April is National Poetry Month: let’s bring it home.

National Poetry Month, inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in April 1996, has over the years become a beloved literary celebration.  In this  difficult April,  poetry can be a daily source of strength and reflective joy.

On this page  we will suggest a  favorite poet each April morning.   Today’s poet:Grace Paley, political activist, short story writer and poet, was a New Yorker child of Russian exiles and eventually a Thetford resident, always deeply engaged as an antinuclear, antiwar, antiracist feminist.  Learn of her activism, her fiction and the enormous spirit animating both at https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/05/08/the-art-and-activism-of-grace-paley.

Reserve and pick up a Paley book from our library collection for future good reading.  Today for a  sample, find House: Some Instructions athttps://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/48321/house-some-instructions

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Sci Fi Discussion, Monday, April 27, 6 pm–Virtually

Nick Clemens facilitates a monthly Science Fiction book series. Next date is Monday, April 27 at 6 pm for a discussion of Little Brother by Cory Doctorow  The book is available for free at http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/30142..  Instead of meeting as usual  at the Quechee Library, the group will meet online through Zoom.    Email info@quecheelibrary.org for access link and join.   Title for May 18 is The Power by Naomi Alderman.

David Macaulay Exhibit

A traveling exhibit of 30 artworks by David Macaulay is on display at the Wilder Club and Library.  Once we reopen stop in during library hours to enjoy the amazing illustrations by one of Vermont’s most acclaimed authors whose books have sold millions of copies and been translated into a dozen languages.  The exhibit is in the main hall while many of his books are available for borrowing in our libraries.

Vermont Reads 2020: The Hate U Give

As always the QW Libraries are pleased to participate in this statewide one-book community reading program.  We have 40 copies of the title to loan (and ultimately to keep or share).  Pick one up and join us for the following local series.  DVDs available as well.  All dates are now postponed due to the Covid-19 virus concerns.  Get your copy and watch for new dates.
TBA, 5 pm–The Hate U Give Book/Film Discussion about a teenage black girl and her two communities–neighborhood and private school–illuminating police violence, racism and young love.
TBA, 5 pm-The Revisioners.  A book discussion of this novel by Margaret Wilkerson Sexton, an epic from days of slavery through today.  Led by Historical Fiction Group facilitators Meg & Jim Schmidt.
TBA, 5 pm–Screening of the documentary, Change the Subject, produced by Dartmouth students and staff to capture their confrontation of anti-immigrant sentiment in library catalogs.  Watch the story from Baker-Berry Library to the Halls of Congress.  Conversation with Dartmouth librarians follows screening. With all these 5 pm programs, count on library trademark refreshments.
Friday, May 1, 12:45 pm: Bugbee Senior Center
discussion about the issues raised in two books and across generations: The Hate U Give and The Revisioners.


Mystery Monday 4 pm: Date to be announced

Generally meeting the first Monday of the month at 4 pm,  this group is in hiatus during the library closing.  We will update with the  return of Charlotte to lead the discussion on Dick Francis’ many mysteries.Titles are available for borrowing.  Everyone welcome.


The Quechee Library Trustees next meet Monday, March9 at 5  p.m.  The board meets on the second Monday of each month at this time. The Wilder Board of Trustees  meets  generally on the first Wednesday of each month at 5 p.m.  Their next meeting is March 4.  The Friends next meeting is Wednesday, March 11  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—Cancelled until further notice due to coronavirus outbreak.
Led by Gail Schaal (Certified Senior Fitness Instructor). $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—One way or another.

The weekly gatherings of needleworkers at the Quechee Library will now take a hiatus due to the need for social distancing during the coronavirus outbreak.  Stay well, keep making textiles and  look forward to resuming these evenings in person as soon as it is safe. Meanwhile, the needleworkers will have a chance to gather together through Zoom.  Email info@quecheelibrary.org so we can provide access.

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–Postponed

Join a book discussion group led by librarian Marieke Sperry usually on the first Friday of the month at 12:45. We will be discussing Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate when we can again gather at Bugbee.
Call 295-1232 or email marieke@quecheelibrary.org if you would like a copy.  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 info@quecheelibrary.org 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.