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April 17 — Wonder Film Discussion Series, Part II. A Vermont Reads Event. Join us to view and discuss the 2001 film I Am Sam. A mentally retarded man fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter, and in the process teaches his coldhearted lawyer the value of love and family. Hosted by the Rockingham Free Public Library. Bellows Falls, Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St, 6:00 pm. Samantha Maskell, (802) 463-4270.

April 23 — Book Discussion: The Conference of the Birds by Farid al-Din Attar. Part of the Literary Reflections on Islam series. Islam has long provided a source of inspiration through which Muslims experience, understand, and guide their everyday lives. This series, developed jointly by the American Library Association and the NEH, offers literary reflections on Muslim piety and communal concepts such as ethics, governance, knowledge, and identity, and reveals transformations in faith and identity, as Muslims living at different times and in different places have interpreted Islam. Led by Amer Latif. Hosted by the Brooks Memorial Library. Brattleboro, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St, 7:00 pm. Jerry J Carbone, (802) 254-5290.

May 2 — Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense. Hitchcock famously said “Some films are slices of life; mine are slices of cake.” His career spanned forty years and many film eras. Film expert Rick Winston will discuss the evolution of Hitchcock’s craft, exploring his favorite themes, his relationship with his collaborators, and his wry sense of humour no matter how grisly the subject matter. By drawing on twelve film clips, starting with his 1925 silent The Lodger and continuing through to his Hollywood classics such as Notorious and Rear Window, Winston will illuminate the arc of Hitchcock’s brilliant career. Hosted by the Friends of the West River Trail. South Londonderry Depot Visitors Center, 34 W River St, 7:00 pm. Sharon Crossman, (802) 824-6246.

May 4 — The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Vermont’s Traveling Entertainer. Having grown up in Topsham, Vermont, Charles Ross Taggart went on to a forty-year career performing in countless stage shows across the country, including the famous Red Path Chautauqua circuit. A fiddler, piano player, humorist, singer, and ventriloquist, he made at least 25 recordings with the Victor, Edison, and Columbia companies, and appeared in a talking movie picture four years before Al Jolson starred in The Jazz Singer. Fiddler Adam Boyce portrays Mr. Taggart near the end of his career, circa 1936, sharing recollections of his life and career interspersed with live fiddling and humorous sketches. Hosted by the Guilford Historical Society. Guilford, Broad Brook Grange, 3940 Guilford Center Road, 2:00 pm. Fred Humphrey, (802) 257-7306.

May 7 — Soft Versus Hard Power in American Foreign Policy: Finding the Right Mix. Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist and author Tom Powers examines America’s not always successful attempts between the Cold War and today to find the right balance in foreign policy between soft power and military might.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Brooks Memorial Library. Brattleboro, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St, 7:00 pm. Jerry J Carbone, (802) 254-5290 x101.

May 8 — More than Books: Reflections on Libraries, Community and Historic Preservation. Museum scholar, preservationist and photographer Bill Hosley examines almost 200 years of American library history with a special focus on New England and its many municipal and research libraries. This armchair tour and examination of library history reminds us of the richness of New England’s (and Vermont’s) heritage and the states’ commitment to life-learning and broad social access to ideas. Hosted by the Town of Rockingham. Bellows Falls, Rockingham Free Public Library, 65 Westminster St, 7:00 pm. Christy Hotaling, (802) 463-3456 x112.

May 14 — Book Discussion: Snow by Orhan Pamuk. Part of the Literary Reflections on Islam series. Islam has long provided a source of inspiration through which Muslims experience, understand, and guide their everyday lives. This series, developed jointly by the American Library Association and the NEH, offers literary reflections on Muslim piety and communal concepts such as ethics, governance, knowledge, and identity, and reveals transformations in faith and identity, as Muslims living at different times and in different places have interpreted Islam. Led by Amer Latif. Hosted by the Brooks Memorial Library. Brattleboro, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St,  7:00 pm. Jerry J Carbone, (802) 254 -5290.

May 22 — Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense. Hitchcock famously said “Some films are slices of life; mine are slices of cake.” His career spanned forty years and many film eras. Film expert Rick Winston will discuss the evolution of Hitchcock’s craft, exploring his favorite themes, his relationship with his collaborators, and his wry sense of humour no matter how grisly the subject matter. By drawing on twelve film clips, starting with his 1925 silent The Lodger and continuing through to his Hollywood classics such as Notorious and Rear Window, Winston will illuminate the arc of Hitchcock’s brilliant career. Hosted by the Brooks Memorial Library. Brattleboro, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St, 7:30 pm. Library, (802) 254-5290.

