Bixby Memorial Library

VERGENNES — The Bixby Library is returning to lending out its collection of books on a contactless curbside basis that will require patrons to make their requests 48 hours in advance. In an email Bixby Library Director Catharine Hays said the library is happy to be able to offer books again in an effort coordinated by Assistant Director Maddy Willwerth. “From what I’ve heard from other libraries in our county, there’s real pent-up demand that we are excited to be able to serve,” Hays said. Books will be available for pick-up in the parking lot behind the library on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 5...

BIXBY YOUTH SERVICES Librarian Rachel Plant is retiring after almost 20 years.
VERGENNES — Among many other things, Bixby Library youth services librarian Rachel Plant loves hats.  Lego hats. Santa hats. Her lobster and Dr. Seuss “Cat in the Hat” hats. The Dr. Seuss hat, with its red and white stripes piling high, is what Plant plans to wear during Saturday’s Clang-and-Bang parade in Vergennes. Plant will sit near a South Maple Street sidewalk and wave farewell to the city as it passes by: Her last official day of work at the Bixby after almost 20 years is Friday, May 29. No doubt many who have enjoyed her weekly story hours and her love of children and children’s...

THE BROTHER-SISTER TEAM ON Caroline and David Larocque of East Middlebury won the mixed-grade prize at the Bixby Library on Monday in the Lego Contest and Exhibit for “The Doctor’s House.” The Bixby and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes sponsored the event. Independent photo/Steve James
VERGENNES — From “Planet Earth” to “Star Wars: The Last Star Fire,” the main floor of the Bixby Library contained a universe of imagination on Monday evening, not to mention dozens of Lego sculptors and many more of the artists’ family members. What filled the space under the library’s stained-glass dome was the awards reception for the second annual Vergennes Lego Contest and Exhibit, jointly sponsored by the library and the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes. After the contest got off to a good start in 2019, with 28 entrants, the count this year rose to 60 participants. They...
VERGENNES — Are you into LEGOs? First-timers to fanatics will compete in the second annual LEGO contest and exhibit at the Bixby Library in Vergennes. Online registration closed on Feb. 3, but those still interested in participating can call the library at (802) 877-2211. All entries must consist primarily of LEGO, Duplo, Megablocks or other LEGO — compatible plastic bricks and related pieces. The constructions must be original creations, not based on LEGO-designed kits or instructions found online in a magazine, etc. Entries should be dropped off at the Bixby Library on Thursday, Feb. 13,...
VERGENNES — The Bixby Memorial Library board of trustees on Tuesday decided to move forward with a search for the Vergennes landmark’s next director.  Bixby Board Chairwoman Paula Moore on Tuesday said that advertising for a new library director will begin Feb. 1, with a four-month timetable.  “Depending on the candidate pool, the board expects to have a new director starting by June 1,” Moore wrote in an email.  The new director will replace interim Maddy Willwerth, who took over in October. That’s when Director Masha Harris parted ways with the library for reasons that remain unclear....

GEORGIA KUNKEL HOLDS her first-place ribbon next to her winning entry in the First Annual Lego Contest in 2019. The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Vergennes and the Bixby Library are seeking entries for the 2020 Lego contest. Independent file photo/Andy Kirkaldy
VERGENNES — Lego-mania will return to the Bixby Library in Vergennes in mid-February. The Bixby and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Vergennes have announced they are co-sponsoring their second annual Lego Contest and Exhibit, which will culminate with a Monday, Feb. 17 awards reception at the library. Both organizations will accept entries for the competition through next Monday, Feb. 3, and those interested may find registration links at either or Up to a total of 60 entrants will be accepted. Prizes for creativity will be awarded in Pre-K and Grades K-2...

THESE WOODEN CLOGS are one of the objects Bixby Memorial Library is considering for deaccessioning in the coming months. Photo/Maddy Wilwerth
VERGENNES — The Bixby Memorial Free Library takes its history as an object and artifact collecting institution seriously. Since the Vergennes library opened in 1912, it has managed custody of items both relevant to the five-town community and items that come from the wider region and nation. As part of its strategic planning goal to increase library programming space, the board has decided to prioritize the lawful and ethical deaccessioning of some of the library’s object and artifact collections. Deaccessioning means that the board will choose to remove objects and artifacts from Bixby...
VERGENNES — Age Well is sponsoring Tai Chi for Fall Prevention classes in Vergennes beginning Tuesday, Jan. 14, and ending Tuesday, April 28. Classes are free to all participants age 55 and over. Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese movement form that uses sequences of flowing motions to build internal strength. Most people today practice Tai Chi to relax and improve their health. Tai Chi’s simple, gentle movements are easy to learn and suitable for people of all abilities, practiced sitting or standing. With regular practice, students may find improvements in strength, balance and stress management...
VERGENNES — The last event on a busy Vergennes Holiday Stroll day at the Bixby is the closing of the silent auction of gift baskets. Friends of the Bixby gathered this past Sunday to assemble the baskets and display gift certificates that will be on view and up for auction from now until Saturday, Dec. 7.  Bidding closes after the 1 to 1:30 p.m. free performance by Maiden Vermont that day at the Bixby.  Be sure to come early enough to put your bid on Silent Auction gift baskets. The Silent Auction winners will be announced at 2 p.m. There is something for everyone and every pet.  “Every year...

VERGENNES POLICE CHIEF George Merkel is joined by Children’s Librarian Rachel Plant during a presentation to more than a dozen kids at Bixby Memorial Library in Vergennes last week.
VERGENNES — On the evening of Monday, Nov. 18, a group of approximately 20 children and almost an equal number of parents came to the Bixby Library to share an evening of reading, laughter and chocolate chip cookies (made by Mrs. Merkel) with Vergennes Police Chief George Merkel. The Bixby Library Children’s Librarian Rachel Plant handed out a stuffed animal to each child, who were dressed in pajamas and slippers.  “The Bixby Library provides some wonderful opportunities to both children and parents to experience the wonders of reading,” Merkel said. “I am and will always be an advocate of...


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