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.









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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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 woodburyvermontlibrary@gmail.com.

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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 woodburyvermontlibrary@gmail.com, 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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