New Library Groundbreaking

The South Hero Library will break ground on a new, 5,500 square foot library at 260 US Rte. 2 at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2018. All are invited to join in the celebration.

“We are excited about the progress we have made in securing the support of our community,” said Ken Kowalewitz, head of the Library Board of Trustees and the South Hero Library Foundation. “Groundbreaking is possible in large part because of Dr. Edward Worthen, our major benefactor. Now we need to match his generosity with $165,000 to complete the $1.5 million funding to build the Library for our community. You can help put us over the top with your gift and ensure that our community has a well-equipped space. We have decided to begin construction because we are keenly aware of rising construction costs. This celebration of our new Library allows our summer as well as year-round residents to join in this important step in our history.”

Over $1.3 million has been raised from 200 donors: individuals, businesses and foundations. The campaign was initiated by a $500,000 pledge from the late Dr. Worthen. The new library will be a free-standing, fully accessible, energy efficient 5,500 square foot facility. The added space allows for increased programming and additions to the collection. Once completed, Library hours will increase from 24 to 40 hours a week. Planned new programming includes:

  • Reinstating preschool story hour and adding a play time for young children.
  • Providing home-schooled students with a place to meet, share curriculum, host book clubs, and research topics during regular school hours.
  • After school and evening study hours, book clubs, homework help for teens.
  • History lectures, book clubs, social activities such as maj jonng and drawing, film screenings and discussions during the day and evening for adults.
  • Providing a comfortable, accessible Community Room that groups can use during and outside of regular Library hours.
  • Providing a Maker Space to encourage creativity and entrepreneurism in children, teens and adults.

About the South Hero Library: For more information about Library programming, and the campaign, contact the Library Director, Keagan Calkins, at (802) 372-6209. You can make a donation to the campaign by stopping in the library, mailing a check or making a secure gift online at

12th Annual Vermont Author Talk

Join us as we welcome Sarah Healy for our 12th Annual South Hero Library Author Talk! Friday July 27th at 6pm

Ms. Healy lives in Vermont and is the author of three novels including The Sisters Chase.

“’The Sisters Chase’ is that rare thing, a slow burner that conceals its cunning and sneaks up on you unawares.” —New York Times

“Captivating—a fierce and unstoppable force of nature.” —Publishers Weekly

“This is the kind of book that you read late into the night, eyes heavy, and wake up thinking about until you’ve finally finished the last page.” —Chevy Stevens, author of Those Girls and Still Missing

“Sarah Healy’s novel, wise and fierce and bittersweet, broke my heart in all the best ways.  This is one you’ll want to pass along.” —Joshilyn Jackson, author of The Opposite of Everyone and gods in Alabama

The Sisters Chase is exquisitely written and full of surprises, love and loss; it is clearly the work of a writer at the top of her game.” —Jennifer McMahon, author of The Night Sister

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 5 and under fill out a grand prize form for every 5 books you read. For kids 6 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 17th 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!


All events are completely free and open to the public and last approximately 1 hour  (camps longer, as noted)

BACKPACK THEATER Saturday June 23, 1:00 pm –Theater brings their superb skill and energy to South Hero! Tap into your imagination and enjoy a true literary experience with their renditions of The Emperor’s Nightingale and  Beauty and the Beast. All Ages.

ORIGAMI ROCKS Thursday June 28, 10am – All welcome to join us as we explore origami that rocks in unexpected ways. We will make fun and easy models. Ages: 6 to Adult

SAWMILL STUDIOS July 9 through 13, 9:00 am to 10:30 am – Come join in the fun in this enrichment summer camp! In this program, campers will learn safe operation of woodworking hand tools, materials, and techniques. First time students will build a toolbox then join returning students building their choice of about 40 projects. All tools and materials are provided and no previous experience is necessary! Entering Grades 1 – 6, sign-up required and space is limited.

FOSSILS Thursday July 12, 10am – Explore the world of fossils! We’ll be making fossils to take home, creating fossil ID charts, fossil stamp books, and a hands-on fossil table for children to explore Vermont fossils and fossils from around the globe. All Ages.                                                                                                                                                 

BUILD A BETTER WORLD WITH MAGIC! with Tom Joyce Tuesday July 24, 10:00 am Tom Joyce is back for another year with one of his amazing magic shows! New books and new tricks, all in one exciting event! Always a crowd favorite! Ages 4 and up.

OWLS OF VERMONT with Southern Vermont Natural History Museum Wednesday July 25, 2pm – his birds of prey program focuses on the raptor night shift. The adaptations that make owls the supreme hunters of the night is the focus with an exploration into the various species that call the Northeast home.  We’ll bring live owls, touchable artifacts and interactive demonstrations to make this an unforgettable presentation. Ages 4 to adult.

LIGHTS! CAMERA ACTION! FILM CAMP July 30 – August 3, 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.

ROCKING IT WITH PAN PIPES Thursday August 2, 10 am Join Mr. K of Exordium to make your own 3 tone panpipe from invasive Japanese Knotweed and learn how to tie the knots that will hold the tubes together. Participants will have a decorated instrument to take home that will produce notes and look like the native Inca instruments.

HENNA with Bess Perry Tuesday August 7, 10 am Learn all about the beautiful art of henna, get your own henna tattoo, and take home a henna cone of your own. Ages 4 and up. Sign-up required and space is limited.

END OF SUMMER READING PARTY Friday August 17, 10 am – Mike and the Big Blue Trunk is back for our end of summer reading party! Held outdoors weather permitting with ice cream, lemonade, and balloon animals for everyone! All Ages.


Vermont Reads

Vermont Reads 2018

Welcome to Vermont Reads: Bread and Roses, Too

Friday June 8th 5:30 to 7:30: Kick-off dinner at the Congregational Church. Join us to eat food from the book and pick up your copy to read for the summer!

breadRosesWeb091117All summer long: Look on your favorite trails in South Hero for a StoryWalkTM  featuring picture books related to Bread and Roses, Too. 

Every Friday starting June 29th 11am Film Series: Watch a documentary or movie related to Bread and Roses, Too. (We cannot put the title of the movies in the paper in order to be in accordance with the library’s movie license).

Wenesday July 25th at 6:30pm Solidarity Forever: Songs of Unions and Labor: For centuries, working people have used songs to express protest and hope and as an organizing tool. In the U.S., the I.W.W (or Wobblies), which led the 1912 Bread and Roses strike, was especially known for its rousing and satirical songs, including the anthemic “Solidarity Forever.” Using live and recorded music, Mark Greenberg surveys American labor songs from the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, through the Wobblies, and into the coal wars of the 1930.

Thursday August 2nd Starting at 8:30am Barre Field Trip: The last half of the book takes place in Barre, Vermont, where author Katherine Paterson lived for many years. Known as the “Granite Capital of the World”

Wednesday August 8th 6:30pm Book Discussion: We will be discussing Bread and Roses, Too in the library. Snacks and light refreshments provided.  VTREADS2018LogoWeb091917

“Ladies” Drawing Night

Great news everyone! Ladies Drawing Night is now a weekly event! Join us every Tuesday night at 6:30 pm for an informal gathering to make art with friends and neighbors. Bring in your own materials or use the library’s. Every week will have a different theme, please call or email the library if you would like to know the theme ahead of time. Make Art, Get Inspired, Join the Party!