Family-Focused Grants Received, Expanded Hours and Offerings at Moore Free Library

The Moore Free Library in Newfane has recently received grants from the United Way of Windham County, the Cosby-Gannett Fund, the Vermont Community Foundation, RISE VT, and the Children’s Literacy Foundation. These grants are all targeted towards increasing family programming and youth engagement at the library.

With the funding, the Moore Free Library will be expanding its hours and family offerings. Starting February 1st, the library will host Family Fun Fridays every Friday evening. Coloring and board games will be available from 5-6 PM and at 6 PM, a family movie will be shown in the Crowell Gallery. Popcorn and snacks will be provided. On Saturdays, there will be a weekly activity geared towards kids/families from 1:00 – 2:00 PM.

This grant funding is also supporting a week of Story Time Yoga during school vacation week (February 17 – 22). From 10:30 — 11:30 AM each day that week, families and caregivers of children of all ages are invited to hear a story and learn some gentle yoga moves related to the story, led by Newfane Village Yoga and Kidding Around Yoga certified teacher, Courtney Perkins. After Story Time Yoga, families are invited to gather at the Newfane Congregational Church for a community luncheon.

The Moore Free Library also offers a weekly story time on Thursdays, 10:30 – 11:00 AM, which is an opportunity for young children and their caregivers to get to know each other and listen to stories read aloud. All of these events are free and open to all families and caregivers of children.

Effective February 1, 2020, the Moore Free Library’s hours will be as follows: Tuesday 1-5 PM, Wednesday 2-6 PM, Thursday 1-5 PM (with story time 10:30 – 11 AM), Friday 2-8 PM, Saturday 10 AM – 2 PM. The library will continue to be closed on Sundays and Mondays.

This grant funding will allow the library to offer expanded hours and activities for seven months, as a pilot program. If family engagement and youth attendance increases during this pilot period, the library hopes to secure ongoing funding to make these changes permanent.

The Moore Free Library is located at 23 West Street, Newfane, VT 05345., (802) 365-7948,

Erica Walch, Director
Moore Free Library
P.O. Box 208, 23 West Street
Newfane, VT 05345
(802) 365-7948

Library & Crowell Art Gallery Hours: Tuesday 1-5, Wednesday 1-5, Thursday 2-7, Friday 1-5, Saturday 10-1
Closed Sunday & Monday