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movies, from games to puzzles, from a community meeting room to an art gallery, from programs of current interest to a historical reference collection - it's all here, its all free.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!
Celebrate National Poetry Month
Saturday, April 11 at 3pm - Kathy Kostos talk
"Inner Rooms: Reading Poetry, Creating Collages"
Please join us for a talk by Kathy Kostos who is currently showing her poetry-inspired collages in the Canfield Gallery from April 2-30. Kathy's exhibition explores the idea of “home,” drawing on the poetry of New England poets Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson. In word-based collages featuring photography of the regional landscape and textile and ephemera fragments layered over acrylic and watercolor, she traces the ties between home, location, and identity.
Following the talk at 3pm will be a reception from 4-6pm. Both events are free and open to the public and refreshments will be served. A portion of all art sales benefits the Martha Canfield Library. For more information check out the Gallery page or the calendar.
Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie Discussion Series
In celebration of the release of Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie, the Vermont Humanities Council has launched a film discussion series in partnership with the filmmakers. Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie is a six-part collaborative documentary produced by several dozen Vermont-based filmmakers. Using personal stories, rare footage, compelling interviews, and original reenactments, the film explores the history and contemporary culture of the Green Mountain State. Vermonters past and present — from Abenaki and early settlers, fugitives from slavery, farmers, historians, politicians, and activists, to newcomers moving “back to the land” — tell how one small state has made a very big difference. The Vermont Humanities Council supported Freedom and Unity: The Vermont Movie with a grant.
The screenings will be in the Library meeting room Sundays at 2pm. The films last approximately 80 minutes each. Discussions will last up to one hour and be led by project director Nora Jacobson.
-February 1: Part One: “A Very New Idea” explores the Native and Colonial roots from which Vermont grew.
-February 15: Part Two: “Under the Surface” explores labor wars, eugenics, the McCarthy era, and progressive Republicanism.
-March 1: Part Three: “Refuge, Reinvention, and Revolution” explores innovation, interstates, and counter-culture.
-March 15: Part Four: “Doers and Shapers” explores progressivism in education and state law from Act 250 to civil unions.
-March 29: Part Five: “Ceres’ Children” explores participatory democracy and ethics in conservation and farming. -
-April 12: Part Six: “People’s Power” explores contemporary tensions over energy, independence, climate, and the state’s future.
Sunday, May 3 at 2pm - Sherlock Holmes and The Women
Many of Sherlock Holmes clients were women and despite what his friend Dr. Watson suggested, Holmes got along well with them. In a combination power point and lecture presentation, Sally Sugarman will discuss the various women, the social context in which they existed, and what Holmes' interactions with them tells us about Holmes. She will also examine the misconceptions that have developed over the years about The Woman. Additionally, she will look at the adventures that some of the women had after Doyle's writing the Sherlock Holmes Canon.
Presented by Sally Sugarman, member of The Baker Street Irregulars
Saturday, May 23 at 2pm - Origami Workshop with Leyla Torres
Leyla Torres, an origami practitioner since 1988, will lead a fun and instructive 90-min workshop. She is a member of the British Origami Society and Origami USA, organizations dedicated to the promotion of paper folding. In this inter-generational origami workshop people will learn to make charming paper figures.
Who can attend to this workshop: Children ages 10 and over and adults of all ages! Children between 10 and 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Geek our Library!
Get YOUR geek on! Drop in and find out what all the excitement is about. We want to know what YOU love to do. Our geek board is in the front lobby - add your interest to it.
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.
Interested in learning to make jewelry?
We are thinking of starting a beading group. If you are interested, please let us know what days and times would work for you. You can email, call or stop in to see us.
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 of flying, there's talk and laughter. Everyone is welcome, No registration reguired, just drop in.
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!
for all ages
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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.
Children's Pre-School Storytimes (ages 3 - 6)
Wednesday Mornings at 10:30 in the Children's Room
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.