Adult and Teen Summer Programs

Every Wednesday at 3:30pm Move and Stretch with Susan Collinson

Every Thursday at 11am Mah Jongg

Summer Reading Kickoff Lawn Party  Saturday June 19th 10am We’re kicking off summer reading with a lawn party! We’ll have lawn games, popsicles, prizes, and more!  

Family STEAM Challenge Saturday June 26th 10am Tallest Tower Challenge. Use the materials provided to build the tallest tower. There will be prizes!

Must Free Speech Endure Hate Speech Tuesday June 29th 7pm The First Amendment prevents Congress from passing any laws that abridge the freedom of speech. But what does that actually mean? In this presentation, professor Meg Mott considers the history of speech laws in the United States, how states and municipalities have tried to curb offensive speech, and how the Supreme Court has ruled on those efforts.

Printmaking Wednesday June 30th 10 am Make your own prints using linoleum carving. 8 and up. (8 to 10 with an adult’s help)

Breeding Radicals Wednesday July 7th 7pm 

These little mushrooms are so cute! Needle Felt your own. 8 and up. (8 to 10 with an adult’s help, those needles are sharp!) 

Book Sale! July 8th – July 10th 10 am – 3pm 

Giant book sale! Pay what you’d like. All benefits go towards children’s books for the library. 

Of Wheelmen, the New Woman, and Good Roads Saturday July 17th 11am UVM professor Luis Vivanco explores the fascinating early history of the bicycle in Vermont, a new invention that generated widespread curiosity when it arrived here in the 1880s. 

Archer Mayor: Vermont Author Talk Friday July 23rd 6pm A former detective, EMT, firefighter, and ski patroller, Archer Mayor is currently a death investigator for Vermont’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. He loosely bases his highly acclaimed crime series, featuring detective Joe Gunther, on field experience.

The Chicago Tribune describes his novels as “the best police procedurals being written in America,” and The New York Times calls Mayor “the bossman on procedures” and “one of the most sophisticated stylists in the genre”. 

Family STEAM Challenge Saturday July 24th 10am Catapult Challenge. Use the materials provided to build the catapult that with the farthest launches. There will be prizes! 

Sew Your Own Tussuti Apron Saturday July 24th 10am Sew your own Tussuti Apron with Abby from Abby Huston Designs. Buy and cut your own fabric and Abby will instruct the class on how to make this amazing apron.

Please call or email the library to sign up – space is limited.

Vermont Suitcase Company Presents: Robin Hood Wednesday Tuesday July 28, 1:00pm What, you don’t know the story of Robin Hood and Maid Marian? The rascal Prince John who’s in charge while his brother King Richard is away fighting in the Crusades?

You know… The Merry Men, Friar Tuck, and Little John? Chippie the union-man and Fischer always sharpening his knife?

You know… The orphanage going under, and Friar Tuck always drunk on his own ale?

The Archery Contest?

The chases and heists?

Well, then I guess I should start at the beginning.

(Trumpets)

Vermont Raptors Wednesday August 4th 2:30pm Meet the birds of prey! Three to four live hawks, owls and falcons will come for a face-to-face exploration of what it takes to be a raptor. 

Family STEAM Challenge Saturday August 7th 10am Rubber Band Car Challenge. Use the materials (and instructions)  provided to build the fastest rubber band car. 

There will be prizes!

Comic Workshop Wednesday August 11th 2pm 

Join cartoonists Dan Nott and Daryl Seitchik for a workshop about using comics to explore the causes that are most important to you. Dan and Daryl will also be giving a tutorial on how we can use comics and simple drawings to express ourselves and the issues we care about – like fighting for equality and increasing awareness about climate change. 13 and up.

Tie Dye Party! Saturday August 14th 10am We’re tie dying outside. Everyone will get a t-shirt or you can bring whites from home. Please let us know you’re coming so we can make sure we have enough dye for all. 

Author Talk: Glenn Fay Wednesday August 18th 6pm Glenn Fay author of Vermont’s Ebenezer Allen: Patriot, Commando and Emancipator. 

Must Free Speech Endure Hate Speech?

June 29
7:00 pm

The First Amendment prevents Congress from passing any laws that abridge the freedom of speech. But what does that actually mean? In this presentation, professor Meg Mott considers the history of speech laws in the United States, how states and municipalities have tried to curb offensive speech, and how the Supreme Court has ruled on those efforts.

She’ll also discuss how speech fits into the life cycle of our democracy. While some argue that limits on speech are necessary for marginalized persons to feel welcome in the public sphere, others argue that the criminalization of speech serves the needs of the penal state more than the general public.

All arguments are welcome as we make full use of our reasoning powers to bring the First Amendment to life!

Meg Mott – After twenty years of teaching political theory and constitutional law to Marlboro College undergraduates, Meg Mott has taken her love of argument to the general public.

Breeding Radicals: The Importation, Refinement, and Exportation of Social Conflict in Early Vermont (1761 – 1861)

Present-day Vermont has a reputation for offering a peaceful break from the hectic stress of discord elsewhere. However, Vermont’s history doesn’t align with this perception.

In this lecture, Philip Crossman looks at the turmoil of early Vermont and examines how political, cultural, religious, and personal contentions were imported from older colonies, modified in Vermont, and then exported elsewhere. Join us outside, under the tent, Wednesday July 7th at 6pm.