The Bixby Memorial Free Library, supported by Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham, is dedicated to fulfilling the diverse literary and cultural needs of these communities. The Library promotes reading and learning as lifelong activities by providing a wide range or resource materials, programming and outreach and by preserving and promoting the cultural heritage of the area.
From its earliest days in the back wing of the Chittenden Bank building, the Bixby Memorial Free Library (at that time called the City Library) has steadily increased its collection and services and now holds more than 25,000 volumes. The collection includes children's, young adult, and adult fiction and nonfiction--with many titles from the New York Times best-seller lists--plus video and audio tapes, DVD's, books on CD, periodicals, and rare books and genealogical records. In addition to a selection of magazine subscriptions, the Burlington Free Press, Addison Independent, Valley Voice, New York Times Book Review, USA Today, Seven Days, and other periodicals are available in the reference room. For titles unavailable locally, interlibrary loan services quickly provide the requested materials from other public, regional, state, college or university libraries. Patrons are suggested to pay for postage for materials from this service. Photo copying is also available for .20 per page. (B&W).
The Bixby is WIFI 24/7. There are three public access computers for community members and patrons. They can used for various time periods and individuals must register to reserve time at the circulation desk. Children must have signed permission forms from the library prior to using the Internet. This form is also available upon request at the circulation desk. Printed copies are .20 each, and may be paid at the circulation desk.
Local residents (Addison Northwest School District) may obtain a library card without charge. Children the age of 8 can get their own library card with parent’s permission and signature. Teens who are 18 can apply for their own library card. Residents from out of town may obtain a library card for $20.00. Annual renewal is at the end of June. Materials are borrowed for two weeks and renewed upon request. No overdue fines are charged, but contributions to the conscience box are always welcome. Teachers may borrow materials for classroom use for longer time periods. Patrons may place a reserve on circulating materials, and will be called when they are available to them.
Rachel Plant, Librarian
Linda Braginton, Assistant Librarian
Carolyn Tallen, Librarian's Assistant
Gail Martin, Children's Librarian
Jeanne Wisner, Clerk
Sara Howe, Clerk
Kathy Stearns, Clerk
Third Thursday programs offer a variety of lectures, discussions and musical presentations. For example, recently Jim Blair, photo-journalist and former editor of National Geographic, presented his Vermont slides. Check Programs for more information.
Bixby Memorial Free Library provides a range of children's and young adult programs and services, from weekly preschool story hours at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday to special events during vacations and the summer reading program. Picture books, easy readers, fiction and nonfiction texts, children's videos, magazines, and audiotape and book sets are available; award winning children's and young adult books--Newbery, Caldecott, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Coretta Scott King etc.--are purchased yearly. Bixby staff welcome class visits from district elementary schools and support parents of home schoolers with materials from the collection and interlibrary loan. The calendar of special events reaches high gear during the summer months with the summer reading program. For further information regarding children’s events and the summer reading program, go to Kids' Programs or call Gail Martin, children’s librarian, at 877-2211.
In addition, sixteen volunteers give generously of their time and talents and work several hours every week at Bixby Library. Volunteer responsibilities may include working at the circulation desk and tackling a variety of tasks that are necessary to maintain library services. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should call Linda Braginton (877-2211) between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.
The purpose of the Friends of Bixby Library is to raise funds in support of the Library and to provide monies for special programs, services and activities. The Friends are members of the community who volunteer to help out with special projects and ongoing programs that serve the Library mission of learning and education. For more information go to Friends of Bixby.
The Bixby Memorial Free Library is governed by a Board of Trustees representing the towns of Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton and Waltham and the city of Vergennes. Current Representatives are:
Ferrisburgh-Peter Welch, Peter Morris, Bill Mazeine
Panton-Brad Howe (Vice-Chairman)
Vergennes-Chris Bradford, Harry Curth, Kitty Oxholm, (Chair)
Waltham-Donna Corcoran (Treasurer)