Pastel Works on Display – Carol Eberlein

Carol Eberlein’s luscious pastels take you right into the scene she is depicting, whether a market in Morocco or a hillside church in Italy.  Her trips to Morocco and Italy, along with Croatia, Canada, and France are featured in her sometimes dusky, sometimes dazzling representations of some of the places she has visited over the years.

The Waterbury Library is pleased to host Eberlein’s pastels in their café until October 19th.

A painter of pastels since 2010, Eberlein loves the discoveries and surprises of light, shape and color as it evolves.  Remarkably, she says, “still-lifes are actually full of movement- light, shadow, storytelling.  They convey a sense of presence and human activity even if an individual figure isn’t represented.”  With landscapes too, Eberlein likes to include a human element or relationship with the environment- a bridge or building, a road or fence.

She credits not only classes and workshops but in a huge way- travel, as part of her development as an artist.  Places she has visited are featured in the display, though Eberlein credits Vermont as a mainstay of her place of beauty.

Carol, and husband John live part-time in Waitsfield.

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.




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

Weekly Story Times

Mondays at 10:15 AM is Babies & Toddlers Story Time

Snuggle with your baby or toddler as we sing, tickle and bounce our way into a lifelong love of language. Get ready for high-energy literacy with songs, active rhymes and stories. Got the wiggles? This is the place to be. Recommended for newborns – 36 months.

Thursdays at 10:15 AM is Preschool Story Hour

Join us as we travel to new places through books, puppets, and felt boards. A craft may be provided.  We’ll shake our sillies out with movement-based rhymes.  Recommended for ages 3-6 years.

Each week we will feature a different themed Story Time, with stories and/or crafts. Join us!



Race Conversations – 3rd Tues.

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



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.

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.

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!


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.