January 2017 happenings at the Library

 Story Time Fun!


Magic Tree House After School Adventure Club is BACK!


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Opportunities for Winter Funsnowshoes


Self Defense Course Offering


Space is limited to 20 participants per class. Payment is due to hold your spot at time of registration and is non-refundable.

Need a Notary? We are happy to have one here at HPL!


January Closings

The library will be closed on:

Monday, January 16th for Martin Luther King Day

winter weather

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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 

City-Pool     St.Albans City Pool

Cool off and enjoy free admission to the City Pool for you and your family.

class_on_p2    Lake Champlain Maritime Museum

Step aboard replica 1776 gunboat Philadelphia II docked at our scenic Lake Champlain waterfront. Explore some of the lake’s 300+ historic shipwrecks in our Nautical Archaeology Center and chat with nautical archaeologists at our Conservation Laboratory. Learn what made this area so pivotal to Benedict Arnold’s fleet during the American Revolution in our Key to Liberty exhibit. Discover the lives of the Native Americans and the early French explorers in the Contact of Cultures exhibit. LCMM’s replica 1862 schooner Lois McClure travels to ports throughout the region. Highlights of LCMM’s collection of canoes, kayaks, and wooden boats are on display in the new Hazelett Watercraft Center. Learn about some of the 26 steamboats of Lake Champlain, the historic Champlain Bridge, and see our collection of more than 50 vintage outboard motors from the late Raymond R. Unsworth in our Steam to Gasoline exhibit.  For more information, please visit: www.lcmm.org/museum

fairbanks-logo    The Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium is much more than Northern New England’s museum of natural history — it is a place to marvel at the wonders of our world. Perfect for families and visitors of all ages, the Fairbanks Museum invites you to explore your universe.  http://www.fairbanksmuseum.org 

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

Cailey’s Closet Program and Event information


Cailey’s Closet helps recycle prom dresses – WCAX.COM Local Vermont News-


Cailey’s Closet is done for the 2016 prom season.  Thank you to all who donated dresses and helped make this year sparkle and shine for local youth.

  • We will not be collecting any dresses again until February of 2017.
  • Our next Cailey’s Closet Kick off Event will be in April of 2017.

Cailey’s Closet Program Guidelines:

* NO dresses will be handed out prior to the scheduled event.

* If you are unable to make it to the event, you may stop in anytime after that during library hours  (and while the program is running) to check out the remaining dresses.
* All those attending the event are asked to sign in.

* Only one dress per girl is allowed.

* Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend the event with their daughter.

* This event is on a first come first serve basis. Dresses will not be held or reserved for anyone. We also do not guarantee that every girl will find that perfect dress. We only have available what has been donated from the local community during our dress drive.

* If it is felt by library staff or Cailey’s Closet volunteers that you are in anyway breaking Highgate Public Library policy, you will be asked to leave the building immediately and without a dress.

* Our intention is to provide a fun filled afternoon for local youth. We are a VERY small library and are doing our best to make this program run smoothly. It may not be the perfect setup, but we hope that you enjoy yourself while you are here!

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

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Book Bites ~ Monthly Book Discussion

      An evening with new friends, good food and fellow book lovers. This book group is filled with laughter, is low key and very laid back. You’ll leave wondering why you never joined us before!

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 (October-January) 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 Ms.Liza, a Childlight Yoga Instructor. 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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Take a Hike Day: Families will gather at the Sheldon Nature Center/Sheldon Woods for an afternoon hike on the trails with Naturalist Kurt Valenta. Please watch our monthly newsletters for dates and times.

cc14Cross Country: This program (which runs September-October) is designed to let kids 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

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.

Young Rembrandts


     The Highgate Public Library is excited to be able to partner with Young Rembrandts and offer our space for their programs here in Highgate. Young Rembrandts believes that drawing is a fundamental skill that can – and should – be learned by all children. The Young Rembrandts® method teaches drawing while developing visual learning skills that give children ages 3½ to 12 an academic advantage in the classroom. For information on classes here in Highgate, please visit their website: http://www.youngrembrandts.com/nwcentral-vt/default.aspx   


You may also contact:

Michelle Kessler
Northwestern & Central Vermont
384 Hillview Road
Richmond, VT 05477
Phone: 802-434-7018
Email: michelle.kessler@youngrembrandts.com

Summer Camps

     Each summer we offer two week long camps in collaboration with Exordium Inc. 


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Art Camp

Ignite your child’s imagination with the world of art! Let the be inspired to create unique pieces of art…creations that are as unique as them! Give them the freedom to explore and express themselves creatively!

Nature Camp


Through hands on activities, exploration, artifacts and just plain fun, Exordium offers children the chance to connect to the great outdoors and share in experiences that students love— and remember!

2015 Summer Camps!

Library camps 2015

Safety Corner


American Red Cross Babysitting Course

     This course gives youth ages 11 to 15 years old the knowledge and confidence to care for infants and school-age children. Combining video, activities, hands-on skills training and discussion for a complete learning experience. The Highgate Public Library holds a class each June for interested youth at a discounted rate. Scholarships are also available to help cover the cost of this course.

Hunting Safety Course


    Highgate Public Library offers a Home Study/ 1 day course for Hunter Safety each summer. Those attending the class must complete the home study workbook before attending the hands-on class.


Boating Safety Course
Who needs this class: All persons born after January 1,1974, must have successfully completed an approved boating safety education course to legally operate any motorized vessel (this includes personal watercraft).


We may be little, but we do BIG things here in Highgate!


Annual Polar Express Event

Since 2011, The Polar Express has been pulling into Highgate Center!

Each and every year this event grows in popularity and continues shines brighter.
Children are encouraged to come in their Pj’s for an enchanting evening full of Holiday Magic.

• The evening begin with a lighted hay ride around the town on the Polar Express with Santa.
• Children and their families are then dropped off at the North Pole (library) for a reading of the beloved book The Polar Express by Mrs.Clause herself.
• Each child is given a special sleigh bell from one of Santa’s reindeer to take home.
• Hot cocoa and cookies are also served in the dining car (library) by our festive crew of volunteers.

This is a yearly PJ story time celebrating the Polar Express story and the magic that the holiday season holds.

Though I’ve grown old, the bell still rings for me as it does for all who truly believe.” —Chris Van Allsburg, The Polar Express

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Gingerbread House Decorating Event

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Another one of our fun Holiday Events, which continues to grow in popularity each year!

Highgate Duct Tape Derby!

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We love thinking outside of the box! In this case, we actually decided to use them for a super fun community event.


Stuffed Animal Sleepover

     This event is always a lot of fun and is one that both kids and parents ask for again and again. The event begins with the children bring their stuffed animal friend to a PJ story time. Once the story time is finished, they leave their furry friends in the library overnight, and come back to get them in the morning. The animals, of course, always seem to get into a bit of trouble during the sleep over, and are caught on the Library security  camera’s behaving wildly in (and out) of the library. When the children arrive in the morning to pick up their stuffed animal, they giggle and laugh at the photos that are shown from the night before

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Halloween Open House & Trick or Treat Hours


     Each year we host a Halloween Open House for the families of our community with crafts, snacks and a “spooktackular” story time with our favorite local storyteller, Virginia Holiman.

     On Halloween, the Trustees of the Highgate Public Library, staff the library  from 5-7 and hand out treats to all the local children who stop by.

Local Author Visits


Granny Snow visit ~ 2014

Granny Snow visit ~ 2014

   Like most communities, We have hosted a number of writers who were born, worked, or continue to live here in Vermont. Our little library is proud to feature these local authors, whether they have one slim volume or numerous books to their name.