Beekeeping & Apitherapy, Sat. March 3

Saturday, March 3 at the Quechee Library, bees take the stage with a two-part program.   At 10 a.m., Troy Hall of Hall Apiaries in Plainfield will talk about beekeeping (tasks and rewards) with a particular emphasis on sustainable beekeeping.  Troy breeds his own queen bees–for winter hardiness, mite tolerance and honey production.  He notes, I am continually humbled by working alongside the honey bee. For I often underestimate her vigor, hard work and resilience to the environment that surrounds her. 

At 11 a.m., Reyah Carlson will present The Medicine Chest Known as the Beehive.  An advocate of bee stings and bee products for many ailments, she observes that the practice is an ancient one and offers testimony to effectiveness.   A library display features many related books.  Come for one or both of the Saturday talks.  There will be honey refreshments offered at the break.

VT READS 2018–Bread and Roses, Too!


Image of Vermont Reads 2017 logoQW Libraries is delighted to participate again in this statewide reading program to encourage multi-generation discussion of a special book and issues..  This year’s title Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson is a short novel  about a Massachusetts mill strike in 1912 and two young children sent to Barre, Vermont for their safety during the violent times.   We will be offering several related programs; please join us for one or several and borrow one of the 50 copies of the book awarded our libraries.  Dates will soon be announced for these programs:

*Screening of Newsies, a musical based on the NYC city newsboy strike of 1899.   Check out as well several dvds purchased on related labor themes.

*Solidarity Forever: Songs of Unions and Labor.  This Vermont Humanities Council program. developed and  presented by Mark Greenberg. includes live and recorded music to provide a survey of American labor songs from the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, through the Wobblies, and into the coal wars of the 1930s.  For centuries, working people have used songs to express protest and hope and as an organizing tool.  The I.W.W. (or Wobblies) led the 1912 Bread and Roses strike and is especially known for rousing and satirical songs, including Solidarity Forever.

*Display and sort explanation of picket signs made and designed by Ottauquechee School students with art teacher Sarah Kniffin.  This will be followed by a multi-generational book discussion.  Come for part or all of this event.  Refreshments too.

*Bugbee Senior Center Book Discussion:  All are welcome to join in the conversation on Friday, April 6 at 12:45 p.m.



  *A Northern Stage Youth Ensemble community outreach production will use Bread and Roses, Too as a jumping block for a show at the Wilder Club and Library.

Mystery Monday, March 5th @ 4 pm

Meeting the first Monday of the month, this group discusses selected authors of murders and mysteries.  Readers meet at 4 p.m. at Quechee on March 5 to discuss titles by Lisa Scottoline.  Books are available at the Quechee and Wilder Libraries.   New members are  always welcome.

Bugbee Book Discussion, March 2nd

Generally meeting on the first Friday of the month, at 12:45 p.m.,  join a book discussion group led by librarian Marieke Sperry.  The current (non fiction) selection is Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. Let the Bugbee Center staff or either library know if you would like a copy delivered to the Center.  All are welcome!  

Sci Fi Book Discussion, Monday, February 26th @ 6pm

Nick Clemens facilitates a monthly sci fi book series. Next date is Monday, February 26 at 6 pm at the Quechee Library for a discussion of The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin.  Copies are available for borrowing and new participants are always welcome.