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

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!

Mah Jongg

Join us every Thursday at 3:00pm for Mah Jongg. Starting September 14th.

Mah Jongg (or Maahj, as it is often called) is a fascinating, rummy-like game played with tiles rather than cards. The game originated in China but its exact origins are shrouded in story and myth. Some claim it was the game of Chinese royalty, played in secret to keep the knowledge to themselves. Others claim it was invented by a Chinese General to amuse his troops during long months of battle. More recent investigations point to early versions of this popular tile game appearing as recently as 150 years ago in China as a variant of card games. Whichever story you choose, there is general agreement that the game we play and love originated in China, and popularized in the United States by Joseph Babcock at the beginning of the 20th century.