Our Mission Statement
The Bixby Memorial Free Library, supported by Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham, provides opportunities for its five-town community to engage, discover and learn.
The Bixby’s vision is to create a valued and thriving library that sparks delight in the community.
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 general collection includes children’s, young adult, and adult fiction and nonfiction–with many titles from the New York Times best-seller lists. Additionally, we carry audiobook CDs and DVDs for Adults and Children, as well as a huge selection of Large Print materials. We are a member of the Green Mountain Library Consortium and offer our members free downloads of eBooks and audios. A selection of local and national newspapers and magazines are available in print for browsing including: Burlington Free Press, Addison Independent, Seven Days, People magazine.
For titles unavailable locally, inter-library loan services quickly provide the requested materials from other public, regional, state, college or university libraries.
Children’s and Youth Programs
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 during the school year to special events during school vacations and the Summer Reading Program.
Picture books, easy readers, fiction and nonfiction texts, children’s DVDs, and CDs are available; award winning children’s and young adult books–Newberry, Caldecott, Dorothy Canfield Fisher, Coretta Scott King , Green Mountain Book Award, etc.–are purchased annually.
Bixby staff welcome class visits from local schools. Homeschooling parents will find support with materials from the general collection and inter-library loan for their curriculum needs. For further information regarding scheduling a class visit, children’s events and / or the summer reading program, go to Children’s Programs on the Events Page or call and speak with Rachel, the Youth Services Librarian at 802-877-2211.
Volunteers give generously of their time and talents and work several hours every week at Bixby Library. Volunteer responsibilities may include assisting at the circulation desk and/or tackling a variety of tasks that are necessary to maintain library services. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer should call Maddy Willwerth (802-877-2211) weekdays during library operating hours. Training will be provided. In addition to volunteering, other ways to provide service to the library include the Friends of the Bixby Library or the Bixby Trustee Board.
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. Monthly Trustee meetings are held at the library on the second Monday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are open to the public. Parking is available at the back of the library.
Current Trustees are:
Paula Moore, Panton, President
Derek Cohen, Waltham, Vice President
Marsha Hoffman, Ferrisburgh, Treasurer
Marjorie London, Ferrisburgh, Secretary
Laura Mack, Vergennes
Pat Mayo, Ferrisburgh
Ed Place, Addison
Nial Rele, Vergennes
Erin Roche, Vergennes
Silas Towler, Ferrisburgh
Peter Welch, Vergennes