Is that a Cougar?

MAY 19 6PM
Bill Betty, presenter
Bill has been keeping track of mountain lions in New England for over 43 years and has had more than a dozen encounters with nature’s perfect predator. His entertaining and educational talk covers all aspects of cougar behavior, tracking, sightings, maps, and even includes some humorous slides.
The program last 60 minutes. FREE ADMISSION.

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STEVE LLOYD Exhibit in the Crowell Gallery for the month of May

A dialog between realism and abstraction

Steve Lloyd ~ Vermont resident and Brattleboro artist ~ will show his paintings in the Crowell Art Gallery in Newfane from May 3rd to 31stThe Opening Reception will be on Saturday, May 7th from 11am to 1pm.  “My paintings depict the way the world feels to me. In representational work I will add an element of geometry; in abstract work, the rigor of the geometry is balanced by color and the nature of the paint.  A long career as an architect surely influences my work, but an equal force is my respect for the natural world.”

Access to the Gallery and Library are FREE.May Lloyd 1 May Lloyd 2

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ISA OEHRY reading from “Under a Blue Moon” 6pm Thursday May 5

Under A Blue Moon


Moore Free Library presents…   Isa Oehry  …reading from her book “Under a Blue Moon”

May 5  @ 6pm


Although it was Isa Oehry who was the one to walk this extraordinary journey and experience the adventures, the insights gained are meant for all of us. This true story, and often humorous account, inspires us to look beyond the obvious, and keep our minds and hearts open for the unseen and previously unheard. It forever changes how we view the world we live in. In Under A Blue Moon, Oehry documents a journey that began innocently under the golden light of a full moon. Mysteriously nourished, enriched, and highly energized by an unseen force under nothing but a moon surrounded by thousands of stars, she felt a prompting, inviting her to a destination yet unknown, to a hidden world concealing ancient wisdom. She spontaneously decided to set out to find it. … She was drawn to and experienced adventures, some precarious enough that she marveled at having survived at all.

With Under A Blue Moon, Oehry not only takes us on her adventurous, magical journey, but her curious mind fueled by inquisitiveness and scientific playfulness invites us to reconsider our own understanding about all that surrounds us. She encourages us to step out of our comfort zone of safety and security and begs us to take a risk, to open ourselves to engage with life on a deeper level. Oehry’s enthusiasm and zest for life is contagious. Do not be surprised to find yourself promptly embarking on your own soul quest.

***********************This is a FREE program.

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Looking for something to do during School Break Week?

Our Park Passes program offers our library patrons free admission to several wonderful sites in Vermont.
Hildene, The Lincoln Family Home, Manchester, VT ~ good for admission for one family of four (2 adults + 2 children or grandchildren under 18). Hildene admissions include full access to the main house and gardens, special exhibits, goat diary, the 1903 Pullman car, Sunbeam, 12 miles of walking trails including the new Maple Trail to River Road where guests can explore the meadows, the wetlands via the floating boardwalk, and the Dene Farm.
Brattleboro Museum & Art Center, Brattleboro, VT ~ good for admission to exhibits for members of one household (adults, children, caregivers). This contemporary art museum housed in historic Union Station has six galleries. Each year, about 15 exhibitions are presented in rotation. There is always at least one interactive exhibit for families to participate in art activities together.
During the months that Vermont state parks and state historic sites are open (usually June to , passes are available for 35 state parks and 9 state historic sites. Both passes allow free entry for up to 8 people in one vehicle.

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National Library Week April 10 – 16

“Behind every great community is a great Library!”

Books, classes, computers, magazines, and more!
Discover ways to have fun behind library doors.

It’s a place to relax and exercise your mind.
You’ll be amazed at all the great things you can find.

There are chances to learn as far as the eye can see.
It’s endless entertainment and all of it is FREE!

Libraries are the heart of the communities they serve.
Support your local library. Give it the thanks it deserves.

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Oh, those Irish!

Mark your calendars Erinophiles!
On March 17 – yes, that is Saint Patrick’s Day – Vincent Feeney will present
“The Irish Wave in the Green Mountains”.
This FREE program will start at 5pm in the Crowell Gallery and is co-hosted by Moore Free Library and Windham County Historical Society.
Mr. Feeney is the author of Finnigans, Slaters and Stonepeggers, a history of the Irish in Vermont (which we have at the library) which peels back the Yankee mythos and examines the surprisingly rich, true story of the Irish in Vermont, from the first steady trickle of colonial pioneers to the flood of famine refugees and onward: how the Irish arrived, survived, fought, labored, organized, worshipped, played and managed to prosper. Even if you don’t have a bit of Irish blood in you, this will be a fascinating presentation.
This program is sponsored by Vermont Humanities Council.

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Bill Schommer Exhibit in Crowell Gallery



Opening Reception:  Sunday Feb 28th 1pm-3pm

“As a boy growing up in small town Appleton, Wisconsin, I had dreams of becoming a world famous artist. The ‘world famous’ part did not quite materialize, however the ‘artist’ part stuck with me for life. It has given me a happy 90+ years and maybe even a few more!”

So relates Bill Schommer in a newsletter for Valley Cares senior housing, where he currently resides.  Before this transition, he lived in Newfane  for many years, with his lovely wife Shirley who sadly passed away in 2011.  The couple turned part of their Newfane home into a local art gallery and an antiques store, both of which were top art destinations in Vermont for many, many years.

After 35 years in NYC, 40 years in Newfane, and now in Townshend, he’s still painting! His show will include a mix of his various genres – Vermont landscapes, abstracts, Fat Ladies series, and pointillism.

Come meet Bill and view his whimsical, intriguing, lovely paintings at the Opening Reception on Sunday, February 28th from 1 to 3pm in the Crowell Art Gallery.  The show will run until March 30th.  Gallery/Library hours are Tu-We-Fr 1-5pm, Th 2-7pm & Sat 10am-1pm.  Call 365-7948 for information

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