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movies, from games to puzzles, from a community meeting room to an art gallery, from programs of current interest to a historical reference collection - it's all here, its all free.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!
Introduction to Genealogy Program - 2pm-4pm -
April 10, April 24, May 15, May 29
The Library is pleased to announce a series of four family history seminars to be held in April and May in the Sandgate meeting Room from 2 to 4 p.m.
Part 1 (April 10) will cover what is family history, collecting family genealogy and where to find the information. Part 2 (April 24) is focused on how to organize your findings, charts and numbering methods, and software for genealogy. Part 3 (May 15) will focus on proving your family tree, and Part 4 (May 29) will present the need for sources, the use of DNA in family history, and tips on spending your genealogy money wisely.
The presenter for all seminars is Bill Budde, is a professional genealogist and curator of the Russell Vermontiana Collection that serves as the repository for history, family papers, and documents for Arlington, Sandgate, and Sunderland. Bill has extensive experience planning and presenting trainings and seminars on various aspects of genealogy and family history, is the coordinator of the Scottish Genealogy, History, and Culture seminars for the annual New Hampshire Highland Games and has presented throughout New England. He has worked at the Bennington Museum as library assistant in the research library, and as archival assistant in the curatorial department.
"Why I Love My Library" Essay Contest - enter by May 13
Martha's Book House - Opening for Season, Friday, May 20
Martha's Book House will be open for the 2016 season Friday, May 20 and continue every weekend through October. Quality used books of all types and topics for readers of all ages will be available at very modest prices. Specials will be offered each weekend! Because of the volume of books on hand, books are replenished weekly. Martha's Book House is located on historic Route 7A across from St James Church. All proceeds directly benefit the Martha Canfield Library.
The new hours are:
Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00 and
Sunday from 12:00 to 4:00
To donate books, drop them off at the front desk in the library. Books not accepted are: moldy and musty books, as well as encyclopedias, textbooks, National Geographic magazines, old reference books, outdated business books and Reader's Digest Condensed Books. It costs the library to get rid of these books, so please don't include them in your donation.
Celebrate Martha Canfield Library!
Sunday, June 5 at 2pm
May 2016 marks twenty years in our new library building. Come and celebrate our Past, Present and Future with us! There will be a short ceremony, exhibits of history and art, music and light refreshments. Special presenters will be Don Keelan, Bill Budde, Reeve Lindbergh and Vermont State Librarian Martha Reid.
Sunday Afternoon Series presents
More than Books: Libraries, Community and Historic Preservation - Sunday, September 4 at 2pm
Join preservationist and photographer William Hosley in examining almost two hundred years of American library history with a special focus on New England, including Vermont. Hosley notes, “At a time when few communities had art museums, historical societies, or other ways of preserving civic treasures, these libraries did it all…” This armchair examination of library history reminds us of the heritage and the states’ commitment of life-learning and broad social access to ideas.
Preschool Story Hour - Tuesdays at 10am-11am
held in the children's room
Come join us on Tuesdays for storytime for ages 3-6! Each week there will be stories, songs, finger play, and snacks. Everyone is welcome!
Fiber and More
Every 2nd and 4th 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 are flying; there's talk and laughter. Everyone is welcome, No registration reguired, just drop in.
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!
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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.