The South Burlington Public Library, Vermont Library Association and the Vermont Department of Libraries are partnering on the Passport to Vermont Libraries program. From now through September first, the state’s public and academic libraries will hand out passports which encourage Vermonters and visitors alike to visit some of Vermont’s unique, beautiful, and creative libraries. For example, the Hitchcock Memorial Library in Westfield has a natural history collection including shells, rocks, artifacts and a mounted two-headed calf. Morristown Centennial Library displays the shoes found in their wall and the Chelsea Public Library displays a gift from the Merci Trains which sent presents to America from France after WWII.
Local libraries will stamp participants’ passports, and some offer small prizes. Four patrons statewide (adult, young adult, child and one wild card) will receive Vermont Library Ambassador awards for visiting the most libraries. Patrons are encouraged to post pictures and stories on the Vermont Library Association’s Facebook page.
More details about the program are available at vermontlibraries.org/passport.