May 28 — Book Discussion: Dreams of Trespass by Fatima Mernissi. Part of the Literary Reflections on Islam series. Islam has long provided a source of inspiration through which Muslims experience, understand, and guide their everyday lives. This series, developed jointly by the American Library Association and the NEH, offers literary reflections on Muslim piety and communal concepts such as ethics, governance, knowledge, and identity, and reveals transformations in faith and identity, as Muslims living at different times and in different places have interpreted Islam. Led by Amer Latif. Hosted by the Brooks Memorial Library. Brattleboro, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St, 7:00 pm. Jerry J Carbone, (802) 254-5290.

June 4 (rescheduled from April 2) — Fallingwater: The Story and the Controversy. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater is widely considered one of the finest masterpieces of American architecture. H. Nicholas Muller, III, retired executive director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, shares the story—and controversy—behind the house.A First Wednesdays lecture. Hosted by the Brooks Memorial Library. Brattleboro, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St, 7:00 pm. Jerry J Carbone, (802) 254-5290 x101.

June 11 — Book Discussion: Minaret by Leila Aboulela. Part of the Literary Reflections on Islam series. Islam has long provided a source of inspiration through which Muslims experience, understand, and guide their everyday lives. This series, developed jointly by the American Library Association and the NEH, offers literary reflections on Muslim piety and communal concepts such as ethics, governance, knowledge, and identity, and reveals transformations in faith and identity, as Muslims living at different times and in different places have interpreted Islam. Led by Amer Latif. Hosted by the Brooks Memorial Library. Brattleboro, Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St,  7:00 pm. Jerry J Carbone, (802) 254 -5290.

July 2 — Book Discussion: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert. Part of the The Romantic Ideal series. The characters in these works seek out their ideal of love, happiness, and fulfillment with consequences that are by turns bittersweet, tragic, noble, unconventional, and even comic. But can an ideal ever be met? Led by Richard M Wizansky. Hosted by the Dover Free Library. East Dover, Dover Free Library, 22 Holland Rd, 7:00 pm. John Flores, (802) 348-7488.

July 23 — Book Discussion: Summer by Edith Wharton. Part of the The Romantic Ideal series. The characters in these works seek out their ideal of love, happiness, and fulfillment with consequences that are by turns bittersweet, tragic, noble, unconventional, and even comic. But can an ideal ever be met? Led by Richard M Wizansky. Hosted by the Dover Free Library. East Dover, Dover Free Library, 22 Holland Rd, 7:00 pm. John Flores, (802) 348-7488.

August 6 — Book Discussion: Mating by Norman Rush. Part of the The Romantic Ideal series. The characters in these works seek out their ideal of love, happiness, and fulfillment with consequences that are by turns bittersweet, tragic, noble, unconventional, and even comic. But can an ideal ever be met? Led by Richard M Wizansky. Hosted by the Dover Free Library. East Dover, Dover Free Library, 22 Holland Rd, 7:00 pm. John Flores, (802) 348-7488.

August 20 — Book Discussion: Later Life by A.R. Gurney. Part of the The Romantic Ideal series. The characters in these works seek out their ideal of love, happiness, and fulfillment with consequences that are by turns bittersweet, tragic, noble, unconventional, and even comic. But can an ideal ever be met? Led by Richard M Wizansky. Hosted by the Dover Free Library. East Dover, Dover Free Library, 22 Holland Rd, 7:00 pm. John Flores, (802) 348-7488.

September 27 — Colonial Meetinghouses of New England. New England’s colonial meetinghouses embody an important yet little-known chapter in American history. Built mostly with tax money, they served as both places of worship and places for town meetings, and were the centers of life in colonial New England communities. Using photographs of the few surviving “mint condition” meetinghouses as illustrations, this presentation by photographer Paul Wainwright tells the story of the society that built and used them, and the lasting impact they have had on American culture. Hosted by the Grafton Historical Society. Grafton White Church, 9 Main St, 4:00 pm. Patricia Jeziorski, (802) 843-2584.

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