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movies, from games to puzzles, from a community meeting room to an art gallery, from programs of current interest to a historical reference collection - it's all here, its all free.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!
Reserve this Date!!!
Sunday, October 5, 2pm -
Dessert Party & Silent Auction
October 5th is a date to mark on your calendar, right now! The library will be holding a dessert party with yummy yummy yummy desserts and unbelievably fantastic items up for auction. Keep checking back here - or on our facebook page - for photos of items that will be up for auction, and other details. But mark the date now, you won't want to miss it. Great items have been coming in - gift certificates for dinners at local restaurants, plays at nearby playhouses, weekends away, massages, and wonderful items such as autographed major league baseballs, original art, crystal decanters, antique china, and more.
Tuesday, Septermber 23, 7 pm -
Bob Sugarman reads from his novel "Deadman's Float".
Praise for Deadman's Float:
"The author pushes us off a raft on Tuesday, gives us dozens of reasonable suspects and by Saturday, with fun flic and lit references, wraps it all up. Sugarman is a keeper."—Carleton Carpenter, Former Treasurer of Mystery Writers of America
"Deadman's Float opens with a single cold body stashed under a raft; then, like a waterfall, it rollson downstream, gathering offbeat characters, bodies, clues. You'll love the engaging Miss Marple-like sleuth, the wry, witty dialogue, perceptive prose, and intricately drawn characters—each with singular dreams, quirks, and motives for murder.
Saturday, September 27, 3 pm -
David Gladstone presents "Carving A Niche For Himself"
Was the obscure Italian American immigrant who served as chief carver of the Mount Rushmore National Memorial from 1933 through 1940 possibly denied posterity due to his heritage?
That's the interesting, albeit controversial, question posed in author Douglas J. Gladstone's new book, Carving a Niche for Himself; The Untold Story of Luigi Del Bianco and Mount Rushmore.
Tuesday, October 12, 7pm -
Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense by Rick Winston
Rick Winston returns to the library with another of his interesting discussions about movies. You'll have time to view some of these great old films before he comes. Mr. Winston's presentation is made possible by the Vermont Humanities Council through its Speakers Bureau Program.
Saturday, November 15, 3pm -
Board Games & The Art of Play by Martha Folsom
The American Library Association has designated November 15th as International Play a Game @ Your Library Day. Come and learn about some history of board games, the role New England has played in this field, the art of games as well as learning to play some fun, present-day. games
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.
At Norman's Attic and our float in the Sandgate July 4th Parade
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.
Interested in learning to make jewelry?
We are thinking of starting a beading group. If you are interested, please let us know what days and times would work for you. You can email, call or stop in to see us.
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 of flying, there's talk and laughter. Everyone is welcome, No registration reguired, just drop in.
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.
Children's Pre-School Storytimes (ages 3 - 6)
Wednesday Mornings at 10:30 in the Children's Room
1st Tuesday evening of each month at 6:30 ~ Pajama Story Time. Night time stories. Wear your pjs and bring your favorite stuffed animal or doll.
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.