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Explore Vermont’s libraries throughout the summer months

VERMONT—From June 1 to Sept. 1, 118 Vermont public and academic libraries will be handing out passports in the third annual Passport to Vermont Libraries program, encouraging Vermonters and visitors alike to visit some of Vermont’s unique, beautiful and creative libraries.

Did you know? The Isle La Motte Library, a lovely stone building, boasts their first librarian was a volunteer named Cynthia Ritchie, described as “an intelligent 12 year old girl.” The Belcher Library in Stockbridge has a (probably) playable pump organ. Two libraries in Vermont are made of marble: West Rutland is one. Can you find the other?

Local libraries will stamp each passport and some offer small prizes. Four patrons statewide (adult, young adult, child and one wild card) will receive Vermont Library Ambassador awards for visiting the most libraries. This is also the second year of the award for the librarian who visits the most Vermont libraries.

Patrons are encouraged to post pictures and stories on the VLA’s Facebook page,

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