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Vermont Reads 2019

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

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

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First Wednesdays

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

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PoemCity 2019

April 1 - April 30
PoemCity 2019 is a festival celebrating National Poetry Month in April, featuring a walkable anthology of Vermont contemporary poetry on broadsides throughout downtown Montpelier with readings, workshops and presentations. For more information and to see the complete events calendar, visit the PoemCity 2019 website. Read More »
Wed 24

Book Discussion: Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen

April 24
7:00 pm
A book of short stories, a memoir, and two novels bring us to present-day consideration of migration, immigration, and refuge. Read More »
Thu 25

The Western Abenaki: History and Culture

April 25
6:30 pm
Who were the native people of Vermont and how did they live? This lecture, by Jeanne Brink, examines the importance in Abenaki society of elders and children, the environment, and the continuance of lifeways and traditions. Read More »
Thu 25

Vermont’s Remarkable Sharpshooters and Gettysburg

April 25
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 »