Gilded Age: Then and Now

In partnership with the Vermont Humanities Council, we have again created a book discussion series that will travel the state after premiering here.  It starts with the 1893 Columbian Exposition and continues on through the spectacular age.  Portrayals of inventors, artists and lawyers include Henry James, Clarence Darrow, George Westinghouse, Thomas Edison, and D.W. Griffiths. Three novels and a narrative history illustrate that  time period in ways that in turn illuminate our own.  The popular series, led by scholar Suzanne Brown, has one more book discussion session on Sept. 17 at 5:30 pm.    Copies of The Maze of Windermere are available for borrowing for that evening’s discussion.  In addition, enjoy the related display on the main floor and consider more reading.

For Tuesday, Sept. 3, we have added a special double feature Author Suzanne Hinman visits to read from and discuss her new book, The Grandest Madison Square Garden:  Art, Scandal and Architecture in Gilded Age New York.   Time for that is 5:30 pm, but come early  for a look at  vintage clothing of the time in a “Spirits of Fashion” presentation from Ren Antonowicz.     In between….chocolate extravaganza treats.  Charlotte Merrill has found the recipe from the age that began our love of chocolate.  The programs begin downstairs at 4:30 pm.  Come for all or part of the programs.

Mystery Monday, Sept. 9 @ 4 pm

Generally meeting the first Monday of the month, this group discusses selected mystery authors.  Due to Labor Day, the next date is Sept. 9 when the discussion will be about mysteries referencing Shakespeare.    Many titles are available for borrowing and new participants are always welcome.

Sci Fi Discussion, Monday, August 26, 6 pm

Nick Clemens facilitates a monthly Science Fiction book series. Next date is Monday,  Aug. 26 at 6 pm at the Quechee Library for a discussion of  Foundation  by Isaac Asimov.  Copies  are available for borrowing and new participants are always welcome.


The Quechee Library Trustees next meet Monday, Aug. 12 at 5  p.m.  The board meets on the second Monday of each month at this time. The Wilder Board of Trustees next meets Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m. They generally meet on the first Wednesday of each month at this time.  The Friends next meeting is Wednesday, August 14 at 11 a.m at Quechee Library.  They generally meet on the second Wednesday of the month.

Senior Exercise at Wilder Club & Library

Growing Stronger, Living Longer: Strength and Balance Exercise
Mondays and Wednesdays 9a.m.-10a.m. @ Wilder Club & Library
Led by Gail Schaal (Certified Senior Fitness Instructor). Starts April 4th. $1 donation per session is appreciated to cover refreshments immediately following. Please carry in dry workout shoes,  Enjoy air conditioning on the hot days….and access to the library to stock up on books and dvds.

Needleworkers Unite

At 6:30 p.m. needleworkers get together Tuesday evenings at the Quechee Library to talk and share interests, skills and advice.   Knitters, cross-stitchers, rug hookers, and all who love textiles are welcome.

Bugbee Book Discussion, Friday, Sept. 6

Join a book discussion group led by librarian Marieke Sperry usually on the first Friday of the month at 12:45. The September book is Last Days of Night by Graham Moore.  It’s both a mystery and historical fiction, set in the Gilded Age.
Let the Bugbee Center staff or either library know if you would like a copy delivered to the Center. All are welcome!  

Upper Valley Co-op for Library Service

The Quechee/ Wilder  Libraries will deliver your book requests to the pickup box located in the café area.  Email for such requests. You can return books 24 hours a day 7 days a week using the drop box outside the Co-op entrance, or at either library. Membership applications available at the pick-up box</br>The Upper Valley Food Co-op and the Quechee Library are pleased to be working together to help you find the information you need and bring services directly to you in WRJ.