The HappyLight is here!

Thanks to a generous donation by local business Verilux, we now have a HappyLight here at the library available for checkout. Click Here to learn more about the benefits of using a HappyLight during these darker months.


Storytime at the Library
Tuesdays, 10:30am
Join librarian and naturalist Cory Stephenson for stories, songs, crafts and outdoor exploration weather permitting.

Bring in a Rock and I’ll Tell you a Story
Monday, April 23rd 2:30-4pm at the library
Bring retired geology professor David Westerman a rock and he will tell you a story about it. Drop-in program.

Birding by Ear
A Two Part Workshop from Moretown Memorial Library and the Mad Birders
Saturday, May 5th, 4pm at the Moretown School
Sunday, May 6th, 7:30-9:30am at Pony Farm, 182 Pony Farm Rd. in Moretown
Have you ever wondered which bird is making what sound in the overwhelming chorus of song we hear this time of year? Then join us as we delve into the exciting world of birding using our ears. During the first interactive session indoors learn some tips and tricks for listening to and identifying our feathered friends, then head out in the early morning for our second session to practice and discover. Both sessions are free, and all ages are welcome. You can also join the Mad Birders on a bonus birding by ear walk on Thursday, May 10th starting at 6:30am. For more information please contact or 496-9728.

Sneaky Pest: The Emerald Ash Borer
Thursday, May 17th, 6:30pm at the Moretown School
The emerald ash borer, an invasive insect that has killed millions of ash trees in over 30 states and 3 Canadian provinces, has finally been confirmed in Vermont. With infestations in Washington, Orange, and Caledonia counties, the state is counting on YOU to be on the lookout for this insect and help limit its spread. Join Forest Pest Education Coordinator, Meredith Whitney, for an engaging workshop where you will identify the emerald ash borer and ash trees, recognize the signs and symptoms of the insect, and know the protocol for reporting it when/if you should find one. Meredith will also share updates on the current infestations and delineation survey work that the state has been doing to look for this sneaky pest.


Stephen Hawking’s Work In a Nutshell
Sunday, May 20th, 6:30pm at the Moretown School

Along with Albert Einstein and Carl Sagan, Stephen Hawking occupies a prominent place in the pantheon of celebrity scientists.  Known for his seminal book, “A Brief History of Time”, Hawking also frequently appeared on the TV shows The Simpsons and Futurama, along with The Big Bang Theory and Star Trek.  But as familiar as Stephen Hawking is in popular culture, few can actually describe what the scientist contributed to the fields of Physics and Cosmology. Join scientist Dan Zucker for a lay-person’s survey of those contributions. No mathematics or science background is required, merely an inquisitive mind and a desire to understand a bit more about the accomplishments of this extraordinary thinker.

Climate Change and our Future: Mitigation, Adaptation and Dialogue
This fall, the Mad River Valley Libraries explored ideas around adaptation strategies to build resilience for our community in the face of climate change. This three part series featured selected titles, film quality videos and conversations with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science partner Dr. Leslie Kanat from Johnson State College. We were one of 50 public libraries nationwide receiving grants to host this “book club meets science cafe” developed by a team of library professionals, scientists, and filmmakers. Their organizations include the Califa Group, Dawson Media Group, and Goodman Research Group, with generous funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Science Foundation. Check out the website below for more information and details about the Mad River Valley and Climate Change.

PLACE page with Data Links