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!

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

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A Quick Run-Down of Some Reading Options

One great pleasure about working at the Woodbury Library is reading new books, and finding gems in the stacks. In the world of children’s books, I recently read the hilarious Mean Margaret by Jon Agee about  a tyrannical toddler.

Triangle is a brand-new book by Mac Barrett and Jon Klassen — inventive and clever with fantastic illustrations.

A new adult book is The Stranger in the Woods, a nonfiction account of a long-term hermit in the brushy Maine woods.

Still a few silent auction items and pie pans left to pick up — and stop in to check out a book!

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Thank You, Woodbury!

The Woodbury Community Library most gratefully thanks the town for, once again, supporting our budget at this year’s town meeting. I hope all of you have time to visit the library this year, whether to check out a book, use a computer, wifi, or interlibrary loan service, attend a poetry reading or lecture, or just to stop in and say hello.

Remember that Woodbury Pie Breakfast is this Saturday, March 18, from 8:30-10:30am, with a near-infinity of pies, live music, and a silent auction.

At pie breakfast, you might see local writer, Sean Prentiss, with his wife and baby daughter. Sean will read with guest poet Todd Davis, at the library on Friday, April 7, at 6:30pm. Come enjoy a pleasurable reading, with cake and tea.

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Treasure

During school break, the library has been a little quieter, and I’ve had a chance to sort through some library things.

To my joy, I found an incredibly detailed and meticulous history of Woodbury, including the stories of earliest settlers, family records, and a great deal about roads. Please feel free to stop in and peruse this fascinating reading.

And if anyone knows where the so-called “Egypt” section of Woodbury lay, would you please let me know?

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Library Happenings, Midwinter

A few new books at the Woodbury Community Library are Mothers Who Think, a collection of nonfiction essays, and Connect The Stars, a children’s chapter book. A reminder that our hours are Mondays and Wednesdays, 1-5 p, and Saturdays, 10am-noon.

Susan O’Connell has two more maker labs on the next two Wednesdays. Almost twenty children attended last Wednesday’s e-textile workshop. Thanks again to the Woodbury Fund for sponsoring these workshops.

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Library Update

Although it’s been blustery and snowy, the Woodbury Library gets terrific light, and is well-lit and warm. The next three Wednesdays are Pop-up Maker Labs with Susan O’Connell. These begin after school at 3 pm; everyone is welcome to attend. No preregistration is necessary.

Chris Bohjalian’s new novel, The Sleepwalker, was just returned by a patron. Although there was no school today, the craft table was busy with card making. Just a reminder that the library is open Saturday mornings, with both young basketball players and knitters dropping in.

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Howard Frank Mosher

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.

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Why Read?

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.

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