Vermont Humanities

Suggested Activities

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Vermont Reads

There are many ways to approach Gather as you explore activities to enrich your community experience. They range from community conversations, book discussions, online and in-person talks, film screenings, and author visits. We are happy to share ideas and help in any way.

We urge you to share your events by submitting them via our online form so we can help spread the word!

Please note: we will add many more suggestions to this page in mid-June, 2024.

Attend a Vermont Reads 2024 Event

To support Vermont Reads 2024 we’ll host a series of public events starting in the fall, featuring in-person and online discussions and presentations related to the themes in Gather. This will include Snapshot lectures on these topics through May 2025. Encourage members of your community to attend these events.

View upcoming Vermont Reads events

Hold Gather Discussions

We strongly recommend that group discussions of Gather be led by a trained facilitator from our Reading & Discussion program.

Leading a Book Discussion Page

We are offering each Vermont Reads host organization one free discussion of Gather, led by one of our trained facilitators. Email us at for more details or visit our Leading a Book Discussion page.

Host a Book Discussion Series

Our Reading & Discussion program is an easy, inexpensive way for libraries and other nonprofit organizations to host high-quality, facilitated book discussions in their communities. We provide the books, and trained scholars lead each session.

We are offering each Vermont Reads host organization one free discussion series related to the themes in Gather.

Related Reading and Discussion Series

Host a Guest Speaker

Our Speakers Bureau provides informative and thought-provoking presentations by scholars and experts on diverse humanities topics. These rich experiences are accessible for Vermont non-profit organizations to present in their community for a small fee.

We are offering to waive our program fee for Vermont Reads host organizations who book up to three Speakers Bureau talks related to the themes of GatherPlease note that the limit of three Speakers Bureau presentations per organization per year still remains, hosts are responsible for listed additional costs such as mileage.

Email us at for more details.

We’ll be adding new Speakers Bureau presentations related to the themes in Gather in June 2024.


Libraries, bookstores, schools: be sure to create a prominent display of Vermont Reads 2024: Gather books and other related titles at the public library, school library, or local bookstore along with helpful information from associated organizations.

Culminating Celebrations

Communities often choose to conclude their Vermont Reads activities with a celebratory event co-hosted with other collaborating organizations. Organize a show that documents your activities with drawings and posters, storytelling and a movie or presentation. These final events are useful for showcasing student work done as part of the Vermont Reads project, recognizing contest winners, or hosting a panel discussion or presentation.

Vermont Humanities*** April 3, 2024