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? or 279-9266.


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Author Ruth Porter

Calais author Ruth Porter will read from her terrific new novel Unexpected Grace, on Wednesday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m. Unexpected Grace is a novel set in Vermont, featuring a multi-generational cast of characters, with themes including cancer, unemployment, and love of land.

In addition, Porter and her husband Bill Porter started an independent publishing company, Bar Nothing Books. She will answer questions about this process, too.

Enjoy contemporary Vermont writing, conversation, and refreshments. All are welcome.


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Informational Forum on Local Opioid Abuse

The Jeudevine Memorial Library and the Woodbury Community Library host a community informational forum and discussion about local opioid abuse on Wednesday, April 25, at 7 PM at the Memorial Building in Hardwick. Panelists include Hardwick Chief of Police Aaron Cochran, Jeri Wohlberg, Family Nurse Practitioner at the Hardwick Health Center, and other health professionals. How extensive is opioid use? Why has this become a crisis? How is this issue currently addressed in our community? Where can treatment be found, and how effective is treatment? What are predictions for the future?

The evening will include a range of information, treatment options, and time for audience questions and answers. The Memorial Building is the Hardwick Town Office Building located at 20 Church Street.

For more information call the Jeudevine library at 472-5948 or e-mail

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On this 2018 Valentine’s Day, I wanted to share NPR’s interview with author Matt de la Pena about his recently released picture book, beautifully illustrated by Loren Long. The book — which you can borrow from the library — is a story about love in kinds of different families.


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Jesmyn Ward’s novel Sing, Unburied, Sing won the 2017 National Book Award — a copy of it is on the library’s shelves. A novel about 21 century rural Mississippi, it’s an also a very American story of culture and family.

Ward’s Fresh Air interview can be linked here.

Susan Sawyer will share her book, Tuesday, December 5, at 6:30 pm. The library has new books, a permanent collection, and free-to-use interlibrary loan services.



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Susan Sawyer and Other Info

A frosty and sunny morning in Woodbury!

Local naturalist, author, artist, and photographer Susan Sawyer will share her new book, A Guide to the Natural History of the Northern Rivers Land Trust Area, with a presentation and signing on Tuesday, December 5, at 6:30 p.m., at the Woodbury Library. (This date was rescheduled from November 29.)

Here’s a sampling of some reads at the Woodbury Community Library. Our circulation now includes new books by both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, the latest releases from Dan Brown, Archor Mayor, Louise Penny, and John Grisham; Caroline, a fictional rendition of Caroline Ingalls from The Little House on the Prairie fame; mysteries by Donna Leon and Vaseem Khan; new fiction The Leavers by Lisa Ko, and Heather Harpham’s terrific memoir The Crooked Little Road to Happiness.

For children, a beautifully illustrated biography of E. B. White, Katherine Paterson’s latest book, My Brigadista Year, lots of picture books and middle readers.

Interlibrary loan services are available to all users without a fee.

Unable to reach the library during open hours? Email the library at, and we’ll get your requests to you.

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Kudos to the Woodbury community. At this writing, 14 authors — from novelists to essayists to poets — have been formally “adopted.” The program asks library users to purchase new releases from their favorite authors, who include Katherine Patterson, Jeffrey Lent, and Woodbury’s own Sean Prentiss.

The first book on the library shelves courtesy of this program is Archer Mayor’s brand-new Trace.

Stop in to check out a book or just to say hello!


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Woodbury Story Hour

Kids of all ages and parents are invited to a Saturday morning storyhour, beginning this Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Woodbury Community Library. Come for a few picture book tales, visit with your neighbors, and (adults only!) drink some coffee.


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New Books!

With the beginning of school, the library has been busy in the afternoons. If you haven’t stopped in, please do. The library has new books — some purchased, and some generously donated by our readers. In our collection is the new Louise Penny novel, a nonfiction narrative by brain surgeon Henry Marsh (fascinating read!), new recipe books, poetry, Amy and David Goodman, and some lovely new picture books, including the new Jan Brett book, Mermaid, and the sequel to The Day the Crayons Quit.

The library will be closed on Labor Day Monday, and resume regular hours on Wednesday, from 1-5pm.

Info? or 472-5710.


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Summer Interlude and Dessert

This Thursday,  August 17, at 6:30 pm, the Woodbury Community Library opens its doors and windows in the evening for a reading and homemade dessert with two local and award-winning poets. Readings are usually about an hour in length. All are welcome.

Former director of the Woodbury Community Library, Merry Gangemi was also a co-editor of Sinister Wisdom, and producer and host of Woman-Stirred Radio, an LGBT cultural journal broadcast from WGDR in Plainfield. Winner of the Audre Lorde Creative Writing Award, Gangemi’s poems and fiction have appeared in numerous publications, including Paterson Literary ReviewJournal of NJ PoetsRiver Oak Review, and Chroma, a literary journal based in London.

Samn Stockwell’s poems have graced the pages of The New YorkerPloughshares, and Agni, among others, and her two books, Theater of Animals and Recital, have garnered the National Poetry Series and the Editor’s Prize at Elixir, respectively.IMG_1613


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