Summer Reading




Rivers, Ponds, Oceans & Beyond T-Shirts
The Mad River Valley Libraries are celebrating “Oceans of Possibilites” for this year’s Summer Learning Program. We asked our patrons to submit drawings celebrating underwater life of all kinds then combined them to create our third annual collaborative T-shirt 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.

MRV Libraries’ T-shirt Online Store OPEN!

Shadow Puppet Creation Station
July 6th,
Outside the Sweet Spot, Waitsfield

Stop by before the Roundup and make your own underwater themed shadow puppet with Anna!


Modern Times Theater Presents:
Punch and Judy Puppet Show
July 9th 4pm

Warren Library

Join Modern Times Theater of Hardwick for an outdoor puppet show for all ages.

Penguin Journey Storytime
July 16th 10:30am

Bridge Street River Spot, Waitsfield

Author Angela Kunkel hosts a special storytime for her acclaimed picture book Penguin Journey.

Reading River Mini-Mural
Tuesday & Thursday, July 19th and 21st 3-5 PM

Moretown Library at Town Hall

Join artist Nicole Melone and help us create a river scene on our bookcases! All are welcome to attend, children younger than 12 must be accompanied by a parent/caregiver.

Register Here

Southern Vermont Natural History Museum Presents:
Watershed Wildlife
July 23rd 2:00PM

Moretown Library at Town Hall

This year’s Summer Reading Program theme “Oceans of Possibilities” comes a little closer to home with Watershed Wildlife. We’ll meet live animals that can be found in the Mad River watershed and learn how their lives are connected to that vital resource. Appropriate for all ages.

Oceans of Fun Musical Munchkins
July 30th 10:30 AM

Moretown Library at Town Hall

Join Miss Andrea of Musical Munchkins for a musical adventure geared for mixed ages one through six and their families. Revolving around the ocean and summer fun we will sing and move with instruments, puppets, and props. Miss Andrea has been teaching music for 0-5-year-olds and giving performances for the past 29 years in New York and now Vermont.

Ponds of Possibilities
July 31st 10:00AM

Big Picture Pond, Waitsfield

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.

Field Insect Exploration
August 3rd 3pm

Knoll Farm, Waitsfield

We’ll use nets, magnifiers, and field guides in this hands-on exploration of the amazing insect critters in our backyard.

Family Outdoor Movie Night
August 5th 6:30 doors open, 7:30 movie screening

Couples Field, Waitsfield

Bring your family and a picnic dinner for an outdoor showing of “My Garden of a Thousand Bees”, a film about backyard pollinators. Free information about pollinators and wildflower seed packets will also be distributed. Part of the #PlantWildflowers initiative.

Special thanks to Vermont Department of Libraries and the Mad River Libraries’ Friends organizations for providing funding for these summer learning events!

Check out these additional summer learning resources:


Beanstack Summer Reading Challenge
June 1 – August 31


Readers of all ages across Vermont are invited to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge! Read or listen to any book and track minutes using the Beanstack web or mobile app. You can help young children participate by tracking minutes when reading to or with them. Log minutes and complete activities to earn digital badges. Collect any 10 badges to complete the challenge! 

Register for Beanstack

Vermont Passes

The library offers passes for reduced or free admission to a number of Vermont attractions. Call or stop in today for more details!

scistarter: Free citizen scientist projects for school age children and their families.

Stay tuned for more events!