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February 2021

*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: Beloved by Toni Morrison

February 12
4:30 pm
Blake Memorial Library, East Corinth
Image of box with old photos

Part of the Family History series. The Pulitzer-winning novels in this series examine not only relationships, but the ways difficult chapters of a family's past are revealed by the passing of time. Read More »

*DIGITAL*: Split/Screen – African American Women Filmmakers

February 19 – February 28
Four Black women from different films

A focus on films made by African American women directors, including screenings and filmmaker conversations. Lasting 10 days, this virtual film series offers and opportunity to watch a range of films - both classic and contemporary from some of the most prominent filmmakers in the USA. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: The Line Becomes A River by Francisco Cantu

February 21
1:30 pm
Image of woman running across dunes

A book of short stories, a memoir and two novels bring us to present day consideration of migration, immigration and refuge. Their love and a sense of their past as they walk through fantastical doors to new lands. Read More »

Book Discussion: Selected Poems of Langston Hughes by Langston Hughes

February 22
6:30 pm
Image of Zora Neale Hurston

During the 1920s, New York's Harlem neighborhood hosted an explosion of African-American cultural expression. This series features a history of the era alongside texts that have come to define it. Read More »

*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

February 23
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* The Black Presence at the Battle of Bennington

February 24
6:00 pm
Image of painting of black soldier on horseback.

Most Vermonters might be surprised that among the 30 men killed at the Battle of Bennington was a Black man, Sipp Ives, a member of Seth Warner’s Continental regiment of Green Mountain Boys. And Ives was not the only patriot of African descent who played a role in the fighting and its aftermath. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Talking In Place: What Can Vermont Town Meetings Teach Us About Bridging Divides?

February 24
7:00 pm
Woman speaking into a microphone at East Montpelier Town Meeting. Photo by Terry J. Allen

Listen to “Town Meeting,” a new half-hour show in the award-winning Rumblestrip podcast series, then join this panel discussion to reflect on what Vermont’s rural town meeting tradition can teach us about our nation’s democracy today. Panelists include author Susan Clark, historian Paul M. Searls, podcaster Erica Heilman, and UVM professor Cheryl Morse. Read More »

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*DIGITAL* Book Discussion: Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education by Michael Pollan

February 25
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 »

*DIGITAL* Daisy Turner’s Kin

February 25
7:00 pm
Image of Turner woman

Vermont folklorist Jane Beck shares the story of the Turner family, a multi-generational saga spanning two centuries, played out across three continents. The saga was related to Jane Beck by Daisy Turner, who also shared her own life story, a powerful and rare account of the African American experience in New England from the 1880s forward. Read More »

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March 2021

*DIGITAL*: So Close to Home: A True Story of an American Family’s Fight for Survival During World War II

The four members of the Downs family

On May 19, 1942, a U-boat in the Gulf of Mexico stalked its prey fifty miles from New Orleans. Captained by 29-year-old Erich Wurdemann, the submarine set its sights on the freighter Heredia with 62 souls on board. Author Alison O’Leary will present the story with dramatic images in a multimedia event for all ages. Read More »

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