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Friends of the Stowe Library 35th Annual Booksale Donations

The Friends of Stowe Free Library are in dire need of your used books for this year’s summer sale. Donations will be accepted starting on Wednesday, May 1, 2019.  This is the first day the Library will be back home.  Donations will be accepted until June 15th. 

Please remember that books should be in good, sellable condition and that Encyclopedias, Readers Digest Condensed Books, Textbooks, magazines or music cassettes are not accepted.  This year’s sale, the 35th Annual Sale, will open on the porch of the Library on July 9th at 9am, and run through July 28th. Hours will be dawn to dusk. 

Donations can be brought to the rear door of the Library during Library hours and left on the table at the foot of the half flight of stairs found to the left of the door. Call or email the library with questions, 802-253-4808 / [email protected], or ask any staff member when you come in to visit the refurbishment!

 As always we thank you for  your support!



Come in and check out the  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 and/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. 





In Our Own Backyard Series 2019/2020

Come join us for our fabulous lineup of speakers for the 2019/2020 season.  All speakers start at 7pm in the Community Room of the Library.  Free parking is available in front of and behind the Library – enter in the back of the Library after 7pm.  All events are free and open to the public!

Thursday, September 19, 2019 – Bill Torrey, Vermont Storyteller and Author of “The Ta Ta Weenie Club”. 

Bill, a sixth generation Vermont, grew up in the 1960’s and 1970’s in Essex, Vermont enjoying the freedom of the woods and the adventure it supplied.  At sixteen he bought his first chainsaw and began a forty-year career working in the woods of Vermont. Bill wrote a monthly column for Outdoor Magazine for three years and has been published in Northern Woodlands Magazine. After retiring in 2013 he pursued other callings and found oral storytelling to his liking.  Bill has performed on the Moth Main Stage in Boston as well as winning four Moth Story Slams in Burlington, Vermont, three Extempo Storytelling Competitions in Central Vermont and New York's North Country Public Radio's Black Fly Story Slam and thus received the coveted Golden Fly Swatter. He has performed by invitation at Middlebury College, The Marquis Theater, The Latchis Theater, The Flynn Theater and the Vermont Statehouse.

Bills’ book, The Ta Ta Weenie Club, is a collection of twenty-one stories which take place in Vermont during the ’60s and early ’70s, an era before car seats, airbags, and childproof caps. A time and place when a kid could leave the house in the morning to go out and play until dusk with loyal friends and tolerated family. From county fairs and middle school dances, to loving hound dogs, and mean teachers, it was a period where a parent’s authority was the law and was backed up by real means. This humorous story collection reveals life’s lessons that shaped the future of a young man.

Thursday, September 26, 2019 – Runamok Maple. 

Curious as to what’s going on with the maple industry these days?  Are you seeing all the new maple flavors available on store shelves?  Come, listen, and even better, taste some of the newest offerings from one of the leaders in the new maple infusions, smoked and barrel aged maple syrups on the market.

Runamok Maple is located in northern Vermont, along the western slopes of Mount Mansfield. Spanning 1,100 acres in Cambridge and 250 acres in Fairfield, the Runamok crew taps 81,000 trees to bring you one of Mother Nature’s most exquisite pleasures: pure maple syrup.

Along with their pure maple syrup, they have created a collection of infused, smoked and barrel-aged maple syrups. Maple marries exceptionally well with a variety of flavors. Some of them are tried and true like cinnamon and vanilla and some are unexpectedly out of this world, like their own original Makrut lime-leaf.

Thursday, October 10, 2019 – Winter Bird Feeding by The Birds of Vermont Museum

Vermont in winter: cold, muddy, slushy, icy, snowy. But there are still birds! Which ones? How come? What do they eat? How do they shelter from the weather? And how can you get involved?

The Birds of Vermont Museum, located in Huntington, Vermont has a mission is to provide education, to nurture an appreciation of the environment, and to study birds and their habitats using woodcarvings and other museum resources.

Tuesday, October 22 - Peter Zheutlin, Author and Journalist 

Peter is a freelance journalist and author whose work has appeared regularly in The Boston Globe and The Christian Science Monitor. He has also written for The Los Angeles Times, Parade Magazine, AARP Magazine and numerous other publications in the U.S. and abroad. He has written the New York Times best-seller, Rescue Road: One Man, Thirty Thousand Dogs and a Million Miles on the Last Hope Highway and Rescued: What Second-Chance Dogs Teach Us About Living With Purpose, Loving With Abandon, and Finding Joy in the Little Things. His first book was Around the World on Two Wheels: Annie Londonderry’s Extraordinary Ride, the story of his great-grandaunt who, in 1894, left her three young children with her husband in Boston to circle the world on a bicycle and became the world’s first female international sports star in the process.

Peter’s latest book, published in September, is The Dog Went Over the Mountain: Travels with Albie: An American Journey. Inspired by a re-reading of John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley, he took his first (and oldest) rescue dog on a 9,200-mile odyssey around the United States. The book is the story of that journey.

Before Peter started writing books he practiced law for a few years and taught legal research and writing at the Northwestern University School of Law and the University of Virginia Law School. After that he worked for nearly a decade as the Public Affairs Director of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (IPPNW), winner of the 1985 Nobel Peace Prize, and was privileged to be part of the IPPNW delegation that traveled to Oslo to receive the prize.

Peter and his wife, Judy, live in Massachusetts with their rescue dogs, Albie, Salina and Jambalaya (Jamba for short), all of whom came from Louisiana. They also have two grown sons.

Thursday, Febrary 13, 2020 - Charlie Nardozzi

Charlie Nardozzi is an award winning, nationally recognized garden writer, speaker, radio, and television personality. He has worked for more than 30 years bringing expert gardening information to home gardeners through radio, television, talks, tours, on-line, and the printed page. Charlie delights in making gardening information simple, easy, fun and accessible to everyone.



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.  



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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Friends of the Stowe Free Library Meeting Minutes

Friends of the Stowe Free Library Board Meeting March 7, 2019 Akeley Memorial Building 67 Main Street   Present: Louise Thompson, Bonnie Knight, Sally Nolan, Ronna Ziegel, Carol Stevens, Connie Carrino, Sue Gilkey, Cindy Weber, Kelley Spear, Margot Hall Meeting was called to order by Chair, Ronna Ziegel at 3:35 PM. The meeting minutes of January 10, 2019 were accepted.  Carol Stevens made the motion, seconded by Connie Carrino. Ronna Ziegel welcomed Sue Gilkey as a new Member at Large of the Board. She will be voted in at the Annual Meeting on May 9. Library Director’s Report - Cindy Weber: Cindy reported on the progress to date in

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