We are Hiring!

Hiring                           The Highgate Public Library has a part time position available!

We are looking for a pleasant, upbeat and energetic person to join our staff. Tasks will include: Library program planning and facilitation, program prep work, and providing coverage at the library circulation desk. Flexibility is a must and requires year round coverage during days, evenings and weekends.

  Please submit resume and references to lcomiskey@highgatevt.org  by March 25th.  *** No phone calls please.

                      Library Program Assistant  ~ FULL JOB DESCRIPTION
General Description: The Program Assistant will perform a broad range of tasks. Including, but not limited to the following; Public service work off and on the library premises, library planning and facilitation, program prep work, and providing coverage at the library circulation desk. Daily tasks will assigned by HPL Library Director.
This position requires a pleasant, upbeat and energetic personality coupled with creative and innovative thinking. The position requires an understanding of child and youth development, to be able to interact will age groups and possess a desire to further local community connections. Flexibility is a must for this position due to the small staff at the library and the hours that the library is open. This position requires year round coverage during days, evenings and weekends.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Planning and facilitating library sponsored programs/events monthly for children, youth and adults.
• In cooperation with the Director, assist in the development and preparation of new and innovative programs for the community.
• Organize and facilitate monthly book discussions.
• Working with the library staff to plan and facilitate the summer reading program.
• In cooperation with the Director, establish and maintain working relationships between the Library, town offices, schools, and other community organizations and members.
• Distribute program information to local agencies.
• Fill in as needed for library staff to cover vacations/sick time.
• Staffing Saturday Library hours, 9:00am-1:00pm, is required for this position.
• Performs related work as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• To learn the general rules and policies of the library as stated in the HPL Policy handbook.
• To be helpful, cheerful and courteous with library patrons and communicate effectively, both orally and written.
• To make minor decisions in accordance with library policies and procedures while working independently.
• To work with limited supervision and also as part of a team.
• Able to manage time effectively.
• Knowledge of child & youth development.
• Ability to engage youth in community service and leadership activities.
• Ability to work with groups of all ages.
• Knowledge of the Highgate Community and local resources.
• Working knowledge of Publisher, Excel, Word and online databases necessary to preform job requirements.
Education/Work Requirements:
• Minimum High School Diploma or GED equivalency is required.
• At least 2 years of experience working with children and youth is preferred, but not required.
There are no benefits provided with this position

Please send your cover letter and resume by March 25th to:
Liza L. Comiskey
Highgate Public Library
Po Box 76
Highgate Center, Vermont 05459

**No phone calls please

Search our catalog online!


To search our catalog, just click on the image above and select your library (Highgate) and you are ready to roll. Don’t forget, you will also need to stop in to get a new library card in order to borrow material.

Registration is now open for Highgate Public Library’s Girls on the Run!


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Who Asked You? ~ Highgate’s Book of the Month for March


March Children’s Programs

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Highgate Fit Kidz & Fit Family Program information… yep- we do that here!


Highgate Family Ski Days

10828114_706202632811279_4962388946596813932_oA portion of each lift ticket sold benefits the HIghgate Public Library.

February Events – Don’t miss out on the FUN!

Febbook group




Snowshoes are now available for the community to borrow … all you need is a library card!


Highgate Fit Kidz & Fit Family programs


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Our goal for Highgate Fit Kidz is to provide our youth with opportunities that allow them to be active, healthy and experience a variety of different sports /exercise programs at little to no cost to their families. All while enhancing their awareness of sports, healthy habits, building positive peer-relationships and their self-esteem.


Yoga Tots: This program will be held on the first Saturday of each month (September-May) and will run for approximately 30 minutes. This will be a fun, playful class where kids can move energy through their bodies and bring calm into their minds. Kids Yoga is a great activity for ALL children – it allows children to participate at their own level. All our Yoga Tots programs will be run by Jessica Frost, a YogaFit Instructor. This is a FREE program!


Soccer Tots: This program will have 4- 30 minute sessions starting in early September. During this program, Children will learn the basics of soccer including dribbling, shooting, and passing. This is a FREE program.

1525613_682321198466500_1909193002_nLittle Dribbler’s Basketball: This specific sport program will focus on basketball skills including dribbling, passing, catching, shooting. This program will have 4- 45 minute sessions – starting in late November. This is a FREE program.

