First Wednesdays

Free Public Talks at Libraries around Vermont

Newport First Wednesdays

Venue: Goodrich Memorial Library

202 Main Street, Newport
Library phone: (802) 334-7902
Library website
Directions to the library


Statewide Underwriters: The Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

Program Underwriters: Passumpsic Savings Bank-Member FDIC, Peter Gilbert Endowment Fund, Stanstead College, University of Vermont Humanities Center, Richard and Kathy White

Printed Newport First Wednesdays brochure

Download the 2019-2020 Newport Schedule (PDF)

All First Wednesdays events are free and open to the public!

Wed 04

Vermont’s Climate: Past, Present, and Future

December 4
7:00 pm
Mark Breen, Senior Meteorologist at the Fairbanks Museum and host of VPR’s Eye on the Sky forecast, looks at Vermont’s ever-changing climate, using past events to put today’s changes into perspective, and discusses what these changes suggest for the future. Read More »
Wed 08

Finding Your Voice in 2020

January 8, 2020
7:00 pm
For those with New Years’ resolutions to write or those just wanting to write more clearly and deliberately, Dartmouth writing instructor Julie Kalish leads an interactive exploration of the principles of context, audience, tone, purpose, and message. Read More »
Wed 05

Stories about Composing Music

February 5, 2020
7:00 pm
Accompanied by recorded and live performances, musician and UVM professor Patricia Julien discusses the interplay between words and music, and the ways in which literature has influenced the process of her music composition. Read More »
Wed 04

Vermont’s 183 Libraries

March 4, 2020
7:00 pm
Sharing history, trivia, and photographs, librarian Jessamyn West reflects on her quest to visit Vermont's 183 public libraries. Come learn about Vermont's live-in libraries, the history of Vermont's bookmobiles, and why there are old shoes in one library's display case. Read More »
Wed 01

Writing Naked

April 1, 2020
7:00 pm
Writing can be a state of emotional undress, requiring ruthless self-honesty to write passionately and authentically. Author Melanie Finn—whose fictional worlds feature drug use, unhappy marriages, and child abuse—talks about the boundaries between a writer’s private life and her work. Read More »
Wed 06

Conspiracy Theory and Democracy Today

May 6, 2020
7:00 pm
Conspiracy theories are as old as politics. Dartmouth professor Russell Muirhead explores how “conspiracy without theory” has moved from the fringes to the heart of government within the last decade. He discusses how this new form differs from classic conspiracy theory and suggests what can be done to resist it. Read More »