Thursday, August 25, 2016

What’s New at Mount Holly Town Library?

What’s New at
Mount Holly Town Library?
MHTL has extended its hours of service to the public! 
We've added Monday & Tuesday hours. The new town librarian, Amanda Merk, works at the library on Mondays and Tuesdays and she is very excited to meet everyone in Mount Holly and find out what you need from your library. Please stop in to say hi to Amanda on Mondays and Tuesdays. And don't forget about the fabulous Library Play Group! Play Group runs from 10-11:30am every Tuesday. With the new library hours on Tuesdays parents and kids can come into the library early to borrow books and stay after Play Group to read or borrow books.
 Monday 11:30am – 7:00pm
Tuesday 9:00am – 1:00pm
Wednesday 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Saturday 9:00am – 1:00pm
Sunday 2:00pm – 4:00

Amanda S. Merk, MSLIS
Library Director
Mount Holly Town Library
26 Maple Hill Road
Belmont, VT 05730

New Program Launches at Weston's Public Library - "Ask the Local Expert"

New Program Launches at Weston's Public Library - "Ask the Local Expert"

Amanda Merk 

Wilder Memorial Library, the public library of Weston, Vermont, is pleased to launch a new series of programs, “Ask the Local Expert”

Vermonters have earned a reputation for being smart, capable folks who are good at figuring things out independently and sharing knowledge within local communities. Our local region is full of talented experts who are eager to help their neighbors solve problems, acquire new skills and learn about Vermont and the wider world. Wilder Memorial Library’s “Ask the Local Expert” series features local experts who will offer hands-on training and educational presentations on the topics they know best. 

The first "Ask the Local Expert" class will take place at Weston's public library on Saturday, September 24th from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm. Local Expert, Matt Sydorowich of Andover, Vermont will teach "Basic Computer Skills" for PC Windows users. 

Sydorowich is an accomplished computer expert and a thoughtful, caring instructor. He has decades of experience fixing computers and teaching others how to get the most from technology. He has worked at Hewlett Packard and Borders. Sydorowich owns the local computer service and repair company, Sydscompufix 

"Ask the Local Expert" programs are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Please phone the Weston public library 802-824-4307 or email if you would like to sign up.

"Ask the Local Expert" programs coming soon ... learn to tie your own flies for fly fishing, everything you ever wanted to know about bees and honey, knitting and fiber arts, how to set up Internet through your smart-TV at home, how to make photo-books on your computer, what on earth is yoga and why is everyone doing it? 

Wilder Memorial Library, the public library of Weston, Vermont is located at 24 Lawrence Hill Road in the village of Weston. Hours are: Tuesday & Thursday 2-6pm Wednesday & Saturday 10:30am - 4:30 pm

Amanda S. Merk
Library Director
Wilder Memorial Library

Twitter: @wilderweston
Tuesday 2-6 PM
Wednesday 10:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 2-6 PM
Saturday 10:30am - 4:30pm

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Weekly Toddler and Pre-School Story Time

Weekly Toddler and Pre-School Story Time
Wednesdays 10:30-11:30am
Fall Session Runs September 7th- December 15th
Each week features a theme, music, and a craft or activity

Read with Oreo
Thursday September 22, 2016
School Age Children are invited to the library to read a story with Oreo the Reading Dog. 

Books and Cooks
Grades 2-6
Yummy Oatmeal Bars
Thursday September 15th 3:00-4:00pm  

Dorothy’s List Book Club
“Better Nate than Ever!” byTim Federle
Grades 4-8
Friday September 30th 3:00-4:00pm
Nate Foster has big dreams. His whole life, he’s wanted to star in a Broadway show. (Heck, he’d settle for seeing a Broadway show.) But how is Nate supposed to make his dreams come true when he’s stuck in Jankburg, Pennsylvania, where no one (except his best pal Libby) appreciates a good show tune? With Libby’s help, Nate plans a daring overnight escape to New York. There’s an open casting call for E.T.: The Musical, and Nate knows this could be the difference between small-town blues and big-time stardom.
Books can be checked out beginning September 1st.

Crafty Tuesdays
3:00-4:00pm Grades K-6
6th -      Back Pack Tags- School’s back in session so let’s make some cool duct tape tags that will be sure to make your back pack stand out from the rest!
13th- 3-D Lizards- Using simple supplies we’ll make some awesome neon lizards!
20th- Fabric Bowls- Learn how to make a fun and colorful bowl using fabric scraps!
27th-  Emoji Pockets- Are you always looking for somewhere to stash your stuff? Today we’ll be making the perfect pouch to store all your little treasures.

                 STEM Discovery Zone!
Monday September 12th 5:00-6:00pm
Blast Off with Mini-Bottle Rockets!
Participants will have a chance to experiement with force and motion as they design, build and launch their own mini- bottle rocket.
Monday Night Movie
September 26, 2016
5:00-7:00pm – All ages welcome
Disney Studios ©“Adventures in Babysitting” (2016 PG)
Be sure not to miss this Disney remake of the 80’s classic.

Snacks will be provided

Chili Fest Dollars Up for Grabs in Annual Cook-Off


Chili Fest Dollars Up for Grabs in Annual Cook-Off
Area charitable organizations are invited to apply for funding from the  25th Annual Ludlow Rotary Chili Cook-Off. This year’s Cook-Off will be held on Sat., Oct. 10 – rain or shine – under the tent on Depot Street by the traffic light. Rotary serves up dozens  of varieties of chili, including traditional, vegetarian and exotic.

Rotary support is offered to a bona fide 501c(3) non-profit serving Cavendish, Ludlow, Mount Holly and Plymouth. Consideration is given for organizations offering help at the cook-off, especially those entering chili into the contest. Last year's Cook-Off benefited  the Fletcher Memorial Library window replacement project.  Applications for receiving the proceeds from the chili cook-off must be received by September 15.

To apply, contact Chili Co-chairs Suzanne Garvey,, or Glenn Heitsmith,

Pictured above is Tom Guiler as he serves some of his winning chili to an appreciative taster.

Rotary also is looking for a few good cooks to make chili. Think you’ve got a taste that can’t be beat? Here’s your chance to vie for bragging rights, cash prizes and a nifty plaque.

Rotary has doubled the cash prizes awarded in three People’s Choice categories: First ($200), Second ($100) and Third ($50). Plaques are awarded by a team of three Rotary-appointed judges who decide Favorite, Spiciest and Team Spirit.

The entry fee is $10 and all that’s needed are 3-5 gallons of your favorite chili delivered hot to the Cook-Off on the morning of the event. For an application, send an email, or snail-mail Box 216, Ludlow, VT 05149.

Rotarians supply service labor and accompaniments, such as bread, cider and ice cream. The cost to the public is $10 for all you can eat. Tasting starts at 11amand continues until the last spoonful is ladled out, usually around 2pm.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Tiny bug causes big problems for Vt. organic farmers - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

commentary is by Peter Miller

Editor’s note:
This commentary is by Peter Miller, who is a photographer and author who recently published “A Lifetime of Vermont People,” a collection of photos and stories on rural Vermonters created over the past 63 years. He is 82 years old and lives in Colbyville.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Cider Days vendor application

From: Morgan Skiathitis

Don't forget to get your Cider Days vendor application to me by August 31st. Applications received after this date will not be excepted. E-mail Morgan at for an application.