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cc14Cross Country: This program (which runs September-October) is designed to let kids in ages 6-6th grade have fun, all while learning about running and being given the opportunity to set & reach personal goals, be a leader, practice good sportsmanship and learn respect for self and others.

10502251_782093481822604_8037744558078730420_nGirls on the Run & Girls on Track: This program runs for 12 weeks (March-June) and is designed for girls in grades 3-8. This is a nationwide positive youth development program which combines an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. The core curriculum addresses many aspects of girls’ development – their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. Lessons provide girls with the tools to make positive decisions and to avoid risky adolescent behaviors, while at the same time incorporating training for a 5k! There is a fee for this program, but scholarships are available to families who qualify

Winter Weather Closings

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Check out one of our library passes today!


                      Echo Lake Aquarium & Science Center Library Pass 

     With this pass, you will only pay a $4.00 (per person) admission fee when you visit the Echo Center. This pass admits 2 adults and 3 children at this discounted price.

     ECHO stands for Ecology, Culture, History and Opportunity. Check out the pass and discover over 60 species of fish, amphibians, invertebrates and reptiles at the Echo Center in downtown Burlington. There are also many hands on exhibits, traveling exhibits, live animal feedings and more.

For more information on what is happening at Echo this Summer, please visit http://www.echovermont.org/

Shelburne Museum

This day pass admits one family for free to the Museum grounds.

Located in Vermont’s scenic Lake Champlain Valley, Shelburne Museum is one of the finest, most diverse, and unconventional museums of art and Americana. Over 150,000 works are exhibited in a remarkable setting of 39 exhibition buildings, 25 of which are historic and were relocated to the Museum grounds.

For more information on Shelburne Museum and upcoming exhibitions, please visit http://shelburnemuseum.org/visit/

Shelburne Farms Day Pass

This pass admits two adults and their children under 18 years of age to the Walking Trails and Children’s Farmyard at no charge.

      Shelburne Farms is a 1,400 acre working farm with walking trails, children’s farmyard, inn and restaurant on the shores of Lake Champlain. The farm hosts many special events throughout the year.

For more information on what is happening at Shelburne Farms, this summer please visit: http://www.shelburnefarms.org/calendarofevents/index.shtm


       Vermont State Park Pass    
This pass provides day admission for up to 8 people in one vehicle.

     Nothing feels as good as a dip in clear, clean water on a hot summer day. Vermont State    Parks have some great options, whether you want to swim in a lake, river or even a swimming pool. There are big lakes like Lake Champlain, Bomoseen and Lake Carmi, or smaller, quieter lakes like Silver Lake or Lake St. Catherine. There is a brand new kid-friendly swimming pool with slide at Button Bay State Park and Salmon Hole on the West River is a great place to cool off at Jamaica State Park. For more information on State Park locations across the state, please click on any of the highlighted parks above, or visit www.vtstateparks.com 

Vermont’s Historical Society Museum

     Vermont’s History Museum is a multimedia exhibit presenting Vermont’s history from 1600 to the present day. There is one permanent exhibit aptly named “Freedom and Unity One Ideal, Many Stories”, which has been on display since 2004 that enables visitors to walk through time and experience a full sized Abenaki wigwam, a re-creation of the Catamount Tavern where the Green Mountain Boys gathered, a railroad station complete with a working telegraph and a WWII living room furnished with period music and magazines.

For more information on the museum, please visit: http://www.vermonthistory.org/

Birds of Vermont Museum

This pass provides free admission for one  family

The Birds of Vermont Museum is a delightful place where visitors can learn about birds and their roles in the earth’s ecosystems.

A private, non-profit organization, the Museum features over 497 carved wooden birds, representing 258 species. Here, natural history meets art.

The woodcarvings depict Vermont’s nesting species in their natural habitats as well as North America’s endangered and extinct species.

For more information on the Birds of Vermont Museum, please visit http://www.birdsofvermont.org/

 Checkout Policy

* Two (2) day checkout.   Passes are due back at the library by closing time (6:00pm weekdays and Noon on Saturdays)  2 days from checkout.

* You may reserve a pass by calling the library at  868-3970. You will be put on the wait list and contacted when it is available. The library cannot reserve the pass for specific dates.

* You will have 1 day from the time and date the library calls you for pass pick-up. After 1 day the pass will be made available to the next person in line.

