Summer Learning 2021 "Tails and Tales"
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Tails, Tales, Tees, and Totes

The Mad River Valley Libraries are celebrating "Tails and Tales" for this year's Summer Learning Program. We asked our patrons to submit drawings of their favorite animal and received submissions across the animal kingdom: from salamanders to anglerfish to sperm whales to ferrets! These awesome entries were combined to create our second annual collaborative T-shirt (and now tote bag!) design. All proceeds will go toward future summer programming. Special thanks to the Friends of the Joslin Library for facilitating this fundraiser and to our artists: Charlotte, Emerson, Iris, Kasara, Lincoln, Luke, Lydia, Molly, Opal, Quinn, Scout, and Teddy. Use this form to preorder your tees and totes.

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The Caterpillar Lab

July 10, 12-3, Knoll Farm. Drop in anytime between 12-3 to visit with The Caterpillar Lab of Keene, NH and meet some little-known native critters. This event will feature a variety of New England caterpillar species with plenty to see and touch! Educators will teach about the often-misunderstood process of metamorphosis and tell incredible but true stories about the creatures’ strange and surprising adaptations. 

Vermont Wildlife with SVNHM

July 17, 1:00, Moretown Recreation Fields.  A variety of live animals will be on-hand to put a face to the challenges Northeastern wildlife must rise to meet. Southern Vermont Natural History Museum staff will bring furs, skulls and other artifacts for an exploration of our local fauna. Please register here.

Turtle Tales and Painted Scales

July 25, 3 pm, Warren Public Library lawn. Come to the library to hear turtle stories, then tell (and paint) your own! We'll decorate fabric "scutes" (turtle scales) to add to quilted "carapace" (turtle shell) for our libraries. You can make a scute story to take home, too. Register here.

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Creatures of the Deep

July 31, 10:00 am, Valley Animal Hospital pond.  Would you like to learn more about wildlife in wet environment? We'll visit a local pond with our nets and magnifiers to explore the curious life beneath the water. This outdoor family program is suitable for all ages. Please register here.

Outdoor Concert with A2VT -- Rescheduled to 8/15!

 On August 15 from 5:30-7 pm, the libraries have partnered with the Mad River Valley Rotary to bring the band "A2VT" to the Mad River Green in Waitsfield.  Representing Somalia, Tanzania and Burundi and currently living in Burlington, Vermont, A2VT synthesizes their native African musical and dance roots with Western pop and Hip Hop sensibilities. Their songs, performed in up to eight unique languages, reflect their journey from Africa to America, and celebrate the musical collision of two continents and the party that ensues! Bring a picnic dinner and don't forget your dancing shoes! Register here.

Special thanks to the Vermont Department of Libraries, the Mad River Valley Rotary, and our Friends organization for funding these summer events.