Vermont Reads 2020

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Vermont Humanities seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning. Learn more about our programs.

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First Wednesdays

Free talks in nine Vermont communities, October through May. Learn more.

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Literacy Programs

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

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Reading and Discussion

Host facilitated book discussions in your community. Learn more.

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

Upcoming Events

Sat 22

The Year of Mystery: Brown Bag Mystery Novels

February 1 - February 29
Revisit a classic mystery or discover a new favorite when you borrow a mystery novel wrapped in brown paper from a special themed display at the McCullough Library in February. Read More »
Sun 23

From Skiffs to Sail Ferries: The Story of Vermont’s Small-Boat Traditions

February 23
3:00 pm
The stories of Vermont naval history and commercial shipping have been well documented by generations of historians. However, the traditions of small-boat building from throughout our state have remained untold. In this slide presentation, Douglas Brooks shares his research on these traditions, and his work in recreating some of these historic vessels. Read More »
Mon 24

Book Discussion: Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman

February 24
5:30 pm
Part of the Family History series. Seedfolks is a short novel telling the stories of a diverse cast of characters living on (or near) Gibb Street in Cleveland, Ohio. With each chapter, a different character describes the transformation of a local empty lot into a vibrant community garden. Seedfolks was Vermont Reads 2005 pick. Read More »
Thu 27

Cobleigh Public Library: Gilded Age: Then and Now

February 27
7:00 pm
This series starts with the 1893 Columbian Exposition and continues on through the Gilded Age. Portrayals of inventors, entrepreneurs, artists and lawyers include Henry James, Stanford White, Clarence Darrow, George Westinghouse, Thomas Edison, D.W. Griffiths and detective William Burns. Three novels and a narrative history illustrate that spectacular time period in ways that in turn illuminate our own era. Read More »