2017-10-12 / Front Page

Williamstown Academy at the Ainsworth

Elaine Stehel
The Northfield News

Photo by Elaine Stehel, The Northfield News

Helen Johnson displays penny rug on the steps of
Ainsworth Public Library in Williamstown - Fiber Arts
Group classes are held monthly, where participants can
learn to make penny rugs, or work on projects of their
ownPhoto by Elaine Stehel, The Northfield News Helen Johnson displays penny rug on the steps of Ainsworth Public Library in Williamstown - Fiber Arts Group classes are held monthly, where participants can learn to make penny rugs, or work on projects of their ownBack by popular demand, the Williamstown Academy series of classes and workshops, held from September - March at the Ainsworth Public Library, is now in full swing.


Eight enthusiastic community members attended Carl Darwin’s sewing workshop on Saturday, September 30, to learn more about the newest sewing machines on the market. Last weekend, on October 7 at 10:00 a.m., Sherri Englert of Vermont Beekeeping Supply gave an interactive, hands-on demonstration and talk on the supplies and equipment needed for getting started keeping bees, how to take care of bees, and how honey is produced.


According to Bill and Helen Johnson, who began organizing the Williamstown Academy last fall, “they were wonderful, a wild success!” Helen has been volunteering for the Ainsworth Public Library for about three years, and Bill has been on the Board of Trustees for the library since 2016. As Williamstown residents and library volunteers, they were looking for ways to offer more events and opportunities for adults in the community, when Helen had the idea for the Williamstown Academy.


Since the events last fall were so popular and well-attended, they ere excited to be able to offer these classes and workshops to the public again this fall. People come to these classes from many neighboring towns, as they are free and open to the public, and one does not need to be a Williamstown resident to attend.


When asked how people have been enjoying the classes so far this fall, Bill says, “It’s been fun, really!” Helen mentions that many people have expressed excitement that these classes and workshops are available for adults, since local libraries typically have many programs for children, but adults are also often looking for enjoyable, inexpensive, and even educational events to attend.


All the Williamstown Academy workshops and classes are held at the Ainsworth Public Library, on Saturdays, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. As Helen says, “We prefer to have things here in the library, to get people to come in to the library who may not have been in to the library before.” Whatever the topic for each particular workshop, the library also provides a display of materials available to check out on that subject, enabling community members to learn more if they’re interested on their own time. Each class or workshop is also free, except for a few that ask participants to contribute only $5 toward the cost of the materials provided for you to take a project home with you.


Again, even if you aren’t a Williamstown resident, you are still welcome to have a library card, attend events, and check out materials from the Ainsworth Public Library - and, they don’t charge late fees! So if you’ve been looking for something fun to do in our community, join others at some of the upcoming events, including:


October 21 -- Fiber Arts Group -- Led by Helen Johnson, bring your rug hooking, penny rug, knitting, or quilting projects to share and learn from others


November 4 -- Wooden Holiday Trees -- Learn to make your own wooden holiday tree and decorations to take home with you -- Instructor Helen Duke -- $5 material fee


November 18 -- Fiber Arts Group --  Led by Helen Johnson, bring your rug hooking, penny rug, knitting, or quilting projects to share and learn from others (held monthly for your continued success)


December 2 -- Holiday Ornaments -- Learn to make beautiful ornaments to take home with you - Instructor Elizabeth Malone


December 9 -- Holiday Wreaths -- Learn to make a holiday wreath for your door -- Instructor Sabrina Lamb -- $5 material fee


December 16 -- Fiber Arts Group -- Led by Helen Johnson, bring your rug hooking, penny rug, knitting, or quilting projects to share and learn from others (held monthly for your continued success)


If you are interested in attending a class or workshop, be sure to call 802-433-5887, or email library@williamstownvt.org, to register in advance! Registrations are required, even though the events are free and open to the public, because space is limited in the small library area where they are held.


Also, be sure to watch the library’s website, www.ainsworthpubliclibrary.org, for more details about the classes that will be coming up in the new year. If you or someone you know are interested in donating your time to offer a class to the community on a topic you think may be of interest, you are welcome to propose your idea for future Williamstown Academy classes and workshops, also by emailing library@williamstownvt.org.

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