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Summer Learning 2023 "All Together Now"

MRV Libraries at the Market!

Saturday, July 1, 9-1

Waitsfield Farmers Market


Stop by the Mad River Libraries’ table at the Farmer’s Market to learn about our fun, free, family-friendly summer learning events while you add to our community weaving project. Use our materials to weave on a frame loom or bring your own special fabric, ribbon, or natural item to weave in. Best for: All ages


Good Citizen Challenge

Wednesday, July 12th, 6pm

Warren Public Library

Monday, July 17th, 6pm

Moretown Library

Wednesday, August 2, 6 pm

Joslin Memorial Library

Created and sponsored by KidsVT, this Challenge asks participants to find the answers to some questions about their community, and to consider what we can do when we work together, the impact we can have and the messages we can send to each other about how we should act. We will focus on completing one of the challenges listed on the bingo card at each library session. Come to all three sessions and you'll be almost finished with one row!


 Finish a row of five activities and receive a Good Citizen sticker and patch, a pocket-sized U.S. Constitution, and an invitation to a fall reception at the Vermont Statehouse, with special recognition given to those who fill in their whole card. Best for: Elementary/Middle School


Ponding Together

Thursday, July 20, 10 am

White Horse Inn, Fayston (tentative)

Would you like to learn more about all the different critters that live together in the deep? We’ll visit a local pond with our nets and magnifiers to explore the curious life beneath the water. Best for: All ages

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Family Outdoor Movie Night

Friday, July 28th 7:30 pm

Doors open 6:30 pm 

Couples Field, Waitsfield

Bring the family and a picnic dinner for movie night under the Couples pavilion. We'll have a few chairs, but we recommend bringing your own folding chair or comfy cushion/blanket for sitting. We'll be showing the 60-minute PBS Nature episode "A Squirrel's Guide to Success."


Join some of the world’s top squirrel scientists who are making groundbreaking discoveries: from the brainy fox squirrel who can remember the location of 9,000 nuts, to the acrobatic gray squirrel whose tree-top leaps are the basis for new designs in robotics. See the world through the eyes of an orphan red squirrel called Billy as he grows up and develops all the skills he will need to be released back into the wild. Best for: All ages


Modern Pop Art Experience

Friday, July 7th 6-8pm (adult)

Saturday, July 8th 10am-12pm (children)

Joslin Memorial Library

Join artist Michael Albert for a hands-on artist talk and collage workshop, part of his cross country library tour. Albert is nationally known for making collage artworks from cereal boxes & other printed cardboard consumer brand packages. His work has been described as a cross between Pop Art, Cubism & Recycling! Best for: Adults (Friday); Elementary/Middle School (Saturday)

Funding provided by the VT Department of Libraries


Lawn Games

Saturday, July 15 2:00-5:00

Warren Public Library Lawn

Stop by the Warren Public Library to play lawn games, have fun with bubbles, and cool off with a popsicle. Best for: All ages


How to Be An Animal Adventurer


Join Susie Spikol, a naturalist at the Harris Center for Conservation Education in NH and author of The Animal Adventurer's Guide: How to Prowl for an Owl, Make Snail Slime and Catch a Frog Bare-Handed for this special event. Sharpen up your wildlife-watching skills and tune into the secret world of our local New England animals. Get your wild on and come to this program. Best for: Elementary

Funding provided by the VT Department of Libraries

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Circus Minimus One-Man Circus-in-a-Suitcase

Friday, August 4, 6 pm

Warren Town Hall

From Kevin O’Keefe’s suitcase an entire circus emerges: tent, band, lights, the boisterous ringmaster Steve Fitzpatrick, the officious Mervin Merkle, the incredible Bumbilini Family, the Magician to the Stars Clyde Zerbini, and Keefer–an innocent trying to run away and join the circus. However, the most important performers emerge from the audience. Best for: All ages

Funding provided by the VT Department of Libraries

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