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movies, from games to puzzles, from a community meeting room to an art gallery, from programs of current interest to a historical reference collection - it's all here, its all free.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!
February Gallery Reception for Robert Lafond
Saturday, Feb 6 at 3pm
Williamstown, MA artist, Robert Lafond will be showing oil and pastel landscapes at The Canfield Gallery from February 4 through March 1. A skilled and prolific painter, Robert’s work is routinely juried into and earned awards from Southern Vermont Arts Center, and galleries in Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Connecticut. Currently Robert focuses his outdoor and studio work on the landscapes and cityscapes of the places he knows and loves: the Berkshires, Brooklyn and the Maine coast. See more Canfield Gallery info
Kick off our 2016 Sunday-at-the-Library series with
"Syria – Remember Me" on February 7 at 2:30
presented by Deborah Harte Felmeth
The visual images of turmoil in Syria are all too evident in today's mass media as news and political machinations instill a culture of fear, wittingly or unwittingly, and shockingly few images of the cultural diversity, history and beauty of the Syrian people can be found. Here then is an opportunity to learn about another side of Syria through the lens of simple photographs of daily living.
Ms. Felmeth fell in love with Syria during a trip in 1991. She and her husband divided their time after that equally between Damascus and their Vermont home until the recent upheavals and tragedy of war. She works professionally as a piano and voice teacher, and is an avid photographer.
Saturday, February 13 at 2:30pm
Learn to Make A Coloring Book with Jessican Putnam Phillips
Adult coloring is the newest and most popular method of relaxation these days. It brings out your creative in a non-stressful way. Jessica Putnam Phillips, author of the coloring book, "Fantastic Florals" will teach you how to create beautiful designs to color. No experience is necessary, all materials will be provided.
Preschool Story Hour - Tuesdays at 10am-11am
held in the children's room
Come join us on Tuesdays for storytime for ages 3-6! Each week there will be stories, songs, finger play, and snacks. Everyone is welcome!
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.
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!
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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!
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.