Scout learns ropes, ‘Blind Date with a Book,’ new large print books at Rock Library; seamstress work featured at artisans coop

Boy Scout volunteers at Rockingham Library

Liam Mallan, 13, standing withbooks that were added to the Rockingham Library's youth collection as a result of his project.

Liam Mallan, 13, standing withbooks that were added to the Rockingham Library’s youth collection as a result of his project.

Liam Mallan, a Boy Scout from Springfield’s Troop 252, got an inside look at how libraries work when he volunteered at the Rockingham Free Public Library in Bellows Falls.

Working with Youth Services librarian Sam Maskell, Liam contributed to the Collection Development project. Books that had old and outdated information or were in poor condition were removed from the collection for replacement. Liam then read reviews of books to create a list of recommended titles. Liam also learned the cataloging process so books could be borrowed from the library. The project earned him a Reading Merit and Citizenship and Community badges.

Go on a ‘Blind Date with a Book’

The library is encouraging patrons to go on a “Blind Date with a Book.” A special book display will be available during February near the main entrance of the library at 65 Westminster St., Bellows Falls.

The project matches patrons with an unknown, wrapped book to check out from the library. Without giving away the genre, author or title, the packages will have a few descriptive lines on the front about the book. In addition to adding a little mystery into the book selection process, the library hopes readers will discover new genres.

If patrons don’t like the book they’ve chosen they may return it to the library and choose another. For more information, call 802-463-4270, visit or stop by the library.

New large print books added

Some of the books which were added to the library's shelves because of a grant.

Some of the books added to the library’s shelves.

The library has recently expanded its large print book collection, thanks to agrant from Ashgate Publishing Co. of Burlington, which has been supporting Vermont libraries with annual grants since 2000.

Rockingham Library provides a wide range of materials and programs to support continuing education for all ages and contributes to their ability to participate in the community.

For more information about the library’s Large Print Collection, call 802-463-4270 or email

Photo contest deadline announced

The Rockingham Free Public Library is seeking photography submissions for its 2017 calendar.

Submit a color photo of a Rockingham scene that showcases a certain month or season. Photos can focus on local events or what makes Rockingham special. Photos must be shot within the villages of Bellows Falls, Saxtons River, Bartonsville, Brockways Mills, Cambridgeport or the greater Town of Rockingham.

Entries are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 1. Winners will be contacted prior to the calendar release party in June 2016. If your photo is chosen, you may be required to provide a Model Release Form.

A photo submission form, required for each photo, can be found at or picked up at the library at 65 Westminster St. in Bellows Falls. Email submission forms, your digital JPEG at 300DPI and any questions to  calendar project coordinator Carolyn Frisa at

Saxtons River coop features seamtress work

Carolyn Harris's work is featured this month at the RAC

Carolyn Harris’s work is featured this month at the RAC

Carolyn Harris began sewing in the 4-H Club when she was 10 years old and was making her own clothing by the time she was a teenager.

She makes a wide array of textile items. Originally from Massachusetts, Harris taught in Springfield, Vt., schools before retiring in 2011. She has been a member of the Saxtons River Artisans Cooperative since 2012.

Thecooperative is located in Saxtons River at 26B Main St. The shop displays the work of about 50 local artisans. New craftspeople are always welcome.

Winter Hours are: Monday and Friday noon–5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 10 a.m.– 3 p.m. Closed on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. For more information, visit, call 802-869-2099, or stop by the shop.

— Compiled by Susan Lampe-Wilson

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