America the Violent Discussion Series

A three month book discussion series on America the Violent premiers here on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at 4:30 pm with a discussion of Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks. Created by the Quechee Library with scholar Suzanne Brown, this series starts with a long, historical novel that reveals the life  of the abolitionist, terrorist and martyr, John Brown, as narrated by his son Owen.   The complex portrait of a nineteenth-century rural American family as well as of the iconic figure will lead to a many-faceted discussion.  The series continues on Sept. 21 with The Rope and Oct. 19 with Ox-Bow Incident.  Join for one or all sessions; books available for borrowing.

Hartford Town Forest Exploration and Celebration

Quechee/Wilder Libraries invite all to discover–again and again—the pleasures of more than 400 varied forest acres in the Hartford Town Forest.   We have placed a story walk along Reservoir Road Trail for our youngest patrons.  To  all ages:  we invite you to begin to know the forest better by following our “treasure hunt clues” for Wright Farm Trail.  Borrow our many books on trees and forests, too—from novels to essays to guides.   Join us on Saturday, August 7th to share any sketches, words (your own or others), scrapbooks, photos.  We’ll meet at 11 am with Hartford Conservation Commission member /forester Jon Bouton to share maple ice cream and observations.  Clues and maps can be picked up at our libraries.  We’ll be delighted to award prizes for those who complete the hunt.

A couple of quotes for inspiration.  From Emerson: The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.

From John Burroughs in 1886.: The place to observe nature is where you are; the walk to take today is the walk you took yesterday.You will not find just the same things: both the observed and the observer have changed.

Available to Borrow: Orion Telescope!

Anything Speed at Wilder Club & Library

This big Vermont Historical Society exhibit saluting Vermont racers and racetracks will be at the Wilder Club and Library  through July 31.  Stop in during library hours (Tuesday 10-1, Thursday, 2-5, Friday, 2-6, and Saturday 10-1) to enjoy the narrative so well illustrated by decades old photographs.


Storytimes are Back!

We are delighted to resume story times at both libraries.  Ten a.m. on Tuesdays at Wilder and Wednesdays at Quechee.

Sci Fi Discussion, Monday, July 26 at 6 pm

The sci fi group meets monthly at Quechee Library..  Next date is Monday, July 26 at 6 pm for a discussion of  Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.  New participants welcome.   Copies are available for borrowing from the library as well as online at

Mystery Discussion, August 3, 4 pm

This lively discussion group is switching from Mondays to Tuesdays.  The next hybrid discussion is on books by Cynthia Harrod-Eagle.   Email to receive the Zoom link for conversation or join the group meeting downstairs at the Quechee Library.


The Quechee Library Trustees next meet Monday, Aug. 9 at 5  p.m.The board meets on the second Monday of each month at this time.   Open to the public.

The Wilder Board of Trustees  meets  generally on the first Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m.

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 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, Friday, August 6, 1pm

Join a book discussion group led by librarian Marieke Sperry usually on the first Friday of the month at 1pm. We will be discussing The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton. You can attend in person or through Zoom. Please call the Bugbee Center or the Quechee Library to get your link that day!
Call 295-1232 or email 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 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.