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Birdhouses for Spring

Fly into Spring with a multi-part celebration.  Local artists have been painting birdhouses for display and a May 1 raffle.  Kids, grades K-4, are invited to join Susan Shimko on Saturday, April 8 at 11 am to be “art detectives”, talking about a delightful Charley Harper print, the concept of ‘homes’,  and then creating their own pastel artworks.  A storytime will be offered upstairs for younger children. At noon, participants and friends are invited to join some of the local artists to discuss these works and enjoy light refreshments together.  Pre-registration requested for the April 8 children’s workshop by emailing  Raffle tickets are available for purchase  at both libraries for $1 or 6 for $5.  This is all in conjunction with The Family Place and its April celebration of the Year of the Young Child, highlighting early literacy.

Covers and Keys With a Weather Caveat

Browse the shelves, check out books and dvds, or just pull up a chair.  Enjoy live music at the  Quechee Library on Thursday evenings, 5-7  pm and at Wilder Club and Library on  Friday afternoons as Jake Kelleher, Steve Rice,  Doug Morse, Bodie Kelton, and Richard Cook play a mix.  Do note that driving conditions can interfere.  Call the libraries to check if considering a special trip for the music.


Historical Fiction Discussion: Wed., April 19, 4 pm

A Thousand Ships  by Natalie Haynes  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 reserve a spot downstairs for our hybrid discussion. Copies are available for borrowing of this book that gives voices to the women of the Trojan War (gods and goddesses too).

Sci Fi Discussion, Monday, March 27, 6 pm

The sci fi group meets monthly at Quechee Library.  Next date is Monday, March 27 at 6 pm for a discussion of Exhalation by Ted Chiang. 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.

Bugbee Book Discussion, April 7, 1pm

Join a book discussion group led by librarian Marieke Sperry  on the first Friday of each month at 1pm.   The  April  discussion will conclude our Vermont Reads series with two titles: The Most Costly Journey, Stories of Migrant Farmworkers in Vermont  and A Line Becomes a River.   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 these books that look in very different ways (graphic art stories and a nonfiction narrative) about the United States borders, northern and southern.

Monday Mystery Discussion, April 3 at 3:30 pm

This group normally meets on the first Monday of each month.  Catherine Aird is the author for this month. Participants can choose from his many titles.   Email marieke@quecheelibrary for Zoom link or stop in and join downstairs at the Quechee Library. Catherine Aird’s  fiction features Detective Inspector C. D. Sloan and Detective Constable W. E. Crosby. Aird was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire  for her services to the Girl Guide Association and lives in a village in East Kent.

Needleworkers Unite—One way or another.

The weekly in-person gatherings of needleworkers  have halted due to pandemic concerns. Meanwhile, the needleworkers continue to meet, talk and share their textiles through Zoom. Email so we can provide access.

Tuesdays evenings at 6:30 pm. is the schedule. Knitters, cross-stitchers, rug hookers, and all who love textiles are welcome to join the conversations.

Covid Protocols within QW Libraries

As of January 15, 2023 some Covid protocols ended  at the Quechee/Wilder Libraries as the pandemic moves toward a more endemic phase. Masks are still recommended  for longer stays in the libraries and will be required for programs with a large attendance.

A new supply of free Covid tests is expected to arrive soon.

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.


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


The Quechee Library Trustees next meet Monday ,April 10 at 5  p.m. The board meets on the second Monday of each month at this time. Open to the public by requesting Zoom link.

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 meets Wednesday, March 15 at 11:30 pm and would enthusiastically welcome new participants.

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.