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friends_logo_0_0.jpg                     ANNUAL MEETING AND FREE TALK


Please join us on Thursday May 4, 2017 at 4pm for the Friends of the Stowe Free Library Annual Meeting with guest speakers Peter Forbes and Helen Whybrow.  Forbes and Whybrow are authors of A Man Apart -  Bill Coperthwaite’s Radical Experiment in Living.  

Who have the people been in your life that have opened new doors for you, exposed you to new worlds, changed your assumptions, encouraged you to stretch and grow? Who have been the guides who asked you to look hard at yourself and the world around you?

“A Man Apart” is the story of the friendship and mentorship between authors Peter Forbes, Helen Whybrow and Bill Coperthwaite – designer of the yurt and homesteader, often compared to Henry David Thoreau and Scott Nearing, who lived out his ecological ideals, off the grid, on a remote and wild homestead along the Maine coast for nearly five decades until his tragic death.

Told lovingly through the chronicle of a 40 day adventure of building what would be Coperthwaite’s last yurt with him, Peter and Helen handcraft a story that reveals the timeless lessons of mourning, understanding what endures and the importance of a life that seeks out direct human experiences, is drawn to beauty and encourages others.

Peter Forbes has become a leader for the American conservation movement as a photographer, writer and storyteller about the relationship between people and place. Helen Whybrow’s life as an educator, writer and manager of the family’s organic farm follows her career in book publishing. Along with Peter, Helen has created the Center for Whole Communities at their home of Knoll Farm in central Vermont.

Refreshments will be served

Community Meeting Room of the Stowe Free Library located at 90 Pond Street, Stowe. 



Did you know that in addition to the annual summer book sale the Friends of the Stowe Free Library has an ongoing book sale that runs year round inside the Library?  Cookbooks, large "coffee table" books, bestsellers and DVDs are available for all ages.  The sale is located next to the library circulation desk and books may be purchased during regular library hours. Hardcover books are $2.00 and paperback books and DVD's are $1.00.  All proceeds support the library as well as children and adult programs!



 The Friends are continuing to collect books for the ongoing inside book sale as well as the annual summer book sale starting July 6, 2017. Bring clean, gently used book donations to the rear door of the library and down the stairs immediately to the right. CDs and DVDs are also accepted.

Encyclopedias, Reader's Digest Condensed books, textbooks, magazines, videos and cassette tapes are not accepted. These can be donated at the recycling center at the town transfer station. 

All proceeds from the book sales are used for increased children and adult programs and other library services. 




The purposed of the Friends of Stowe Free Library is to 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 is $25 for a family.  Donations are tax deductible.  Volunteers are always welcome!  Link to .pdf form below or stop by the Library for more information.  


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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