August Music Series!

    Dennis Waring’s “Trash to Tunes” - Tues, Aug 1st 6-7:00 p.m.

    Kicking off the series is Dennis Waring’s “Trash to Tunes” on Tuesday, August 1st from 6-7 p.m.  Dr. Waring is an ethnomusicologist, music consultant, educator, performer and instrument maker and has developed and enthused life into hundreds of educational programs throughout North America.  A multi-instrumentalist, Waring combines a variety of musical styles on a variety of musical instruments made from items most people throw away! Waring weaves tales about the origins of music and shows how cultures through time used music to communicate in their natural environment.  Waring gets his ideas and inspirations from around the world and creates a unique experience for the listener whether from his home-made instruments or from indigenous peoples.  All ages are welcome.  Call the library at 244-7036 to register.


    Mark and Cindy Lemaire - Fri, Aug 11th  7-8:00pm

    Mark and Cindy Lemaire will be returning for the second year in a row on Friday, August 11th.  Vermont is a second home for them, though California their current one.  Known for his exquisite guitar work, Mark Lemaire writes original tunes about the “stuff” of life; Combined with Cindy’s harmonies, the effect can be spellbinding.  You’ll experience solo guitar to foot tapping, hand-clapping audience participation.  Friday, August 11th from 7-8 in the Steele Room of the Municipal Building, 28 North Main Street, Waterbury.  FREE.


    Adam Boyce and Mark Strusacker - Tues, Aug 22nd, 7-8:30pm

    Next up in the Steele Room on the 22nd is Adam Boyce and Mark Strusacker.  Adam considers himself a Yankee fiddler, including not just the traditional standards but the popular tunes of the 20’s through the 50’s, Tin Pan Alley, older country music and his original contemporary tunes.  He has composed over 100 fiddle tunes and may be known to many as “The Old Country Fiddler” portraying the life of Charles Ross Taggart, a traveling fiddler and entertainer.  Adam may also be known to folks through George Woodard’s Ground Hog Opry and the many productions at Lost Nation Theater in Montpelier.  In addition to his fiddling, Adam is a dance caller, historian and published author.  He is also a speaker with the Vermont Humanities Council and the New Hampshire Humanities to Go, and a juried artist with the Vermont Arts Council.  A long time Vermonter, Adam grew in the house his great-grandfather purchased in 1896 in which his father and grandfather were also raised.

    Guitarist Mark Strusacker is also a well-known figure in this area.  Mark created and fronted the “WDEV Radio Rangers” radio show band in 1986, performing a mix of Western Swing, old Country, Novelty and Blue Grass Music and has concertized with the band for over 25 years. He has also played guitar and sang in Bluegrass bands for over 40 years and is one of few practitioners of the Bluegrass flat picking and cross picking guitar styles in Vermont.  Mark is also a soloist, featuring old Folk, Bluegrass and Country songs.

    Both Adam and Mark have released CDs which you can pick up at the concert, Tuesday evening, August 22nd from 7-8:30. FREE.


    Steve Lotspeich - Tues, Aug. 29th, 6:30-7:30pm

    The library invites music lovers to enjoy their beautiful summer garden on Tuesday, August 29th.  Local Community Planner Steve Lotspeich when he is not busy with his municipal duties, is well known as a multi-genre artist.  Steve plays an eclectic mix of old-time country, folk, and funky kids’ music.  He accompanies vocals with acoustic guitar and clawhammer style banjo.  His original tunes are based not only on his life experiences, but a call to face our environmental challenges.  If the weather is good we will be in the garden.  Bring chairs or a blanket to sit on.  If the weather is inclement, we will be in the Steele room.  Time: 6:30-7:30.


    Call the library at 244-7036 for more info.

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    Essential Oils 101 Workshop - 8/19 (Sat)

    When: Saturday, August 19 9:30am - 11:00am

    The Mindful Oiler (Tara Cariano) presents an informative workshop on the uses and benefits of essential oils.

    Essential oils...
    ...are immune enhancing
    ...are mood elevating
    ...boost stamina and energy manage stress and frustration
    ...improve mental clarity
    ...promote overall health, vitality, and longevity

    Please register for this event by calling the library at 244-7036

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    What is Branding? - 8/21 (Mon)

    What is branding?

    Is it a logo that is recognizable or is it something more?

    Learn ...

