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May 2021

*DIGITAL* The Value of Our Stories

May 17
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville
Rajnii Eddins beside a brick wall

Each one of us has a story that is valuable. Poet Rajnii Eddins utilizes spoken word as a tool for engagement in conversations about race, culture, equity and the richness to be found in each of our stories. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

May 18
6:00 pm
Alison Bechdel cartoon

The genre of graphic novels has flourished in recent years. The four highly acclaimed works in this series—three memoirs and one work of historical fiction (Berlin)—highlight the literary value and artistic merit in this growing medium. Read More »

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

May 25
2:30 pm
Photo of historical boat scene

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 »

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*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

May 25
7:00 pm
Image of Mark Twain

Part of The Genius of Mark Twain series. Brilliant satire, knee-slapping comedy, potent social commentary... what more can you ask for? Read More »

*DIGITAL* An Evening with Angie Thomas

May 26
7:00 pm
Angie Thomas, author of "The Hate U Give." Photo by Anissa Hidouk.

Join Angie Thomas, the author of five acclaimed books, in a free Zoom presentation for Vermont Reads 2020. Her bestselling debut novel, "The Hate U Give," won multiple national and international awards. Vermont Reads has introduced the book to thousands of Vermonters of all ages, who engaged with Thomas’ YA novel through a variety of community activities. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: Here and Nowhere Else: Late Seasons of a Farm and Its Family by Jane Brox

May 27
2:00 pm
Image of farmer beside tractor

Vermonters know as well as anyone the rich metaphors inherent in farming and gardening. These authors dig deep to explore the philosophical roots, family dynamics, and personal enrichment associated with tending and growing. Read More »

June 2021

*DIGITAL* Murder in the Vermont Woods: A Story About Race, Class, and Gender in the 19th Century

Image of Vermont forest in winter

Historian Jill Mudgett tells the story of an Indigenous man from southern New England who came to central Vermont during the late 19th century and was the victim of a murder. Recreating community connections in a rural Vermont hill town, this story is about poverty, racism, disability, and gendered violence against women, but is also an account of Indigenous movement and choice despite great obstacles. Registration required. Read More »

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*DIGITAL*: Racism in America Forum: Social Equity Caucus

June 11
7:00 pm
Two hands cuffed with words like "bias" and "poverty" written on them

In the summer of 2019 Vermont State Senators, Representatives, and citizens met at Hartford Union High School in Hartford, VT to form the Social Equity Caucus to advocate for the creation and passage of social justice legislation affecting people of color. We will hear and discuss what progress has been made from its founding members: State Representative Kevin Christie, State Representative Brian China, and State Representative Lucy Rogers. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Words in the Woods with Shanta Lee Gander

June 23
7:00 pm
Poet Shanta Lee Gander standing against a brick wall

In this virtual presentation, poet Shanta Lee Gander visits Sweet Pond State Park in Guilford, Vermont. Read More »

August 2021

*DIGITAL* Words in the Woods with Sarah Audsley

August 18
7:00 pm
Black and white photo of poet Sarah Audsley

In this virtual presentation, poet Sarah Audsley visits Taconic Mountain Ramble in Hubbarton, Vermont. Read More »

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