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Stories from Territorial Alaska with Penelope Easton Monday, June 22 4:00PM

Penelope Easton grew up in Craftsbury and graduated from the Craftsbury Academy.  From there, her schooling, work, and adventures took her all over the globe.  When Easton served as the dietary consultant for the Alaskan Health Department in 1948-1950, she could not anticipate the deplorable health-related conditions that she would find. Easton observed the effects of measles and tuberculosis epidemics, educational philosophies that opted to teach Native children only in English, a scarcity of imported food supplies, and the derision of native foodways.
Fascinated by the foods of indigenous Alaskans, such as muktuk (strips of whale skin and blubber) she took every opportunity to learn about Native Alaskan peoples and their food cultures. As she gained knowledge, Easton identified the need for public health personnel to know and appreciate the dietary traditions and adaptations of the region and became an advocate for preserving native food customs.  Her first book, Learning to Like Muktuk, chronicles her time in Alaska.
Ms. Easton will return to Craftsbury on Monday, June 22.  At 4:00PM, Easton will share stories from her book and her adventures at the Craftsbury Public Library.   Come sip rosehip tea and learn how Craftsbury prepared her for her career in Alaska. The Galaxy Bookshop will be on hand with copies of her book for sale.  This program is sponsored by the Craftsbury Public Library and the Craftsbury Historical Society.  For more information, please contact the library at 586-9683.

HOW TO BE YOUR OWN HERO June 30th at 4pm.

Matt Renaud Youth Advocate at AWARE and Wilderness leadership educator will show the group how to be self-reliant. Have you ever thought about what you would do if you were lost in the wilderness? How would you stay warm and dry or find clean water to drink or food to eat? We have many heroes out there who are specially trained in rescuing people in these types of situations, but with a few simple tips and tricks, you can learn how to be your own hero and survive in the wilderness. Join us dressed appropriately  for the weather, and be prepared to think outside the box, get your hands dirty, and have some fun.

PIRATES, AHOY! July 7th at 4pm.

Boat builder, historian, and all around scalliwag Dave Linck will sail up to the Craftsbury Library with his pirate ship The Guttersnipe.  Raise the sail, lower the anchor, and see what it takes to sail a real pirate ship.  Dave will share pirate artifacts and stories of pirates and take us back in time to when pirates ruled the sea.

Puppet Show with Modern Times Theatre July 10th at 10am.

THE ODYSSEY OF PUNCH featuring puppetry’s famous antihero, Mr. Punch, in a puppet show for all ages. Join Modern Times Theatre puppeteers Rose Friedman and Justin Lander in a show inspired by Homer’s Odyssey. Mr. Punch, undertakes an epic journey home to his queen, Judy, conquering many obstacles long the way. The program features live music, sing-a-longs, classic jokes, gags and audience participation.  This performance is the third in a series, catch them at the Jeudevine Library June 26 and Greensboro Library July 3. Funded by the Ben and Jerry's Community Action Team.

HUGE BOOK SALE July 11 and July 12

Over 12,000 books for sale.  Mysteries, thrillers, how-to, childrens, movies, audio, history, art, gardening, Vermont, cookbooks, and so much more!  Half price on Sunday.


Join us for stories of legacy two afternoons in July.  Sean Prentiss and Jessica Nelson will share memoirs, Andrew Miller-Brown and Julia Shipley will share their work collaborating on the publication of Adam's Mark.  Enjoy Craftsbury's literary culture, and then sample the local cheese culture and wine on the side lawn.

CREATE A HERO July 14th at 4pm.

There are all kinds of heroes, from Bilbo Baggins to Spiderman. Heroes can be animals or robots. Some are young and some are very old. Many have super powers, others are given magical objects to help them. At this program with author and educator Chris McDonnell you will hear about many kinds of heroes from books, films myths and legends. Then you will have a chance to imagine and create  your own hero.

THE HERO’S QUEST July 21st at 4pm.

Every culture has a hero story in which the hero goes on a journey, a quest, in search of something special. At this program with author and educator Chris McDonnell you will created an outline of your own version of a hero’s quest. In August, writers who persevere and write their quest stories will be invited to a writer’s tea to share their Hero’s Quest story.


Co-sponsored by the Hosmer Pond Watershed Initiative.  A discussion on the biology of bats, White-nose Syndrome, and efforts to keep some species from extinction by Scott Darling, of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department.

MEET OUR LOCAL HEROES the Craftsbury Volunteer Fire Department July 28th 4pm.

A few members of the fire department will drive a fire truck and bring their fire gear to give us glimpse into life as a first responder.  Hear a story or two about real life rescues, how the equipment works, and fire safety.


Author and artist Nick Neddo will share techniques for creating art using natural materials.  Nick will have materials available to try, and his book and artwork for sale.

GARDEN HEROES Aug. 4th 4pm.

Garden heroes are everywhere in the soil, the air, the plants. We’ll go outside explore, examine and discover some of our local garden heroes  amazing powers of flight, adaptations and purpose.

Olympian! Aug. 11th 4pm.

BIATHLON OLYMPIAN Susan Dunklee will share her story about participating in the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.  This is an adventure story about traveling the world, training for extreme tests of endurance and perseverance. We will test our own limits in an obstacle course with  Olympian Susan Dunklee.

Library Nationally Recognized As America's Star Libraries

The Craftsbury Public Library is one of 3 libraries in the state to be given the rank of Five Star Library. The November 2011 issue of Library Journal features an article on the new Index of Public Library Service.
The LJ Index rates U.S. public libraries with total expenditures of $10,000 or more which serve populations of at least 1000. Ratings are based on four per-capita service indicators:

  • library visits
  • circulation
  • program attendance
  • public Internet computer use

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