Children’s Services

Red Clover Book Bags

The Red Clover List is Vermont’s own children’s choice award for books aimed at kindergarten – third graders. To create the list, a committee of librarians and teachers nominate just ten of the vast number of picture book and “young” non-fiction titles published that year. Voting by children for their favorite book takes place the following April. Click here for the list of nominees with annotations.

We’re circulating our copies in “kits” – each of the ten titles is in a Book Bag with four or five other related books and a small art project. Email, call, or send a Facebook message to quickly borrow a bag via “curbside” (back door) pickup. Let me know when ready for a new set, and I’ll keep track of which ones you haven’t yet borrowed.

Tree of Remembrance (Virtual program for all ages)

If ever there were a time calling for more light, it is now. Thanks to the generosity of several local families, the Castleton Tree of Remembrance will be lit on Friday evening, Dec. 11, 2020 at 6:00 pm. We are thrilled that this long tradition, a partnership between the Castleton Woman’s Club and Castleton Free Library, will continue this year (although in a new form), once again helping to light up Main Street.

While the new lights are real, the Tree Lighting Program will be virtual. Please, for everyone’s safety, gather with your family (or just yourself) around a computer screen rather than in person, fix a cozy beverage & some cookies, and enjoy this community celebration. We’ll broadcast via Facebook Live (see links below): a few words and carols at the outside tree, 500 LIGHTS, and then holiday storytelling for all ages inside at the fireplace.

Spread light, joy, remembrances, and the spirit of giving – like the lights on this tree, small things, when linked together, have a powerful impact. Each colored bulb represents a loved one or special person, particularly those impacted by the pandemic. (#VTLightsTheWay)

If you wish, please make a small donation to the Castleton Woman’s Club in honor of your special people. We have paper forms at the library, or you may simply send names of honorees with a check in any amount directly to the Castleton Woman’s Club (Charlotte Capron, 201 Norton Ave., Poultney VT 05764) for their scholarship fund. Include your name and contact information. Donations must be received by Dec. 31 to appear in local papers.

How to access the Tree Lighting program:

For those of you without Facebook accounts, you should be able to access the program at this link: https://www.facebook.com/castletonfreelibrary/posts/10158676352629070 beginning at 5:55 Friday evening.

Or try https://www.facebook.com/castletonfreelibrary/live/
which should link to all of our live content, including the Friday morning Story Hour archive.

Sometimes these things can be glitchy. Call (468-5574), email, or send a FB message if you have questions. If you can’t attend the Live event for any reason, the program will be archived on our Facebook page with links here.

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