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movies, from games to puzzles, from a community meeting room to an art gallery, from programs of current interest to a historical reference collection - it's all here, its all free.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!
Holiday Basket Raffle begins Saturday, November 14
Beginning Saturday, November 14, it's time for the annual Holiday Basket Raffle! A sampling of themes will include All Occasion, A Child's Day, Gardening and many more. Baskets will be on display at the Library and in the Bank of Bennington and the Berkshire Bank in Arlington and raffle tickets will be available in all three locations. Tickets are $1.00 each or six for $5.00. Baskets have been generously donated by local organizations and businesses and the drawing will be held after Santa's visit in December.
Holiday Craft Show opens Saturday, November 14
The 17th Annual Holiday Craft Show of work by local artists and crafts people opens on Saturday, November 14. Many of our favorite exhibitors will be bringing items and lots of new exhibitors will have a variety of unique items on display. You can choose ornaments, pottery, costume jewelry, hats and scarves, bags and much more. If you want to find something different for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list, or reasonable stocking stuffers and moderately priced gifts, you will be able to find them here.
Sunday, November 29 at 2pm - Live Music with Harriet Welther
Join us for a wonderful interlude between Thanksgiving and the Holiday Season.
Preschool Story Hour - Tuesdays at 10am-11am
held downstairs in library meeting room
Come join us on Tuesdays for storytime for ages 3-6! The October theme is "Autumn Colors" and the November theme is "Animals." Each week there will be stories, songs, finger play, and snacks.
Playgroup for 5 and under - Thursdays, Oct 1-Nov 19 from 9:30am-11am
held downstairs in library meeting room
Come join us for a free playground for area children ages 5 and under. When children play, they explore their world, try out new ideas, and learn how to get along with others. Parents play a special role in their children's play. Come hear some helpful hints on how you can help your child's play develop. Snacks & stories are included!
The Martha Canfield Library Paint Drive
The Martha Canfield library needs a fresh coat of paint in the spring of 2016. Please help by contributing toward the purchase of paint. Paper "paint cans" will be posted with each donor's name. For more information, contact us.
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!
Fiber and More
Every 2nd Wednesday of each month from 1 - 3 pm, folks gather in the meeting room to work on their knitting, crocheting, or whatever strikes their fancy. The fabric and thread of flying, there's talk and laughter. Everyone is welcome, No registration reguired, just drop in.
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Geek our Library!
Get YOUR geek on! Drop in and find out what all the excitement is about. We want to know what YOU love to do. Our geek board is in the front lobby - add your interest to it.
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
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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.