Tails, Tales, Tees, & Totes


The Mad River Valley Libraries are celebrating “Tails and Tales” for this year’s Summer Learning Program. To celebrate critters of all kinds, we asked our patrons to submit drawings of their favorite animal. We 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.

MRV Libraries’ Tails, Tales, Tees, and Totes Pre-Order Form


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


Book Bundles


You can also request a specially curated bundle of books, chosen for you by the librarians. Just fill out this form and we’ll let you know when your bundle is ready.

The Caterpillar Lab
July 10th,
Knoll Farms

Drop in anytime between 12-3 PM 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.


Southern Vermont Natural History Museum Presents:
Vermont Wildlife
July 17th 1:00PM (rain date July 24th)

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.

Register Here

Turtle Tales and Painted Scales
July 25th 10:00PM

Warren Library

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

Creatures of the Deep
July 31st 10:00AM

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.

Register Here

Outdoor Concert with A2VT
POSTPONED TO August 15th 5:30-7:30PM

Mad River Green

We’ve 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!

Registration Here

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

Check out these additional summer learning resources:

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!