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? woodburyvermontlibrary@gmail.com 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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New Reads

The Woodbury Library has received a few donations and also purchased books, too. In the adult realm, Dr. Elizabeth Ford’s Sometimes Amazing Things Happen is a fascinating nonfiction account of her work at the Bellevue Hospital Psychiatric Prison Ward. Check out her interview with NPR’s Terry Gross here.

New nonfiction on our shelves also includes Charles Mann’s 1491 and David Grann’s The Lost City of Z, recently made into a movie.

Diverse new fiction includes John Grisham’s new Camino Island and Jeffrey Lent’s Before We Sleep.

A young reader highly recommended The Doll People. Stop in and stock up on reading!

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Many thanks to the Woodbury Conservation Commission and the Woodbury Fund for sponsoring last evening’s presentation by Ben Kilham at the Woodbury Town Hall. Nearly 70 folks appeared on a warm July evening to listen to Kilham’s unusual story about raising orphaned bear cubs. It was a pleasure to have such an interested and full audience.

Naturalist Mary Holland will visit Woodbury on Wednesday, October 11, at 6:30pm. Check out her Naturally Curious blog here.

Hope you’re all enjoying some summer reading!

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Wildlife in Woodbury

Mike Clough from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum entertained and educated our elementary school kids Tuesday afternoon, with the assistance of his live red-tailed hawk, a wood turtle, frog, snake, rabbit — and a raven, too.

Then he stayed for an evening program as well. Over 30 folks braved the rainy weather and left under clearing skies. Thanks to the Woodbury Conservation Commission and the Woodbury Fund for making this evening possible.

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Upcoming Woodbury Community Library Events, 2017 Spring into Summer

 

Poem Woodbury is a non-competitive creative venture designed to celebrate writing and art. Community members of all ages are heartily welcomed to submit poems or prose pieces, with or without art, to be displayed with the Woodbury Elementary School’s student and staff collective imaginative work. Please submit by Friday, May 26, to the Woodbury Community Library or the Woodbury Elementary School. Students will read aloud original poetry Wednesday, May 31, at 12:30 pm, in the community library, and the school will be open that evening, at 5:30pm for a celebration of student learning, followed by the spring concert at 6:15pm. Poem Woodbury is designed to encourage creative expression, community-wide, in a public and appreciative venture.

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Vermont Wildlife: Working Landscape

Tuesday, June 6, 6:30pm

Mike Clough from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum visits with the elementary schoolkids that afternoon, then offers an evening program for the community: Vermont wildlife with an historic twist! With live animal ambassadors as example species, Clough examines how different events in our history changed our land and the species who could live here. With a multi-media presentation and lively discussion, this evening promises to educate and entertain.

Thanks to the Woodbury Conservation Commission and the Woodbury Fund for sponsoring this event.

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Julia Shipley and Jessica Hendry Nelson

Monday, June 19, 6:30pm

Authors of Academy of Hay, a poetry collection, team up for an entertaining hour of sharp wit, mesmerizing writing, and laughter, while enjoying homemade cake.

Rescheduled from May 23.

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“The Social Black Bear: What Bears Have Taught Me About Being Human”, an evening with Ben Kilham, author and wildlife biologist

Tuesday, July 11, 7 pm

Black bears, long thought to be solitary, have a different type of social behavior which possibly parallels early human behavior. They show evidence of reciprocal altruism, matri-linear hierarchy, and a mix of intentional and emotional communication. Bears can live for as many as forty years, which allows them long-term benefits from forming relationships with fellow cooperators. Intimately familiar with bears, Kilham has been the focus of several documentaries, including National Geographic’s A Man Among Bears. He and his family have adopted orphaned bear cubs and successfully reintegrated them into the wild.

Thanks to the Woodbury Conservation Commission and the Woodbury Fund for sponsoring this event.

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Compost Workshop

Saturday, July 29, 10am-noon.

Central Vermont Solid Waste holds a hands-on workshop, with the elementary school’s compost bins as one example.

 

All events are free; the public is heartily welcome.

802-472-5710  woodburyvermontlibrary@gmail.com

Mondays & Wednesday, 1-5 pm, Saturdays, 10am-noon

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New books in! For adults, Jeffrey Lent’s new novel and a biography of the poet Robert Lowell. For kiddos, Pink Cupcake Magic, graphic novels, and picture books.

From Colum McCann’s new book, why we read and why we write…

Our writing is a living portrait of ourselves….. Write for the sheer pleasure we take in doing it, but also for the knowledge that it might just shift this world of ours a little. It is, after all, a beautiful and strange and furious place. Literature reminds us that life is not already written down. There are still infinite possibilities. Make from your confrontation with despair a tiny little margin of beauty. The more you choose to see, the more you will see. In the end, the only things worth doing are the things that might possibly break your heart. Rage on.

Colum McCann, Letters to a Young Writer

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Literary Happenings in the Damp Spring

Nearly 25 people crowded into our bright and warm library last night to hear poet Todd Davis and Woodbury writer Sean Prentiss. A thoroughly enjoyable evening!

The next reading combines Vermont writers Julia Shipley and Jessica Hendry Nelson, on Tuesday, May 23, at 6:30 pm. I’m expecting the peepers to be background music that evening.

A particularly special guest last night was Sean and Sarah Prentiss’s beautiful baby daughter, Winter.

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Here’s a rundown of April events at the Woodbury Community Library:

Friday, April 7, 6:30 pm. Woodbury writer Sean Prentiss, author of Finding Abbey: the Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Desert Grave, reads with guest poet Todd Davis, author of In the Kingdom of the Ditch. These two talented writers, with a string of publications and awards, promise to mesmerize with their experience and creative journeys about place.

Tea and homemade cake, too.

* Wednesday, April 12, 6pm. Storyhour for kids of all ages! Drop in for a few early bedtime tales. Listeners, feel free to bring snuggly pillows, blankets, and wear your PJs, too. Children ages 8 and under need adult supervision, please!

* Saturday, April 29, 10am-noon. Central Vermont Solid Waste holds a composting workshop, with the elementary school’s compost bins as one example.

Questions? Call the library at 472-5710 or email woodburyvermontlibrary@gmail.com.

All events are free and open to the public. No need for prergistration — just come!

802-472-5710  woodburyvermontlibrary@gmail.com

Winter Hours: Mondays & Wednesday, 1-5 pm, Saturdays, 10am-noon

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