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movies, from games to puzzles, from a community meeting room to an art gallery, from programs of current interest to a historical reference collection - it's all here, its all free.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!
Sunday, August 2 at 2pm
Moonshine in the Hills: Cider Brandy in the Forests of Organge County by State Archaeologist Brennan Gauthier
The recent boom in Vermont cider production is not something new to its residents. Come here State Archaeologist Brennan Gauthier talk about his research on a group of 1880s cider moonshiners in Orange County. The talk will delve into the history, material culture and sites of hard cider production in the state, and will highlight a group of particularly notorious moonshiners fromt eh towns of Strafford, Thetford and Vershire.
Summer Reading Program - Every Hero Has a Story through Aug 5
Our summer program, Every Hero Has a Story, has begun. Come join us for the fun! Keep track of the books your read (or which are read to you) on a reading contract. Complete your goal and win a free book.
Grades Pre-K through 2nd - Wednesdays at 10:00am
July 8-The Ox-Cart Man by Donald Hall - A Bennington Musuem program
July 15-Animal Heroes stories & activities
July 22-Super Heroes stories & activities
July 29-Community Heroes stories & activities
Aug 5-Be a Hero party: Bring your reading records, play games, get a free book
Grades 3rd through 6th - Wednesdays at 1:30pm
July 8-Kid Heroes: learn about kid heroes
July 15-Comic Con: fan fiction writings, costume parade and more
July 22-Tell a Story with Comics, Ericc Cram: learn to tell your stories with comics
July 29-Board Games: somce and play Scrabble, Boggle, and more
Aug 5- Be a Hero Party: Bring your reading records, play games, get a free book
July Preschool Story Hour - Tuesdays at 10am
Come join us on Tuesdays in the month of August! The theme is "Weather" and there will be stories, songs, finger play, and snacks.
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 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.
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.