Daisy Turner’s Kin

Vermont folklorist Jane Beck shares the story of the Turner family, a multigenerational saga spanning two centuries, played out across three continents. The saga was related to Jane Beck by Daisy Turner, who had listened to her father, Alec Turner, recount stories of the family past.


Her captivating narrative covers the early 19th century British-African trade, shipwreck, birth of a biracial child, slave trading, enslavement, plantation life, escape, Civil War, moving north, battling racism, buying land and settling on a hilltop in Vermont that became a family center.

Daisy also shared her own life story, a powerful and rare account of the African American experience in New England from the 1880s forward.

Summer Reading!


SIGN UP at THE LIBRARY – You will get a reading record to keep track of the books you read and a bag of goodies including a certificate for a FREE CREEMEE at Seb’s Snackbar!


THEN WHAT? – There are three different age groups this summer, with three different grand prizes! For kids 6 and under fill out a grand prize form for every 5 books you read. For kids 7 to 12 fill out a grand prize form for every book your read. For kids 13 and up fill out a grand prize form for every 100 pages you read.


THE GRAND PRIZE – A name will be drawn August 15th at the Summer Reading Party to win the GRAND PRIZE for each age group. Remember, the more you read and visit the library, the more likely you are to win!

Backpack Theater


Backpack Theater brings their superb skill and energy to South Hero! Tap into your

imagination and enjoy a true literary experience with their renditions of Peter Pan and The Three Bears. All Ages.

Friday June 30th 2pm




Summer Passes

The library has the perfect pass for your summer plans!

Passes will be held until noon the day they are reserved. You can call up to a week in advance to reserve a pass. Passes are checked out for two days and are not renewable.

We have passes for:

Vermont State Parks

Shelburne Farms

Shelburne Museum

Echo Science Center

Maritime Museum

Island Line Bike Ferry

Billings Farm and Museum

Vermont’s History Museum

Vermont State Historic Sites


Summer Camps!

Please see our kid happenings page for a list of all our summer events.


LIGHTS! CAMERA ACTION! FILM CAMP July 31st – August 4th, 9 am until 12 pm – Learn about the equipment used to create television programming and create a short program to air on Lake Champlain Access Television. All participants will be taught how to operate a camera, direct a television program and digitally edit their work. Each child will receive a DVD of all of the projects completed during the camp. Ages 10 +. Sign-up required.

Basket Weaving


Saturday May 6th at 10am

Weave your own Garden Harvest Basket at the library. Alexa Rivera will be teaching us to weave these sturdy, useful baskets. The cost will be $55 per person and will take five hours to complete the weaving. Please call or email the library to reserve your spot.  We will have a light snack available at the halfway point.