The best winter “staycations” start at the Springfield Town Library

Springfield Town Library Director Amy Howlett enjoys a cup of coffee at the new Keurig station in the library. Photo by Karen Engdahl.

SPRINGFIELD, Vt. – Whether you have an hour, a day, a week, or a long, luxurious month to spend for a mid-winter break, the Springfield Town Library has all you need for the best “staycation” ever.


You might start curled up in a cozy wing chair, sipping a cup of hot cocoa, catching up on the news. “We’ve just created our ‘coffee corner’,” said library Director Amy Howlett. “We have a Keurig machine with coffee, tea, and hot cocoa at the front of the library, right next to our large selection of newspapers – including all the local papers, plus the New York Times, Boston Globe, and the Wall Street Journal.  Everybody likes reading the news over a cup of coffee!”


Maybe you want to catch up on the latest bestsellers. “We try to stock everything on the bestsellers list,” said Howlett. “If we don’t have the book here, we can get it from another library. Right now I’m reading “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. It’s a great story about a cranky old man. He’s gruff, but it’s clear he misses his wife who has passed. The writing style is so unique—I’m loving it.”


How about a winter film festival or a night at the opera? The library has a huge collection of DVDs and CDs, if you’re “old school;” you can also access downloads of music, film, and print through One-Click Digital and Vermont Online services. Instructions for use of these services is available at the library or on the library website,


Want to hear some live music? Check the library’s monthly calendar for events. On March 15, longtime Gypsy Reel singer and instrumentalist Claudine Langille will present a program of Irish music and tales to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.


Perhaps you’d like to explore your own personal creativity. The library hosts groups for writers and crafters. Or brush up your skills with online courses through the Universal Class service available on the website.


Want to include the kids in your “staycation” plans? Children’s Librarian Michelle Stinson has lots of suggestions. “We have activities and groups for kids of all ages,” said Stinson. “Lego Club, Maker’s Mania, presentations by the Grafton Nature Museum Staff are all popular with school-age kids. We’re going to start an Anime Club in March. For the younger kids, we like to have a spontaneous story hour on Monday afternoons – complete with art materials.”


If your family wants to close out a “staycation” with a full-scale stage production, the Children’s Room houses a small theatre stage and a huge selection of furry puppets.


“There’s literally something for everyone,” laughed Howlett.


The Springfield Town Library is located on Main Street and is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Friday from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Michelle Stinson the Children’s Librarian has books and puppets to share. Photo by Karen Engdahl.
Lizzie Warren, age 4, enjoys the Children’s Room. Photo by Karen Engdahl.
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