martha canfield library

PO Box 267 • 528 East Arlington Road, Arlington, VT • 05250
802.375.6153 •

  • Tuesday — 9:00AM – 8:00PM
  • Wednesday — 9:00AM – 5:00PM
  • Thursday — 9:00AM – 8:00PM
  • Friday — 2:00PM – 6:00PM
  • Saturday — 10:00AM – 3:00PM

Russell Collection

Open 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Tuesdays or by appointment

Martha Canfield Library E-news
Welcome to the September 2016 edition of the Martha Canfield Library’s e-newsletter. If you have any suggestions, you can email them to our hotmail account or leave them in our suggestion jar on the front desk.

Job Opening

We are looking for a part time Library Assistant to work twenty hours per week, including some evening and Saturday hours. We need someone with office and some computer skills, attention to detail and ability to work with people. The Library Assistant will be supporting the Director with assisting patrons, overseeing the front desk and volunteers, planning children’s programs, interlibrary loan, opening and closing the Library and other tasks as needed. Please submit a resume to the Library by September 23 via mail or email. (Addresses below.)


Organizing Your Family Collection - Sunday, September 25 at 2:00

If you have been fortunate (or unfortunate) enough to have been designated as the family seanachaidheach or genealogist you may have already faced the dilemma of finding one photograph or record when you need it. This seminar will present different ways to organize or index your collection so you can find what you need when you need it without breaking up your mother’s collection or grandfather’s photo album. Methods will range from manual to digital organization, the use of “tags” and the potential for facial recognition software.The seminar will be presented by Bill Budde, curator of the Russell Vermontiana Collection and a professional genealogist.

For Kids

The new Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award list for this school year is available at and in the Library. We have several books on the list and have more on order. The DCF Award is chosen by children in grades 4-8. Anyone who wishes to vote must read at least five books from the list. Come on in and see which books interest you.

In the Canfield Gallery

Life Through Alzheimer’s: The Remarkable Watercolors of Tom Smith

Tom Smith of Sunderland did not become an artist until about a year before he died of Alzheimer’s. That was when he discovered the miraculous therapy of making art, which brought a period of happiness and creativity to a person who was steadily losing his cognitive powers. Tom had been a successful city planner in New York City for 34 years. His was a warm and outgoing personality and in retirement in Vermont he enjoyed hiking and fishing and the great outdoors. All of this had greatly diminished with Alzheimer’s, until he was introduced to making art. And that gift is the subject of the new exhibit at the Canfield Gallery opening Saturday, September 10 from 3:00 to 5:00 with a reception hosted by Tom’s widow, Julie Hutchinson-Smith.

Visitors to this show will see many of the more than one hundred watercolor paintings Tom created before he died in April 2016, as well as several paintings by his art “teacher”, Russ Housman of Sunderland, an artist in his own right and a well-known art therapist. The paintings in the memorial exhibit will not be for sale, as the family understandably wishes to keep them. But they will be on view during library hours from September 2 to 28. The Housman Charitable Foundation and the members of Tom’s extended family are making a memorial contribution to the library to honor Tom, and the public is invited to make a donation as well.

Book Sale

Our book sale at Martha’s Book House on Route 7A will be open every weekend through the middle of October. Regular hours are: Friday and Saturday, 10:00 to 4:00 and Sunday, 12:00 to 4:00. Stop in and check out our weekly specials.

Please do not leave book donations outside Martha’s Book House, but you can bring them to the Library during our regular hours. Please, we can’t use books with mold, mouse droppings, dirt or insects. Mold on books can be a health hazard for staff and for you, especially if it spreads to other books in the building. Mold is not always obvious as it often hides under the paper dust jackets. Please check any books you plan to donate, it costs the Library money to dispose of moldy books. Also, we can’t use textbooks, Readers’ Digest Condensed Books, encyclopedias, old medical books and magazines that are not current.

Volunteer Opportunities

We need people to work at the checkout desk in the Library on Saturdays. If you like helping people and are good with computers, we’d appreciate your help.

The Russell Collection needs someone who can type and is detail oriented to help with data entry. If you are interested, please see Bill in the Russell Vermontiana Collection on Tuesdays.

