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Nov. 9 Program with Lucy Allen

posted Oct 16, 2017, 2:44 PM by Barre Library

Lucy Allen, a Barre resident who is a local historian and genealogist, will present a program at Woods Memorial Library of “Tales from Bygone Days in Barre” on Thursday, November 9, at 7:00 P.M.  The program will be held in Allen Hall.

Spanning the first century or so of European settlement in Barre (from the late 1730s to about 1850), Lucy’s program will introduce you to some of Barre’s pioneers.   We may envision our predecessors as stern and humorless, but that was not true in many cases.  There were saints and sinners, trailblazers and troublemakers. Lucy will tell stories of the successes of our early families.  They endured hardships, too, and the courage with which men, women and children faced their challenges will be described.  You will hear about how they found time for entertainment through music and dancing, traditions that have carried forward in Barre to current times.  Some of the early settlers had slaves to help them, and Lucy will tell tales of some of these individuals, too.  While most of Barre’s early residents were honest and hardworking, some were notorious for their criminal activities.  Their stories may surprise you.

Lucy has spent most of her life researching and documenting our town’s history.  Here she is pictured at Caldwell Cemetery in Barre with the gravestone of Sarah (Morrison) Caldwell, a Barre pioneer, who died in 1777 at the age of 96 years.  The program is free and open to the public.  It is sponsored by the Barre Library Association.

Columbus Day Weekend

posted Oct 6, 2017, 10:27 AM by Barre Library

The library will be CLOSED in observance of Columbus day this Saturday, October 7th and will re-open on Tuesday, October 10th at 2pm.

Library Closure

posted Aug 31, 2017, 5:38 AM by Barre Library

The library will be closed Thursday, August 31 through Saturday, September 2. Staff members are moving books, cases, and toys out of the room so we can get a brand new floor installed!

We will reopen on Tuesday, September 5 from 2 pm to 8 pm. Children's items will be made available on the main floor until the project is complete.

Summer Reading

posted Jun 6, 2017, 6:39 AM by Barre Library

begins the last week of June. Stop by and get a schedule.

Closed Saturday

posted May 26, 2017, 12:04 PM by Barre Library

The library will be closed on Saturday, May 27 in observance of Memorial Day.


posted May 9, 2017, 11:06 AM by Barre Library

On Wednesday, May 10 the library will be closed from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a staff training. We will reopen at 4 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. join us for a fun program with the master of magic and comedy, Ed the Wizard!

Poetry Reading

posted Apr 4, 2017, 6:56 AM by Barre Library

Join us for an open mic night on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. Read or listed in celebration of National Poetry Month. Share some of your own work or read one of your favorite poems.

Library Closed April 1, 2017

posted Apr 1, 2017, 6:08 AM by Barre Library

due to poor weather conditions.


posted Mar 9, 2017, 5:53 AM by Barre Library   [ updated Jun 6, 2017, 6:38 AM ]

Storytelling Event

posted Mar 2, 2017, 10:57 AM by Barre Library


Linda Tomasi will serve as Master of Ceremonies at “Tales from the Garden… Think Spring!” a free storytelling event at the Woods Memorial Library (19 Pleasant Street, Barre).  Tomasi will be joined by Julie Rawson, Sue Musnicki, and other local raconteurs to share short personal stories for with gardening and farming.

The evening, which is co-sponsored by Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust and Landry & Meilus LLP.   The themes of the evening are land and neighbors, and the stories reflect life in Barre and the surrounding towns.

The evening will be free-flowing, with storytellers sharing their own stories in their own words. “This isn’t a children’s story hour,” says Tomasi, who also spoke at last year’s “Finding Your Place in the Landscape” storytelling evening which brought a standing room only crowd to the Woods Memorial Library.  “It’s a chance for people in the community to hear real stories.  No handouts, no agenda, just good old-fashioned yarns.”

Refreshments will be provided by Landry & Meilus.   You can RSVP for this free event online at www.mountgrace.org.

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