Ukrainians in Fiction and History

To better understand the history and the resilient spirit of Ukrainians, join a three part discussion this summer.  The series, supported by a Vermont Humanities grant, will begin with two  discussions of novels, Sweet Daruysa and Grey Bees, led by scholar Suzanne Brown on Monday, June 27 and July 25 at 4:30 pm.  It will conclude in early August with a  conversation with Natalia May who will provide information on her own work, as a Russian Vermonter, helping Ukrainian refugees and citizens.

The discussions will be held in hybrid form; participants may request an in-person seat or a Zoom link. Copies of the books may be borrowed.  Many additional resources are available and the discussions will include background videos.  Sunflowers inside and out (and seed packets to take home) indicate support.  The books and conversations will, we hope, help to sort the dreadful, ongoing news, and offer ways to be inspired to support ongoing efforts.

Friends—Annual Meeting, Thursday, May 26, 5 pm

Join us to elect officers, enjoy conversation and refreshments and listen to some of the musicians who regularly play at our Covers and Keys on Thursdays, 5-7.  Sign up to help staff the water station for the Covered Bridges Half-Marathon and the Balloon Festival booksale.  Remember to browse our shelves too—and check out the premiums for Friends’ memberships!

Covers and Keys, Every Thursday Evening, 5-7 pm

Browse the shelves, check out books and dvds, or just pull up a chair.  Enjoy live music at the Quechee Library for a short or long visit. “Soothed my soul” said one listener as Jake Kelleher, Steve Rice, and Doug Morse played on.

Sorting Out Recycling and Composting

On April 5th, 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 our hybrid program.  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

Ham began by providing dates for the following events: Styrofoam Recycling – April 16, 9-11 am at 227 Mechanic St. in Lebanon (behind Jake’s Coffee). Instructions for how and what to bring:   Household Hazardous Waste Collection – July 9, 9 am to 1 pm and Sept. 13, 1:30-5:30 pm at the Hartford Transfer Station.

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Cinema Club Meets Thursday, May 19 at 6 pm.

Join the Quechee WIlder Library Cinema Club. Films are available for watching before the meeting on dvd and on Kanopy.
Contact with any questions regarding accessing online Kanopy services. One-to-one assistance is an option if scheduled in advance. The next Club meeting is Thursday, May 19 at 6pm.

Contact to receive a Zoom link or to pre-register for an in-person seat.

Available to Borrow: Orion Telescope!

This  Orion telescope is now available for 3 day loans.   Enjoy the night sky earlier now that daylight savings time has ended and the days are shorter.

Sci Fi Discussion, Monday, May 23 at 6 pm

The sci fi group meets monthly at Quechee Library.  Next date is Monday, May 23  at 6 pm for a discussion of   Calculating Stars.   New participants are welcome.   Email to receive the Zoom link   or to reserve a space downstairs. Please join for any discussion.

Copies are available for borrowing at the library.


Enjoy stories and a related craft project.   Ten a.m. on Tuesdays at Wilder and Wednesdays at Quechee. Masks required for all over the age of two.

Monday Mystery Discussion, June 6, 4 pm

James Lee Burke is the author for this month.  Participants can choose from the many titles.This lively discussion group will be hybrid.  Email marieke@quecheelibrary for Zoom link. Vaccinated people also have choice of indoor seat.


The Quechee Library Trustees next meet Monday, June 13 at 5  p.m.The board meets on the second Monday of each month at this time.   Open to the public. A Zoom link is available upon request.

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

The Friends Annual Meeting with election of officers is Thursday, May 26 at 5 pm.  The public is invited to enjoy refreshments and music by local musicians playing at the library’s regular 2 hour listening/browsing venue on Thursday nights, 5-7 pm, Covers and Keys.

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, May 13, 1pm

Join a book discussion group led by librarian Marieke Sperry usually on the first Friday of the month at 1pm.  The May discussion on Running With Sherman, however, will be Friday, May 13. .  Attend  through Zoom – please call the library or the Bugbee Center to receive your Zoom link or register for a seat for the hybrid discussion. Please call the Bugbee Center or email to get a copy of the book.

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.