Two new Veterans Book Groups now open!

Two groups will start later this summer in Burlington. The book groups are free, but pre-registration is required.

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Veterans Book Groups

Registration is now open for two groups in Burlington. Learn more.

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Speakers Bureau

Host a thought-provoking presentation in your town! See our catalogue.

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Summer Humanities Camps

Twelve Vermont schools are holding Humanities Camps this summer. Learn more.

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Vermont Reads 2016 - Shackleton

Two dramatic tales of the legendary Antarctic expedition. Download the info packet.

Upcoming Events

Tue 26

Getting from Here to There: A History of Roads and Settlement in Vermont

July 26
7:00 pm
The difficulties of traveling in Vermont played a significant role in the state’s settlement, development, culture and politics. But Vermonters weren’t always eager to have good roads. Novelist Deborah Lee Luskin asks how is it we now drive cars in all seasons, in all weather, in all corners of the state? Read More »
Wed 27

Veterans Book Group 2016: VA Medical and Regional Office Center

July 27
5:00 pm
Veterans Book Groups create an opportunity for veterans to explore books, poetry, articles, and short stories, with the goal of fostering camaraderie and a safe space to reflect and share ideas and questions. Read More »
Wed 27

Endurance Book Discussion

July 27
6:30 pm
**New Date!** Come share your response to the courage, perseverance, and foolhardiness displayed by Shackleton and his crew with a book discussion of Caroline Alexander's The Endurance. Read More »
Wed 27

Book Discussion: Ahab’s Wife, or the Star-gazer by Sena Jeter Naslund

July 27
7:00 pm
Part of the Retellings series. These novels all re-imagine classic works of fiction, retelling them from a different character's perspective. Read More »