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July 2018

Song of the Vikings: The Making of Norse Myths

July 23
6:00 pm
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Like Greek mythology, Norse myths are still with us. Surprisingly, most of what we know was written by a 13th-century Icelandic chieftain, Snorri Sturluson. Award-winning author Nancy Marie Brown brings the fascinating story of Sturluson’s life into focus, drawing on newly available sources and illuminating the folklore and pagan legends of medieval Scandinavia. Read More »

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Vermont’s Remarkable Sharpshooters

July 23
7:00 pm
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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 »

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400 Miles Down the Connecticut River

July 24
7:00 pm
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New England's longest river, the Connecticut, is rich in history. Michael Tougias, author of fourteen books about New England, offers a narrated slide presentation that takes the viewer down the entire 410 miles of the river. Read More »

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VA Women’s Care Center Veterans Book Group

July 25
5:00 pm
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This series is open to all women who have served in the U.S. military. Participants receive free copies of all readings, and a light dinner will be provided at each session. The group is free, but pre-registration is required. Read More »

Book Discussion: Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson

July 25
6:30 pm

Join Hartland Public Library for a discussion of Bread and Roses, Too, VHC’s 2018 Vermont Reads book. Open to all ages. Read More »

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Solidarity Forever: Songs of Unions and Labor

July 25
7:00 pm
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For centuries, working people have used songs to express protest and hope and as an organizing tool. Using live and recorded music, Mark Greenberg surveys American labor songs from the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, through the Wobblies, and into the coal wars of the 1930s. Read More »

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Vermont Reads Book Discussion: Bread and Roses, Too

July 26
1:00 pm

Join us for a book discussion of Vermont Reads 2018 pick Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson. Tea and treats will be served. Read More »

Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project

July 26
6:00 pm
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Dr. Jack Mayer tells the story of Irena Sendler, a holocaust hero who rescued 2,500 children from the Warsaw ghetto. Sendler’s story remained unknown after the war—until three Kansas teens uncovered a reference to her heroism 60 years later. Read More »

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Sorting the News From the Chaff

July 27
6:30 pm
The Left Bank, North Bennington
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Paradoxically, the Internet has made it both easier and harder to find "truth." Veteran journalist and educator Mark Timney will explore questions and share strategies for evaluating news sources in the rapidly changing digital information age. Read More »

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Book Discussion: The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantu

July 30
5:00 pm
Quechee Library, Quechee

A book of short stories, a memoir, and two novels bring us to a present-day consideration of migration, immigration, and refuge. Read More »

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