Adult Events

September Events

Thursday September 1st: The library will close at 4pm

Monday September 5th: The library will be closed for Labor Day.

Wednesday September 7th 6pm: Planning Commission – Help refiine a vision for South Hero’s two village zoning districts: South Hero Village and Keeler Bay at a visioning workshop. 

Monday September 12th 1pm: Crafternoon – Heidi’s weekly craft is now live and in person at the library! Each week Heidi will have a new craft and in person instruction. 

Monday September 12th 4pm: Community Yoga with Tree House Yoga and Wellness – Join Thereza “Tree” Cononi for a free yoga class open to all!

Tuesday September 13th 6pm: Library Board of Trustees Meeting – Join us to give your input on library happenings. 

Wednesday September 14th 6pm: Book Group – This month we’re reading “The River” by Peter Heller. Pick up your copy at the library today. 

Saturday September 17th: Fairy Tale Festival – The Islands libraries will be in Killington, VT celebrating fairy tales of all kinds. Look for Keagan at the Island’s Star Wars booth!

Monday September 19th 1pm: Crafternoon – Heidi’s weekly craft is now live and in person at the library! Each week Heidi will have a new craft and in person instruction. 

Wednesday September 21st 11am: Tech Class: Podcasts – How to podcasts work? What are some great podcasts? These are just a couple of questions we’ll answer in this free class. Bring in your device and leave chock full of wonderful listens.

Wednesday September 21st 6:30pm: The First Arsenal of Democracy: “High-Tech” in the Connecticut Valley, 1795-1900 – Long before FDR called America “the Arsenal of Democracy,” gunmakers of the Connecticut River Valley were figuring out how to produce rifles and pistols in large quantities, using complex new machinery. The “high-tech” workers of their day, these innovators developed the methods and tools that would ultimately lead to American military might, as well as to mass-production and the consumer culture that we know today

Thursday September 22nd 3:30pm: After School Squishy Circuits: Squishy Circuits uses conductive and insulating play dough to teach the basics of electrical circuits, a perfect blend of play and learning!

Saturday September 24th 11am to 4pm: Green Mountain Timekeepers – Antiques Roadshow for clocks! If you would just like to learn about your time pieces or have questions like who may have made the clock or what year it was made? Is it an American, English, French or German clock etc.? How often should it be wound or serviced? They are here to try and answer any questions you may have.

Monday September 26th 1pm: Crafternoon – Heidi’s weekly craft is now live and in person at the library! Each week Heidi will have a new craft and in person instruction. 

Wednesday September 28th 11am: Tech Class: Ebooks and Audiobooks – Learn how to search for and download free ebooks and audiobooks through the library. 

Thursday September 29th 3:30pm: After School STEM Hydraulic Elevator: Make your own wooden elevator powered by hydraulics!

Friday September 30th & Saturday October 1st:  Drop your stuffy off at the Worthen Library Friday September 30th until 4pm at the library or with Ms. Mobley at Folsom. Then pick your stuffy up Saturday morning from 10am to 11am and watch a slide show of their adventures!

Worthen Passion Project

What is the Worthen Passion Project Challenge?

The Passion Project Challenge strives to celebrate and showcase the diverse interests of the young adults in our Island community. Participants will select a topic of interest and create a project to share with their fellow Islanders at the Library Exhibition in May. The Passion Project will award three winners each $500, with at least one of the prizes going to a 7th or 8th grader.

What are some examples of projects? 

We are hoping to be surprised by what our young Islanders can create. What are you excited about? What are you good at? What do you love? Your entry can be anything suitable to present to the community. Some ideas:  

  • A LEGO Creation 
  • A graphic Novel 
  • An Essay
  • A plan to take carbon out of the air
  • A choreographed dance
  • A piece of art
  • A Computer game
  • Rebuilding an engine
  • Volunteer work
  • A recipes
  • A plan for getting more E-bikes in South Hero
  • A lesson plan for teaching computers to seniors
  • A poetry recitation

If you are unsure, feel free to run your ideas by Keagan Calkins the Worthen Library Director:  worthenlibrary@gmail.com 

What does it cost? 

There is no cost to be a part of this challenge. 

Who can enter?

Grand Isle County residents currently in 7th to 12th grade. 

How do I participate? 

  1. Email the Worthen Library worthenlibrary@gmail.com to let us know that you are participating 
  2. Submit your project no later than 6pm Friday, May 13th, 2022, to the Worthen Library at 28 Community Lane, South Hero
    1. Projects must be submitted with a minimum two paragraph description of your project as well as a paragraph about how you will spend the prize money. 
  3. Attend the Passion Project Exhibition on Friday, May 20th, 2022, from 5pm to 8pm, where you will showcase your project to the review panel and the public. 

What else? 

This should be a new project, created especially for this challenge. This should be done as independently as possible, although it is understandable that parents or mentors may be needed for guidance, transportation, supplies,etc. Make this a reflection of you! 

Who decides the Winners? 

