Fundraiser for Jeudevine Library Expansion Starts Black Friday

HARDWICK – Local author Joyce Slayton Mitchell has a new book coming out featuring Hardwick: “Landmark Memories, A Vermont Village 1930s – 1950s.” To support the Jeudevine Expansion project, Mitchell is donating the profits from all books pre-ordered from Black Friday, November 26, through December 17. The book may be ordered at the library or at the Galaxy Book Store.

Mitchell’s book tells stories and vignettes of the village of Hardwick, describing Main Street, the library, the town’s iceman, a teacher, neighbors, and village work. It is about a time period when Americans lived together and cared for each other in village life. The book also honors Hardwick painter Hazel Hall Rochester. The cover is a painting by Rochester. The centerfold of the book includes three more Rochester paintings, including Hardwick Academy, Main Street and the Hardwick Inn, as well as a snowy painting of the Jeudevine Library by David Olson.

Mitchell is a college admissions expert who helps American and international students get accepted to universities in the USA. She was the former director of college advising in top public schools in Connecticut and private schools in New York City for 35 years. Before the pandemic, Mitchell lived in Beijing, New York City, and her hometown of Hardwick. She is now working remotely with her US and Chinese students on college admission. Mitchell’s college admissions ebooks are sold in the USA, China, India, Korea, and Vietnam.

To refresh her mind and think creatively for college admissions, Mitchell spends summers writing about whatever interests her most at the moment. The subjects of her books include New York City celebrity chefs (“Belly Up to the Bar”), a guide to Paris (“Paris by Pastry”), her experience in the chemo wards of a cancer hospital, and “Bible Express: The Fast Track to the Old and New Testaments.” She is also the author of three nonfiction books for children: “Crashed, Smashed, and Mashed: A Trip to Junkyard Heaven” (about Gates Salvage in Hardwick), “Knuckleboom Loaders Load Logs: A trip to the sawmill” (featuring Colleen Goodridge and Ken Davis), and “Tractor-trailer Trucker: A powerful truck book.” 

For more information, or to order a copy of the book, call Jeudevine Library at 802-472-5948.