Adult Programs

Summer Programs for Adults


Coffeehouse Series

Legalization of Marijuana with Vergennes Chief of Police George Merkel, August 23, 7pm
Legislation concerning the legalization of marijuana has progressed through our state government and Chief Merkel has been a vocal opponent to legalization. What are some of the challenges and health risk concerning legalization? How might it affect law enforcement and public safety? Chief Merkel will discuss some of the issues and provide perspective on this timely issue.

Good Naked: Wit, Wisdom, and a Workshop with Joni B. Cole, September 6, 4pm (and possibly 6:30pm)
Join author and writing instructor Joni B. Cole as she shares insights from her new book Good Naked: Reflections on How to Write More, Write Better and Be Happier (included in Poets & Writers list of “Best Books for Writers”). The talk will be followed by an interactive workshop that invites participants to write from a “prompt” and see what happens. Whether you consider yourself a writer, an artist, a wannabe, or an enthusiast for new experiences, this event offers participants a chance to uncover the creative potential within all of us.

Bixby Writers Programs

Writing Group with Jay Dubberly, MFA                           
Mondays, 6-8pm, Kerr Room                                                       
This weekly group is led by screenwriter Jay Dubberly and is structured to benefit writers working on longer projects. Poetry collections, chapbooks, screenplays, serial teleplays, stage plays, novels, novellas, story collections, essay collections have all been represented at times.

Bixby Writing Workshop with Muir Haman                                                                
Thursday, 6-8pm, Otter Creek Room                                                                                   
This weekly group will go from blank page to book in 8 weeks. They will plan, set project goals, meet those goals, and finish by creating a unique or reproducible book object. For beginning to intermediate writers, those looking to add structure to their writing routine and who don’t know where to begin. It will be focused on short forms: essay, poetry, short fiction. Tools and techniques will be discussed, and prompts and feedback provided. The final session will focus on book construction utilizing “zine” forms. Registration is encouraged, and attendance at every meeting is not strictly required.

Tuesday Table Read Series, 6-8pm, Community Room                                                
Co-sponsored by Zig Zag Lit Mag, these meetings each focus on a single in-progress work-of-length. The work is introduced by the author, who then must be silent while the work is read and discussed. The fun, organic discussion creates a dynamically instructive experience for the writer. Anyone is welcome to attend and contribute their voice to the discussion, writing experience is not required or even encouraged.

August 29: Margi Rogal (Hancock)                                                                                    
Chapbook: Cafe on Vine

September 24: Zig Zag Lit Mag Issue.3 Release Party                                                    
At Stonecutter Spirits Barrel Room, Middlebury

TWO SPECIAL Writing Workshop Series                                                                            
With author Kris Johannesson of Middlebury
These two workshops will begin in September and will last 8 weeks. Each workshop is standalone, and attendance at both is welcome. All levels of writers are welcome. There are no mandatory assignments, the instructor will provide weekly readings, and encourage writing through optional writing projects. Both workshops are free and open to the public. Space is limited and registration is required. Contact Adult Services Librarian, Muir Haman at or 802-877-2211.
Workshop 1: “Writing Horror: Defining Terror, Fear & the Dark Side of Imagination” September 7 – October 26, 6-8pm, Otter Creek Room
Within this workshop we will boldly explore the human responses to fear. What are your nightmares made of? We will investigate terror itself, and how this has impacted our world, cultures and our current day lives. What makes you question your sanity or safety? When the lights go out, and you are alone, what thoughts creep into your conscious awareness? Literature has been a canvas for bringing fear to light, and we will experiment in writing stories of our own. This workshop will include diverse readings from contemporary writers, we will have writing exercises and prompts will be provided, all assignments are optional and never mandatory. This will be so much more than writing “ghost stories!” Come join us and investigate your fears, while we have fun examining the collective Macabre
Workshop 2: “Microcosms & Magnifications: The Short Story” September 13 – November 8, 3-5pm, Otter Creek Room
Within this workshop we will focus on the elements of fiction and how they apply specifically to the short story in both context and application. We will examine such components as the plot, building scenes, dialogue, setting, narrative strategy, engaging the senses, message and symbolism, setting writers habits, and revision. This workshop will include diverse readings from contemporary writers, we will have writing exercises and prompts will be provided. Bring a project you have been working on, (e.g. your stories you have written,) or come as first time, curious fans of the written story. There are no mandatory assignments, the instructor will provide weekly readings, and encourage writing through optional writing projects.

