Vermont for the Vermonters / Thur March 7 / 6:00PM

The History of Eugenics in the Green Mountain State: Vermont for the Vermonters

Thursday March 7th @ 6:00PM – 7:00 PM.

Event is free to the public and held at the Waterbury Public Library Steele Room.

Experts in Conversation
Mercedes de Guardiola – Author and Historian
Mariessa Dobrick – Reference Archivist at the Vermont State Archives
Rep. Tom Stevens – VT House of Representatives

Published by the Vermont Historical Society, de Guardiola’s book, Vermont for the Vermonters, examines how the state’s eugenics movement emerged out of the public policies of the nineteenth century and led to state-sanctioned programs of institutionalization, sterilization, family separation, and education aimed at the most vulnerable Vermonters. Exploring the social and political legacy of the movement, de Guardiola brings new scholarship and context to one of Vermont’s darkest chapters.

On Thursday, March 7, de Guardiola will be joined by Reference Archivist, Mariessa Dobrick and Vermont State Representative, Tom Stevens. Each has unique context, history, and modern updates to add to the conversation.

Event is free to the public and held at the Waterbury Public Library Steele Room.

Event is hosted by the Waterbury Public Library, Waterbury Historical Society, and Bridgeside Books.

Celebrate Spring Meditation / Tues March 19 / 6:30PM

Celebrate Spring Meditation with River

Harp Accompaniment by Judi

Tuesday, March 19th from 6:30PM – 7:15 PM in the Waterbury Public Library’s SAL Room.

While it may not look like spring, the vernal equinox is the turning point toward longer days.  We celebrate a new season of growth, life, and new earth.  Join River Buffum to Celebrate the Coming of Spring with guided meditation, accompanied by Judi Byron on harp, as we honor the cyclical nature of the seasons and commemorate these natural turning points in the earth’s cycle.

How to Safely view the Total Solar Eclipse / Mon March 25 / 6PM

How to Safely view the Total Solar Eclipse with the Vermont Astronomical Society

 Monday, March 25th from 6:00 – 7:30 PM in the Library’s SAL Room.

Attendees will get to take home eclipse glasses.

On April 8, 2024, a total eclipse will cross parts of North America. The astronomical spectacle is what happens when the moon passes between the sun and Earth and completely blocks the sun, darkening the sky during daytime. The eclipse will start in the South Pacific Ocean and will cross North America, passing over Mexico, United States, and Canada.  Weather permitting, the phenomenon will be visible in Texas before traveling through Oklahoma, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine, before exiting continental North America at 5:16 p.m. NDT (Newfoundland Time Zone.)

What does that mean for Vermont?  To safely view the Total Solar Eclipse, the Waterbury Public Library has invited the Vermont Astronomical Society to give a presentation on “How to Safely View the Solar Eclipse.” President of VAS, Jack St. Louis will cover information on the sun, dates and times of the eclipse, why eclipses happen, where to look, what to expect, and SAFE Solar Viewing.

The program takes place on Monday, March 25th at 6 PM in the SAL Room and attendees will get to take home eclipse glasses.  Eclipse glasses are solar viewing glasses which have specialized lenses that block harmful radiation from penetrating your eyes.  Regular sunglasses, no matter the darkness or thickness are unsafe to look at the sun and can cause vision issues and even blindness.

Learn to Play Mahjong / Saturdays starting March 2 / 10:30-12:30 / Steele Room

Learn to Play Mahjong with Pauline Nolte in just 7 weeks!

Saturdays, March 2nd -April 20th from 10:30-12:30 in the Steele Room.

* no class on March 23rd *

To register, email to reserve your space.

Mahjong originated in China more than 2500 years ago, and is a popular game that involves both skill and luck!

Pauline will teach both Chinese and American mahjong. It is a game often compared to gin rummy.

Spring Watercolor Painting / Tuesdays / 10:30AM / SAL Room

Spring Watercolor Series with Pauline Nolte!

Consecutive Tuesdays beginning March 12th through April 30th.

10:30 AM – 12:30 PM in the Library’s SAL Room.

Please register with to reserve your space.

This series is for Beginners and Artists alike!


Pauline will provide instruction and demonstration, with opportunity for independent work.

All supplies provided.

Chair Yoga / Wednesdays / 10:30AM / Zoom

Chair Yoga with Instructor Diana Whitney.

Wednesdays at 10:30 AM.

No experience needed. All levels welcome to this low-stress, energetic class.
The chair provides stability and balance, and allows movement without fear.
All are welcome, experienced practitioners and newbies alike!


In the meantime click here to see all the videos Diana has recorded over the last year and 1/2. Enjoy! Read more

duplicate bridge / Thursdays / 12:30 – 4:30PM

Duplicate Bridge

Thursdays 12:30 – 4:30 PM in the SAL Room.


The Waterbury Bridge Group is always looking for new members.

You are welcome even if you haven’t played Duplicate Bridge.

Want to learn more? Call Grace Sweet at 802.244.7223.

What exactly is Duplicate Bridge? It is so called because each hand is played at least twice, although by different players, under the same conditions, with the same cards in each hand and the same dealer and vulnerability.

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program / Fridays / 10:30AM

Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program

Fridays from 10:30-11:30 AM in the Steele Room.

This program will run through April 19th.

March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
April 5, 12, 19

This low impact and evidenced-based program can help with:

  • Joint flexibility
  • Muscle strength
  • Increasing energy
  • Improving sleep
  • Decreasing pain
  • Overall well-being

For more information contact Anne Greshin at (802) 241-4840.
Register onsite or preregister at

Board Game Night / 2nd Wednesdays / 6-8PM

Board Game Night with Host Robert Bradford!

2nd Wednesday of the month from 6-8 PM in the SAL Room.


March 13th, April 10th


Games are Euro-styled board games (aka designer games) where there is a mix of chance and skill in the game. Games take 10-15 minutes to explain, play time is between 20-45 minutes, and rule discussion have a 5 minute limit.

No registration needed.  Just show up!

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