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, received comments and suggestions in a supportive, caring environment.

    The group meets monthly on certain Saturdays 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.


    June 22nd, July 20th, August 17th from 10-noon

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    Race Conversations - 3rd Tuesdays

    When: Tuesday, July 23rd - 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:

    • July 23
    • August 20
    • September 17
    • October 15
    • November 19
    • December 17



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    Move Your Body - Still Your Mind (Fridays)

    What: Move Your Body - Still Your Mind

    When: Fridays from 11 am to noon, July 5th - August 9th.

    Kenneth Russell from SASH (Support and Services at Home) and Downstreet Housing is back at the Waterbury Library for another free 6-week summer session of movement on Fridays from 11 am to noon in the SAL room, beginning Friday, July 5th and running until August 9th.

    “Move Your Body – Still Your Mind” begins with the familiar routines of repeating simple Qi Gong Flow movements, which are easy-to-do and enjoyable from day one.  After this first segment, the participants move into an exploration of other movement meditative practices for bringing greater stillness into the mind and body.  This could be a meditative walk, a seated ritual or movement, or seated silence and stillness.  The choice is yours to explore.  The class can be done standing or seated, or a combination of the two.  If you want to sit on the floor, bring an appropriate cushion.

    • First and best served: those who will commit to the entire 6 weeks. (Stillness is best experienced with routine practice.)
    • Next served: those who can make most of the classes.
    • Also served:  those who can only come for a few or on a drop-in basis.

    To register, call 244-7036.

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    Songwriting Workshop with Dan Murphy - 7/16 (Tues)

    When: Tuesday, July 16th from 6:30-8 pm

    All levels of experience welcome!

    Space is limited - please call call 244-7036 to register.


    My name is Dan Murphy and, like you, I am a singer / songwriter.  These days, my primary musical entities are the local band ONEoverZERO and my own solo project, Daniel Waterhouse.  My musical evolution has gone something like this 1) Finding a cheap, old acoustic guitar in my family’s home in Cambridge, MA and teaching myself some open chords and power chords 2) With the assistance of a friend, recording my first song on a basic 4 track machine (a watershed moment for me).  3) Playing in bands that featured the songs of others, and later playing in bands that featured my songs (and recording these songs at a handful of music studios)  4) Learning the basic ins and outs of sound engineering (for a while I was doing Live Sound at ZenBarn here in Waterbury Center)   5) Building a recording studio, and making my own record from beginning to end, which you can find by googling “Daniel Waterhouse bandcamp,”  with the help of some friends that are listed in the credits.

    I am hosting this songwriting workshop in the hope that my experiences can be helpful to your undertakings. In addition to fielding questions on anything and everything related to songwriting, I’ll also be addressing some specific topics that I feel are common threads that will be relevant to many of you including a) I have the beginning of a song in the form of “XYZ,”…what now?  b) Tools that can be useful in the process c) Identifying the notes in your songs and how to work with them.  If there is time, I will also begin to discuss the subject of how to make your songs come to life in the recording studio.  All levels of experience / aptitude are welcome.

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    Aaron Copland's America - 7/24 (Wed)

    Aaron Copland's America

    When: Wed., July 24th 7:00pm

    Where: Waterbury Municipal Center's Steel Room

    This is a Vermont Humanities Council Speakers Bureau event hosted by Waterbury Public Library. 

    Pianist Michael Arnowitt offers a program surveying the music of Aaron Copland, who created what is considered today to be a distinctively American sound in classical music. His landmark compositions from the 1930’s and 1940’s used energetic jazz rhythms and folk song material from different regions of the United States and Mexico, blended into his own classical music writing style. His signature widely spaced, slow-moving chords helped depict the vast American landscape, in contrast to the crowded, densely populated countries of Europe. Michael Arnowitt will perform and discuss music from Copland’s Four Piano Blues, Piano Variations, El Salon Mexico, and Copland’s famous Appalachian Spring. Also included on the program is Conversation at the Soda Fountain, from the music Copland wrote for the film version of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town.

    Copland was one of a wave of American composers who traveled to Paris in the early twentieth century to study with the renowned teacher Nadia Boulanger at the Fontainebleau School in France. Michael Arnowitt also attended this school in 1980 and will recount anecdotes about Fontainebleau. While Copland was influenced by his European travels and being exposed to the modern composers Igor Stravinsky, Arnold Schoenberg, and Anton Webern, and even wrote a song setting of a poem of E.E. Cummings, Copland returned to our country determined to create something uniquely American. The optimistic, clear tone of his musical style became iconic and has influenced American composers to the present day and contributed to the cultural creation of an American consciousness and character.


    Image of Michael ArnowittAbout the presenter

    Michael Arnowitt - Michael is an internationally-known classical and jazz pianist with over thirty years of concert experience in Europe, the U.S., and Canada
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    Vermont Wild - 7/30 (Tues)

    When: Tuesday, July 30th 7-8 pm in the Steele Room

    Megan Price, author of the popular book series “Vermont Wild” and a MOTH Slam Winner, shares secrets from the stories-behind-the-stories of Game Warden Adventures from Vermont to Maine. These true stories range from hilarious to harrowing.

    Books available for purchase,and a sneak preview of Price’s upcoming Vermont Wild, Volume 6, to be released in October.


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    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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    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.

    Meetings are currently on hiatus for the summer.

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