Author Visit

Great thanks to Hardwick children’s author Daphne Kalmar for visiting the library this afternoon. The Woodbury School students listened to the first two chapters and checked out Kalmar’s taxidermy mouse. Why a taxidermy mouse? You’ll have to read the novel to find out!

This historical novel is set in a fictional Vermont town, although Kalmar uses local place names — Dog Pond, Kate Brook Road, Slapp Hill. The novel features Donut, a young girl who’s recently orphaned and determined to stay in Vermont, rather than move to Boston with her aunt. This well-crafted novel reads like a female and Vermont version of Huck Finn.

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The Winter Soldier

Librarian’s absolutely most favorite novel (thus far) of 2018 — Daniel Mason’s The Winter Soldier — a story set in World War I. Check out this review in The New York Times.

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Upcoming Programs

Wetlands of Vermont & Woodbury

presented by Ecologist Liz Thompson

Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 6:30 pm

Thompson will offer a tour of wetland natural communities found throughout Vermont, and highlights some found in Woodbury. Enjoy a slide show of bogs, fens, floodplain forests, and the amazing plants found in these wetlands.

An ecologist with the Vermont Land Trust, Thompson has contributed to the understanding of Vermont’s ecology through her work with natural communities — groups of trees, wildflowers, mosses, fungi and other life forms naturally occurring within a single environment. She is a co-author with Eric Sorenson of Wetland, Woodland, Wildland: A Guide to the Natural Communities of Vermont — an important botany resource.

Climate Change Info

presented by Meteorologist Steve Maleski

Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 6:30 pm

This past summer marked the 30th anniversary of Dr. James Hansen’s considered opinion in testimony before the House of Representatives that the signal of climate change driven by human activity was starting to emerge from general statistical noise. Since then, the signal has become steadily clearer. This presentation seeks to update folks on developments, focusing particularly on the 5 years ending this past spring. How is the climate changing? What are current trends? What have we learned about past episodes of major climate change that can offer guidance to us in the remainder of this century?

Best known as one of the voices of Vermont Public Radio’s ‘Eye On The Sky’, Maleski has spent most of his professional career on the staff of the Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium in St. Johnsbury, Vermont. A meteorologist by training, over the past 38 years he has worked variously as a forecaster at the Weather Channel; and as a forecaster, teacher, and planetarium presenter at the Fairbanks Museum. He has lived in Sutton, Vermont since 1985.

These programs are free and open to the public, generously supported by the Woodbury Conservation Commission and the Woodbury Fund. Bring your questions and an appetite for conversation and refreshments. Info? woodburyvermontlibrary@gmail.com.

 

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Upcoming Library Events

Here’s a few upcoming events at the Woodbury Community Library. Just a reminder that our regular hours are Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-5 pm, and Saturdays, 10am-noon. All library events are free and open to the community.

*  The library will be open during the Woodbury Pumpkin Walk, Friday, October 26, 6-8pm. Stop in!

* Storyhour for little ones on the first Saturday of each month begins Saturday, November 3, 10:30am.

*  The library trustees host an informal, drop-in Chili Dinner and Open House on Wednesday, October 17, 6-8pm. The Woodbury Community Library recently received a generous gift. The library offers a plan for this gift and asks for public input. Bring your questions and an appetite for conversation and refreshments.

*  Ecologist Liz Thompson presents on Wetlands of Vermont & Wetlands of Woodbury, Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 6:30 pm.

Thompson will offer a tour of wetland natural communities found throughout Vermont, and highlight some found in Woodbury. Enjoy a slide show of bogs, fens, floodplain forests, and the amazing plants found in these wetlands.

*  Meteorologist Steve Maleski presents on Climate Change Info, Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 6:30 pm

This past summer marked the 30th anniversary of Dr. James Hansen’s considered opinion in testimony before the House of Representatives that the signal of climate change driven by human activity was starting to emerge from general statistical noise. Since then, the signal has become steadily clearer. This presentation seeks to update folks on developments, focusing particularly on the 5 years ending this past spring. How is the climate changing? What are current trends? What have we learned about past episodes of major climate change that can offer guidance to us in the remainder of this century?