The review committee includes: 

Keagan Calkins, Ann Laughlin, Elle Reid and El Towle

– The Worthen Passion Project is funded by the South Hero Library Foundation

Winter Wednesdays

Natural Communities of the Islands with Liz Thompson

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 1:00 PM –  2:00 PM

REGISTER ONLINE FOR THE WEBINAR HERE

From the limestone cedar-pine bluffs at Round Pond State Park to the sand dunes of Alburgh Dunes State Park, join us for a virtual tour of rare and special natural communities of the Champlain Islands with local author and ecologist Liz Thompson.

But why do “Natural Communities” matter?  – In Vermont there are over 90 classified natural communities, and conservation organizations use them across the state to prioritize conservation efforts. They can also be used to find hotspots of biodiversity and/or places with rare and threatened species. Knowing the natural communities of your area can also be a rewarding way to deepen your connection with the land and the greater biological community of your area. 

During the presentation Liz will also tell us about the plants, animals, geology, soils and more that define some of the natural communities found here in the Islands, as well as tips for where to go to see examples of many of them up close!

Liz Thompson is the director of Conservation Science at Vermont Land Trust and co-author of Wetland, Woodland, Wildland: A Guide to Natural Communities of Vermont

The Winter Wednedays series is a partnership project of the Worthen Library and South Hero Land Trust. Funding made possible by members and donors of each organization. All events are free. All are welcome. Please email worthenlibrary@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns about accessing online content.


Murder in the Vermont Woods with Jill Mudgett

Wednesday, February 9, 2022 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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This presentation tells the story of an Indigenous man from southern New England who came to central Vermont during the late 19th century and was the victim of a murder. The story recreates community connections in a rural Vermont hill town.

It is a story about poverty, racism, disability, and gendered violence against women, but is also a story about Indigenous movement and choice despite great obstacles.

Jill Mudgett is a cultural historian with an interest in the connection between the people and the environment of northern New England.

The Winter Wednesdays series is a partnership project of the Worthen Library and South Hero Land Trust. Funding made possible by members and donors of each organization. All events are free. All are welcome. Please email worthenlibrary@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns about accessing online content.


The Clean Water Act at 50 with Susan Evans McClure

Wednesday, March 2, 2022 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

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2022 marks the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, the nation’s first comprehensive legislation protecting water quality. Life in the Champlain Valley has always been and continues to be deeply connected to the water of Lake Champlain. This monumental legislation expanded federal protection of the waters of the United States, paving the way for policies, protections and funding dedicated towards clean water. Subsequent amendments to the Act strengthened protections for Lake Champlain, creating the Lake Champlain Basin Program and helping to protect the water of the lake for generations to come. Susan Evans McClure will discuss the founding, the impact, and the legacy of this watershed legislation on our watershed.

Susan Evans McClure is the executive director of the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

The Winter Wednesdays series is a partnership project of the Worthen Library and South Hero Land Trust. Funding made possible by members and donors of each organization. All events are free. All are welcome. Please email worthenlibrary@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns about accessing online content.


“No Other Lake” Short Film – Sneak Preview and Q&A with Jordan Rowell & Duane Peterson

Wednesday, March 16, 2022 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

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In August 2021, UVM student Jordan Rowell began a two-week journey to kayak the entire 120-mile length of Lake Champlain. With local filmmaker Duane Peterson documenting the adventure, the pair conducted interviews to better understand the biggest challenges facing our basin and to explore our relationship with natural resources in the face of a changing climate. The two will present the making of the film, “No Other Lake,” share a sneak preview, and engage in a Q&A discussion about their film and what they learned in their endeavor.

Jordan Rowell is a UVM student majoring in Natural Resources and Duane Peterson is a local filmmaker and programming director for SunCommon’s Climate Action Film Festival

The Winter Wednesdays series is a partnership project of the Worthen Library and South Hero Land Trust. Funding made possible by members and donors of each organization. All events are free. All are welcome. Please email worthenlibrary@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns about accessing online content


Climate Change–global issues, community response with Indra Acharya, Judy Anderson, and Aaron Marcus

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 6:00 PM –  7:00 PM

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Climate change is a multi-faceted issue that requires a diversity of approaches to address. It impacts our natural environment, our relationships with the land, and our relationships with each other. This panel invites climate change professionals from different backgrounds–advocating for equity in climate change policy, studying plant and ecosystem responses, and working with communities on conservation strategies–to get together and share some of their work.

The speakers will present different perspectives on how climate change is impacting our region, some of the challenges it presents, what to expect, and what we can do on a community level to mitigate and adapt to the changing environment. We will then hold a Q&A and discussion on how their work intersects and how community members can best take action.

Indra Acharya (he/him) is a Winooski resident and member of Winooski Students for Antiracism (WSA) focused on policy and advocacy, involved in a CAP project working on climate change policy and income disparity.

Judy Anderson (she/her) works with nonprofit organizations through Community Consultants on practical strategic conservation initiatives, incorporating local communities, climate change, governance, and communications

Aaron Marcus (they/them) served for more than a decade as Assistant Botanist with the VT Department of Fish & Wildlife, and their work centers on Vermont’s rare and endangered plants and serving on VT Agency of Natural Resources’ DEI Committee

The Winter Wednesdays series is a partnership project of the Worthen Library and South Hero Land Trust. Funding made possible by members and donors of each organization. All events are free. All are welcome. Please email worthenlibrary@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns about accessing online content.