Current programs and upcoming events...

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Sculpture and Drawings by Bill Botzow

On display May and June 2022

Meet the Artist at a special reception on Saturday, May 14 at 10:30 am.

“I am grateful to the Solomon Wright Public library for this opportunity to share some of my work with the people of Pownal and our region. For this exhibition I’ve chosen drawing books from the 1980s to the present and small sculptures from recent years as well as a few wall pieces. The drawing books are largely quick observations of what I see daily out the window or notations from travels.
The small sculptures mostly use materials I find through working in the woods cutting my firewood and restoring our small woodland.
My overall interest as a rural artist is our connection to the places we inhabit and hopefully honoring those places by witnessing their energy and improving their health.


I have been making visual art since the 1960s. For most of that time I have lived in Pownal. Prior to making a home here I lived and worked in other rural areas and small towns in West Virginia, Arizona, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, and New York. I have been fortunate to exhibit my work in galleries, museums, colleges, and universities regionally and nationally as well as in non-conventional settings such as parks, rivers, churches, old mills, arboretums, and town forests.” -Bill Botzow

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GreenMountainGirl Photography Art Exhibit at the SWPL

On display March and April 2022

Meet the Artist at a special reception on Saturday, April 2 at 10:30am.

For the remainder of March and April we will be displaying the artwork of Pownal's own Susan Regen, aka GreenMountainGirl Photography. All of the work in the exhibit is for sale, and a portion of each sale will be donated to the Library. We encourage you to stop by the library during any of our regular operating hours to view the exhibit.

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Why Poetry?

Third Mondays, 6:30-8:00pm

Do you have a secret love—for poetry?
You know better than to talk about it in public. Even your spouse looks blank when you share a poem—
especially one you’ve written!

Or maybe you’ve never understood—why poetry?
You don’t see what others pretend to get out of a poem. In English class,
maybe you felt like an outsider?

If you’d like to learn a little more about how poetry works, share some of your work, or simply practice exposure to poetry, join us at Solomon Wright Public Library on the Third Monday evening of each month from 6:30-8:00, starting 3/21/22. Your leader is a former English teacher at both college and high school levels. She and her classes enjoyed much fun at our poetry readings. Let’s share the joy of language together.

Please let us know you're coming by registering at: https://forms.gle/5wXQFgKxCt26Vdzk7

Book Stack

SWPL Monthly Book Club

Third Thursdays at 7:00 pm

The Solomon Wright Public Library book club is open to all. Meetings are held either remotely, or at the library on the third Thursday of each month. For more information, including the monthly book pick and meeting details, please contact the library by clicking here.

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Sunrise Family Resource Center Weekly Playgroup

Mondays, 10:30-12:00

Join Sunrise Family Resource Center Parent Educator Tiffany Racicot at the SWPL every Monday morning at 10:30-12:00 for a fun, educational playgroup.  This group is geared towards children ages 0-6 years and their caregivers (siblings welcome!). Sunrise supports and promotes parent education and activities throughout the year, such as countywide playgroups and Parent Education classes. Current activities are listed on their Facebook page and website.

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Art Class

Take & Make Kid Craft Kits

Available through curbside pickup

Looking for a boredom buster?  Kid Craft Kits will be available for pickup from our curbside pickup cart (M/W/F 10-6, and Sat 10-12).  New kits will be available on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month.

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Bennington County

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Read It and Reap!

The Solomon Wright Public Library is excited to join the Bennington County 1000 Books Before Kindergarten initiative!  

1KBB4K is so simple!  Just sign up at your local library, keep track of the books you read with your child, and earn free books when you reach big milestones.  All the books you read with your child, no matter where they come from, will count toward your reading goals, but if you'd like to borrow a special 1KBB4K backpack full of great books, let us know!

Contact us for more information.

Register online

Packing Cans

Pownal Food Pantry donations

Making a Difference

The Solomon Wright Library is now collecting donations for the Pownal Food Pantry. Please bring donations of non-perishable food items to the collection bin located next to our front door.



If you prefer to donate money, checks made out to the Pownal Food Pantry can be dropped in our secure book return!