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movies, from games to puzzles, from a community meeting room to an art gallery, from programs of current interest to a historical reference collection - it's all here, its all free.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!
Pajama Storytime - Tuesday, Feb 21 at 6:30pm
Children ages 3-7 can dress in their pajamas and visit the library for special "night time" stories. Call the library at 375-6153 for more information.
Winter Break Event for grades K-3 - Wednesday, Feb 22 at 1pm
We will be hosting a Music, Movement and Book program with Dottie Sundquist on Wednesday, Feb. 22 from 1:00-3:00. Dottie, a retired teacher will lead children through a number of activities, including games such as Instrument Soup and Cookie Song. This is sure to be a fun, musical afternoon at the library. Everyone welcome!
Wednesdays at the library - January 4 through March 8 from 1pm-3pm
Programs offered weekly during JISP/Skating days - Suited for children ages 5+
Mar. 1 Lego Building A variety of Lego challenges will be presented for each participant.
Mar. 8 Photography Participants will learn basic photography techniques, practice taking photos and create a photo adventure.
Check out the flyer with all the details here. Please call the library at 375‐6153 with any questions or for more information.
A Glance at Romance book sale
Throughout the month of February, the library is offering "A Glance at Romance" bag of books sale for $3 each. Bags are filled with romance novels, decorated for Valentine's day, and placed around the library. So if you have a special somone who enjoys reading romance novels, here's a unique Valentine's gift for them!
Canfield Gallery Reception for Tom Atkins - March 4 at 3pm
The March featured artist will be Tom Atkins. Creating art for the past 30 years, Atkins works in watercolor, oil, pencil and pen and ink. His pen and ink drawings derive from real places — castles, mansions, cottages, spiritual spaces, and abandoned buildings long fallen into ruin and disrepair. His watercolor and oil paintings, however, come from less tangible sources. “My paintings are like poems,” says Atkins, “capturing an essence of mood with color, line and space.” More info about artists showing work in the Canfield Gallery is available on our website.
Art Talk: How to Look at Abstract Art - March 18 at 2pm
Join artists Tom Atkins, Kathleen Loomis, Dona Mara, and Harry Rich in a lively discussion about how to look at abstract art.
Toddler Storytime - Thursdays, 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 age appropriate songs, fingerplays, stories and activities.
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.