2018 in Review

We wanted to share some inspiring stories from our programs in 2018, so we put together this short video recap of a great year. We hope you enjoy it!

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Vermont Reads 2019

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Mon 10

Lyndon State College Veterans Book Group 2018

December 10
5:30 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. This series is open to any former Service Member who served in a combat theater. Read More »
Mon 10

Book Discussion: Someone Not Really Her Mother by Harriet Chessman

December 10
7:30 pm
These books take the reader deeply inside the world of someone experiencing life differently from the rest of us. Topics include bipolar disorder, physical disability, and Alzheimer ’s disease. Read More »
Wed 12

Vermont’s Musical Ladies

December 12
1:00 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. Oceana Judah, Diane Martin, Edwina Flint, and Helen Hartness Flanders represent the richness and invention of the female composers included in the sheet music collection of the Vermont Historical Society. Abolition, child welfare, temperance, the patriotism of war heroes, and the concerns of those left at home during times of war captured the hearts of these women who sometimes disguised their gender for publication. Though they were often published in the local print shop, they have sometimes been ignored by musicologists since. Read More »
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Wed 12

Book Discussion: The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson

December 12
6:30 pm
Throughout the 20th century, African-Americans fled southern states to escape persecution and seek opportunities further north. This series pairs Isabel Wilkerson's masterful history of this Great Migration with fiction and memoir that illuminate the north/south divide. Read More »