Winter Wednesdays

Feb 22 VT Food System Panel: What’s happening with food and farming in our region No registration required

Join farmers, business owners, and food access professionals to discuss our local food system and to learn more about the food that is being grown, sold, distributed, donated and enjoyed in our region. This panel brings together a wide range of expertise and knowledge about farming, food and food access that is sure to create lively and fruitful conversation about the current state of the food system and hopes for the future.

March 1st Make Your Own Kimchi* Class size is limited. Sign up Here.

Kimchi is an amazing ferment that can spice up any meal. We’ll discuss basic rules, tips and tricks of fermentation with a focus on kimchi, then test them out by making your own custom (vegan) kimchi to take home.

This class is great for the complete novice, the beginning fermenter who might have a few questions based on their experience, and those looking to add a skill to their kitchen arsenal.

March 15th Backyard Chickens No registration required

Raising backyard chickens is an great way to become more self-sufficient, raise your own healthy food source, and have a flock of lovable new pets. Besides producing quality eggs to eat and share, raising chickens can be an enjoyable pastime for youth and adults alike. Natalie’s presentation will answer all your backyard chicken questions and give you the confidence to start your own flock.

March 29th Craft Cocktail Making* Class size is limited. Sign up Here.

Join local mixologists Matt and Christie Farkas for a craft cocktail-making demo! During this hands-on event we will focus on using local, seasonal ingredients wherever possible while developing an appreciation for the creative professionals who bring these ingredients from farm to glass. Participants will learn to prepare and combine crafty syrups, garnishes and more using fruits, herbs & spices. 

Matt and Christie also like a challenge, so they are encouraging everyone to bring their own ‘secret ingredient’, i.e. something they want to learn how to incorporate into a cocktail. Think herbs, barks, flowers, berries, or really any exotic ingredients. It could be juniper berries from your backyard or dried herbs from last year’s garden, let’s see if they can make a drink out of anything!

The option to make non-alcoholic cocktails is also available. 21+ ONLY. Space limited. Please RSVP to learn more and reserve your spot.

April 12th*5pm*Handmade Pasta* Class size is limited. Sign up Here.

Get in touch with your inner pasta chef at this hands-on pasta making (and eating!) demonstration with Gloria Ruvalcaba, owner of Grand Isle Pasta. For beginner and experienced cooks alike, during this class you will learn all the steps to make your very own delicious pasta from scratch. Gloria is an amazing chef and this is not one to miss! Please bring your own rolling pin if you have one. We will have extra on hand for anyone who needs one. Space limited. Please RSVP to learn more and reserve your spot .

April 19th The Most Costly Journey: Migrant Farm Workers in Vermont No registration required

In 2021 the Vermont Folklife Center published The Most Costly Journey: Stories of Migrant Farmworkers in Vermont Drawn by New England Cartoonists, our Vermont Reads choice for 2022. The book consists of English language comics created by the El Viaje Más Caro Project, a health care outreach effort of the Open Door Clinic and University of Vermont Extension Bridges to Health that uses comics as a tool to address the overlooked mental health needs of Latin American migrant workers in Vermont.In this presentation, Julia Grand Doucet from the Open Door Clinic will provide an overview of the goals of the El Viaje Más Caro Project, the collaborative methods that define its approach, and insight into the lives and experiences of the workers whose labor supports the continued viability of dairy farming in Vermont.

February Events

Wednesday February 1st 9:30pm – 11:30: Island Quilting Group – We’ll be quilting in the library every 1st and 3rd Wednesday. 

Thursday February 2nd 3:30pm: After-School STEM – LEGO Challenge

Tuesday February 7th 6pm: Trustees Meeting

Wednesday February 8th 12pm: Movie Matinee – We’re watching the Oscar nominated films from this year. This week we’ll be watching “Tár”. 

Wednesday February 8th 12pm: Cooking the Books – This month we’ll be cooking from “Black Food” 

Thursday February 9th 3:30pm: After-School STEM – Microscope time! We’ll be looking at new slides under our microscopes. 

Saturday February 11th 10am: Make Your Own Valentines with Heidi

Wednesday February 15th 9:30pm – 11:30: Island Quilting Group – We’ll be quilting in the library every 1st and 3rd Wednesday. 

Wednesday February 15th 12pm: Movie Matinee – We’re watching the Oscar nominated films from this year. This week we’ll be watching “Banshees of Inisherin”. 

Wednesday February 15th 6pm: Book Club – This month we’ll be reading Octavia Butler’s “Kindred”.
Thursday February 16th 3:30pm: After-School STEM – Dance Dance Revolution. We’ll be making our own Dance Dance Revolution games with Makey Makey!

Saturday February 18th 10am: Book Folding – Create your own beautiful book art. 

Monday February 20th: The Library will be closed for President’s Day

Tuesday February 21st 6:30 pm: Conservation Commission – All are welcome to join the Conservation Commission

Wednesday February 22nd 12pm: Movie Matinee – We’re watching the Oscar nominated films from this year. This week we’ll be watching “Everything Everywhere All at Once”. 

Wednesday February 22nd 6pm: Winter Wednesday VT Food System Panel: What’s happening with food and farming in our region

Wednesday March 1st 6pm: Winter Wednesday Make Your Own Kimchi. Class size is limited please sign up here. 

Thursday March 2nd 6:30pm: South Hero Historical Society Presents: “Night at the Museum”

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: 

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 to let us know that you are participating 
  2. Submit your project no later than 6pm Friday, May 12th, 2023, 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 19th, 2023, from 5pm to 7pm, 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! 

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