The Attica Turkey Shoot

Wednesday June 27th 7pm – 8pm Weston Community Church on the Hill

Join Weston author Malcolm Bell to hear him discuss his book The Attica Turkey Shoot: Carnage, Cover-Up, and the Pursuit of Justice, about the 1971 slaughter at the Attica Correctional Facility, the police and prosecutorial cover-up that followed, and the efforts to secure a justice that New York state desperately opposed. Malcolm will argue that this historic tragedy illuminates current issues such as police and prosecutorial misconduct, racism, and the justice of the privileged versus the justice of the rest.


Wolf Peaches, Poisoned Peas, and Madame Pompadour’s Underwear: The Surprising History of Common Garden Vegetables

June 6
2:00 pm

Weston Community Church on the Hill


Common garden vegetables have long and fascinating histories. Science and history writer Rebecca Rupp will discuss the stories behind many of our favorites, among them the much-maligned tomato and potato, the (mostly) popular pumpkin, and Vermont’s dynamic duo of kale and Gilfeather turnip. Find out why a lot of us don’t like beets, how a 17th-century pirate named the bell pepper, how carrots won the Trojan War, and how George Washington was nearly assassinated with a plate of poisoned peas.

Archer Mayor to Visit Weston





Author of critically-acclaimed Joe Gunther mystery series

 to discuss and autograph copies of his 27th book, Presumption of Guilt.

[Weston, VT]— Archer Mayor, author of the New York Times bestselling, Vermont-based mystery series featuring detective Joe Gunther, will appear at a Wilder Memorial Library reading in the Weston Playhouse in Weston, VermontMayor will be reading from and autographing his new novel, Presumption of Guilt, on Saturday, April 29 at 10:00 AMFor more information, visit or call 802-824-4307

In Presumption of Guilt (Minotaur Books), a jackhammer uncovers a skeleton while demolishing a concrete warehouse floor.  From there, Joe Gunther and his Vermont Bureau of Investigation team of Sammie Martens, Willy Kunkle, and Lester Spinney soon ID the body and the story unfolds, weaving in history about the construction of the Yankee nuclear power plant in the late 1970s.  Before long, the team is investigating not just the old case but a new murder – begging the question of whether the two are linked.

Library Journal recommended Presumption of Guilt, “In his latest Joe Gunther outing (after The Company She Kept), Mayor never fails to provide a solid police procedural combined with oddball characters and updates on the personal lives of his officers.”  And called Mayer’s latest, “A satisfying addition to a superior mystery series.”

Archer Mayor has written 26 bestselling Joe Gunther novels. Over the past 30 years, he has worked variously (or continues to work) as a firefighter/EMT, a police office, and a death investigator for Vermont’s Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. A Yale graduate, scholar, editor, researcher, photographer, Mayor has also worked as a political advance man, and a medical illustrator. He is a winner of the Vermont Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. The New York Times calls Archer Mayor “The boss man on procedures.” Booklist: “Mayor’s Joe Gunther novels are among the best cop stories being written today.”

Early Praise for Book 27, PRESUMPTION OF GUILT, by Archer Mayor:

Presumption of Guilt is another fine entry in a wonderful series—well plotted, as always, and featuring one of the best ensemble casts in the genre…. A reappearance of the titular character from Tag Man (2011) will seem to fans like a reunion with an old friend.” —Booklist (starred review)

“Evocative prose, a strong sense of place, and a simple yet satisfying conclusion elevate this expertly crafted whodunit. Trip-wire tension complements intelligent detective work, fascinating forensics, and an airtight plot; the rich shared history of Mayor’s deftly drawn ensemble cast adds texture and depth without leaving new readers in the dark.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“In his latest Joe Gunther outing (after The Company She Kept), Mayor never fails to provide a solid police procedural combined with oddball characters and updates on the personal lives of his officers…. A satisfying addition to a superior mystery series.” —Library Journal

What other mystery writers say about Archer Mayor:

“Archer writes books with strong female characters, plots to keep you up all night, and a good-looking, kind cop who is single. What’s not to love? And with 25 in this irresistible series, satisfaction guaranteed.”     

Lisa Scottoline, Author, “Keep Quiet” & 22 previous mysteries

“I once asked my wife who her favorite mystery author was and she said Archer Mayor… I’m not sure our marriage has recovered.”

