Chair Yoga - Weds.

    Wednesdays from 10:15-11:15 in the SAL Room

    No experience needed. All levels welcome to this low-stress, high energy class.
    The chair provides stability and balance, and allows movement without fear.

    Drop-ins welcome!

    Local Waterbury resident, Diana Whitney has been practicing yoga for 20 years.

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    Race Conversations - 3rd Tues.

    When: Tuesday, Nov. 19th - 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:

    • November 19
    • December 17



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    Food For Thought Book Group - 3rd Weds.

    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.


    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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    Writers’ Wertfrei - 3rd Sat.

    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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    Intro to WordPress - 11/12 (Tues)

    What: Intro to WordPress

    When: Tuesday, Nov. 12th, 6:00 -7:30pm

    Learn how to create your own blog or basic website with We'll explore how to navigate WordPress, make pages and posts, add photos and customize the appearance of your website.

    You'll leave with a better understanding of how WordPress works and be given a list of resources to help you continue your education.

    Space is limited - please register by e-mailing or calling the library at 244-7036. 

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    Board & Tabletop Games - 4th Sat.

    Meets the 4th Saturday of the month in the SAL room from 10 am to 2 pm.

    (Sept 28, Oct 26, Nov 23, Dec 28)

    Ages teens-adults.

    Drop in for any or all of the time.

    If you are a gamer and want to meet with like-minded folks, come join Vinni Yasi, host of our monthly gatherings.

    Games will include Settlers of Catan, Dominion, Splendor, Scythe, Forbidden Island, Betrayal at the House on the Hill, and MORE!

    You are also welcome to bring your own game to the group.




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    SEED: The Untold Story (Movie) - 11/13 (Wed)



    Playing at the Waterbury Library on Wed, Nov. 13th, 6-8 pm

    94% of our seed diversity has disappeared! Come to this provocative film* and question our “progress.”

    Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds -- worshiped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. This documentary follows passionate seed keepers who are protecting a 12,000 year-old food legacy. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. A cadre of 10 agrichemical companies, including Syngenta, Bayer, and Monsanto, controls over two-thirds of the global seed market, reaping unprecedented profits. Farmers and others battle to defend the future of our food.

    Movie followed by discussion, snacks.

    *This is the first in our New Issues X-Change Series.

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    Songwriting with the McHughs - 11/18 (Mon)

    What: Songwriting with the McHughs

    When: Monday, Nov. 18th, 6-8:00pm

    Space is limited - please register by calling the library at 244-7036

    The Songwriters’ monthly meetings in Waterbury are an informal time for songwriters of all abilities to collaborate in the sharing of their songwriting skills and ideas.  Prior experience is not a requirement.  Basic elements of songwriting will be covered, along with fun, practical group exercises that will benefit everyone's skillset.  Topics may include but are not limited to idea development, song structure, lyrical prosody, memorable melodies, basics of co-writing, how to give feedback and more. If you have a song to share, please bring a recording or feel free to bring your instrument or voice or both!  A keyboard and microphone will be available if needed.

    Patrick and Alison McHugh, workshop leaders, are lifelong musicians from central Vermont, having played music together since the 7th grade. They are currently facilitating a bi-monthly Songwriting Collaborative that meets in downtown Burlington.  Pat is a gifted drummer, guitarist, producer, and sound technician.  You will find him building houses and helping to equip bands for various events, as well as outfitting churches and venues with the right gear for the space.  Alison has been singing, playing the piano and writing songs for 25 years and works in alumni relations for a wilderness program. In 2014, the McHughs worked with the late Cindy Wilt-Colville, a songwriter development coach from Nashville, TN and have since been passionate about working to inspire songwriters in Vermont and making a safe place for creative people to share their work and hone their skills.


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    Beginner's Bridge - Wed & Mon

    When: Extended due to popular demand!

    Mondays November 11th and 25th and Wednesdays, December 4th and 11th.

    The times are the same 6-8 pm.

    If you’ve always wanted to play bridge but felt intimidated, come to the Waterbury Library for a 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.  12 people or 3 tables is the player limit, however others are welcome to sit in, observe and learn.

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    New Nationwide Digital Reading Program (Digital Bookgroup)

    The Waterbury Public Library is joining public libraries nationwide in a new digital reading program, the Libraries Transform Book Pick, which offers access to the same ebook for a two-week period. The first ebook selection is the newly released title “After the Flood” by Kassandra Montag.

    “After the Flood” will be available Oct. 7—21, 2019 through the Waterbury Public Library at the Green Mountain Library Consortium.

    Readers will only need a library card and the Libby app to download a free copy of the ebook to their device. There will be no waitlists or holds for the title.

    “After the Flood” is an inventive and riveting climate fiction saga from a promising new author. In a starred review, Booklist states, “Montag’s thrilling debut takes place in a future climate-change-altered world overrun by water… Anchored by a complicated, compelling heroine, this gripping, speculative, high-seas adventure is impossible to put down.” And Karin Slaughter, international bestselling author of “The Last Widow,” calls Montag “a visionary new talent!”

    The Libraries Transform Book Pick is a collaboration between the American Library Association (ALA) and Rakuten OverDrive. The program gives public libraries and their staff the opportunity to bring readers in their community together to discover a new ebook and celebrate the very best in reading.

    The selection of “After the Flood” for the Libraries Transform Book Pick was made in consultation with experts at Booklist, the book review magazine of the ALA.

    For more information about the Libraries Transform Book Pick, please visit You can also follow the Libraries Transform Book Pick on ALA’s Facebook and Twitter and join the discussion on social media using the hashtag #LTBookPick.

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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 October 29th at 7 pm in the SAL room.

    Topic: Brick Wall Solving: Bring to the meeting important information on a Brick Wall that you would like the group to help solve. Please bring the information that you have found, what records you have searched, where the relatives of this person lived, etc. Over the next month, members using information presented can try to find clues to help solve one or more Brick Walls.

    New members are always welcome.

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