden Adventures from Vermont to Maine. These true stories range from hilarious to harrowing.

    Books available for purchase,and a sneak preview of Price’s upcoming Vermont Wild, Volume 6, to be released in October.


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