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Host a Vermont Reads 2021 program in your community centered around We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra.

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Mon 17

Book Discussion: Out of this Furnace by Thomas Bell

January 17
4:00 pm
This series examines, through excellent works of fiction, the formation of unions in different industries, the often cruel and callous calculus behind labor negotiations, and the people who suffered, fought, and died as part of the labor battle. Led by Rachael Cohen. Read More »
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Mon 17

Book Discussion: Storming Heaven by Denise Giardina

January 17
7:00 pm
This series examines, through excellent works of fiction, the formation of unions in different industries, the often cruel and callous calculus behind labor negotiations, and the people who suffered, fought, and died as part of the labor battle. Led by Rachael Cohen. Read More »
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Wed 19

*DIGITAL* Double-Talk on Doubleday: How a Dead Civil War General Invented Baseball Without His Permission

January 19
1:30 pm
Why, how, and when did Abner Doubleday became the imagined inventor of America’s pastime? Norwich University Professor Rowly Brucken will explore the founding myths of baseball’s real and fictional origins, and will consider the broader context of the age of imperialism in America, New England sports history, and Victorian scandals. Read More »
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Wed 19

*DIGITAL* Vermont Department of Libraries ABLE Library: Single Book Discussion: We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra

January 19
2:00 pm
We Contain Multitudes, our Vermont Reads choice for 2021, is a novel in letters. It tells the paired stories of two very different teenage boys who are initially reluctant to participate in a pen-pal assignment from their high school English teacher, but ultimately grow well beyond the boundaries of the school project to reveal earth-shattering revelations about themselves and their families. Patrons of the ABLE library are welcome to join this book discussion. Books are available on loan from the library. The discussion will be led by Suzanne H. Brown. Read More »