South Hero Scholastic Chess Tournament

July 23rd, 2022 9:00 AM

Grades 5th-12th 2022-23

Location: Worthen Library, 28 Community Lane, South Hero

Format: Five Rounds. Swiss Pairing. two sections, 5-8 and 9-12, pairings by grades not rating. For more information please visit the Swiss Pairing explanation at

Entry Fee: $10 No day of tournament entry.

For more information and to register please email Please include the participant’s name and grade. Please let me know if you are going to Venmo the entry fee to @Katherine-Hayward-2, or mail a check to Samuel Hayward 587 West Shore South Hero, VT 05486

June Events

**For the Month of June we’ll be accepting books in good condition for our book sale**

Thursday June 2nd 3:30pm: 
Bubble Art – We’ll be making art with bubbles and straws

Thursday June 9th 3:30pm: Paracord Bracelets – Amazing, powerful, colorful bracelets 

Tuesday June 14th 6pm: Trustees Meeting – Join us, it’s fun!

Wednesday June 15th 6:30pm: Gardening for Pollinators with Charlie Nardozzi – What should you plantto attract pollinators to your yard and garden?What do pollinators need for shelter, nesting sites, and habitat? Learn about all aspects of growing and maintaining a pollinator garden with Emmy award-winning, nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, radio and television personality Charlie Nardozzi.

Saturday June 18th 10am: Puppet Kabob & Summer Reading Kickoff! – Sarah from Puppetkabob will be helping us kick off summer reading by making puppets.

Wednesday June 22nd 2pm: 802 Reptiles – We’ll learn all about reptiles and get to see 6 live animals.
Wednesday June 22nd 6pm: Book Club – This month we’re reading “The Thursday Murder Club” by Richard Osman. Pick up your copy in the library today!

Thursday June 23rd 5pm: Let’s Go Fishing – Want to learn to fish? Want to improve your fishing skills? The Worthen is sponsoring Vermont Fish & Wildlife’s Lets Go Fishing clinic that will give you hands on experience and the confidence and skills to go fishing on your own. Location: Lower Lamoille River Access Area Class size is limited. Registration Required.

Friday June 24th 10am: Messy Morning – Fingerpainting! Jello! Shaving cream! We’ll be getting messy and having fun with all our best sensory play.

Saturday June 25th 10am: Rock Candy – Make your very own rock candy to take home with you!

Wednesday June 29th 10am: Tie Dye Party- We’re tie dying outside. Everyone will get a t-shirt or you can bring whites from home.

Wednesday June 29th 6:30pm: Michael Freed-Thall – Vermont’s own nationally-known author Michael Freed-Thall presents his latest book, Horodno Burning, a love letter to literature, freedom, and Jewish survival set in turbulent 19th century Russia.

Worthen Summer Speaker Series

Pre-registration for all events is encouraged.

Pre-registration for the Let’s Go Fishing Event is required.

Click here to register for Let’s Go Fishing!

Click here to register for Horodno Burning.

Click here to register for the Vermont Author Talk.

Click here to register for Ed Weed Fish Culture Station.

Click here to register for The Last Letter

Click here to register for memory Landscapes.

Click here to register for 33 Years of Influencing.

Geologic History & Hydrology of Lake Champlain.

The First Arsenal of Democracy: “High-Tech” in the Connecticut Valley, 1795-1900

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 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