Reading and Discussion
Exploring Ideas through Books
People enjoy gathering to share the pleasure of examining life through literature, hearing their neighbors’ reactions to the stories and ideas in the books, and voicing their own views. Our book discussions are stimulating, facilitated gatherings where diverse perspectives on shared readings can be expressed and examined.
The discussions are grouped in thematic series and each theme is comprised of up to six different books. When a library or other group sponsors a book discussion series, VHC supplies copies of the books for participants to borrow.
A skilled and knowledgeable VHC discussion leader facilitates the group. The scholar is prepared to share background information and historical context about the book and the author, as well as to place the book in the overall theme of the series. The scholar helps draw everyone into the conversation and ensures a positive exchange of thoughts and opinions.
Reading and Discussion Catalogue – newly updated for 2013
Celebrating Civic Engagement for More than Thirty Years
The newly updated Reading and Discussion program catalogue offers 67 series grouped in five broad themes as well as 37 single-book discussion options.
Six discussion series funded with support from a Vermont Community Foundation grant raise moral and civic issues that are at the very heart of community:
- Soldiering On: After Battle and Back Home
- Outsiders: Those Who Fell Outside the Cultural Norms
- The Rise of Nazism
- The Legacy of the Civil War
- The Seven Deadly Sins: A Sampler
Two newly added discussion series were developed and supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the American Library Association:
- Making Sense of the Civil War
- Literary Reflections on Islam
Making Sense of the Civil War is among six Civil War-related series as part of its commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Learn more.
Two additional series included in the new catalogue are:
- Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
Questions: Max Matthews or call 802.262.2626 x 304