Great News for Library Supporters

Great news for supporters of the Worthen Library

The Cares Act of 2020, passed in March, contains two little known federal tax benefits, even for tax filers who use the standard deduction and do not itemize. 

Annual charitable contributions of up to $300 for an individual, or $600 for married couples filing jointly, can be deducted and used to reduce the donor’s AGI (Adjusted Gross Income).  

Also, individuals who itemize can deduct donations up to 100% of their 2020 AGI, up from 60% previously.

Why not take advantage of this one-time tax benefit to make a donation to your library that lowers your taxable income? You can send a check or you can click here to make a secure gift online.

The Worthen Library does not provide legal or tax advice so please consult your tax advisor to determine how these changes may impact you.  Thank you for your ongoing support. And on we go!

Outdoor Storytime

Hey everybody! Get you’re masks ready – story time is back and this time it’s outside. We’ll be having an outdoor socially distanced storytime starting September 15th every Tuesday at 10am. We’ll read some stories and have a take-home craft available for everyone.

Live Vermont Animals!

Join us this Friday July 24th at 10am for live Vermont animals with Michael Clough from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum. He’ll be bringing local animals from turtles to birds of prey. Check out the animals and learn something new.

This event will be held outside behind the library and will be socially distant. Feel free to bring your own blanket or chairs and please wear a mask.

Worthen Library Birthday Scavenger Hunt

Find as many book characters as you can between July 8-18 in local store windows. Remember to Shop Local! Check off the characters you find on the form below and bring it with you to…

Collect your prize on Saturday, July 18, 10:00-11:00 AM at the Library!

You will also have the opportunity to support your neighbors at the Grand Isle County Food Bank: Cash Donations will be accepted to help our Island Community.

We will be giving away free popcorn and the bricks from our brick campaign will be installed.

The Hate U Give

2020 marks the 18th year of the Vermont Reads program, in which Vermont Humanities invites people across the state to read the same book and participate in a wide variety of community activities related to the book’s themes.

Mississippi writer Angie Thomas’ debut novel, The Hate U Give, runs headlong into the challenges faced by young black kids in a world that doesn’t value their bodies or respect their voices. Yet it’s a universal story about a young girl making the choice to speak out. Starr’s struggle to find her voice will likely resonate deeply with any kid who is facing down violence in their home, their neighborhood or their country.

Movie Discussions

The library owns copies of the all the movies we will be discussing. We will be loaning them out for two day periods to give as many people as possible to view the movies. The discussions will take place at 6:30 on Zoom. Please email the library for the link.

  • Tuesday August 18th – The Hate U Give
  • Tuesday September 1st – Fruitvale Station
  • Tuesday September 15th – I am Not Your Negro
  • Tuesday September 29th – Do the Right Thing
  • Tuesday October 6th – BlacKKKlansman

 Justice and Equity Art

The library will be providing families with blank yard signs to create justice and equity art. Stop by the library today to pick up your blank lawn sign.

Book and Short Story Discussion

The library will be holding a book discussion for “The Hate U Give” on Wednesday September 16th at 6pm. Please stop by the library to pick up or reserve you copy of the book today.

The short story group will be reading short stories written by Black authors for the month of August. The short story group meets every Thursday at 6:30 pm. Please email the library ( for the zoom link.