Welcome to the Martha Canfield Library
From board books for the toddlers to large print books for seniors, from the latest best sellers to the classics, from fiction to non-fiction, from study tables to computers and video-conferencing (coming soon), from audio books to movies, from games to puzzles, from a community meeting room to an art gallery, from programs of current interest to a historical reference collection - it's all here, its all free. Come and enjoy!
Memoir Writing Workshop, Saturday, April 29 from 10am-2pm
The workshop will be led by accomplished local author Ellen Perry Berkeley. Ellen will start with helpful hints and with answers to all questions. Participants will then work on a writing exercise and, if desired, will share these for gentle critiques from others. Everyone who attends this lively and enjoyable workshop will leave with new skills and new confidence for a memoir of their own – a project that has often been postponed.
This workshop is free and open to the public, but space is limited, so please register in advance at the Library. Plan to bring your lunch; beverages and dessert will be provided.
First Wednesday - Lego Building for April, May, June
For grades K and up. On April 5, May 3 and June 7, the Martha Canfield Library will host Lego Building in the Youth Room from 3:00-4:30. A variety of Lego Challenges will be presented each month for students to be creative and attempt the task on each of the challenge card. Lego creations can then be displayed in the Youth room until the next month’s program. Join us!
Nancy Calicchio Gallery Reception, Friday, May 5 at 4pm
Art Talk: Alchemy & Art, Saturday, May 13 at 2pm
Join us for an art talk with Ellen Questel. All are welcome!
Martha's Book House opens for 2017 season on Friday, May 26
Martha's Book House (on 7A across from St. James Church) will open for the season Friday, May 26 and continue every weekend through the end of October. Freshly stocked, quality used books in all categories are offered at very modest prices. Each weekend there will specials on a selected group of books. Book House hours are Fridays and Saturdays, 10:00 to 4:00, and Sundays, 12:00 to 4:00. Special holiday hours will be announced.
A special treat is in store for our customers this year! An all volunteer staff will be there to help you take advantage of this great used book sale for summer reading or gift giving. All proceeds benefit the Martha Canfield Library. Martha's Book House is located on Route 7A in Arlington, VT, across from the St. James Church. Call 802-375-6153 for more information.
Toddler Storytime - Thursdays, 10am
We invite children ages 18 months to 3 years and their parents or caregivers to our new toddler storytime with age appropriate songs, fingerplays, stories and activities.
Preschool Storytime - Tuesdays, 10am
Come join us for storytime for ages 3-6! There will be stories, songs, and more.
New Groups Wanted!
If you are interested in starting a new group such as adult coloring, book discussion, stamp collecting or any other topic, stop in and talk with Phyllis. We'll see if anyone else in interested in meeting at the Library to share your interest!
Join our Newsletter
When donating books to the library, please remember these guidelines. The books must be clean. We can not take books with mildew, mold or water damage. It costs the library money to dispose of these book,s so please do not include them. Drop your donations off at the front desk at the library. Please do not leave them outside at the door. If you cannot bring the books during library hours, we can arrange to pick them up for you.
Give yourself, a good friend, or family a MCL Tote Bag to carry your books in and support the library!
What's in your bag? These large canvas totes are available at the front desk. They have a front packet and zipper closure and they will hold lots of books. The cost is $15. Your gift will delight them and help support the library at the same time!
for all ages
Click to see updated lists
The Russell Collection
The Russell Collection is a valuable resource whether you are a historian researching Arlington's past or someone tracing family roots. Your financial help for this important collection is needed. Please consider earmarking part of your donation to the library for The Russell Collection.
Are You Interested
Learn a Language
Now you can learn a new language with the Mango program. This language learning program is yours for FREE through the Martha Canfield Library. Use the link on the right, and the barcode number on your MCL card.
Take a Class
Universal class is a new learning program available through the Vermont Department of Libraries which offers over 500 classes online. You can find the the link at the right of this page. To register you will need to enter a library membership ID that includes part of your library card barcode number. The password format is 2VSNA900XXXXXX, just replace the six X's with the last six characters of your barcode.
Databases for Research
The Vermont Online Library is an online database of periodical articles, many in full-text, and online reference, as well as a health module, a business module and reference material for kids of all ages. Your library card barcode is the password.
America's News Magazine helps you find topics of current interest and gives access to Newsweek, Popular Science, Field & Stream, Mother Earth News, Science Illustrated, Smithsonian and more.
The Bennington Banner gives access to articles from 12/18/2003 to present.
The Rutland Herald gives access to articles from 09/30/1999 to present.
Historical newspapers are available on the Library of Congress Chronicling America website.