Max Out Your Library Card! - 8/13 (Tues)

    Max Out Your Library Card!

    Tuesday, August 13th, 6:30-7:30pm

    Did you know that your library card grants you access to all sorts of programs and activities that have nothing to do with paper books? Join our workshop to learn about how your library card allows you to stream movies, concerts and lectures, to take hundreds of different continuing education courses, to learn foreign languages, to download audio & ebooks, to read magazines online, check out museum passes, research your ancestry, fix a car – all of this is for FREE with your library card! Come learn how to take advantage of what your library has to offer and Max Out Your Library Card!!

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    Beginner's Bridge - Weds (Sept. & Oct.)

    When: Beginning on Wednesday, September 4th and running through October 23rd from 6-8 pm

    If you’ve always wanted to play bridge but felt intimidated, come to the Waterbury Library for a 8 week Beginners’ Bridge tutorial.

    You may have played growing up or watched your parents back-in-the-day and wondered what it was all about.  Perhaps you play currently but want to go deeper into the strategies.  How do you bid?  What is the order?  What about your partner? How do you agree?  What is the language? What does trump mean and how does it function?

    And then there is the play.  How do you play the hands?  How do you score? What does a rubber mean?  So many questions.

    Grace Sweet has been playing bridge all of her adult life and began learning when she was just twelve. A retired elementary school teacher, Grace knows how to take a complicated subject and break it down into the basics.  She will go over the rudimentary plays and guide participants step-by-step.

    Learn why bridge players are sharp in their old age.  Learn why bridge is “the game for a lifetime.”  Come away from the series more confident and skilled and have the option to join in a weekly bridge group right here in Waterbury.

    Call 244-7036 to register.  Eight people or two tables is the player limit, however others are welcome to sit in, observe and learn.

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    Citizen Science - 9/10 (Tues)

    When: Tuesday, Sept. 10th, 6:30pm

    Interested in helping  protect our world? Become involved in a Citizen Science Project!

    Anyone can participate in citizen science, regardless of your scientific background.

    A Citizen Science Project can involve one person or millions of people, all collaborating towards a common goal. Involvement includes data collection, analysis, or reporting of a wide range of topics including ecology, wildlife, astronomy, botany, pathology, and much more.

    As long as you have access to a smartphone, computer, or camera, you can participate.

    In this workshop we’ll provide an overview of the current projects, and let you know how you can get involved!

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    Be Tick Smart! - 9/24 (Tues)

    What: Be Tick Smart!

    When: Tuesday, September 24th - 3pm & 6:30pm

    The Waterbury Public Library will be hosting Vermont Department of Health Epidemiologist and Infectious Disease Designee Twyla deNeergaard, on Tuesday, September 24th to educate and inform both children and adults on ticks and tick-borne diseases.  Nurse deNeergaard will be giving two programs that day at 3:00 and 6:30 pm respectively.

    Ticks are more prevalent in Vermont than they used to be.  In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the numbers have more than tripled from 2004.  The longer shoulder seasons (fall and spring) give ticks time to find a host to over-winter, which in turn aids in the spread of tick-borne diseases.  And though adult ticks might be vulnerable to the cold, larva and nymphs (young ticks) hiding in the ground cover, are not.  Ninety-nine percent of all tick-borne diseases reported are caused by the blacklegged tick, according to the Vermont Department of Health.  Blacklegs are also known as deer ticks because of the ticks' common host: white tailed deer.

    What to do?  Be Tick Smart!

    “Be a Tick Detective” - For Children (3pm)

    “Be a Tick Detective” at 3 pm will use interactive games for children to learn how to identify ticks, find out about their habitat, and how to protect themselves from being bitten. (Lyme disease will also be addressed as well.)  The children will also get to examine real tick specimens with a magnifying glass.  (Don’t worry they’re not alive!)

    Tickborne Diseases in Vermont - For Adults (6:30pm)

    At 6:30 pm for adults, deNeergaard will focus on the Black-legged tick, the pathogens/germs it carries, its life cycle, and what it means for us humans interacting with these ticks.  She will also review the common and not-so-common diseases they carry.  The program will conclude with protection strategies everyone can employ to diminish risk.

    DeNeergaard has been working as a professional nurse for over 45 years and has been licensed in three states.  She has been with the Vermont Department of Health over 22 years, currently serving as the Epidemiology/Infectious Disease Designee, and overseeing the Immunization Program. A native Vermonter, she lives in Cabot with her husband.


