Upcoming Events

ECHO LAKE AQUARIUM AND SCIENCE CENTER- If you’re headed to Burlington bring this pass along with you for the reduced admission of $4 per person for up to four people.  Call or e-mail to check availability or to reserve.  For more information about ECHO, check out echovermont.org


 First and Third Thursdays of every month from 1:00-3:00- Rug Hooking.  Are you a rug hooker or just want to check out what it’s all about? Join them with your equipment and materials or bring your questions, curiosity and respect for such a beautiful art!  All ages and abilities welcome.  Free and open to the public.

Fourth Wednesday of the month at 6:30- Waterford Historical Society.  There are many projects and discussion topics being tackled by this group.  Everything from barns, to cemeteries, school houses to roads- one thing is for certain you will walk away from a meeting having learned more than you walked in with!  Join them to learn or share, or just listen.  All are welcome.  Check out their blog for more information.

Wednesday, July 19th at 6:00- Women’s Self Defense Class.  Join us as Lt. James Hemond leads a class on women’s self-defense. The third in the series of classes, we will partner up and learn how to physically defend ourselves.  Future dates and topics TBD based upon interests and needs of the group.  Come to one or come to all classes.  All sessions are free and open to the public!  NOTE:  Previous classes have taken place in the Community Room on the lower level of the Waterford Congregational Church (across from the library). Due to the growing class size, our location may change.  Check back here for details or call 802-748-4609.

Tuesday, July 25th at 6:30- Book Club. “Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant That Ever Lived” by Ralph Helfer.  Spanning several decades and three continents, Modoc is one of the most amazing true animal stories ever told. Raised together in a small German circus town, a boy and an elephant formed a bond that would last their entire lives, and would be tested time and again; through a near-fatal shipwreck in the Indian Ocean, an apprenticeship with the legendary Mahout elephant trainers in the Indian teak forests, and their eventual rise to circus stardom in 1940s New York City. (-Amazon review) All are welcome, books are available at the library.

Children’s Summer Reading Program- every Friday at 10:00 in July

Summer Reading Programs are free and open to all. We’ll read books and have activities for all ages and abilities with a light snack at the end!

Friday, July 7th at 10:00- Vermont Raptors with the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum. Meet the birds of prey! Three to four live hawks, owls and falcons will come for a face-to-face exploration of what it takes to be a raptor. Their role in the environment and history with humans can help us learn from the past and help us build a better world for the future. The optional slideshow enhances the program with a wider range of species and topic possibilities. This program is possible thanks to funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

NEW- JUST ANNOUNCED!  Friday, July 14th at 10:00-   CLiF Story Teller Event! Join us as a story teller from the Children’s Literacy Foundation visits to tell stories, read aloud from books, and share a love of words, reading, and writing. Every child who participates chooses two brand new books to keep!

Friday, July 21 at 10:00- Forensic Science. It’s time to turn the library into a forensic lab!  Owl pellets, dinosaur footprints and real animal bones will be on hand to observe.  Can you identify who the bones used to belong to?  Can you determine which dinosaur left footprints in our clay?  How did those animal bones get into the owl pellets? And what is an owl pellet, anyway?! We’ll break out magnifying glasses, scientific instruments and more as we use our observation skills to learn how scientists do their jobs.

Friday, July 28 at 10:00- 3,2,1 Launch! Psst…have you ever heard about the great Marshmallow Incident?  “It happened so long ago, most people don’t remember….” Join us as we learn all about it, create marshmallow launchers and play “Minute to Win It” games to close out Summer Reading Program of 2017!

Discussion Series:  Seminal Statements of American Values

 Founding documents and landmark speeches help us to understand America’s operating principles and values – what they mean, how well we practice what we preach, and what relationship words have to action in good times and bad.

 Join us as Alan Berolzheimer leads us in discussion about five of the most pivotal speeches and documents in American history.

Declaration of Independence- August 22nd at 6:30

Constitution of the United States- September 9th at 6:30

Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address- October 4th at 6:30

FDR, The Four Freedoms- October 24th at 6:30

Martin Luther King, Jr., I Have a Dream- November 8th at 6:30

Documents will be available to the public two weeks prior to each program.  If you would like to reserve copies please contact the library.  Programs will begin with a brief historical background of each document followed by group discussion of the relevance of each in today’s world. This discussion series is made possible with grant funding through the Vermont Humanities Council.

 Alan Berolzheimer has directed the book publishing program of the Vermont Historical Society since 1998. He is also the project historian and assistant director of The Flow of History, a Teaching American History program providing professional development activities to Vermont teachers. Alan received a Ph.D. in 20th-century U.S. History from the University of Virginia in 1996.


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