New Books


True Blue, by David Baldacci
Deadline, by Sandra Brown
As Time Goes By, by Mary Higgins Clark
The Emperor’s Revenge, by Clive Cussler and Boyd Morrison
LaRose, by Louise Erdrich
A Hero of France, by Alan Furst
Night and Day, by Iris Johansen
End of Watch, by Stephen King
The Harrows of Spring, by James Howard Kunstler
Blood Flag, by Steve Martini
Somerset, by Leila Meacham
Truly Madly Guilty, by Liane Moriarty
15th Affair, by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
The Travelers, by Chris Pavone
Beyond the Ice Limit, by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child
Barkskins, by Annie Proulx
‘Til Death Do Us Part, by Amanda Quick
The Black Widow, by Daniel Silva
Eligible, by Curtis Sittenfeld
Vinegar Girl, by Anne Tyler
Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen, by Alison Weir
The Forgotten Room, by Karen White, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig

Killer Look, by Linda Fairstein
The Highwayman, by Craig Johnson

Large Print
The Steel Kiss, by Jeffrey Deaver
The Apartment, by Danielle Steel

The Long Emancipation: The Demise of Slavery in the United States, by Ira Berlin
Lust and Wonder, by Augusten Burroughs
Conquerors: How Portugal Forged the First Global Empire, by Roger Crowley
Boss Life: Surviving My Own Small Business, by Paul Downs
And Still I Rise: Black America Since MLK: An Illustrated Chronology, by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Kevin M. Burke
Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry, by Paul Goldberger
Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town, by Jon Krakauer
Joy Ride: Show People and Their Shows, by John Lahr
Beast: Blood, Struggle and Dreams at the Heart of Mixed Martial Arts, by Doug Merlino
Embracing Cuba, by Byron Motley
Boundless: Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage, by Kathleen Winter

Audio CD
But What If We’re Wrong?, by Chuck Klosterman
Me Before You, by Jojo Moyes

Allegiant, with Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Jeff Daniels
Another Year on the Ground: Double Bull Archery
Another Year on the Ground: Over 70 Bowhunts
Foyle’s War, set 8, with Michael Kitchen, Honeysuckle Weeks and Daniel Weyman
Game of Thrones: The Complete First Season, with Sean Bean, Mark Addy, Nikolai Coster-Waldau and Michelle Fairley
Nights in Rodanthe, with Diane Lane, Richard Gere and Scott Glenn
The Revenant, with Leonardo Dicaprio and Tom Hardy
Rush Hour 2, with Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan

Young Adult
These Shallow Graves, by Jennifer Donnelly
Be-live-a-rex-ic, by J. J. Johnson
I’ll Give You the Sun, by Jandy Nelson
Your Voice Is All I Hear, by Leah Scheier
The Anatomy of Curiosity, by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton and Brenna Yovanoff


Charlie Joe Jackson’s Guide to Not Reading, by Tommy Greenwald
Dream On, Amber, by Emma Shevah

What Are the Summer Olympics?, by Gail Herman
Awesome Rocks, by Katy Lennon
The Real Princess Diaries, by Grace Norwich
Meteors, by Melissa Stewart
Human Body Theater, by Maris Wicks

Easy Readers
Star Wars: Star Pilot, by Laura Buller and Tori Kosara
Wonder Woman to the Rescue, by Courtney Carbone
Firefighter Rescue, by Trey King
Star Wars: The Story of Darth Vader, by Catherine Saunders and Tori Kosara
Dory’s Story, by Bill Scollon
A Year on the Farm, by Sue Unstead

Picture Books
Penelope Perfect, by Shannon Anderson
The Alphabet Song, retold by Steven Anderson
Down By the Station, retold by Steven Anderson
John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt, retold by Steven Anderson
Little Penguin Gets the Hiccups, by Tadgh Bentley
Friendshape, by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
There Is a Tribe of Kids, by Lane Smith
Worm Weather, by Jean Taft
Dad’s First Day, by Mike Wohnoutka

Audio Books
How To Fight a Dragon’s Fury, by Cressida Cowell
The Soccer Surprise, by David A. Kelly
Six Kids and a Stuffed Cat, by Gary Paulsen
By the Shores of Silver Lake, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
On the Banks of Plum Creek, by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Max and Ruby: Rainy Day Play
Max and Ruby: Summertime with Max and Ruby
Shrek Forever After, with Cameron Diaz, Antonio Banderas and Eddie Murphy
Zootopia, with Ginnifer Goodwin and Jason Bateman



New Books

for all ages


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