Vermont’s Little Free Libraries – Locations

Earlier today, we pointed you in the direction of a VPR article on Little Free Libraries. There’s a good handful around the state: here’s where you can find them!

Front Yard, 123 Borough Rd., Arlington.
Steward: John Stuermer

220 Eastern Ave, Barton
Steward: Bob Ellis – #1686

Bennington Recreation Center, 655 Gage Street, Bennington.
Steward: Andy Beckerman & Carol Poppie – #5011

North Avenue, Burlington.
Steward: Jess K. – #14424

Front Yard, 22 Alderbrook Road, Essex
Steward: Susan Keeler – #5004

Essex Junction
Railroad Station @ Boarding Entrance, Railroad Avenue, Essex Junction
Steward: Gabrielle Smith, – #1682

Front Yard @ Footbridge, 945 East Street, Huntington
Steward: Terry Ryan, Steward – #1769

Front Yard, 114 East Hill Road, Middlesex
Steward: Sam S. – #14469

Yard, 93 Prospect St., Montpelier, Vermont
Steward: Andrea Warnke – #6443

Front Yard: Corner of Hudson and Mill Streets, Plainfield
Steward: Loona Brogan, #5250

St. Johnsbury
Boynton Avenue, St. Johnsbury.
Steward: Jim Herold

West Halifax
314 Old County Road, West Halifax
Steward: Elizabeth Smith, – #5373

Lake Raponda Rd. @ Stearns Ave, Wilmington.
Steward: Alan Baker – #2527

Vermont’s Little Free Libraries

VPR has an article on Little Free Libraries, a growing trend of micro-libraries that have been sprouting up in towns across Vermont and the nation:

With its quaint architecture, this library may seem unique, but actually it’s number 15,825 in a world-wide system. It all started in 2009, when a man in Wisconsin built a replica of a one-room school house in honor of his mother, a teacher, and filled it with free books for passersby. Now it’s an online organization.

I’ve been thinking of starting one up near my home in Barre. You can find some more information on them here.

Geek Things for July 28th, 2014

  • Create-It Lab: The Power of Air, 2-4 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Kids)
  • Gilbert and Sullivan Festival: ‘The Pirates of Penzance’, 7 pm, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. (Theater)
  • Starry, Starry Night, 9 pm, North Branch Nature Center, Montpelier. $3-5. (Astronomy)
  • Green Mountain Writers Conference, 12-7 pm, The Mountain Top Inn & Resort, Chittenden. $600. (Writing)
  • Book Sale, 10 am-9 pm, Rutland Free Library, Rutland. (Books)
  • Casual Card Games, 5:30pm – 11:00pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Code Camp, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Waterman Bldg 427, UVM, Burlington. $499. (Tech)
  • Kitchen Chemistry, 11:00 am, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Fossils: Evidence of the Past, 3:00 pm, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • “Feature Presentation” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 11am – 12pm / 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Fairbanks Museum and
  • Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “My Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 12:30pm – 1:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • MTG:MNM Brap’s, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Page-to-Screen Book Discussion: Monuments Men by Robert Edsel. 7pm, Groton Free Public Library, Groton. (Books)
  • Family Movie Night – Dispicable Me 2, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, Milne Room, Aldrich Library, Barre. (Movies)
  • Warmachine/Hordes Night, 6:00pm, Triple Play Games, Claremont NH. (Gaming)

Retired detective advises author of ‘Gone Girl’

The Burlington Free Press has a really neat story about Emmet Helrich, a retired Burlington detective who’s advised bestselling author Gillian Flynn on her books. Flynn is known for her dark stories, such as Sharp Objects, Dark Places and Gone Girl. Gone Girl, about a woman who vanishes on her fifth wedding anniversary, is set to be released as a film later this year.

Helrich made the journey on page 416 of “Gone Girl,” where Flynn thanks the now-retired cop for advising her on police procedure for the book that begins with the disappearance of a conspicuously-perfect blonde on her fifth wedding anniversary. Although he’s never met the author and sees his role as fairly minor in the creation of the book, Helrich enjoyed the email and telephone conversations he had with Flynn about police work, especially now that “Gone Girl” is such a hit.

Read the entire article here.

