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Reading Frederick Douglass

Participatory readings of his Independence Day speech. Learn more.

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Speakers Bureau

Host a thought-provoking program in your town! View our catalogue.

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Vermont Reads 2018

“Bread and Roses, Too” by Katherine Paterson. Learn more.

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Literacy Programs

Designed for specific underserved and at-risk audiences. Learn more.

Upcoming Events


Thu 21

Vermont’s Remarkable Sharpshooters and Gettysburg

June 21
7:00 pm
Vermont sent far more sharpshooters to the Union armies than any other state, on a per capita basis. Historian Howard Coffin will discuss his recent research into this little recognized group and consider the reasons why Vermont may have been so well-represented in this elite group of marksmen. Read More »
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Thu 21

“Reading” Places: Art, Architecture, and Gravestones in Early Vermont

June 21
7:00 pm
In developing their towns, early Vermont settlers created a wide range of things that spoke to their values, backgrounds, skills, and cultural attitudes. William Hosley demonstrates how art and artifacts can be used to understand historical experience while surveying the extraordinary visual allure of historic Vermont. Read More »
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Fri 22

Vermont Reads Movie Night

June 22
6:30 pm
This is the second of a four-week movie series at the Hartland Public Library as part of Vermont Reads 2018. For title and movie rating information, please call the library (802) 436-2473 or go to www.hartlandlibraryvt.org. Read More »
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Sat 23

The Genealogy of Happiness: From Aristotle to Positive Psychology

June 23
10:00 am
What is happiness? Can it be measured? And what is the relationship between happiness and virtue, money, pleasure, relationships, mindfulness, and satisfaction? This program with William Edelglass will begin with an overview of different conceptions of happiness in Western philosophy, religion, and political theory. Read More »
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