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        IN OUR OWN BACKYARD - MAY 10, 201





Join the Friends of the Stowe Free Library on Thursday, May 10 at 4:00pm in the Community Room at the Stowe Free Library for their 2018 Annual Meeting and a conversation with Stuart Stevens and Biddle Duke. 

Biddle Duke began his career in journalism in 1985 as a reporter for a community newspaper in suburban New York and went on to write and edit for newspapers in New York City, New Mexico, Argentina, and South Carolina.

In 1998 he bought the Stowe Reporter and its related publications. Shortly thereafter he launched the Waterbury Record newspaper forming a regional newspaper group that includes seven newspapers in the greater Burlington area. In 2016 he sold his majority interest in the Reporter company and now splits his time between Stowe and Springs, NY. In 2016 he launched a magazine for eastern Long Island called EAST. He’s married to artist Idoline Duke.   

Stuart Stevens grew up in Mississippi. He is a founding partner of Strategic Media Partners.  He has worked on five U.S. presidential campaigns and consulted extensively in international political campaigns, helping to elect heads of state in Albania, Israel, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria and the Czech Republic.

He has published seven books: Night Train to Turkistan, Malaria Dreams, Feeding Frenzy, Scorched Earth, The Big Enchilada, The Last Season and The Innocent Have Nothing to Fear. In addition, he has written for numerous television dramas such as Northern Exposure, Commander in Chief and K. Street. His journalism has appeared in New York Times, Washington Post, Time, Outside Magazine, Esquire and others. 

An obsessive but not very good endurance sport junkie, he has written about skiing to the North Pole and riding the 1,200 km. Paris Brest Paris bicycle event. He first discovered Vermont when studying for an MA at Middlebury. 



The Friends of the Stowe Free Library have annouced the dates for the 34th Annual Book Sale.  The first day of the books sale will be at 9am on Tuesday, July 10, 2018  with following days being open from dawn to dusk.  The last day of the book sale will be Sunday, July 29, 2018.  We look forward to seeing you there!






Did you know that in addition to the annual summer book sale the Friends of the Stowe Free Library has a 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.  

Books are restocked regularly - there is alwasy something new on the shelves!

All proceeds support the library as well as children and adult programs.





Come in and check out the new Friends of the Stowe Free Library book bag.  Available during library hours at the Circulation Desk,  and at the Blue Donkey on the Mountain Road.  Ask a Librarian or a volunteer for yours today!  

A great way to carry home your newly purchased books or your library books.  Also great for groceries, gifts and farmers markets! 

The new books bags are co-sponsored by The Blue Donkey on the Mountain Road in Stowe.  

$12.00 each - all proceeds are used for increased children and adult programs and other library services. 






SEPTEMBER 20, 2018


Join the Friends of the Stowe Free Library on September 20, 2018 at 7pm for a discussion with Vermont Author Robin McArthur.  Robin is the author of Half Wild and Heart Spring Mountain.  Robin is also the editor of Contemporary Vermont Fiction: An Anthology, one-half of the indie folk duo Red Heart the Ticker, and the recipient of two Creation Grants from the Vermont Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. Learn more about Robin here:  



The Friends of Stowe Free Library 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 $25 for a family.  Donations are tax deductible.  Volunteers are always welcome!  Stop by the Library for more information or fill out the form here:  application.  


 The Friends have started collecting books for the ongoing inside book sale as well as the annual summer book sale in 2018. Please 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 accepted. 

NOT ACCEPTED - i.e not resellable:

  • Encyclopedias/Dictionaries
  • Reader's Digest Condensed books
  • Textbooks
  • Magazines
  • Cassette tapes - music or audio books
  • Damaged books

The above listed items 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. 


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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