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History of Stowe Free Library

The first library in Stowe, Vermont was a subscription library established in 1828.  The funds for the subscription library were raised from fees collected from local families until there was enough to purchase 150 of mostly non-fiction (history, biography and travel) books (Wilkins, 1987).  The subscription library was heavily used but was eventually phased out around 1849 as the limited collection became worn out and replacement books were difficult to buy (Bigelow, 1988).   Fifteen years later, in 1865, Stowe had the distinction to be the first town in Vermont to be given appropriations under state law for library purposes.  The

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Comedian and Financial Speaker Colin Ryan is coming to the Stowe Free Library

Comedian and Financial Speaker Colin Ryan is coming to the Stowe Free Library!   Teens, college students and adults of all ages, do you need some inspiration on how to manage your money? Do you want some useful tips on planning for the future that will not only get you on the right path but will also make you laugh out loud? If so, you will not want to miss this special event on Tuesday, June 21 at 6:30 pm at the Stowe Free Library.   Colin Ryan is a one-of-a-kind comedic speaker: a financial expert and author with the background of a professional comedian

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Happy 150th Birthday to Stowe Free Library

Happy 150th Birthday to Stowe Free Library! The Stowe Free Library is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year! The Library started in 1866 with a $100 town appropriation and 50 assorted books. It has now grown to accommodate 35,000 library materials and over 5,000 borrowers.   Help us celebrate the past century and a half! All are invited to the kickoff celebration on the Stowe Free Library lawn at 3:00 on Saturday, May 21st. A brief presentation by Charlie Lusk, Library Board Chair, Willy Noyes, Selectboard Chair, Martha Reid, State Librarian, and Martha Economou, Past Library Board Chair, will be followed by a

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New 2016-2017 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Books are HERE!

The Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award was created to honor excellence in children's literature.  Each year since 1957, Vermont students in grades four through eight have selected their favorite book from a list of 30 nominees.  It is recommended that students read at least five of the year's nominated titles before voting.  

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