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 Slow Birding.


Click here to register for Wolf Peaches.


Click here to register for Gardening for Pollinators.


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 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:  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

May Events

Thursday May 5th 3:30pm: Talavera Tile – Happy Cinco de Mayo! We’ll be learning about Cinco de Mayo and making traditional Talavera tile. 

Tuesday May 10th 6pm: Trustees Meeting – Join us, it’s fun!

Wednesday May 11th (6pm Optional Sit-Spot) 6:30 Talk: Bridget Butler, (aka Bird Diva), will share the practice of Slow Birding and how you can awaken your innate birding skills and reconnect with nature.

Thursday May 12th 3:30pm: Balloon Towers – Can you build a balloon tower using balloons and tape? Can you build the biggest balloon tower? 

Saturday May 14th 10am: Kite Making – South Hero has some of the best kite weather in the world! Make your very own kite with us.

Wednesday May 18th 6:30pm: Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour’s Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables – with Rebecca Rupp
Thursday May 19th 3:30pm: Space Lander Challenge – Can you build a safe space lander to save your aliens from being smooshed on landing? 

Friday May 20th 6pm to 8pm: Passion Project Exhibition –  Island teens have been working hard on their passion projects. Come and support our teens by talking with them about their projects in this science fair style exhibit. 

Saturday May 21st 10am – 12pm: Islands Job Fair – This event will host numerous employers to promote their summer jobs and career opportunities. 

Thursday May 26th 3:30pm: Floor is Lava! – Can you and your team survive the hot and deadly lava floor**!?

Friday May 27th 8:30pm: No Other Lake Screening – Join us for an outdoor screening of Jordan Rowell’s “No Other Lake”. Motivated by a desire to better understand his home watershed, Jordan Rowell embarks on a two week kayaking trip along the 120-mile length of Lake Champlain, stopping along the way to talk to a wide range of characters about the future of their shared basin. 

**No actual lava will be used for this event.