Summer Reading Program

Helen Fowler Library’s Summer Reading Program began June 1! This new program is great for kids and families who like to read together. Visit the Library to pick up a coloring sheet to track the number of books you read this summer. Prizes will be given out in August.

Literature of the Land

Join us for the fall 2017 session of Literature of the Land, a book club series hosted by the Helen Fowler Library. We’ll read three books over three months, focusing on a specific topic of interest. We delve into literature related to the land and to nature, discussing topics that may range from environmental issues to the culture of food and drink, from the American dust bowl to the cinnamon trees of Southeast Asia.

This fall we’ll be discussing the world of trees – exploring the lives of the trees themselves and their impact on the world around them.

  • In October, we’ll begin with The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate—Discoveries from a Secret World by Peter Wohlleben. Wohlleben convincingly makes the case that the forest is a social network featuring human-like families, where parents and children live together, communicate, and support each other – in sickness and in health.
  • In November, we’ll discuss Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder. Marina, a researcher, is sent deep into the jungle to find her lost colleague, who was on the brink of a major medical discovery. It is a tale of science and morality, mystery and wonder, set in the Amazon rainforest.
  • In December, we’ll wrap up with The Wood for the Trees: One Man’s Long View of Nature by Richard Fortey, a biography of the flora and fauna of four acres in Oxfordshire. With a chapter dedicated to each month, the book move through the seasons with easy humor. From golden mushrooms to moth hunting, The Wood for the Trees explores the myriad connections that tie us to nature.