Farewell to the Renegade Writer’s Collective


The Renegade Writer’s Collective is disbanding. The sad news comes via their website with the following announcement:

We want to thank you all for spending this last year with us and making our journey so exciting. It’s been an honor working with you. We’ve come to know many of you personally and have had the pleasure of reading your work, seeing you in class, and celebrating at our many events. We have reached a point in our journey where other projects are taking precedence and it is with mixed emotions that we must share that the Renegade Writers’ Collective will be closing shortly. We will continue to host our quarterly Renegade Reading Series and hope to see you at the next big bash on July 24, 2014, at ArtsRiot. We will also continue to offer one-on-one coaching and editing services separately. Feel free to contact either of us individually should you be interested. Angela Palm, or Jessica Nelson, We will continue to honor your membership benefits should you choose to take advantage of editing or coaching services with either of us individually and your community benefits are good through their expiration date. The website will remain active for now, so feel free to learn more about these services there. You may also visit our individual websites for more information and to learn about editing and coaching: and

The Collective, located in Burlington, has provided high-quality editing and coaching services, and it seems that the model hasn’t been financially viable, according to an article in Seven Days. It’s a shame, because in the short year that they’ve been around, both Jessica and Angela have inserted themselves into the Vermont writing scene with a force of will.

We at Geek Mountain State are particularly thankful for their efforts, because they helped us get the Vermont SF Writer’s Series up off the ground with their original reading event last fall. We look forward to seeing what they come up with next.


Woodstock’s annual book festival, Bookstock, starts up today, with an impressive lineup of authors and activities throughout the weekend.

Bookstock supports the cultural richness and diversity of the Upper Valley and celebrates authors and poets, both established and emerging, from our region. New England is home to many talented writers representing diverse genres, from national Poet Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners to emerging young writers and those who have found their compelling voice at midlife. Bookstock encourages appreciation for good writing and other artistic endeavors by introducing residents and visitors of all ages to writers, musicians and artists in an intimate setting.

For a full listing of events, take a look here.

Geek Things for July 25th, 2014

  • Summer Book Sale, 8 am-4 pm, Aldrich Public Library, Barre. (Books)
  • Bookstock Vermont, 9 am-9 pm, Various locations, Woodstock. (Books)
  • Slime Science with Dr. Einstein, 11 am, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. (Kids)
  • Dungeons & Dragons, 6-8 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Gaming)
  • ‘The Tempest’, 6 pm, The Tunbridge School, Tunbridge. (Theater)
  • ‘Particle Fever’, 7 pm, Loew Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover. $5-9. (Documentary)
  • Free Movie Fridays – The Princess Bride. 8:30 pm, Biker’s Edge Patio, Burke Mountain Ski Resort, East Burke. (Film)
  • Creative Writing Workshop, 10:30 am, Studio 266, Burlington. (Writing)
  • Water Striders I, 1:30 pm, Little River State Park, Waterbury. 2-3; free for kids under 4; preregister; call to confirm. (Outdoors)
  • Chess Club, 3-4 pm, Brownell Library, Essex Junction. (Gaming)
  • Dr. Beaumont’s Tour of Terror, 7-8:15 pm, Trinity Park, Plattsburgh. $5-10. (Terror)
  • Specters and Soldiers Walking Tour, 9-10:15 pm, Old Roman Catholic Cemetery, Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh. $5-10. (Terror)
  • ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’, 7:30 pm, Phantom Theater, Edgcomb Barn, Warren. $12. (Theater)
  • Stowe Free Library Giant Book Sale, 9 am-8 pm, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. (Books)
  • Queen City Ghostwalk: Darkness Falls, 8 pm, Burlington City Hall Park, Burlington. $15; preregister. (Terror)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – See our homepage for format, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Mirror, Mirror, 11:00 am, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Microscopic Investigations, 3:00 pm, Montshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Open Gaming Convention 2014, Jul 25 – 27, 2014, Nashua, NH. (Conventions)
  • Fairbanks Discovery Camp: Planets and Beyond, 9am – 12pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “Feature Presentation” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 11am – 12pm / 1:30pm – 2:30pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “My Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 12:30pm – 1:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • “Night Sky” Lyman Spitzer Jr. Planetarium, 3:30pm – 4:00pm, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)
  • Friday Night Tabletop, 5:00pm, 135 Lake St, St. Albans. (Gaming)
  • Theros Block Booster Draft, 5:30pm, Clem’s Late Night, Rutland. (Gaming)
  • FNM at Heroes Kingdom, 6:00pm, Heroes Kingdom, St. Albans. (Gaming)
  • Tabletop Sanctuary, 6:00pm – 10:00pm, Crowe’s Nest, Randolph. (Gaming)
  • MTG:FNM Brap’s, 6:30pm, Brap’s Magic, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • FNM at the Book Garden, 7:00pm, Book Garden, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Tinkering with Electricity, 2:00 PM -3:30 PM, Fox Room, Rutland Free Library, Rutland. (Kids)
  • Stories About Science, 10am, Waterbury Public Library, Waterbury. (Kids)
  • Friday Night Magic: Standard, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)
  • Flames of War Open Play, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Black Moon Games, Lebanon NH. (Gaming)