1st Wednesdays

This eclectic lecture series is offered through the Vermont Humanities Council, with events scheduled on the first Wednesday of each month, October through May. Topics are varied, timely, timeless, thought-provoking, and fun. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public, and are held at libraries and other venues in each host community. Click here for a complete list of this year’s 1st Wednesdays lectures at the Goodrich Library.

March 7th, 2018 at 7:00 PM – Building for a Gilded Age

Middlebury College art and architecture professor emeritus Glenn Andres explores how the US asserted itself architecturally on the world stage around the turn of the twentieth century, a time of bold experiments, proud philanthropy, and a desire to rival the Old World in splendor.


Monthly Book Club

We meet the 3rd Thursday of the month at 1:00 PM. Copies of each book are available at the library.

February 15, 2018The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch is a rarity that comes along perhaps half a dozen times per decade, a smartly written literary novel that connects with the heart as well as the mind….Donna Tartt has delivered an extraordinary work of fiction.”–Stephen King, New York Times Book Review

Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his longing for his mother, he clings to the one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love–and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.

The Goldfinch is a mesmerizing, stay-up-all-night and tell-all-your-friends triumph, an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate.


Story Time

Join us on Tuesday mornings at 11:00 for story time at the library! Drop by the children’s room for stories and crafts.


ReNewport Step 2

Come out to the Newport Municipal Gym at 6:30pm to vote on key priorities for the future of the town!

On December 13 nearly 200 Newport residents met in focus groups to share their thoughts on critical topics such as, economic development, downtown, waterfront, recreation, entertainment and the arts, childcare, health and wellness and more!

On January 17th from 6:30-9:00pm at the Newport Municipal Gym, you are invited to the second phase in the ReNewport Community Visit Process. Come together with your friends and neighbors to review the list of potential action items brainstormed in December, discuss and advocate for what’s most important for the community, vote on community priorities you want to move forward in the coming year, and line up for action.

Light refreshments will be provided by Age Friendly Newport!

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend – even if you did not attend in December – this is an opportunity to make your voice heard as your community comes together to shape the future of Newport!

For more information, call the Vermont Council on Rural Development at 223-6091 or visit


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