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Above are examples of Fairy Houses built at The Nature Museum in Grafton, VT.

Help us line the Story Trail with Fairy Houses!

The Library has received a request from a traveling Fairy group – they are touring New England and wish to visit Northfield but they need some temporary homes to stay in. We think along the Story Walk Trail would be the perfect spot to place fairy houses for them but we need your help to make it happen! If you are interested in building a fairy house please pick up a registration packet at the library (or download one here). We will mark out approved fairy house locations along the trail and once you register with us we will let you know which spot will be yours. More details and fairy house building guidelines and ideas, aong with the registration form, will be in the packet. This project is free and open to everyone – kids and adults!

Please register by May 21st so we know how many houses we can povide to the traveling fairies. Plan to place your Fairy houses on your site anytime between May 21st – May 28th. Saturday, May 29th will be Opening Day of the Fairy House Walk Village – fairies are expected to arrive and move in that weekend! Questions? Email us at friendsofdml01360@gmail.com

Download Fairy House Walk Registration Packet Here

Parking for the Story Walk is in the Dickinson Memorial Library parking lot. The StoryWalk is a one way path. As you walk the path keep in mind to social distance up to 6 feet away from others. Directions from the library parking lot to the StoryWalk: From the library parking lot (turn right), walk to MA-10 (the main road), turn right (heading North) onto the sidewalk. Walk pass the library, a white house, on the right is the Library Trail & the beginning of the StoryWalk.

Pick Up a Puzzle Day Saturday, June 5th! 10am-11:30am

In Need Of A New Puzzle To Work On? Come to Pick Up A Puzzle Day at the Dickinson Memorial Library on Saturday, June 5th, 10am-11:30am. This event is free and open to all. We have dozens of new-to-you puzzles (for kids and adults) that were generously donated for our ongoing puzzle swap. Come to the back door of the library – masks on please! Questions? Email us at friendsofdml01360@gmail.com


How Does The Puzzle Swap Work? Thanks to a generous community we have been collecting donated puzzles since November and every few weeks host a Pick Up A Puzzle Day at the library. This event is free and open to anyone. During the event the puzzles are laid out in the downstairs library community room for folks to browse and choose 1 or 2 puzzles to take home with them. There is no time limit on how long you may keep the puzzles. If you love the puzzle you may keep it forever, if you enjoyed it but would like to pass it on then drop it off in our puzzle donation box. We follow Covid precautions by quarantining donated puzzles for a week and on Pick Up A Puzzle Days there is a door monitor to make sure no more than 4 guests are in the community room at a time, with masks on. When Is The Next Pick Up A Puzzle Day? Date and time of the next puzzle event will be posted here, on our facebook page, and on the Northfield nextdoor.com message board.

The Puzzle Swap Continues….

Still Accepting Puzzle Donations! If you have puzzles – in good condition and with no missing pieces – you wish to donate (any size!) you may drop them off in our Puzzle Donation Box that is next to the back door of the Dickinson Memorial Library – please make sure the box is secured with tape or string or the pieces are in a ziplock bag. Or next Pick Up A Puzzle Day will be posted on this site, on our facebook page, and announced through our email newsletter. Questions? Email us at friendsofdml01360@gmail.com

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Who Are The Friends of The Library? We consider all Northfield residents who use our library an automatic member – we charge no membership fees or dues. We currently have a Board of Directors that meet monthly and consist of 8 volunteer members.

What Do The Friends Do? Our mission is to support the Library & Staff through fundraising and advocacy. We are interested in improving its services, adding to its resources, and contributing to its role in the community. We sponsor many Library Programs: Special Guest Lectures, Children’s Summer Programs, Children’s Weekly Story Time, After School Programs, Adult Art & Craft Classes. We have hosted the following events: Dog Show, Children’s Holiday Bazaar, Library Night at the Creamie, Volunteer Thank You Brunch, Community Puzzle Swap, and Mini-Golf in the Library. We support the library by funding certain items: Museum Passes, Copier Maintenance & Supplies, Website Hosting & Technical Support, Community Room Renovation, Drapes, Chairs/ Bean Bag Chairs, Art for the Children’s Room Walls, Pop Up Tents to create a shaded otuside WiFi area for the community.

How do the Friends Fundraise? Our primary financial support is obtained from our Annual Fundraising Campaign. We are also fortunate in receiving a grant through the Tortuga Foundation from an anonymous donor for the past few years. Additional funds come from t-shirt and book bag sales and from events such as the Dog Show. We also receive donations through the Amazon Smiles program.

Who Is On The Board Of Directors & When Do They Meet? The Board of Directors is always open to accepting new Board Members. If interested email us and come to one of our meetings! We typically meet on the Third Tuesday of the month at 5:30pm. In pre-covid times we meet at the Library, currently we meet via zoom. There are 4 officers: President, Vice-President, Secretary, & Treasurer. The current Board Members are: Jan Herlihy (President), Mary Bowen (Vice President), Laura Kaye (Secretary), Cynthia Durham (Treasurer), Lara Dubin, Barb King, Martha Lewin, and Kackie St. Clair.

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