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Celebrate National Poetry Month with Sydney Lea

Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 PM

April is National Poetry Month, and we are we are very proud to be hosting Sydney Lea, Vermont's Poet Laureate, here at 30 Foundry Street, to help us celebrate! 

He will give us a preview, and be reading from his yet unpublished twelfth poetry volume, "No Doubt the Nameless", and his fourth collection of lyrical essays, "What's the Story? Short Takes on a Life Grown Long". Both collections of poems and essays will be published later this year. Of his many previous poetry collections, "Pursuit of a Wound" was one of three finalists for the Pulitzer Prize for poetry. The preceding volume, "To the Bone: New and Selected Poems", was co-winner of the 1998 Poets' Prize. He will have these, and some of his many other books of prose and poetry, on hand for sale and signing at the event. 

Mr. Lea has been described as "a man in the woods with his head full of books, and a man in books with his head full of woods". His affection for story, moreover, an affection derived in no small measure from men and women elders in New England, colors his poetry, just as a relish for the musical properties of the word colors his prose. His lifelong passion for the natural world informs almost his every utterance.

This program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be available.


The Music of Poetry with Michael Arnowitt

Sunday, May 3 at 2:00 PM

at the Waterbury Congregational Church

The Friends of the Waterbury Public Library are excited to host jazz and classical musician, Michael Arnowitt, presenting “The Music of Poetry” for their annual Spring Tea event, taking place this year on Sunday, May 3 at 2 PM at the Waterbury Congregational Church, also known as the White Meeting House.

This lecture and demonstration will explore the musical aspects of poetry, song lyrics, and literature. The talk offers a musician’s insights on the elements of sound and time in literary composition, and the similarities he hears between the literature of great writers, and the music of classical composers, jazz musician, as well as pop songwriters.

This event is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council under a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This program is free, open to the public and light refreshments will be provided.


The Woodchuck Returns to Gardening
Thursday, May 7 at 6:30 PM in the Library

Just in time for gardening season, the Waterbury Public Library will be hosting woodchuck gardening guru, Ron Krupp on Thursday, May 7 at 6:30 PM at the Library's temporary location at 30 Foundry St. in Waterbury.

Mr. Krupp will be discussing his new book, "The Woodchuck Returns to Gardening", a sister-companion to his first book "The Woodchuck's Guide to Gardening". Just like in his first book, "The Woodchuck Returns..." is rooted in organic methods. The main part of the book travels into the world of vegetables, berries, and fruits. It includes stories, history, observations and information from the "Garden Patch." There are many sketches and black and white photos, but this time, there are color paintings and photos in the new book. If you're hungry for new garden inspirations, come and check it out.

Books will be for sale and signing at this event - this could be just the perfect Mother's Day gift you're looking for! 

Free and open to the public.




Beaded Jewelry Workshop with Sue Premore

Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 PM in the Library

On Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 PM, local artisan, Sue Premore, will be lead a jewelry making workshop at the Waterbury Public Library, now located at 30 Foundry Street in Waterbury.  Learn how to make simple beaded jewelry, such as a necklace, bracelet or earrings. The Library will supply all materials - there is no cost to the public.

Space is limited to 10 adults and teens only, and spots fill up fast. Please call the Library at 244-7036 to register in advance.


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Ongoing Programs

Genealogy Quest:

The next meeting of Genealogy Quest will be on Tuesday, April 28 in the conference room at 30 Foundry Street.


Free and open to the public.


Food For Thought Book Discussion Group: 

Click here for Food for Thought group book discussion information


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