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movies, from games to puzzles, from a community meeting room to an art gallery, from programs of current interest to a historical reference collection - it's all here, its all free.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!
At the Canfield Gallery through September
The current Invitational Exhibition at The Canfield Gallery is now scheduled to continue in through September. This show features the work of five successful area artists who work in different styles and media — making for a very exciting viewing. The artists are Judith Kniffin (oil; strong flower motifs) from North Bennington, Jessica Putnam-Phillips (nationally recognized ceramicist) from Arlington, Ellen Questel (soft pastel, close-up landscapes) from West Arlington, Mallory Rich (pastels of sand dunes, oils of seascapes, landscapes and flowers) from Sandgate, and George Van Hook (nationally recognized oil painter whose subjects are area farmscapes) from Cambridge, NY.
Sunday, September 27 at 2pm - What's the Use of Stories That Arent't Even True by Salman Rushdie
This outstanding broadcast that was shown last year will be repeated.
Internationally renowned author Salman Rushdie talks about the importance of stories in a special Vermont Humanities Council event held at Burlington's Ira Allen Chapel. The talk was presented with the Office of the President, University of Vermont.
Preschool Story Hour - Tuesdays at 10am
Come join us on Tuesdays for storytime for ages 3-6! The August theme is "Weather" and the September theme is "Things that Go". Each week there will be stories, songs, finger play, and snacks.
Sunday, October 4 at 2pm - Mad Matt the Democrat by Vince Feeney
UVM historian Vince Feeney offers this compelling portrait of indentured servant, Green Mountain Boy, son-in-law to Thomas Chittenden, land speculator and entrepreneur Matthew Lyon, one of the most colorful characters in Vermont's early years. Perhaps best remembered for his imprisonment under the Alien and Sedition Acts and his subsequent re-election to Congress while in jail, his life not only exemplified the promise of our new nation, but also reflected the political tensions of the times. Sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council.
Sunday, October 18, 2pm-5pm - The 2nd Annual Dessert Party and Auction
Join us for a party with yummy desserts and unbelievably fantastic items up for auction. There will be live music, door prizes and lots of fun. Tickets are $10.00 and are now available at the library and Martha's Book House, Rt 7A, in Arlington.
Sunday, November 1 at 2pm - We're Not Making This Up
Ever wonder what the story behind the story is? Hear mystery writers talk about what goes on behind the scenes at this panel discussion with Sisters In Crime authors Connie Johnson Hambley, Ellen Larson and Nancy Means Wright.
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.
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.