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    Writers’ Wertfrei

    Writers, fledgling or published, all are welcome at our monthly gatherings of Writers’Wertfrei at the Waterbury Library.  “Wertfrei” comes from the German “Wertfreiheit” meaning non-judgmental or value free.  These gatherings are a place where writers can come, share their work, receive comments and suggestions in a supportive, caring environment.

    The group meets monthly the 3rd Saturday of the month at the Waterbury Library from 10-noon. Bring 3-5 pages of writing that you are either currently working on or something that you have completed.  Newcomers welcome.  For more information contact Judi at or call 244-7036 to sign up.


     August 17th , September 21, October 19, November 16th and December 14thfrom 10-noon

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    Race Conversations - 3rd Tuesdays

    When: Tuesday, August 20th - 6:30-7:30pm

    Last March “A History of the Concept of Race” was presented by Dr. William Edelglass at the Waterbury Public Library.  Professor Edelglass commented that the group elicited the most sincere post-talk he had ever witnessed. Our group will explore the questions of race, culture, power and equity to name but a few topics.

    The book by Ijeoma Oluo, “So you want to talk about race?” will serve as the text for discussion. 

    Participants can order a copy of Oluo’s book through the library’s interlibrary loan. Ask at the Help Desk. Bridgeside books will be offering a 15% discount for the book if folks want to purchase their own.

    All members of the community are invited to join in the conversation of race. What is the meaning of race?  What is the impact of racism on our community?  Eventually and hopefully, the question will arise: what can we do about it?

    This series will be facilitated by Life LeGeros from South Duxbury. He works at the University of Vermont as a professional development coordinator partnering with educators to help middle schools become more student centered. He earned his doctorate in education from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and strives to deepen his understanding of equity every day through professional learning, reading, and engaging on Twitter with experts and conversations such as #ClearTheAir.

    Future meeting dates are:

    • August 20
    • September 17
    • October 15
    • November 19
    • December 17



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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 computer for instruction (Library computers run on the 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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    Food For Thought 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. Stop by the Help Desk to pick up your copy of the next book.

    Our book group is currently on vacation for the summer and will resume in the fall.


    The Tangled Tree* by  David Quammen

    Wednesday, September 18th

    Longlisted for the National Book Award for Nonfiction and A New York Times Notable Book. Nonpareil science writer David Quammen explains how recent discoveries in molecular biology can change our understanding of evolution and life’s history, with powerful implications for human health and even our own human nature. “There's no one who writes about complex science better than David Quammen. The Tangled Tree is at once fascinating, illuminating, and totally absorbing.”

    -Elizabeth Kolbert, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Sixth Extinction


    The Overstory by Richard Powers

    Wednesday, October 16th

    A novel of activism and natural-world power presents interlocking fables about nine remarkable strangers who are summoned in different ways by trees for an ultimate, brutal stand to save the continent's few remaining acres of virgin forest.
    “The human elements of the book--the arcs his characters follow over the decades from crusading passion to muddled regret and a sense of failure--are thoroughly compelling. So are the extra-human elements, thanks to the extraordinary imaginative flights of Powers's prose, which persuades you on the very first page that you're hearing the voices of trees as they chide our  species.”--Michael Upchurch


    Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

    Wednesday, November 20th

    Yuval Noah Harari spans the whole of human history, from the very first humans to walk the earth to the radical--and sometimes devastating--breakthroughs of the cognitive, agricultural, and scientific revolutions. Drawing on insights from biology, anthropology, paleontology, and economics...Harari explores how the currents of history have shaped our human societies, the animals and plants around us, and even our personalities. Have we become happier as history has unfolded? Can we ever free our behavior from the legacy of our ancestors? And what, if anything, can we do to influence the course of the centuries to come?


    Participants provide their own copies. One print copy available at Waterbury Public Library, and the ebook available at Other copies can be borrowed through our library consortium, Interlibrary Loan, or purchased. Library Book Group members can receive 15% off these titles at Bridgeside Books!


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    Monthly Genealogy Quest Group

    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. Meetings begin at 7:00pm and are located in the SAL room.

    Tuesday September 24th at 7 pm in the SAL room.

    Topic: Open Discussion with Show and Tell

    Bring a photo, object, newspaper article or anything to do with your genealogy  to share with the group. Please join us. New members are always welcome.

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