Autumnal Equinox Walking Meditation / Wed., Sept. 22

Autumnal Equinox Walking Meditation

Wednesday, September 22nd at 5:30 PM in the Library’s Garden *
Rain date: Friday, September 24th

River will teach us how to ground while we walk and Judi will have
her strolling harp to accompany our footsteps.

The Autumn Equinox is the equilibrium of day and night and thus represents
the light and darkness in our lives. The long summer nights (yang- outward)
have passed and we enter into a new season of yin, or inward reflection.

Walking Meditation is a simple practice for developing awareness.

It requires being aware as you walk and uses the natural movement of walking to cultivate mindfulness and wakeful presence. It requires no experience and can be done as a stand-alone practice, which we will do for 30 minutes as a guided meditation.

BOOK DISCUSSION – The Other Americans / TUES., OCT. 5 / 6:30PM

The Other Americans BOOK DISCUSSION

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 5TH, 6:30 PM SAL ROOM

Pulitzer Prize Finalist Laila Lalami presents readers with a page-turning mystery in “The Other Americans.”

Says The Washington Post, “Lalami may be our finest contemporary chronicler of immigration and its discontents.”

Lalami tells the story of secrets, hypocrisy and love through the voices of 9 characters revealing our country’s division along the lines of race, religion and class. A compelling book! Come join us.

We have plenty of copies at the front desk. Yours to keep

The Value of Stories / Tues., Oct. 12 / 6:30PM

The Value of Stories with Rajnii Eddins

Tuesday, October 12 at 6:30 PM in the SAL room.

Poet, writer, and activist Rajnii Eddins uses the spoken word as a tool for engagement in  conversations about race, culture, equity and the richness to be found in each of our stories. He shares his poetry and the historical context in which it was created.

How can our stories be used to confront racism and other injustices, affirm diversity and equity, and initiate community dialogue?

Come away with the skill to use your own story in creating healing and growing mutual understanding.

Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL.)

BRIDGING CONTINENTS / Tue., Oct. 19 / 6:30PM

BRIDGING CONTINENTS

Tuesday, October 19th , 6:30 in the SAL Room

The life and experiences of refugees and  asylum seekers in Central Vermont.

Ever wonder about the lives of refugees and asylum seekers in Vermont?

How do they experience this strange new world in which they are making their home? What surprises, perplexes or awakens gratitude?

Central Vermont Refugee Assistance Network (CVRAN) moderates a panel          discussion of stories and insights from two of our newer neighbors, plus observations of      a host family member who sees from the outside their worries and successes.

What action steps can we take to help them navigate challenges in education, housing,   and healthcare?

A sampling of ethnic snacks will be available!

 

Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) in collaboration with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL.)

 

Board & Tabletop Games are back! / 1ST Sat. / 9AM-1PM

The First Saturday of the Month, beginning August 7th from 9 AM to 1 PM in the SAL room.

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.

Ages teens-adults.

No Pressure Book Group / 3rd Thursday / 7PM / Zoom

The No Pressure Book Group is back!

Third Thursdays of the month, 7:00-8:00, starting Sep. 16 via Zoom.

Come as you are, bring what you’re reading and let’s talk books! No assignments – just share a new or old favorite, and swap recommendations with fellow readers.

With the seasonal change settling in, what better way to stay connected and share your reading passions? Join us!

To register click:
 https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYkc-6vrzsjGdzW4Set0qfjzqKORghRR6es

 

Dungeons and Dragons / 1st and 3rd Sat. / 12-4

Beginner Dungeons and Dragons

1st and 3rd Saturdays from 12-4 pm via Discord.

https://discord.gg/3UrxbNyKRJ

If you have ever wanted to learn to play Dungeons and Dragons or are a veteran looking for a group to play with, this 5th Edition campaign, led by Dungeon Master Evan Hoffman, will allow for both a fun learning experience and open-ended gameplay.

Feel free to log into the server at any time, where we can provide answers to questions and develop a welcoming community!

Dungeons and Dragons is a communal storytelling game. All you need to play is an internet capable computer (or similar device) and a microphone. A set of polyhedral dice, and paper and pencil can be a plus!

Writers’ Wertfrei / 10AM / 3rd Saturday

Writers’ Wertfrei Meeting

We meet the 3rd Saturday of the month from 10-Noon in the SAL Room. 

Fall dates are:

September 18, October 16, November 20, December 18. 

“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. Come with what you are currently working on. 

For more information contact Judi at judi@waterburypubliclibrary.com

One-on-One Technology Help Sessions

Currently we are scheduling 30-60 minute appointments with our Technology Librarian Kyle for Tuesday’s between 2-6PM or Thursday’s between 12-4PM. 

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.