Holiday Open House at Wilder

Please drop in between 3 and 6 pm on Friday, Dec. 15 to enjoy the community spirit that Charles Wilder wanted to foster with this 19th Century building.  Wilder Club & Library trustees invite all for refreshments and music while viewing wildlife maps from Linking Lands Alliance and historic photographs.  Pat Stark from the Hartford Historical Society will join us to talk about the restored stage curtain and other pieces of  illustrated Hartford history. The library, of course, will be open too–ready to offer new and old patrons a host of services, including electronic ones that would surely bedazzle Charles Wilder.

Beeswax Wrappers

What better time than just before the holidays to make beeswax wrappers—-for holiday giving.  Sign up for an afternoon 1/2 hour session  Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 13-15.  Email to make a few to keep and to learn the technique.

Historical Fiction Discussion: Tues.,Jan. 16, 4 pm

Booth   by Karen Joy Fowler  is the book for the next historical fiction discussion. Facilitated by Jim and Meg Schmidt via Zoom, the series delves into the historical background and the novelist’s craft of a new title each  month. Email to receive the Zoom link or join the group downstairs for our hybrid discussion. Copies are available for borrowing of this acclaimed novel about the family of John Wilkes Booth and this country’s turmoil following the murder of Lincoln.


Covers and Keys: Jazz Every Other Thursday

Jake Kelleher, initiator of  Covers and Keys music at the libraries, will be back at the library every other Thursday evening (next night-Dec. 14)  from 5 to 7 pm   and it will be all about jazz.  He will be at the piano himself and also act as emcee for an open-mic night for other local, jazz musicians.Stop in and listen while browsing the library or settling down for the evening.

A very special musical evening of a different sort will occur on Dec. 21 when Wrensong returns for a Solstice concert at 5 pm. The a capella group will perform a variety of holiday music.

Meanwhile, the Wilder Club and Library version of Covers and Keys can be enjoyed most Friday afternoons as  Steve Rice,  Doug Morse, Bodie Kelton, and Richard Cook play a mix.

Monday Mystery Discussion, Jan. 8 at 4 pm

This group meets on the first Monday of each month.  For December, participants will be reading books by David Baldacci    Email info@quecheelibrary for Zoom link or stop in and join downstairs at the Quechee Library. Books available for borrowing and new participants welcome.

New York Times Here

Quechee/Wilder Libraries patrons now have  digital access to the daily New York Times. We are proud to be able to offer this important resource to our patrons, an important tool to understanding  today’s world as citizens and as individuals.  The Friends of our libraries have given us the additional resource of the New York Times Digital Cooking Access.
Click here to begin.    We are glad to help you navigate until familiar.

Print copies of the Valley News are also available at both libraries. The print Times is also  at the Quechee Library, donated by Jake’s Quechee Market.


Enjoy stories and a related craft project. Ten a.m. on Tuesdays at Wilder and Wednesdays at Quechee.

Sci Fi Discussion, Monday, Dec. 18, 6 pm

The sci fi group meets monthly at Quechee Library.  Next date is Monday, Dec. 18 at 6 pm for a discussion of Sea of Tranquility by Emily St. John Mandel.  New participants are welcome. Please join for any hybrid discussion.

Copies are available for borrowing at the library.

Bugbee Book Discussion, Jan. 5, 1pm

Join a book discussion group led by Debbie Marcus usually on the first Friday of each month at 1pm. The book for Dec. 1  is In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson. Attend in person or  through Zoom – please call the library or the Bugbee Center to receive your Zoom link.  Call the Bugbee Center or email to get a copy of the book.

Needleworkers Unite

Needleworkers  gather upstairs on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm to  talk and share their skills and love of textiles.  Knitters, cross-stitchers, rug hookers, and all who seek inspiration and conversation are welcome to join. Come in person or request a Zoom link through

Note:  Workshops in January include  “rag rugs” with Jo Allsopp on Wed., Jan. 10  at 4 pm and  “making Bernie mittens” with Gail Fancher and Paula Pitts on Friday, Jan. 12 at 10 am.


Covid Protocols within QW Libraries

Some Covid protocols ended  at the Quechee/Wilder Libraries as the pandemic moved toward a more endemic phase. Masks are still recommended  for longer stays in the libraries and may be required for programs with a large attendance.

We urge continued precautions and are grateful for your cooperation and often stated appreciation.  We will continue to monitor and amend when deemed necessary.  

Sorting Out Recycling and Composting

In our library  program last year Ham Gillett, Program/Outreach Coordinator for the Greater Upper Valley Solid Waste Management District, answered questions about what is both the ever-increasing complexity and importance of proper handling of waste. A short summary follows for those who could not attend.  While Hartford is no longer part of the GUVSWMD, Ham invites questions through his email at The district’s website provides additional information at as does the Town of Hartford’s website at

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Senior Exercise at Wilder Club & Library

Growing Stronger, Living Longer: Strength and Balance Exercise
Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays  9a.m.-10a.m. @ Wilder Club & Library
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.


The Quechee Library Trustees  meets on the second Monday of most months at 5 p.m. Open to the public by requesting Zoom link from or attending in person.  Most meetings are hybrid, but not all. Email for specific information. Due to holidays, the Dec. meeting will be held Monday, 12/18 at 5 pm.

The Wilder Club and Library Board of Trustees meets generally on the first Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.

The Friends’ steering committee generally meets the second Wednesday of each month at 11:30 a.m. Email to join the email list of meeting dates and other Friends’ news.

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. 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.