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New Books in the Library: November-December 2017

New this month:

Guidebook to historic houses and gardens in New England / Willit Mason.Tower Hill Botanic Garden is included in this handy guide, though in the 'Berkshires' section. Don't worry, we haven't moved!

How to read nature / Tristan Gooley. A follow-up and simpler version of his The Lost Art of Reading Nature's Signs.

The Illustrated history of apples in the U.S. and Canada / David Bussey. This 7 volume reference work was years in the making and includes beautiful images from the USDA's National Agricultural Library's Pomological Watercolor Collection.

The lost words / Robert Macfarlane. If you follow the author you know he's a word-collector. This beautiful, oversized book focuses on words he thinks are vanishing from our shared vocabulary, especially for children.

A new garden ethic: cultivating defiant compassion for an uncertain future / Benjamin Vogt. The author contends we need to do more to sustain all living things and proposes going well beyond planting native plants.

And for Children:

A different pond / Bao Phi. A lovely story of a son learning to fish and a father fishing in a place quite different from his homeland, Vietnam.

 Pattan's Pumpkin: a traditional flood story from Southern India / Chitra Soundar.

Sleep tight farm / Eugenie Doyle. A graceful story about putting a farm to bed for the winter.

 A year in the woods / Henry David Thoreau. A wonderful and simple way to introduce Thoreau's words to children.

Interested to borrow any of these titles?  We make it easy...members may borrow materials for one month at a time and you can stop by or contact us by phone (508-869-6111 x116) or email (  


Please Take Note

This guide may not always be available between Nov. 13th and December 4th as the software gets upgraded. We're sorry for any inconvenience.


Upcoming Library Programs

Save the Date! A Massachusetts Mystery: Muses at Tower Hill, Saturday, January 6th, 11am to noon. Please register here.

Dr. Robert Cohon, Professor and Curator of Ancient Art, is an expert on muses and has been researching our sarcophagus, which may be found in the Reading Garden just off the Library. He'll review what he's learned and the interesting history/mystery behind it.


Tower Hill READS 2018

Tower Hill READS 2018

The Hidden Life of Trees is our community read selection for 2018. 

Read it, discuss it, come to hear the author, join a tree walk, take part in a tree census -- or explore many other tree-related programs and classes throughout the year!

The Kick-off is Saturday, January 27th at 11 am. All are welcome in the Tower Hill Library to learn more, enter a raffle to win a copy of the book, and connect with fellow readers.


And please save the date: author Peter Wohlleben will speak at Tower Hill on Tuesday, March 20th, 11 am.


Electronic Resources


Tower Hill Library Basics

Our beautiful library is open Tu, Th and Sat from 10 to 4 year around on the lower level of the Stoddard Building. Please check the library website for general information about our programs and services or call (508-869-6111 x116) or email ( with your questions or requests.

All are welcome and you'll find the library is an inviting place to visit before or after spending time in the gardens. We have comfortable chairs to sit and catch up with a wide variety of gardening journals and an extensive collection of garden literature for all ages and abilities.  Our children's section offers books, puzzles, games, a couch to sit and read a story and a 'please touch' interactive table with natural items to study more closely.  We always have interesting exhibits featuring materials from our archives, and we're a great place to learn more about the history of the Worcester County Horticultural Society which dates back to the 1840's.

Tower Hill members may borrow books and videos and we loan binoculars and guidebooks.  How may we help you?


Library Hours during Winter Reimagined

'Tis the season....of sparkling lights, unusual natural ornaments, many magical things to see and do....and an altered schedule at Tower Hill:

11/24/17 through 1/7/18 the Library is open:

Th, Sat & Sun from 1-3 and 4-9 pm

For Tower Hill hours during Winter Reimagined click here.


Library Exhibits

On display October through early January:
Fruit was a major interest of early members of the Worcester County Horticultural Society, especially pears. See the books they wrote about pears, the cultivars they exhibited, and beautiful images from our rare books and journals. 
Pears by Ebenezer Emmons (1799-1863)
Prizes awarded / Prizes received 
The Worcester County Horticultural Society has both bestowed and accepted a wide variety of awards in its 175 year history. See some of those we regard most highly.
The Tower Hill Quilt  
Stop by and see our beloved quilt made by former volunteer Gigi Casella, and sign a book telling Gigi, now in her 90s, what it means to you.

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