Welcome to the Martha Canfield Library
From board books for the toddlers to large print books for seniors, from the latest best sellers to the classics, from fiction to non-fiction, from study tables to computers and video-conferencing (coming soon), from audio books to movies, from games to puzzles, from a community meeting room to an art gallery, from programs of current interest to a historical reference collection - it's all here, its all free. Come and enjoy!
Scrapbooking Family History - Sunday, December 11 at 2pm
Come join Bill Budde for the final family history program for 2016 which will share ideas on different ways to present your family history through scrapbooks. The focus is on digital forms that resemble traditional craft books, but we will also discuss hand crafted scrapbook sources. A traditional scrapbook is a unique and handmade gift for one person. The digital scrapbook resembles a traditional book but has several advantages. It can be shared with many friends and relatives; shared through a digital file or printed on high quality paper; and can be cheaper and quicker to assemble than a traditional scrapbook. There is no charge for the program.
Santa is coming to the Library - Tuesday, December 13 at 6:30pm
Children are welcome to come and listen to Santa read "The Night Before Christmas" and tell Santa their wish lists. Photos are welcome, and each child will be able to choose a free book to keep.
Youth Holiday Cookie Baking & Decorating -
Saturday, December 17 at 12:30-2:30
Children ages 5+ are invited to join the staff and volunteers of the Martha Canfield Library for a fun afternoon of baking and decorating holiday cookies. Bring an apron if you want; bake and decorate cookies; and go home with a box of goodies. Space is limited, so please call the library at 375-6153 by Dec. 15 to sign up for this program.
18th Annual Holiday Arts & Crafts Fundraiser
Come shop a variety of local arts and crafts. Jewelry, glass, fabric crafts, decorations, woodworking, season books and more are on display in the Canfield Gallery during library hours through December 31.
Holiday Basket Raffle
A selection of holiday baskets donated by local organizations, businesses and friends are on display in the Library and at the two banks in Arlington. Raffle tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and are available at all three locations. The drawing will be held Tuesday evening, December 13, so be sure to get your tickets in plenty of time. Baskets include, World of Legos, Garden Goodies, Family Breakfast, Feed the Birds, All Occasion, Baking, Wellness, Car Supplies and lots more.
Toddler Storytime - December 1, 8, 15 from 10am-10:30am
We invite children ages 18 months to 3 years and their parents or caregivers to our new toddler storytime. Each month we will have and three week session with age appropriate songs, fingerplays, stories and activities. December dates are 1, 8 and 15 from 10:00 to 10:30. Join us for the fun.
Closed for Christmas Holiday on Dec 24
Please note that the library will be closed on Saturday, December 24 for the Christmas holiday.
New Groups Wanted!
If you are interested in starting a new group such as adult coloring, book discussion, stamp collecting or any other topic, stop in and talk with Phyllis. We'll see if anyone else in interested in meeting at the Library to share your interest!
Fiber and More
Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month from 1 - 3 pm, folks gather in the meeting room to work on their knitting, crocheting, or whatever strikes their fancy. The fabric and thread are flying; there's talk and laughter. Everyone is welcome, No registration reguired, just drop in.
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When donating books to the library, please remember these guidelines. The books must be clean. We can not take books with mildew, mold or water damage. It costs the library money to dispose of these book,s so please do not include them. Drop your donations off at the front desk at the library. Please do not leave them outside at the door. If you cannot bring the books during library hours, we can arrange to pick them up for you.
Give yourself, a good friend, or family a MCL Tote Bag to carry your books in and support the library!
What's in your bag? These large canvas totes are available at the front desk. They have a front packet and zipper closure and they will hold lots of books. The cost is $15. Your gift will delight them and help support the library at the same time!
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The Russell Collection
The Russell Collection is a valuable resource whether you are a historian researching Arlington's past or someone tracing family roots. Your financial help for this important collection is needed. Please consider earmarking part of your donation to the library for The Russell Collection.
Are You Interested
Learn a Language
Now you can learn a new language with the Mango program. This language learning program is yours for FREE through the Martha Canfield Library. Use the link on the right, and the barcode number on your MCL card.
Take a Class
Universal class is a new learning program available through the Vermont Department of Libraries which offers over 500 classes online. You can find the the link at the right of this page. To register you will need to enter a library membership ID that includes part of your library card barcode number. The password format is 2VSNA900XXXXXX, just replace the six X's with the last six characters of your barcode.
Databases for Research
The Vermont Online Library is an online database of periodical articles, many in full-text, and online reference, as well as a health module, a business module and reference material for kids of all ages. Your library card barcode is the password.
America's News Magazine helps you find topics of current interest and gives access to Newsweek, Popular Science, Field & Stream, Mother Earth News, Science Illustrated, Smithsonian and more.
The Bennington Banner gives access to articles from 12/18/2003 to present.
The Rutland Herald gives access to articles from 09/30/1999 to present.
Historical newspapers are available on the Library of Congress Chronicling America website.