Lawrence Memorial Library

COCO MOSELEY WASN’T looking for a new job when Bristol’s Lawrence Memorial Library advertised for a new director this past winter, but after she let it percolate for a while she realized that, as someone who’s always worked at the community level, she feels at home in the library. Moseley took over from longtime director Nancy Wilson on July 1. Photo by Sue Folino
BRISTOL — Coco Moseley became director of Lawrence Memorial Library in the middle of a pandemic, with a two-year-old daughter at home, knowing that her predecessor of 30 years, Nancy Wilson, would be a hard act to follow. And she has found solace in the Bristol institution. “When I started (in June), I worked with Nancy for two weeks,” Moseley told the Independent recently. “Every day I’d walk in and smell the books and think, ‘I’m OK, it’s going to be OK. I’m in a library.’” In a sense she had come home. Until the pandemic forced the closure of most public spaces this spring, libraries had...

BRISTOL HUSBAND-AND-wife team Diana Bigelow and Jim Stapleton recently collaborated on a series of short storybooks based on the creatures Bigelow has constructed from found natural materials over the years. Bigelow’s work, along with the books they’ve made, will be on display at Bristol’s Lawrence Memorial Library through November. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — Much of the creative activity behind Diana Bigelow and Jim Stapleton’s new exhibition at the Lawrence Memorial Library may have occurred since the pandemic began, but the utter enchantment of their work has been decades in the making. “Sticks, Stones, Shells & Bones” consists of 30 fantastical creatures Bigelow has fabricated or repurposed from her decades-old collection of natural ephemera, along with a new series of storybooks penned by Stapleton over the last six months. THE COLLECTOR Bigelow’s penchant for picking up odd-shaped branches, unusual rocks and other intriguing...

Coco Moseley, the new librarian at Bristol’s Lawrence Memorial Library, is implementing a plan that lets patrons visit the library by appointment.
BRISTOL — Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol is now open by appointment for browsing and borrowing books. “It is great to welcome people back into the physical building,” said Coco Moseley, who took over as the library’s director on July 1, following the retirement of Nancy Wilson. Patrons may call 453-2366 or email to set up a 45-minute appointment during the library’s normal operating hours, and are asked to review the library’s new policies, which are designed to protect the health of the community: • Please stay home if you have a fever, symptoms of a respiratory...

AFTER 30 YEARS as director of Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol, Nancy Wilson retired on June 30. She is most proud, she said, of the renovations and expansions that took place on her watch. In her retirement, she plans to ... catch up on some reading. Independent photo/Christopher Ross
BRISTOL — About 33 minutes into the Independent’s delightful conversation with Nancy Wilson at the Lawrence Memorial Library last month, she was called away. “Can I interrupt you for one second,” said Coco Moseley, who would soon replace Wilson as librarian. “I need to access that brain of yours.” Wilson, who was about to retire after 30 years of leading the library, switched into high gear. Walking through the fiction section like a bibliographic Sherlock Holmes, she consulted her vast store of knowledge — of the patron’s tastes and reading history, of the library’s collection and even the...

MT. ABE GRADUATES Lane Fisher, left, Cora Funke and Martha Bruhl shared their experiences with travel and community support at a talk hosted by the One World Library Project at Lawrence Memorial Library on Thursday. Independent photo/Emma Pope McCright
BRISTOL — Although they’ve taken different paths since high school, three recent graduates of Mount Abraham Union High School agree that the place where they all got their start has profoundly affected their lives. “The community in Bristol and Addison County and Vermont has really shaped how I am today,” 2018 grad Martha Bruhl said during a talk at Lawrence Memorial Library this past Thursday evening. “Vermont has really changed who I am.” The New Haven native joined fellow Mt. Abe grads Cora Funke (class of 2019) and Lane Fisher (class of 2016) to discuss their journeys since leaving...

MARTHA BRUHL IS one of three Mount Abraham Union High School graduates who will present on her study abroad experience at the next One World Library Project event at Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol on Thursday, Jan. 2, from 7-8 p.m. Photo courtesy of One World Library Project
BRISTOL — Each year, Vermont schools send young graduates out into the world. To learn how some of these young people are making their mark, the public is invited to “Bringing Our Community to the World,” a discussion with three Mount Abe graduates. The program takes place on Thursday, Jan. 2, at Lawrence Memorial Library, from 7-8 p.m. The event is sponsored by One World Library Project. It is free and handicapped accessible. The mission of One World Library Project is “to bring the world to our community,” and to that end a small scholarship is offered each year to a graduating Mount Abe...

NEPALESE SCHOOL CHILDREN pose in the Bal Kendra Learning Center, Kathamandu — supported by Hands In Outreach. The work of this nonprofit organization will be presented by Jaclyn Davidson at the Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 7 -8:30 p.m.
BRISTOL —Without supportive intervention, life is bleak for Nepali girls and women. To learn how an innovative program is helping inner-city Nepali girls achieve a brighter future, the public is cordially invited to “Hands in Outreach: Giving Nepali Girls a Future Through Education” presented by Jaclyn Davidson. The program takes place on Thursday, Nov. 21, at Lawrence Memorial Library from 7-8:30 pm. This event is sponsored by One World Library Project. It is free and handicapped accessible. Nepal has the densest number of world heritage sights in the world and unsurpassed natural splendor...

AKOL AGUEK, ONE of the Lost Boys of Sudan and currently an International Student Advisor and Designated School Official at the University of Vermont, will present his life story at Lawrence Memorial Library on Thursday, Oct. 24, at 7 p.m.
BRISTOL — In 2001, 40 young Sudanese refugees were welcomed to Burlington. They represented a few of the estimated 17,000 Lost Boys of Sudan. To hear the story of one man’s amazing journey, the public is invited to “Akol Aguek: Lost Boy to Refugee to American Citizen.” The presentation takes place on Thursday, Oct. 24, at Lawrence Memorial Library in Bristol, from 7-8:30 p.m. This event, sponsored by One World Library Project, is free and fully accessible. Akol Aguek was nine years old when he became separated from his family as a result of the Sudanese Civil War. He was part of an entire...
BRISTOL — The Bristol Gateway Players and the Lawrence Memorial Library later this month will present “Nights of One-acts” featuring plays by Christopher Durang and David Ives.  Organizers in July said they were calling this series “Theater 1-2-3.” It was given that name because it encompasses rehearsing and performing one-act plays for two months, and doing three performances (Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday afternoon). It was designed to be a way for anyone to do some acting without committing to something huge like a musical, or Shakespeare.  “Nights of One-acts” will be performed...

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