SPECIAL ONE-TIME Writing Workshops                                                                            
With Vermont Wild author Megan Price of Charlotte
These two late afternoon sessions will meet from 3 to 5pm and are for ages 16 and up. Each session is a standalone, and attendance at both session is welcome. Limited to 20 people per session. Registration required. Be prepared to ask questions and talk generically about what you wish to publish in order to participate.
Session 1: “I want to write a book – how to begin.” September 14, 3-5pm, Otter Creek Room
Do you have a book concept and don’t know where to start? Curious about what it takes to complete a book project? Join Megan Price to learn from an experienced, prolific author how to go about your book project.
Session 2: “How to Publish Your Book – Let me Count the Ways…” September 28, 3-5pm, Otter Creek Room
Are you ready to start thinking about publishing? What are you options? Where do you start? Megan Price has complete numerous book projects and is ready to impart her wisdom to you.

Book Discussion Group
An ongoing book discussion group will meet the second Monday of every month at 7-8 pm in Vermont Room. The group is entirely voluteer led and is always open to the public. The library will provide copies of the selected titles for the group. For more information, contact  Adult Services Librarian, Muir Haman or 802-877-2211 x208.

September 11: The Zookeeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman
A strange, but historically true story of WWII. It reveals the extraordinary efforts of Jan and Antonina Zabinski, Christian zookeepers horrified by Nazi racism, who capitalized on the Nazis’ obsession with pureblood animals in order to save over 300 doomed people by hiding them in the bombed-out cages at the Warsaw Zoo. A tale of people, animals, and subversive acts of compassion.

Bixby Movie Showings
Once a month, the library shows a free movie. Please contact Adult Services Librarian Muir Haman for more information.

September 1: Rogue One, PG-13
The 1st of the Star Wars standalone films, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an all-new epic adventure. In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.


Bridge Club
The Bridge Club meets every Monday at 1:00pm in the library’s Otter Creek Room.

Vergennes Arts Walk
The Bixby will be open from 5-7pm on Friday July 28 and August 25 for the monthly city wide Arts Walk.

Technology Help
Join the librarian for one-on-one or small group appointments for technology help. Help with most technology that can be carried to the library is available. Learn to us one of the library’s ipads, our Kindle, or our Nook. More structured classes are also available on topics like Beginner Computer Skills, Audio- and E-books at Bixby, Research in the Internet Age, Internet Classes for Free (Universal Class Service). There is no fee for participation if you have a library card. Email the Adult Services Librarian Muir Haman or call 802-877-2211 x208 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

The library is also available on a limited basis to provide books at elderly care facilities in the Addison Northwest District. Call for more information.


Echo Pass
The ECHO at Leahy Center for Lake Champlain Library Pass is available to all our registered patrons.  The pass admits up to 2 adults and 3 youth for $4.00 each. This may not apply to all exhibits.

Elder Education Enrichment
Elder Education Enrichment (EEE) is a lifelong-learning organization which has served the Burlington area for almost 25 years. It is open to anyone interested in educational experiences without tests, papers, or grades.

The EEE presents 12 weeks of interesting and diverse programs each Fall and Spring. Each semester is divided into several series, each with a theme. Click on the monthly schedule to explore their current offerings. The library’s pass allows 2 adults to attend one lecture for free. The pass may be used once per semester per person.

Shelburne Farms
Shelburne Farms annually donates two passes to the Bixby. Each pass is available to our registered patrons and entitles two adults and their children (under 18) living in one household to free admission to the Walking Trails and Children’s Farmyard ONLY. The passes will not grant access to any of the special programs offered.

Thank you to Shelburne Farms for donating these passes to the Bixby.

Shelburne Museum
Our circulating Shelburne Museum pass offers free admission for 2 adults and up to 4 children under 18. Thanks to the Ferrisburgh Historical Society for providing this pass to the Bixby.

Vermont History Museum & Heritage Galleries
This complimentary library pass is good for admission to the Vermont History Museum located in Montpelier, Vermont.

All passes are in the name of the library and available for our registered patrons to borrow and return within a specified time.

Call 877-2211 for more information or to reserve one of the passes.

Links of Interest

Administration on Aging
Benefits Check Up
Eldercare Locator
Family Caregiver Alliance
Meals on Wheels
National Council for Aging Care
National Council on the Aging
Senior Advisor Communities
Senior Living Map
Vermont Health Dept.