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Stowe Free Library: 150 years

‘Meet the Authors’ at Stowe library Sept. 24

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Stowe Free Library 150th anniversary kickoff

About 100 people attended the kickoff celebration of the Stowe Free Library’s 150th anniversary. Next up: an ice cream social on Saturday.

The Stowe Free Library’s 150th-anniversary celebration culminates with Meet the Authors on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m., and features a panel of four local authors: Reeve Lindbergh, Ellen Stimson, Willem Lange and Julia Shipley, who will discuss the important role of books and libraries.

Event moderator Jessamyn West will then challenge the authors with a few lightning-round questions. There will be an opportunity for audience participation, as well as books available for signing and light refreshments.

West is a librarian in rural Vermont known for her writing and presenting on the digital divide, technology, and library topics, as well as her work on legislation that affects library services.

Ellen Stimson is the author of three books. Her first, “Mud Season,” was a memoir about uprooting her family from St. Louis to Vermont and opening a country store. Her humor shines through in all her books.

Willem Lange is a New York native who currently resides in Montpelier. Lange has written assorted children’s books as well as a weekly column, “Yankee Notebook.” He also has an audio CD, “Not Love at First Sight”, a collection of his tales.

Julia Shipley is an independent journalist and author of essays, poems and books. Her work can be found in Taproot, Orion Magazine, Green Mountains Review and many more. Her book, “Adam’s Mark,” was named Best Book of 2014 by the Boston Globe. Her debut collection of poems, “Academy of Hay,” won the 2014 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize.

Reeve Lindbergh has written several novels, children’s books and nonfiction. She lives on a farm in Vermont and raises chickens and sheep. Her most recent adult book, “Forward From Here: leaving middle age- and other unexpected adventures,” tells of the delights she finds in growing older. She is the daughter of author Anne Morrow Lindbergh.

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