Community Socrates Café with Christopher Phillips

    When: Monday, November 13th 6 - 8 pm - Harwood Union High School Library

    Community Socrates Café with Christopher Phillips, author of  Socrates Café: A Fresh Taste of Philosophy:

    “How do we balance freedom and security in our Democracy?”

    A Socrates Café is an opportunity for dialogue about timeless and timely questions that all human beings deal with in their lives. Rather than being a debate or a discussion, a Socrates Café is a dialogue where participants are encouraged to listen to each other and to learn from one another. This form of discourse- and its focus on the search for knowledge- comes from Socrates, who observed that, "Wisdom Begins in Wonder." These gatherings are open to all members of the community, regardless of age, experience or background. Harwood students who are experienced in leading Socratic Dialogues will facilitate the discussions.

    ** This event is being held at the Harwood Union High School Library **
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    Qi Gong / Tai Chi

    When: Fridays from September 29 to November 17

    • Qi Gong is from 11-11:30
    • Tai Chi is from 11:30-12:15

    Gentle movements that can promote well-being, energy, strength and balance. New beginners are welcome as are those who are continuing in their practice. The Tai Chi portion of the class follows Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi for arthritis program and is suitable for both standing and seated practice.


    Please call the library at 244-7036 to register.

    Participants must register for each class and each week separately.

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    Brown Girl Dreaming Discussion & Reading - 10/18 & 10/26

    2017 marks the 15th year of the Vermont Reads program, in which the Vermont Humanities Council invites citizens across the state to read the same book and participate in a wide variety of community activities related to the book’s themes.

    This year's statewide reading book is: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.

    This beautiful memoir of the author's childhood, written in verse, tells the story of a young person finding her voice and examines the strength of family bonds. Children and adults alike will enjoy the beauty and authenticity of this memoir of growing up.

    In reflecting on this book, Ms Woodson remarked, "Raised in South Carolina and New York, I always felt halfway home in each place. In this book, I share what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 70s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and my growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement. It also reflects the joy of finding my voice through writing stories, despite the fact that I struggled with reading as a child. My love of stories inspired and stayed with me, creating the first sparks of the writer that I was to become."

    The library will be offering a:

    • Community Book Discussion on Wednesday, October, 18th at 7 p.m. in the SAL room, and a
    • Community Dramatic Reading the following week, led by poet and Vermont Humanities Council, Geof Hewitt on Thursday, October 26th at 6:30 p.m. in the Municipal Building’s Steele Room.


    Interested? We have copies here at the library for you to borrow.

    For more information check out the Vermont Humanities website.

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    Winter Prep For Your Vehicle - 10/28 (Sat)

    CAR CARE AWARE IS BACK with Winter Preparation for your Vehicle 

    When: Saturday, October 28th, 10:00am - Noon

    Winter is tough on vehicles and knowing what preventative measures you can take will give you peace of mind when the weather hits.

    Albert Caron of Waterbury Service Center will be covering:

    • Starter, alternator, battery
    • Suspension, traction, steering & stability
    • Winter Tires vs. All Season
    • Studding vs. non-studding tires
    • Coolant and thermostats
    • Safety

    Be prepared and don’t get caught unawares!

    Space is limited - call the library at 802-244-7036 to register




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    The Depths of the Deep - 11/1 (Wed)

    When: Wednesday, November 1st, 6:30-8 pm SAL room

    Have you ever wondered what goes on in the deep?  What lives down there?

    ALVIN, the Navy Submarine knows!

    Patrick Hickey, semi-retired pilot, expedition leader and group manager with WHOI (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution) will give us a “fish eye” view of life in the deep.  Through slides, movies and explanations, you’ll  travel through time from Alvin’s inception in 1964 to the present, be amazed by underwater life, science and the latest technology.

    If science, technology, nature, sea life, ecology, piloting, programming interests you, come to this presentation.  Suitable for all ages.


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    Stress - The Hidden Attacker - 11/7 (Tues)


    When: Tuesday, November 7th 6:30-8 pm

    Join Cathy Dodge, Certified Nutritional Herbalist for an evening of stress free information.

    Stress has been linked to disease and physical decline, but stress is also a fact of life.

    Can we change our physical response to stress?  Diet, herbs, supplements and lifestyle all make a BIG difference in how we respond to stressors.


    Make & Take Home Stress-Free Tea and Aromatic Bath Salt/Foot Soak

    EVENT IS FREE / $5.00 materials charge


    Call the library at 244-7036 to register


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    How to Download Digital Magazines, Audio & E-Books - 11/7 (Tues)

    When: Tuesday, Nov 7th, 11 - Noon 

    Learn how to download free digital magazines, audio and e-books from the Waterbury Public Library.

    We'll show you how to download & use the library specific apps for you laptop, tablet, smartphone, or mp3 player.

    Bring your smartphone or tablet to the class with you. If you want to put audio books on your mp3 player, bring the player and a laptop.

    If you are using a Mac or iPhone or iPad, please make sure you know your Apple ID and password as you'll need it to download the apps.

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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.

    Upcoming books:

    October 18 - Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson (check out our special events associated with this book!)

    November 15 - Homegoing, by Yaa Gyasi

    December 20 - Daughters of the Samurai, by Janice P. Nimura

    January 17 - A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles

    February 21 - The Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson

    March 21 - Lincoln in the Bardo, by George Saunders

    April 18 - The Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu, by Joshua Hammer

    May 16 - Rock Island Line, by David Rhodes

    June 20 - The Invention of Nature, by Andrea Wulf


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