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January 2022

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

January 12
7:00 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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*DIGITAL* Bearing Witness and Endurance of Voice: The Legacy of Lucy Terry Prince

January 13
6:30 pm
Painting of Lucy Terry Prince

In this presentation, Shanta Lee Gander illustrates the life of Lucy Terry Prince—born in Africa, transported to Rhode Island by slave traders, and eventually living free in Vermont. Gander discusses Prince's importance as a poet and orator, and as author of the oldest known poem in the United States written by an African American. Read More »

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

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

January 19
2:00 pm
ABLE Library, Barre
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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 »

Alfred Hitchcock and the Art of Suspense

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Hitchcock famously said “Some films are slices of life; mine are slices of cake.” His career spanned forty years and many film eras. Film expert Rick Winston will discuss the evolution of Hitchcock’s craft, exploring his favorite themes, his relationship with his collaborators, and his wry sense of humor no matter how grisly the subject matter. By drawing on twelve film clips, starting with his 1925 silent The Lodger and continuing through to his Hollywood classics such as Notorious and Rear Window, Winston will illuminate the arc of Hitchcock’s brilliant career. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Vermont Reads Book Discussion: We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra

January 19
6:30 pm
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We Contain Multitudes Book Discussion. A Vermont Reads Event. JC Wayne will facilitate a discussion of the Vermont Humanities Council’s Vermont Reads book, We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra. Multiple copies of this YA novel are available at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. Read More »

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Book Discussion: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

January 23
1:30 pm

Part of the Romantic Ideal series. The characters in these works seek out their ideal of love, happiness, and fulfillment with consequences that are by turns bittersweet, tragic, noble, unconventional, and even comic. But can an ideal ever be met? Read More »

*DIGITAL* Vermont Reads Book Discussion: We Contain Multitudes by Sarah Henstra

January 24
6:00 pm
Brownell Library, Essex Junction
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Join Brownell Youth Librarians, Voices for Inclusion in Essex and Westford (VIEW), and fellow community members for a discussion of this year's Vermont Read, We Contain Multitudes, by Sarah Henstra. Read More »

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