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Learn about new resources, exhibits and programs in the library.
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New Books in the Library: July-August 2017

Here are titles we've recently added:

Seed: the Untold Story;
a dvd by the creators of Queen of the Sun; an indepth look into what's happening in the seed world.

Gardening for Mindfulness by Holly Farrell

Pretty tough plants: 135 resilient, water-smart choices for a beautiful garden; a well-illustrated guide with suggestions from groundcovers to vines to trees and shrubs.

Warren H. Manning: Landscape Architect and Environmental Planner. Edited by Robin Karson, Jane Roy Brown and Sarah Allaback. Manning began his career with Olmstead and went on to design over 1600 projects and train designers such as Fletcher Steele and Dan Kiley.


And New for Children:

Bee Dance by Rick Chrustowski. A great, colorful introduction to honeybees.

A Chicken followed me Home! Questions and Answers about a familiar fowl by Robin Page.

I'm trying to love spiders by Bethany Barton. An informative, imaginative guide to spiders -- for all ages!

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 (  


Summer in the Library

It's summer and we've got great resources whether you want to relax with a wonderful book, watch a thought provoking video, or try something new in your garden. Stop by the Library to browse our collections or ask for suggestions. We've got something for everyone!

Check out our Ideas for Summer Family Reading below for a list of new and old favorites just right for everyone to enjoy together.

Borrow a Book this Summer and Enter our Raffle to Win a Prize!


The Reading Garden

One of Tower Hill's smaller, off the beaten track gardens is just outside the Library on the lower level of the Stoddard Building. As its name suggests, it's a great place to read but also to have lunch or just hang out. Choice plantings, especially the feather reed grasses, provide a protective shield and are mesmerizing whenever there's a breeze.

At the moment, our 'Family' -- the stone sculpture [shown at right] by Mexican artist Guillermo Ruiz (1896-1964) is somewhat obscurred by greenery but it's worth a closer look. It was donated to Tower Hill by former trustee Karl Briel in memory of his wife Dorothy, and is a sweet, simple and lovely statue by an artist who often made much larger works. More apparent is our Roman sarcophagus, donated by the Skinner family. The jury is still out about its actual date, but the experts we've consulted are able to identify the Roman muses on the front and speculate it was for a woman.

The Reading Garden is a wonderful extension of the Library and you're welcome to take gardening journals or books outside to read when you visit.


Educator Open House: Sept. 13th, 4-8 pm

Calling all teachers! We'd like you to join us on Wednesday, September 13th from 4 to 8 for an Educator Open House to highlight the many ways Tower Hill is a terrific indoor & outdoor learning environment. We'll offer tours and presentations (and refreshments) and have lots of information about our programs and resources. Please spread the work to all the teachers in your life, and urge them to sign up soon as spaces are limited. 


Old Growth Forests

Several Tower Hill staff members have been reading Nature's Treasures this year as part of our first Staff READ. We got together recently to discuss the book which delves into both the science and history of old growth forests. Author Joan Maloff's own interest in ancient trees and forests led her to start the Old Growth Forest Network, an ambitious effort to ensure an old growth forest exists in every county of every state in the U.S.

Joan Maloof will be speaking at Tower Hill on August 4th and leading a hike at Wachusett Mt. earlier in the day. You can register here -- but try to find time to read the book as well. It will get you thinking about trees and forests in a whole new way. 


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?


Now on Exhibit

Agriculture, Horticulture and Mechanics: Three Organizations, Three Anniversaries. View historic materials about three Worcester County organizations and the connections they shared; on display through September 2017. 

Looking Back: The WCHS Spring Exhibition. For 85 years the Spring Show was the place to be in late February/early March in Worcester. Learn more about this Rite of Spring through items from our archives. On display through September 2017. 


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