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Visitors Encouraged: Library Poised for Busy Summer

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Photo courtesy of Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

The Kellogg-Hubbard Library is open to visitors. The library administrators are excited to announce that Kellogg-Hubbard is back to full pre-pandemic hours, Mondays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, 10 a.m.– 5:30 p.m.; and Saturdays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m. To an avid reader there is no substitute for getting lost in the stacks of the library, and the expressions of gratitude and delight from library patrons have been tremendous. We’ve heard everything from a quiet “yes!” in the children’s library to patrons throwing open their arms when they enter the building and saying “I missed the smell of this place!” said Co-Director Carolyn Brennan. 

The library’s summer reading program kicks off on June 12, with the theme “Tails and Tales,” featuring live animal programs in collaboration with the Central Vermont Humane Society, a performance by the Youth Opera Workshop, the perennially popular Shakespeare Camp, and outdoor children’s programs in all of the library’s six member communities. Library events and programs are free and open to all and will be held outside on the library grounds. Residents of the library’s member communities from pre-school to high-school can sign up for the reading challenge part of the program on the library’s website to read and earn prizes. 

Over the past year, the library has undergone many improvements, most significantly installing a brand new elevator, the signature project of the “Give the Library a Lift!” capital funding campaign. In the nonfiction room visitors can view a new, permanent art display of a set of numbered Alexander Calder lithographs bequeathed to the Library by late Montpelier resident Carol Cromwell.  

The library book sale reopens for the first time on Monday, June 7. The sale has been completely revamped with a new layout and shelving and is brimming with thousands of hardcovers and paperbacks.

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In compliance with the Montpelier mask ordinance, we’re requiring visitors to mask up to visit the library.