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Vermont Reads 2019

March: Book One by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. Learn more.

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Free public lectures in nine Vermont towns. See upcoming talks.

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Literacy Programs

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

Upcoming Events

Sun 17

Vermont’s Musical Ladies

February 17
5:00 pm
Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, explores the contributions of Vermont women to the traditions of parlor songs, women’s club music contests, and social reform efforts. Read More »
Mon 18

Book Discussion: Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt

February 18
10:30 am
Part of the International Migrations series. To or from the United States, spanning India, Cuba, Greece, and Ireland, this series of Pulitzer-winning works spotlights characters in the midst of broader migrations. Read More »
Mon 18

Northern Vermont University at Lyndon Veterans Book Group

February 18
5:30 pm
VHC’s Veterans Book Groups create an opportunity for veterans to connect with each other, build relationships, read insightful materials, and share experiences. The group’s explorations include 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 »
Tue 19

Vermont Reads Community Book Discussion

February 19
5:00 pm
Please join us for a community discussion of the 2019 Vermont Reads title March: Book One by John Lewis. Please stop in for a copy of the book. This is an informal group, all ages welcome and encouraged. Read More »