summer reading program

The Carpenter-Carse Library is happy to announce our 2018 Summer Reading Program lineup! We have a fun and exciting summer of programming ahead. 

These events are for children ages 5-10 (some are all ages, some for families, as noted) and are all free. Please read the full event descriptions below, and then you can sign up for as many as you like. You must also fill out a waiver for each child attending. Space is limited and we'll do our best to accommodate everyone. We will send you an email confirmation of what you have signed up for once we receive your registration.


Summer Reading Kickoff & Solstice Celebration

Thursday, June 21st, 2:30-5:00 pm

Come kick off this year’s summer reading and celebrate the solstice with us. We’ll plant flowers, make musical instruments and children can sign up for Summer Reading Programs.  With pizza from NOFA-VT's Mobile Pizza Oven, and music from Mayfly! This event is for all ages, and children need to be accompanied by an adult. Families are invited to come and participate together.

Screech and Hoot: The Science of Bird Communication

TUESDAY,  June 26th, 10:30am-12:00 pm


Why do owls hoot? What are those hawks talking about? How do scientists find out what birds are saying? Join the Vermont Institute of Natural Science this summer at your library and meet some of these talkative hawks, falcons, and owls up close! We’ll practice identifying raptors by their calls, learn what these vocalizations might mean, and how they are made. You’ve never heard bird song like this. All ages, children under 5 must bring an adult. THIS PROGRAM IS FULL, YOU CAN SIGN UP TO BE ADDED TO A WAIT LIST.


Rik Palieri

Thursday, July 5th, 1-3pm

Local musician Rik Palieri entertains with a combination of songs and stories from his travels and features the banjo, guitar, Ozark mouth bow, Banjo Uke , Native American Flute. All ages, children under 5 must bring an adult.



Audubon Vermont

Thursday, July 12th, 1-3pm

Geology ROCKS! Spend some time with Audubon and investigate the world of rocks. We will explore 3 different types of rocks through crafts, interactive activities, experiments, and games. We will enjoy an education treat and a story.  At the end everyone will be able to take home a pet rock! Ages 5-10. THIS PROGRAM IS FULL, YOU CAN SIGN UP TO BE ADDED TO A WAIT LIST.


Woodbury Strings Fiddle and Banjo Club

Thursday, July 19th, 1-3pm

A concert with the Woodbury Strings Fiddle and Banjo Club. The music will be followed by an opportunity to try out all different kinds of instruments. Ages 5-10.


Susan Lepple

Thursday, July 26th, 1-3pm

Come paint rocking chairs with artist Susan Lepple! We will decorate chairs for the library. Ages 5-10. THIS PROGRAM IS FULL, YOU CAN SIGN UP TO BE ADDED TO A WAIT LIST.

West African Dance with Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater

Thursday, August 2nd, 1-3pm

Jeh Kulu Dance and Drum Theater offers lively, interactive dance workshops accompanied by live drummers. Class participants will learn how to communicate with the drummers by recognizing drum calls and will learn a series of steps to a traditional dance.  Ages 5-10.



Project Micro

Thursday, August 9th, 1-3pm

The Microscopy Imaging Center at UVM sets up Microscopes for participants to investigate sand, rocks and more. Project MICRO is a hands-on inquiry activity-based program.  We will be looking at sand, rocks, and other “specimens” from all over the world.  (Please bring sand and rocks from home to study). Ages 6-10, this program is limited to 24 participants.


Closing Party

Thursday, August 16th, 5:00-7:30 pm

From 5-6pm we will hand out Reading Certificates, raffle prize and book awards. At 6pm we’ll have pizza and ice cream, followed by a black light dance party! All ages welcome, children under 5 please bring an adult.