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Kids' Summer Reading 2022

June 13-August 5

There are a variety of ways kids can participate in Summer Reading 2022, and the more participation the more chances to earn tickets to enter our prize raffles.

  1. You can keep track of your reading with our summer reading logs and sticker sheets and earn 1 ticket for each half hour of reading time

  2. You can visit the library any time we’re open and automatically earn 3 tickets for each visit to the library

  3. You can check out library books and earn 1 ticket for each book you check out and then return

  4. You can come to summer reading events at the library and automatically earn 5 raffle tickets for each event you attend.

Kids Summer Reading Event Schedule:

  • Friday, July 8 @ 11am-12pm....Fish Scales & Mermaid Tails

  • Friday, July 15 @ 11am-12pm.....Make your own Hawaiian lei

  • Friday, July 22 @ 11am-12pm.....DIY Sock-topus

  • Friday, July 29 @ 11am-12pm.....Mason jar aquariums

  • Friday, August 5 @ 11am-12pm.....VIA Aquarium live animal presentation

Stop by the library to pick up your Summer Reading packet and get started.

*Summer Reading 2022 is sponsored, in part, by the Vermont Department of Libraries and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Judy Smith, Quilter


On display at the SWPL, July & August 2022

Judy Smith retired to South Mason Hill Road in Pownal in 1993 from Southern California, where she had worked as the assistant to the director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the division of NASA that handles its unmanned space exploration.  She spent free time away from her demanding job developing her talents through a series of crafts: oil painting, needlepoint, slipcovers, watercolor painting, and knitting.  She began quilting in 1996 and quickly became a skilled and prolific quilter.  

She loved expressing herself through quilting, comparing fabric to an artist’s paint on a canvas.  Judy’s grandsons, Grant, Archer and Ian Greenhalgh, now all in their mid to late twenties, recall her kind perfectionism while she was helping them make their own bed-sized quilts as children.  They claim she would make them rip out seams that were not perfectly straight, and it taught them to be careful and do their best the first time!

When her husband, Harlin Smith, began to need round-the-clock care several years ago, she concentrated on handwork and applique while she sat with him away from her machine.

Judy co-chaired the Quiet Valley Quilters annual Quiltfest for about twenty years. Her sewing room wall sported a rainbow of prize ribbons, and her work had even been featured in a magazine.  She leaves an artistic legacy that will endure generations.  Judy had a habit of numbering her quilt projects and was past #880 when she passed away in early May, 2022.  

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Why Poetry?

Third Mondays, 6:30-8:00pm

Do you have a secret love—for poetry?
You know better than to talk about it in public. Even your spouse looks blank when you share a poem—
especially one you’ve written!

Or maybe you’ve never understood—why poetry?
You don’t see what others pretend to get out of a poem. In English class,
maybe you felt like an outsider?

If you’d like to learn a little more about how poetry works, share some of your work, or simply practice exposure to poetry, join us at Solomon Wright Public Library on the Third Monday evening of each month from 6:30-8:00, starting 3/21/22. Your leader is a former English teacher at both college and high school levels. She and her classes enjoyed much fun at our poetry readings. Let’s share the joy of language together.

Please let us know you're coming by registering at:

Book Stack

SWPL Monthly Book Club

Third Thursdays at 7:00 pm

The Solomon Wright Public Library book club is open to all. Meetings are held either remotely, or at the library on the third Thursday of each month. For more information, including the monthly book pick and meeting details, please contact the library by clicking here.

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Sunrise Family Resource Center Weekly Playgroup

Mondays, 10:30-12:00

Join Sunrise Family Resource Center Parent Educator Tiffany Racicot at the SWPL every Monday morning at 10:30-12:00 for a fun, educational playgroup.  This group is geared towards children ages 0-6 years and their caregivers (siblings welcome!). Sunrise supports and promotes parent education and activities throughout the year, such as countywide playgroups and Parent Education classes. Current activities are listed on their Facebook page and website.

Sunrise Family Resource Center Facebook page


Bennington County

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Read It and Reap!

The Solomon Wright Public Library is excited to join the Bennington County 1000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative!  

1KBB4K is so simple!  Just sign up at your local library, keep track of the books you read with your child, and earn free books when you reach big milestones.  All the books you read with your child, no matter where they come from, will count toward your reading goals, but if you'd like to borrow a special 1KBB4K backpack full of great books, let us know!

Contact us for more information.

Register online

Packing Cans

Pownal Food Pantry donations

Making a Difference

The Solomon Wright Library is now collecting donations for the Pownal Food Pantry. Please bring donations of non-perishable food items to the collection bin located next to our front door.

If you prefer to donate money, checks made out to the Pownal Food Pantry can be dropped in our secure book return!