Adult News & Programs

Celebrating 20 years as Carpenter-Carse Library!

Find our anniversary week activities here!


Upcycled Journal Workshop with Artist Susan Smereka

Saturday, November 4 & 11 at 10AM


This two-day workshop with artist Susan Smereka provides an opportunity to create a beautiful hand crafted journal. The process begins with disassembling an old hardcover book while learning the intricacies of how books are put together. Then you will rebuild the signatures with pages of the original book, pages from other books and blank journal pages. With waxed linen thread you will be guided through a step by step process of binding your new journal together. No experience necessary. This journal makes a great gift- just in time for the holidays!

Space is limited. Please contact the library to register by emailing Jill at adultprogramming.ccl@gmail
.com or by calling 802-482-2878.

A $15 materials fee is required.


The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis- A Talk by Brendan Kelly, LAc

Wednesday, November 15 at 7 PM - 8 PM

Brendan Kelly will present ideas and research from his recently published book, "The Yin and Yang of Climate Crisis". Melting ice caps, dying forests, and devastating floods are symptoms of deeper issues, both within us as individuals and within our culture. Informed by Brendan’s experience as a practitioner of Chinese medicine, we’ll discuss how the current life-threatening severity of climate change speaks to the level of imbalance that exists in the people and institutions responsible for the crisis. Looking through the lens of Chinese medicine, we are better able to understand that the severity of climate destabilization speaks to deeper issues and provides an opportunity to address our own personal and collective imbalances. We’ll also talk about hopeful, deep-reaching personal and societal remedies to treat the underlying causes of climate change.

Brendan Kelly has been actively involved with local, regional, and national environmental issues for twenty-five years. The co-founder and co-owner of Jade Mountain Wellness, where he currently practices acupuncture and herbalism in Burlington, VT, he also teaches at Johnson State College and the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture. Brendan lectures nationally on a wide variety of topics, including Chinese medicine, Western herbal medicine, personal health, climate change, and other environmental issues. Please visit for more information and upcoming events.

This talk is one in a series on climate change that is a collaboration with Charlotte Public Library, UVM, and the Lewis Creek Association. The series is sponsored by a grant which is supported by NOAA and administered by Califa.



Community Writers’ Group

First Tuesdays, 7:00-9:00PM

Calling all local writers! Join us for our once a month Community Writers Group! All genres welcome. Get your literary juices flowing with creative writing prompts, network with other local wordsmiths, and enjoy a fun, stimulating monthly workshop. Snacks provided. To submit a piece of writing for others to review and enjoy before the group meets, email Laura Wisniewski at




Carpenter-Carse Library Passes 2017


  • Birds of Vermont Museum: Free admission with one paid admission (limited to once per season per patron).

  • Echo: Up to 2 adults/3 youth $7 admission.

  • Lake Champlain Maritime Museum: Free family admission.

  • Shelburne Farms: (2 passes) Free family admission.

  • Shelburne Museum: (2 passes) Half off regular admission price for up to 2 adults and 4 children under 17. *Vermont Residents only.*

  • USS Constitution Museum: (2 passes) Free admission (9 max).

  • Vermont Granite Museum: Free family admission.

  • Vermont Historical Sites: Free admission (8 max).

  • Vermont History Museum & Heritage Galleries: Free day pass for one family.

  • Vermont State Parks: Admit 1 vehicle (8 passengers max), 1 day.


For additional information and availability, please contact the library.


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Carpenter-Carse Library
69 Ballards Corner, Hinesburg, VT 05461
Phone: 802.482.2878