Library News

Welcome back!

This is an exciting year in the library.  What’s new…

We have received the CLiF Year of the Book grant!  

The CLiF Year of the Book Kickoff is coming!

Meet David Martin

Author and illustrator from Lyndonville, Vermont!

Pick out a brand new book to take home!

Friday September 8th, 2017

In the Canaan School Library

9:00-9:45 Pre K-2nd grade

10:00-10:45 3rd-6th grade

Learn more about David and his books at

Children’s Literacy Foundation

Beginnings of a Makerspace

Young Writers Workshop

Music flows in Sing Da Navelli's blood. When she enrolls at a prestigious conservatory, her first opera audition is for the role of her dreams. But this leading role is the last Sing's mother ever sang, before her controversial career, and her life, were cut tragically short.

As Sing struggles to escape her mother's shadow and prove her own worth, she is drawn to the conservatory's icy forest, a place steeped in history, magic, and danger. She soon realizes there is more to her new school than the artistry and politics of classical music.

With the help of a dark-eyed apprentice who has secrets of his own, Sing must unravel the story of the conservatory's dark forest and the strange creature who lives there -- and find her own voice.

For eighteen years, Redwing has lived in hiding in a city of hissing pipes and curving temples perched on the side of Mol, the great volcano. Her father hoped she would grow up to be a real human girl and not a wicked creature out of mythology, so he secretly spared her life as an infant.

But when two priests track her down and attack, she calls forth fire to protect herself, and her secret is out. Redwing soon catches the attention of a cult with a thousand year-old grudge, a group of underground rebels, and the son of the Empress. And when Redwing’s sister goes missing, she uncovers a greater plot to awaken Mol and bring his lava down upon them all.

Now, Redwing must draw a line between myth and history -- and prove she is more than a monster -- if she is to save both her sister and her home.

VCFA Young Writers Network Receives Vermont Community Foundation Grant

Montpelier, Vt.–The Vermont College of Fine Arts (VCFA) Young Writers Network has received a $2,500 Small and Inspiring Grant from the Vermont Community Foundation. It’s the first time VCFA has been awarded a grant from the Community Foundation. The College will use the funding to bring a VCFA Young Writers Network program to Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom.

The VCFA Young Writers Network, which the College launched just over one year ago, connects VCFA alumni authors to youth who are underserved by existing creative writing programs and underrepresented in children’s literature as a whole. The network, which has a nationwide reach, was founded by VCFA’s MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults alumni and has hosted programs in Boston, New York City, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

Through its Small and Inspiring grants program, the Vermont Community Foundation is helping foster the spark and hope that keeps Vermonters healthy and happy by finding and supporting projects where a small grant can make a big difference. This grant will be used to bring the VCFA Young Writers Network’s “Telling Our Stories” project to middle school students in Canaan, Vt. A VCFA author will visit the school for an intensive, multi-day workshop series in which seventh and eighth graders will explore and develop their own stories.

Teresa Bolton, the Library Media Specialist for Canaan Schools, became familiar with the project after attending a “Telling Our Stories” celebration in neighboring Colebrook, N.H. last March; six communities in New Hampshire’s North Country participated in the pilot author series with the VCFA Young Writers Network and the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire.

“We knew we had to find a way to include Canaan students in the next iteration,” says Katie Bayerl, director of the network and a VCFA alumna.

Deborah Lynch, Principal of Canaan Schools, said the school system is thankful to the VCFA Young Writers Network and Vermont Community Foundation for providing the opportunity to bring new experiences to students.

“Our junior high and high school students don't often get to experience artists-in-residence, so this will be a wonderful experience for them. I look forward to seeing the written work that is produced,” Lynch says.

The Vermont Community Foundation is a family of hundreds of funds and foundations established by Vermonters to serve their charitable goals. It provides the advice, investment vehicles, and back-office expertise to make giving easy and effective. The Foundation also provides leadership in giving by responding to community needs, mobilizing and connecting philanthropists to multiply their impact, and by keeping Vermont’s nonprofit sector vital with grants and other investments in the community.

Visit or call 802-388-3355 for more information.

To learn more about the VCFA Young Writers Network and to make a gift, visit

About Vermont College of Fine Arts

Vermont College of Fine Arts is a national center for education in the arts, fostering the excellence of emerging and established artists, while advancing the arts to create a more humane world. It is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) and offers the Master of Fine Arts degree in Writing, Writing for Children & Young Adults, Visual Art, Music Composition, Graphic Design, Film, and Writing & Publishing, and a Master of Arts in Teaching and Master of Arts in Art & Design Education.


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Teresa Bolton, Library Media Specialist

(802) 266-8910, ext. 21