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Our latest Before Your Time podcast episode examines the crucial role libraries play in Vermont communities. Plus we learn about Old Home Week, souvenir ware, and “third places.”

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Reading Frederick Douglass

Participatory readings of his Independence Day speech. Learn more.

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

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Upcoming Events


Mon 16

Veterans Place Veterans Book Group

July 16
6:15 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. Participants receive free copies of all readings. Read More »
Tue 17

Book Discussion: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

July 17
7:00 pm
Personal writing by African-American authors can transcend self-reflection, becoming meditations on history, justice, and freedom from oppression. From Frederick Douglass's first autobiography to Malcolm X's incendiary account of his political awakening, the memoirs and essays in this series reveal as much about society as they do about their authors. Read More »
Wed 18

The Hills of Home: Mountains and Identity in Vermont History

July 18
2:00 pm
Vermonters have strong ideas about the importance of their mountain topography. In this lecture, historian Jill Mudgett offers us tools to understand the origins and meaning of our own strongly held attachments to the Vermont landscape. Read More »
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Thu 19

The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman

July 19
10:30 am
According to the medieval Icelandic sagas, a Viking woman came to the New World 500 years before Columbus. Author Nancy Marie Brown tells how a story long thought to be a myth is being proved true by recent archaeological digs in Newfoundland, Greenland, and Iceland. Read More »
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