A few years ago, I heard Howard Frank Mosher read from his new novel, God’s Kingdom, in the Hardwick Town House, on a fiercely cold night. The heat had been off in that historic building, so all of us, friends and strangers alike, huddled together. We laughed so hard that merriment warmed up us. I still have no idea who I sat beside, but I really enjoyed those two women. That was Howard Frank Mosher, a man who made us love words, and love who we are.
Howard Frank Mosher – premier among Vermont writers, most generous patron saint of aspiring writers, a man who emanated humor mingled with wisdom, and just general niceness all the way around – passed yesterday.
Here’s tribute in Seven Days worth a read.
If you’re in the library tonight for cake (5:30 pm) and the loon talk (7pm), check out one of Mosher’s books, where he’ll always remain.
On this Martin Luther King Jr. Day, The New York Times published an interview with President Obama about how important reading is to him. Here’s a brief excerpt:
Fiction was useful as a reminder of the truths under the surface of what we argue about every day and was a way of seeing and hearing the voices, the multitudes of this country….
And perspective is exactly what is wanted. At a time when events move so quickly and so much information is transmitted, the ability to slow down and get perspective, along with the ability to get in somebody else’s shoes — those two things have been invaluable to me.
Obama also mentions the most recent novel he’s read – Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad, available in the Woodbury Community Library.
The library now has a copy of Woodbury resident writer Sean Prentiss’s nonfiction book, Finding Abbey: the Search for Edward Abbey and His Hidden Grave. I highly recommend this book – and desert reading makes for great January reading.
Just a reminder to knitters/handworkers to come Saturday mornings, 10am-noon. I’ll be glad to teach basic casting on, and how to knit and purl. If you have needles and yarn, please bring them, but I’ll also have extras on hand. Experienced handworkers of all abilities heartily welcome.
Come drink coffee and talk.
On the winter solstice, last Wednesday, the Woodbury Elementary schoolchildren visited the library for their weekly all-school read-aloud after lunch. Later that afternoon, a number of children returned for a lantern craft.
This week, between the holidays, the library is open. Now is a good time to get going on some winter reading! Or just stop in and check out the library’s new chalkboard.
In addition to keeping an eye on that community ice skating rink for winter fun, I’m hoping to have some handwork happen at the library, beginning after the holidays, on Saturday, January 7. Library hours are 10am-noon, Saturday mornings. It would be great to have both experienced knitters and other handworkers join in with beginners.
If anyone has pattern suggestions for novices, and needles and/or yarn to donate, I’d gladly begin a collection for general use.
Next Wednesday, December 21, for the solstice, we’ll be making a slightly more involved glass jar lantern craft after school at 3pm. Parent assistance would be greatly appreciated!
The library is lively with kids and adults after school on Mondays and Wednesdays. Young readers have happily checked out new book acquisitions, in addition to playing with Legos and doing crafts.
Adult readers might be interested in The Hidden Life of Trees, written by forester Peter Wohlleben about the social network of the woods. Michael Chabon’s Moonglow is a memoir and novel wrapped up in one.
When you drop off your trash and recycling on Saturday mornings, stop in from 10 am to noon.
Save the date: Monday, January 30th, 7 pm, Eric Hanson, of the Loon Conservation Project, will present a loon program at the Woodbury Community Library. Specifically, Eric will speak about the amazing recovery of Vermont loons over the past 25 years, the threats they currently face, and these beautiful birds’ fascinating behaviors and natural history. What does that crazyl call mean, anyway? Eric knows.
This program will follow a coffee, cake, and conversation hour, beginning at 5:30 pm. By the end of January, cabin fever should be settling in, so an evening out will be just right.
Beginning after the Thanksgiving holidays, the Woodbury Library will be open for new winter hours:
Mondays and Wednesdays 1-5 pm, and, beginning December 3, Saturday mornings from 10am-noon.
Last Wednesday, we had a full table of kids crafting pine cone turkeys (and other various creations). This Wednesday, stop by at 2pm for more crafts.
While you’re at the library, check out some books for winter reading around the woodstove. Our newest acquisitions include Mary Oliver’s collection of essays Upstream and Will Moses’ beautifully illustrated Fairy Tales for Little Folks. See you at the library!
This coming Wednesday, November 16, the library will have Thanksgiving craft time, 3-4 p.m. All are welcome.
New books to the collection include Rebecca Solnit’s nonfiction collection of essays, Hope in the Dark and the National Book Award Winner, Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson.
Looking for a particular book? Or just a category? Let the librarian know.
The Woodbury Elementary School’s 5th/6th grade class visited Monday to check out the building and peruse some different books, before they settled down to read. Our doors were also open for last Friday night’s pumpkin walk, and chilly costumed kiddos stopped in for some yarn crafts.
On a more literary front, a patron checked out The Town that Food Saved, by local author Ben Hewitt, about the food scene in Hardwick. This nonfiction book from 2010 has a cast of real-life characters, including Tom Sterns of High Mowing and Pete Johnson of Pete’s Greens. My favorite part of this terrific book are the husband and wife butchers.