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To Inspire . . .
To Enrich the Mind.

Mission, Vision, and Values

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Mission Statement


To Welcome … To Inspire … To Enrich the Mind.




Stowe Free Library strives to be the primary community center and a portal to knowledge, opportunity, and diverse resources.



The Trustees and Staff of the Stowe Free Library value:

  • Maintaining and growing a vibrant, well-loved and well-used community center.
  • Establishing an early and continuing love of reading and learning.
  • Keeping pace with emerging technology.
  • Maintaining a popular circulation collection driven primarily by user interests and requests.
  • An emphasis on customer service.
  • Recognizing and encouraging a diversity of patrons, our supporters and volunteers from Stowe and beyond.
  • Investing in the professional future of our staff to ensure a skilled and creative workforce.
  • Developing web-based services for patrons beyond the library walls.
  • Fostering collaboration with other organizations and groups for programs for our patrons
  • Fostering collaboration with state and national library groups for the success of the library.
  • Trustee advocacy.


Created and approved by the Stowe Free Library Board of Trustees in June 2009. Revised January 2014.



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When you reread a classic you do not see more in the book than you did before; you see more in you than was there before.Clifton Fadiman