READER BULLETINS: June 28 – July 4, 2018

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Storytime — every Friday from 10:30 – 11 a.m. Join us weekly for stories, fingerplays and songs on a monthly theme. All ages are welcome.
STEM Storytime — Wednesdays, 6/27, 7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1 from 10:30 – 11 a.m. Join us for a story and a STEM activity, and take home a free book. Ages 3-7.
Killington Rocks! painting — Wed., June 27, 1 – 2 p.m. and 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. At the kickoff event in our Libraries Rock! summer reading program, we will paint rocks to hide around the area. All ages.
Rock and Roll at the library! instrument making — Wednesday, July 11, 1 – 2 p.m. and 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. As part of the Libraries Rock! summer reading program, we will experiment with making instruments from everyday items. All ages.
Summer Encore Theatre presents “In Search of a Song” — Wed., July 18, 1 – 2:30 p.m. This special show includes a pre-performance workshop to enhance audience participation. Ages 5-12.
Escape Room at the Library — Wednesday, July 18, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. This mythology-themed challenge is for grades 5 and up.
Storywalk — Wed., July 25, 1 p.m. Enjoy a music-themed story at your own pace, in the great outdoors.
Movie Sing-along — Wed., July 25, 4:30 – 6:30 p.m. Raise your voices and let it all go at this interactive movie showing. All ages.
VINS presents Screech and Hoot — Wed., August 1, 1 – 2 p.m. Why do owls hoot? What are those hawks talking about? How do scientists find out what birds are saying? Join VINS this summer at the 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. Ages 4 and up.
Book Club — Wed., August 1, 4:30 p.m. Pick up a copy of “Family Game Night and Other Catastrophes” from the library any time throughout the summer, and join us for a lively discussion and snacks. Grades 5 and up.

The 9th Annual Woodstock Vermont Film Series will screen “Peter and the Farm” on Saturday, June 30, at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. in HD projection and surround sound, with complimentary refreshments. All films are open to the public and accessible to people with disabilities. Reservations are strongly recommended. The film provides an intimately detailed portrait of southern Vermont dairyman and organic farmer Peter Dunning, a rugged individualist, hard-drinking loner, and former artist who has burned bridges with his wives and children and whose only company, even on harsh winter nights, are the sheep, cows and pigs he tends on his farm. Dunning is one of the most complicated, sympathetic documentary subjects to come along in some time. Imbued with an aching tenderness, this documentary is both haunting and heartbreaking, a mosaic of its singular subject’s transitory memories and reflections — however funny, tragic or angry they may be. The film won a Special Jury Prize at the Philadelphia Film Festival and was selected as a New York Times Critic’s Pick. Meet the filmmakers: Tony Stone and Melissa Auf der Maur will attend the screening and discuss their film.
Ticket prices: members: adults 16 & up: $9; non-members: adults 16 & up: $11. For information: or 802-457-2355.
Billings Farm & Museum is located one-half mile north of the Woodstock village green on Vermont Route 12. It is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation, Inc., a charitable nonprofit institution.

Celebrate Wednesday, July 4th in Woodstock, VT, — rain or shine. Festivities begin at 8:30 a.m. with the 42nd Annual John Langhans 7.1 Green Mile Road Race and Kids Fun Run sponsored by The Spectrum Teen Center. Runners and walkers will enjoy a challenging course through beautiful Woodstock, starting and finishing at the Woodstock Village Green. The Kids Fun Run (for 10 and under) is a short loop around the Village Green. To register for the race as a runner or walker, register online at $30 for runners and walkers by July 3,; $35 on race day (includes a cool T-shirt). Check-in/same day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Runners & walkers start at 8:30 a.m.; Kids Fun Run begins at 10:30 a.m.; no registration is necessary for the Kids Fun Run.
Post-race festivities will include music, division awards, and an award for the most patriotic costume. The Kids Fun Run (ages 10 & under) is free and all kids receive a finisher’s metal.
Billings Farm & Museum’s Old Vermont 4th Celebration, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., will feature ice cream making, wagon rides, sack races, flag making, spelling bees, and more.
The excitement continues at the Woodstock Union High School at 6 p.m. with a bounce house from SunCommon and operated by the WUHSMS Vermont Teen Leadership Safety Program (VTLSP) students, fun children’s activities sponsored by ArtisTree/Purple Crayon Productions and operated by the Change the World Kids, and VT Volunteer Services for Animals Humane Society returns with a variety of games for kids and adults and glow products. The Woodstock Fire Department and EMS will be doing a “Touch a Truck” event in front of the Union Arena — kids will be able to go through their trucks and ambulances. They will also be handing out fire-prevention flyers and other fire-prevention items. The WUHS Alumni Association will be operating the barbecue tent and cookout this year, serving hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, sausages, drinks, desserts and more. The Lazy Cow Vermont will be joining us, a mobile ice cream café that serves local Vermont-made ice cream.
Jack Snyder, AKA Leyeux, will perform from 6:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m., offering original and covered music inspired by our tranquil and serene homeland of Vermont. The Ora E. Paul American Legion and Boy Scout Troop 220 will perform a flag ceremony at 7 p.m.
Capping off the evening is a spectacular July 4th fireworks display, sponsored by the Town of Woodstock and with generous support from local businesses and organizations. For further information:

Celebrate the Billings Farm & Museum’s “Old Vermont 4th” on Wednesday, July 4, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., featuring traditional music, flag-making, hand-cranked ice cream, horse-drawn wagon rides, patriotic speeches, and an historic debate.
Throughout the day, families may make their own 43-star flags (the flag of 1890), Uncle Sam bookmarks, fireworks stencils, and compete in sack races, crank fresh strawberry ice cream, and enjoy a wagon ride.
Debates and speeches have played a key role in the Independence Day observance, as was the reading of the Declaration of Independence, which will occur at noon. At 1:00 p.m., there will be a men’s debate of the topic: “What is more beneficial to society, journalism or the law?” Adults and older students can test their 19th century vocabulary skills in a spirited spelling bee. And at 2:00 p.m. an “historic base ball” game in the Billings’ fields. Join in or cheer on the teams!
Admission to An Old Vermont 4th includes all activities and programs, plus the operating dairy farm, farm life exhibits, and the restored and furnished 1890 Farm House.
The Billings Farm & Museum is owned and operated by The Woodstock Foundation Inc., a charitable non-profit institution. For further information: 802/457-2355 or

Don’t miss the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce Fireworks Extravaganza in celebration of Independence Day.
The Chamber Fireworks Extravaganza will take place on July 4, 2018 and begin promptly at 9:45pm at the Vermont State Fairgrounds. The Rutland County Agricultural Society will also be holding their 2018 Summer Smash Demo Derby at the Vermont State Fairgrounds at 6:30pm that day.
Thanks to our supporting sponsors, the Chamber is providing a community celebration of our nation’s independence with the area’s largest fireworks display.
The Chamber would like to thank these community minded businesses for helping to make the Fireworks Extravaganza possible this year: McDonald’s/Cough Inc., PEG TV, Price Chopper Supermarkets; Rutland Herald; Rutland Regional Medical Center; Ryan Smith & Carbine, Ltd.; The Bank of Bennington; Vermont Veterans Home and WalMart #2530.
For more information call the Rutland Region Chamber of Commerce 802-773-2747 go to

College of St. Joseph will host its next “CSJ Days” Open House on Friday, June 29. The Open House provides both prospective and accepted students and their families the opportunity to learn more about CSJ’s many degree programs, explore campus, and speak with admissions and financial aid counselors. Information will be available for both undergraduate and graduate programs, and members of the general public are invited to attend as well to explore part-time, career, and professional development opportunities. The event is scheduled 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with lunch included.
Those interested in attending CSJ Day on Friday, June 29 are encouraged to RSVP in advance at or by email to, or by phone at (802) 776-5205. A second CSJ Day Open House is scheduled for Friday, July 20. College of St. Joseph is located at 71 Clement Road in Rutland.

Rutland Regional Medical Center’s Community Health Team is hosting a free Chronic Pain Self-Management Program, starting June 28th, 2018 from 10am-12:30pm at SASH, Templewood Court in Rutland. This is a six week program led by trained, experienced leaders who have experienced chronic pain themselves. These evidence based programs can help those learn ways to reduce pain and deal with related issues like sleep disruption.
The workshops are targeted for people living with chronic pain for more than 3 to 6 months. Some of these chronic pain conditions included are: musculoskeletal pain (neck, shoulder, and back pain), fibromyalgia, postsurgical pain that lasts beyond 6 months, neuropathic pain, and poststroke pain. It can also benefit those with persistent headache, Crohn’s disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Diabetic Neuropathy or those experiencing severe muscular pain from conditions such as multiple sclerosis. In addition these workshops could also benefit those caring for someone with these medical conditions.
For more information or to enroll in this free workshop contact Krista Neary, Community Health Worker, RRMC – Community Health Improvement at 802.776.5507 or email

Diabetes can cause serious health problems, like heart disease, blindness and kidney failure. If you are living with type 2 diabetes, the Healthier Living Workshop for Diabetes can get you the support you need to better manage your disease and prevent these serious problems. This free program starts Thursday, June 28, 1:30-4 p.m. and runs every Thursday for the next six weeks, ending August 2 at Templewood Court, 5 Tremont Street, Rutland.
This small-group workshop is led by specially trained leaders, one of whom is a diabetic. You will learn about healthy eating, exercise, monitoring blood sugar, managing stress, and handling sick days. For more information and to register, contact Krista Neary, Community Health Team, a department of Rutland Regional Medical Center, at 802-776-5507.