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Do you know your history?

Join the Friends of the Stowe Free Library on Thursday, March 8, 2018, in welcoming Ed McGuire, a past-president of the VT Genealogy Library & the VT French-Canadian Genealogical Society. Ed has been researching his Irish, English, German and Quebec ancestors for over 35 years and in the process has made almost every genealogical mistake possible.   

Ed will be discussing how to get started in researching ancestors, where to look for records (both physical and digital) and how the field of genealogy has changed recently.  Topics that Ed will cover include where to find records, both in Vermont and in the USA/Canada, including the major repositories like the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Allen County Public Library, New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston and Vermont repositories, including our own Vermont Genealogy Library.

Ed will also cover the major changes to the field that have occurred in the past decade including free online education & blogs, Facebook, software tools and DNA testing.  

 Ed specializes in covering Irish family history and genetic genealogy including all types of DNA tests and all the major testing companies.  He and his wife, Sue, live in Hinesburg, Vermont.



The Friends of the Stowe Free Library have annouced the dates for the 34th Annual Book Sale.  The first day of the books sale will be at 9am on Tuesday, July 10, 2018  with following days being open from dawn to dusk.  The last day of the book sale will be Sunday, July 29, 2018.  We look forward to seeing you there!





Did you know that in addition to the annual summer book sale the Friends of the Stowe Free Library has a ongoing book sale that runs year round inside the  Library?  Cookbooks, large "coffee table" books, bestsellers and DVDs are available for all ages.  

The sale is located next to the library circulation desk and books may be purchased during regular library hours. Hardcover books are $2.00 and paperback books and DVD's are $1.00.  

Books are restocked regularly - there is alwasy something new on the shelves!

All proceeds support the library as well as children and adult programs.





Come in and check out the new Friends of the Stowe Free Library book bag.  Available during library hours at the Circulation Desk,  and at the Blue Donkey on the Mountain Road.  Ask a Librarian or a volunteer for yours today!  

A great way to carry home your newly purchased books or your library books.  Also great for groceries, gifts and farmers markets! 

The new books bags are co-sponsored by The Blue Donkey on the Mountain Road in Stowe.  

$12.00 each - all proceeds are used for increased children and adult programs and other library services. 





The Friends of Stowe Free Library foster close relationships between Stowe Free Library and the Stowe community by developing human and financial resources, sponsoring activities and programs, and promoting knowledge of Library resources.  Membership starts at $10 for an individual and $25 for a family.  Donations are tax deductible.  Volunteers are always welcome!  Stop by the Library for more information or fill out the form here:  application.  


 The Friends have started collecting books for the ongoing inside book sale as well as the annual summer book sale in 2018. Please bring clean, gently used book donations to the rear door of the library and down the stairs immediately to the right. CDs and DVDs are accepted. 

NOT ACCEPTED - i.e not resellable:

  • Encyclopedias/Dictionaries
  • Reader's Digest Condensed books
  • Textbooks
  • Magazines
  • Cassette tapes - music or audio books
  • Damaged books

The above listed items can be donated at the recycling center at the town transfer station. 

All proceeds from the book sales are used for increased children and adult programs and other library services. 


About the Friends of the Stowe Free Library

The Friends of Stowe Free Library is a non-profit organization with the mission to help support the collections and programs of the Stowe Free Library. In particular, the mission of the Friends is to foster close relations between the Stowe Free Library and the Stowe community by developing human and financial resources, sponsoring activities and programs, and promoting knowledge of Library resources.

Since its inception in the spring of 2006, the Friends of the Library have provided much support to the Library, including::

  • Continued the successful summer book sale and added an ongoing book sale inside the Library
  • Provided the Library’s subscription to BookPage, the popular monthly book review magazine, free to our patrons
  • Provided area Museum and attraction passes, offering free or reduced admission to many sites
  • Continued to support In Our Own Backyard: Meet the Author series
  • Provided funds for the purchase of the library's DVD collection and e-book subscription for children
  • Expanded the Library’s children’s programming including supporting a summer intern to help with the children's programs
  • Raised significant funds through the Book sale and other special events for general library use
  • Co-sponsored the Stowe Performing Arts gazebo Concert series  held on the library lawn each summer

Contact the Friends at [email protected] for information on becoming a Friend, or download and fill out and mail in an application.

Meeting Minutes

Access Friends of the Libarary meeting minutes here.

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