* Fee for the late return of any Pass: $5.00 per day late

* Fee for a lost pass: $50.00

Download e-books and audio books 24/7 through our site with your library card!

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A free digital media service available 24/7. Download audio and ebooks right to your mp3 player, Kindles, Sony Reader, Nooks, iPod or iPad, and many phones and other mobile devices.

New! There is now an app for the newer Nook models that enables direct wireless downloads!

Visit the Listen Up! Vermont  website  for more information. Just click on the Listen Up! Vermont icon (located in the Library Links section on our left sidebar) to be taken directly to the site.

Genealogy Resources


Finding Your Family History in Vermont.

Genealogical research can be fun and fascinating.

Tips and Resources for Searching

Suggestions from FamilySearch:

  1. What do you already know? Talk to other family members. Use a form and start filling in the information.
  2. What else do you want to know? It can be helpful to pick one person to research.
  3. Where to look? Decide where your answers are likely to be found. Try published family histories, censuses, local histories, and vital records.
  4. Contact a library, government office, or internet site that may give you this information. Make notes of who you contacted, when, and what information you found.
  5. Add the new information to your pedigree chart, family group record and personal and family history notes.

HeritageQuest (includes census & family histories)

HeritageQuest online from Proquest is an invaluable online genealogy database that you can access from home. Records include census data, family records, local histories, and more.

Call or visit the Library at (868-3970) to obtain the latest username and password for this database. If you already have these codes, click the HeritageQuest link on the left sidebar (in the link section) to begin searching.

Old Newspapers

The Vermont Department of Libraries office in Montpelier has a large collection of old Vermont newspapers on microfilm. Call (802) 828-3268 to confirm their holdings and hours.

Bailey-Howe at UVM  has many Vermont newspapers on microfilm. Call (802) 656-2023 to see if they have what you’re looking for.

Other Resources

The Highgate Town Clerk’s Office has on file: land records dating back back to late 1700s and indexed vital records dating back to 1857. For more information, please contact Wendi Dusablon, Town Clerk at hgtownclerk@gmail.com.

The Highgate Historical Society has a rich collection of local photographs, artifacts, and Highgate-related resources. The museum is open for admission from May to October – on the 1st & 3rd Sundays from 9:00am-2:00pm or by appointment. Please contact Charles T. Nye, Curator at 802-868-4619 for further information.

The Vermont Historical Society has a rich collection of photographs, music, and family and town histories. With a research library located in Barre, the VHS also makes much of their catalog available online.

Vermont French-Canadian Genealogical Society with research experts for specific French Canadian families, library hours, and classes. This is located  in Colchester on the St. Michael’s College north campus.

RootsWeb Vermont is a research-sharing database of information submitted by genealogists.

National Archives government-sponsored site with links to military service records, World War II photos, immigration records (including ship passenger lists), naturalization records, and land records.

American Merchant Marine at War: a private site dedicated to mariners and U.S. Naval Armed Guard shipmates who died in service during all wars. Resources include ship histories, information about sinkings, casualties, and some government documents. Also includes a helpful list of additional resources for those seeking military records of loved ones.

Cyndi’s List is private site with a massive collection of web sites that will be helpful to genealogists.

FamilySearch is the largest genealogy organization in the world, maintained by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Universal Class ~ Learn something New Today!

The Vermont Department of Libraries, Recorded Books and the Institute of Museum and Library Services is proud to bring this new and exciting opportunity to Vermont residents.

Quick Facts:

In order to have access to this service (which you can get to through the link on our sidebar), you will need to visit us and get a special bar code number. This will allow you full access to all Universal Class programs. Your current library card number will not work for this service.

  • You will need to create an account and have a valid e-mail address to  in order sign up for courses.
  • You are welcome to enroll in up to 5 course.
  • You have up to 6 months to finish each course.
  • You have access to your courses 24/7 viz the internet.
  • Attend class and do assignments on your schedule.
  • Each course has a real instructor who you may communicate with using e-mail.
  • These are non-credit courses and are provided for your personal enrichment. These courses are not intended to be a substitute for any state, government, licensing, or educational requirements.

Cailey’s Closet Prom Dress Swap Program

Cailey's ClosetCailey’s Closet is a dress recycling program brought to you by the Highgate Public Library. Our intention is to help reduce the finical costs associated with semi-formals and proms to families and young women across Franklin County.


Ways to get involved in your community & give back…