Greenwich Free Library

October Newsletter

Harvest Some Happy

One of the many great things about living where we do is the abundance of fresh, local food. Farm stands, farmers markets and our own gardens, coops and pastures have been bursting with the bounty of the season. I am not much of a producer but I am deeply dedicated to harvesting. This year, I have you-picked just about everything I could get my hands on from strawberries to winter squash. Once in the field, some ancient hunter-gatherer instinct kicks in and I feel compelled to pick until I drop; as if the survival of my Neolithic tribe depends on it. As a result, my freezer is nearly full and my shelves are bowing with the weight of pickles, chutney and tomato sauce. And, judging by the crowds at the farms I have visited, a whole lot of you have basements that look just like mine. In this uncertain time, we have turned back to the land to sustain our bodies and our souls.



In the nearly 25 years that I've lived in Greenwich, I have developed favorite picking spots, accumulated canning equipment and, yes, bought a chest freezer when the one that came with the fridge proved inadequate. I have had various sizes of vegetable gardens and have even tried raising chickens - it turns out that I hate chickens - but have come to the conclusion that I should leave the production to those who a) Know what they're doing and b) Don't lose interest half-way through July. For many, though, the experiences of this year may have you thinking about becoming more food self-sufficient for the long haul.



Fortunately, the library has lots to inspire and inform you as the seasons change and we approach the time of short days and big dreams for next year's harvest. There are any number of books about people who, on some whim, decide to ditch their lives and become farmers. Kristin Kimball's The Dirty Life (2010) is nicely written and local-ish. The BackYard Homestead

(2009) is one of many that skips the romance and gets right to the practical. And there are all kinds of specialty titles like Put 'Em Up (2010) that will help you stock your pantry with the fruits of your labors.


If you're looking spend the winter pondering the big picture, Sacred Cow:the case for (better) meat (2020) and Dirt to Soil: one family's journey into regenerative agriculture (2018) are just a few recent titles that delve into the why and not just the how of modern food production methods. Agriculture has thrived around here, in part, because there has been so much innovation. We, at the library, keep our eyes peeled for books to support that spirit.


A recently published map showing current thinking on how climate change will affect the United States in the coming decades, makes Washington County look like a good place to put down roots and start that farm you've always dreamed of. Come to the library to find the books to help you make those dreams come true.


- Annie

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Coming in October - Date and Time TBA

Join us from home for a virtual screening of this timely documentary and a Q&A with the film makers. We'll be sharing viewing information soon. Check our Facebook Page and website


Here's a Link to the Trailer

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Sign-up NOW to participate in our upcoming Book Character Pumpkin Decorating Contest!

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Book Bags for Little Kids

Little readers can burn through books like nobody's business. Parents and caregivers who don't want to spend hours looking through the catalog can always request a book bag. Each bag contains ten books with a variety of authors and topics and is numbered so you can keep a list of the ones you've already read. Just call and ask for a book bag or two. Summer should be easy!
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Copies and Faxes

Copy, scan and fax are available as a curbside service. Call and ask. We're happy to help.
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Library Services in our Greater Region

Every library is handling the Covid Crisis a bit different. Click here to see full chart of all of the area libraries and what they are providing to the community.