    • How to create a well-rounded brand
    • What to include in your brand
    • Establishing all aspects of your brand
    • Staying on brand

    Join Paige Johnson of Insights Marketing, LLC for an informative “Branding” session to find out the answers to these questions and learn why branding is so important to your business.

    Register through Insights at



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    Gentle Chair Yoga - 9/6 (Wed)

    When: Wednesday, September 6th, 11 am in the SAL room

    This program is designed to promote health & fitness for all ages. Gentle chair yoga deepens flexibility and strengthens personal body awareness while supporting range of motion for the spine.

    45 minute sequence followed by relaxing guided meditation.


    Kate Greenleaf will be leading the class. She is the owner of Kate Greenleaf Massage Therapy & Yoga in Waterbury and is a certified health coach.  She offers ongoing yoga classes, focusing on stress reduction. For more information on Kate, visit


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    Book Group

    Food For Thought Book Group

    Regular meetings are usually held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm in the Library, and reading selections alternate between fiction and nonfiction. New members are always welcome.


    The book group is on hiatus until the fall. Happy Summer!

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    One-on-One Technology Help Sessions

    WHEN: By appointment - Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday

    Need help using your new tablet or laptop? Want to get started online but don’t know how? Waterbury Public Library is offering computer and other personal electronic device assistance in the form of free 30 minute one-on-one help sessions.
    Help topics we cover include:

    • Computer basics (Windows 7, 8, 10, Macs & Ipads)
    • Downloading library eBooks, audiobooks and magazines to your eReader, tablet or other device
    • Using an iPad, Kindle, Android device or smartphone
    • Setting-up an email, Facebook, Skype or other account
    • Organizing files, photos and music
    • Microsoft Office Basics (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)
    • USB Flash Drives to save personal files
    • Google Drive, Cloud Computing
    • Addressing other specific questions

    Schedule a Help Session
    Currently we are scheduling 30-60 minute appointments with our Technology Librarian by appointment, Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. To schedule an appointment, call 802-244-7036. Please let us know when you call what topic you would like help with.

    When scheduling a one-on-one technology help appointment, please remember:

    • Staff members are unable to troubleshoot or repair devices. The library is not liable for any damage to customer equipment that may occur during a help session.
    • Bring any device you need help with (including necessary power cords), or let the instructor know that you wish to use a library laptop or stationary computer for instruction (Library computers run on either the Windows 7 or Windows 10 operating system).
    • Staff may not be able to provide assistance for all device types, programs, and problems. Appointments are available based on library staff availability; customers can only book sessions one at a time.
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    Genealogy Quest

    Are you interested in learning how to go about finding your family history?

    Join the Genealogy Quest Group, which meets here in the Library on the last Tuesday of each month (except during summer months). Meetings are free and open to the public.

    Upcoming Meetings:

    Tuesday, August 29 – Speaker: Ed McGuire – Irish Genealogy

    Tuesday, September 26 - Our yearly trip to Wally Wallace’s House on Blush Hill with
    Wally leading the program: "The Journals of Enoch Hayes Place", maybe a bit on DNA, and
    probably more on the ever-mysterious Moultons of New Salem and Danvers, Mass.”
    Before Wally’s program we will take a few minutes to discuss our special project that
    Debbie Fiske has suggested.

    Project: Over the summer consider what Genealogy goal you wish to reach in the coming months – this can be anything from researching one person, finding new ways to add information to your genealogies, making something for family members, making contact with “long lost” relatives or anything that you want to accomplish -- you decide what is important. As always, we will all have tips on how you can achieve this target. And if your objective shows signs of a brick wall, it can always be reset or you can report on all the theories that were tried. We will do an update in November to see how it is going for everyone. You have until the April 2018 meeting to work on your goal. We will all share our results at that meeting.

    Tuesday, October 24 - Linda Kaiser – Explaining the different types of Census that are

    Tuesday, November 28 - Open Discussion and also, updates on how the special projects are progressing.

    No meeting in December

    Tuesday, January 30 - Anita Krauth – medical instruments of past & present

    Tuesday, February 27 - Open Discussion

    Tuesday, March 27 – Rebecca Cornell presents a DNA program

    Tuesday, April 24 - Did you meet your Genealogy Goal for the past 7 months?
    Discussion of how your September goal was realized, needs more work, or hit a brick wall.

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