These two programs are generously supported by the Woodbury Conservation Commission and the Woodbury Fund.

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Madeleine Kunin

Vermont’s former governor, Madeleine Kunin, speaks at the Highland Arts Center in Greensboro, this Tuesday, October 9, at 7pm.

The library has her new book — a short read.

The Tuesday event is free and open to the public. I’ll be there!

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The Woodbury Community Library trustees and librarian invite the community to a drop-in Chili Dinner & Open House at the Woodbury Community Library on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, 6-8 pm.

The trustees offer a plan for a recent gift and ask for public input and suggestions, in this informal drop-in open house. Stop by for hot chili, homemade cornbread, and dessert.

Info? 279-9266 or woodburyvermontlibrary@gmail.com.

Unable to attend but would like info? Please ask or just stop in! Regular library hours are Mondays & Wednesdays, 1-5 p.m., and Saturday mornings, 10 a.m.-noon.

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Woodbury Old Home Day

Just a reminder — Woodbury Old Home Day is this Saturday, 10am to 3pm. The day starts off with a 5K run up the Cabot Road for the hearty. A cheering crowd is heartily encouraged!

Susan Sawyer offers nature-based activities at 10:30am at the library. Kiley Briggs takes a group out on the nature trails — meet at the library at 11am. West Woodbury’s Mary Watkevich displays her handmade beautiful baskets and offers a demonstration.

In the park, the South Woodbury Church serves up soup and sandwiches for lunch, with music from 1-3pm by Chad Hollister. Teams tackle a cornhole tournament.

At the elementary school, the Woodbury Fire Department hosts a Jr. Fire Fighters Challenge. Vendors offer their wares on the field.

And — don’t forget the Woodbury Fire Department’s Open House!

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Wildlife Biologist Kiley Briggs

Woodbury resident and wildlife biologist Kiley Briggs presents at the Woodbury Community Library on Wednesday, August 29, 2018, 6:30 pm., about who’s living in our backyards — Woodbury reptiles and amphibians.

Did you know Woodbury is home to at least 22 species of frogs, salamanders, turtles, and, yes, even a handful of snakes? Many of these species, such as the Wood Turtle, are quite rare in Vermont, and also very secretive. Kiley introduces the community to all of the “herps” we can find in our own backyards and will talk briefly about some of the research he is doing in the area.

A special four-legged guest in a shell makes a meet-and-greet appearance, too.

As a bit of bio, Kiley grew up in Vermont and went to school for wildlife biology at UVM. More recently, he lived in Brownsville, TX, where he studied tortoises. He is the Turtle Conservation Coordinator for The Orianne Society, which specializes in conserving critical habitat for rare reptiles and amphibians.

Enjoy info, lively conversation, and delicious refreshments.

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Cedric Alexander’s Moose Program

Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife’s Moose Project Leader Cedric Alexander presents at the library, Wednesday, July 25, 2018, 6:30 pm.

Project leader since 1991, Alexander has worked on several bird conservation projects over his career, and has been a member of the Department’s Big Game Management and State Lands teams since their inception. He shares a presentation on the history and current status of moose in Vermont, including the latest results from the department’s collared moose study.

Enjoy info, lively conversation and delicious refreshments. Free and open to the public. Info? woodburyvermontlibrary@gmail.com or 279-9266.

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The Woodbury Community Library is located in Woodbury Village, on Route 14, behind the elementary school. Info: 279-9266 or woodburyvermontlibrary@gmail.com.

 

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The Cougar Returns to the East

On Wednesday, July 11, at 6:30 pm, Sue Morse from Keeping Track will present a program about the cougar returning to the east, at the Woodbury Town Hall. Morse has studied wildlife for over three decade, and is one of the top wildlife trackers in the United States.

She shares her photos and info and answers questions. The Woodbury Town Hall is located on Route 14 in Woodbury Village. Info? woodburyvermontlibrary@gmail.com or 279-9266.

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