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February 2020

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 »

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Cobleigh Public Library: Gilded Age: Then and Now

February 27
7:00 pm
Image of drawing of industrialists atop boat

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 »

From the Parlor to Polling Place: Stories and Songs from the Suffragists

Suffragette standing before a banner

Singer and historian Linda Radtke, in period garb and "Votes for Women" sash, celebrates the centennial of the passage of the 19th amendment, specifically highlighting the decades-long persistence of Vermonters, both women and men. Read More »

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March 2020

From the Parlor to Polling Place: Stories and Songs from the Suffragists

March 1
2:00 pm
Suffragette standing before a banner

Singer and historian Linda Radtke, in period garb and "Votes for Women" sash, celebrates the centennial of the passage of the 19th amendment, specifically highlighting the decades-long persistence of Vermonters, both women and men. Read More »

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Book Discussion: The Hours by Michael Cunningham

March 2
4:00 pm

Part of the Based on Real Life series. One biography each year is awarded a Pulitzer Prize, but these character studies wouldn't count—each is a Pulitzer-winning work of fiction, with portions based on one person's real-life story. Read More »

Book Discussion: All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren

March 2
7:00 pm

Part of the Based on Real Life series. One biography each year is awarded a Pulitzer Prize, but these character studies wouldn't count—each is a Pulitzer-winning work of fiction, with portions based on one person's real-life story. Read More »

The Many Meanings of Maple

March 3
1:00 pm
Thompson Center, Woodstock
Image of postcard of maple syrup gathering

Maple is enormously important to Vermont’s economy, ecology, and heritage. Champlain College professor Michael Lange will discuss sugaring ethnographically, based on over five years of research among sugarmakers all over the state, to learn from them what sugaring really means to Vermont. Read More »

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Vermont Reads Book Discussion: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

March 3
5:00 pm
Central Cafe, St Johnsbury

Join the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum for a book discussion of Angie Thomas’ debut novel, The Hate U Give, which runs headlong into the challenges faced by young black kids in a world that doesn’t value their bodies or respect their voices. All are welcome to participate. Check with Adele West-Fisher, Coordinator of Library Services, for availability of books to read before the discussion. Read More »

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Rural America is a Big Deal

March 4
7:00 pm

Whitney Kimball Coe, coordinator of the National Rural Assembly, shows that although rural communities are hurting, they also hold a wealth of solutions for a nation struggling to fuel its economy, feed a hungry planet, and take on global issues like climate change. Read More »

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The Poetics of Protest in Nina Simone’s “Mississippi Goddam!”

March 4
7:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction

In 1964, Nina Simone performed the protest song "Mississippi Goddam!" at Carnegie Hall in front of mostly white audiences. When the live recording was released, many radio stations destroyed the albums. Middlebury professor Matthew Evan Taylor discusses how Simone's protest is found not only in her words, but also in the musical structure. Read More »

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