Craig Johnson, Author, Walt Longmire Mysteries, A&E’s hit drama “Longmire”

“Has it really been 25 years since Joe Gunther arrived on the literary scene?  As a longtime fan of Archer, and Gunther, I say Bravo, and keep them coming!!  Another 25, please.

        Louise Penny, Author, Armand Gamache mysteries

“While thousands of other authors have been touted as the next big thing only to crash and burn, Archer Mayor has thrived. He has produced consistently fine and enviable prose. Congratulations to him on number twenty-five. He is the man.”

        Reed Farrel Coleman, Author, “The Hollow Girl”



Ask the Local Expert at Weston’s Public Library

Ask the Local Expert at Weston’s Public Library
Join Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate at 11 AM on Wednesday, November 2nd at the Wilder Memorial Library, 24 Lawrence Hill Road in Weston.

Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate will be presenting a special “Ask the Local Expert” session entitled  “Tips on How to Sell in a Tough Real Estate Market”

Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate is teaming up with the library to talk about steps that homeowners can take BEFORE as well as during the time they might have their home listed for sale. It’s still a buyer’s market in southern Vermont and sellers need to position themselves smartly and be reasonable with their expectations. As REALTORS, it is our job to keep everyone informed, excited and prepared. This presentation will give you some tips to get yourself poised and ready to jump into the process of selling a home.

Future “Ask the Local Expert” sessions at the library: “Ukulele: History, Presentation & Workshop” with Jake Geppert Saturday, October 22 at 7:00 pm, “Common Surgical Problems and How to be Your Own Best Care Advocate” Saturday, November 12 at 11:00 am with Dr. Peter Areson. For more information email: or call 802-824-4307

Check out our great programs coming up!

2016 Wilder Memorial Library Fall/Winter Program Calendar

Saturday, September 24

11:00 am – 12:30pm

“Ask the Local Expert” Computer Training

Presenter:  Matt Sydorowich

Monday, October 10

Monday, October 17

Monday, October 24

4:30 – 6:30 pm

“Preparing for the Winter With Herbal Medicine”

Presenter: Jamie Maloof

Saturday, October 15

10:30 am – 12:00 pm

“Glow in the Dark Art & Halloween Fabric Painting”

Presenter: Christine Mix

Saturday, October 22 7:00pm

Ukulele Workshop

Presenter: Jake Geppert

Wednesday, November 2


“Ask the Local Expert” Tips and Tricks for Selling Your Home in a Tough Market

Presenters: Claudia Harris and Kathy Snyder from Mary Mitchell Miller Real Estate, Weston, VT

Saturday, November 12

11:00 am

“Ask the Local Expert” Health Care Issues in the US, Common Surgical Problems and How to be Your Own Best Care Provider

Presenter: Dr. Peter Areson

Early December (Date TBD)

“Make Your Own Glow Lantern” or “”Create Your Own Holiday Cards, Ornaments and Paper Crafts.”

Presenter: Christine Mix

“Ask the Local Expert” Make the Most of Your TV Set – Internet, Netflix, etc

Presenter: Stuart Duke

Date and time TBD

“Ask the Local Expert” Managing Your Digital Photos – Photo Storage in iCloud, Smartphones, etc

Presenter: Jaimie Rawson

Date and time TBD

“Ask the Local Expert” Tying Your Own Flies for Fly Fishing

Presenter: Drew Lewis

Date and time TBD

“Ask the Local Expert” How to use Google Apps, Photoshop or Microsoft Word

Presenter: Sheila Seldon

Date and time TBD

Early February (Date and time TBD)

“Create Your Own Valentine’s Day Cards and Candy Boxes”

Presenter: Christine Mix

Please donate used books to our book sale!

The Wilder Memorial Library Summer 2016 Book Sale on the beautiful Weston Green will be held on July 22 & 23. The library trustees and director ask you to donate your used books for this worthy cause. Drop books off at the library at 24 Lawrence Hill Road in Weston anytime. Our outer foyer door is always open.

If you’d like us to pick up books, please call the library at 802-824-4307 or Bill Hoyt at 802-824-5055

Sorry, but we cannot accept musty or soiled books, encyclopedias, textbooks.

Please consider volunteering. We need lots of helpers to sort the books, carry the books from sorting barns to the Green and cashiers. Email or call 802-824-4307 to sign up as a volunteer. Your support of the library is greatly appreciated!