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Brown Public Library, Community Room

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Northfield, VT 05663 United States

October 2017

Brown Girl Dreaming Multi-Age Book Discussion: Part 1 (of 2)

October 7, 2017
6:30 pm
Image of Brown Girl Dreaming cover

The Brown Public Library will host a book discussion of the book Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. We invite participants of all ages and encourage parents and children to sign up together. Come to the library to get your book during the week of September 25th. Light refreshments will be served. Read More »


March 2018

Vermont’s Musical Ladies

March 4, 2018
2:00 pm
Image of Linda Radtke singing

Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, joined by pianist Arthur Zorn, explores the contributions of Vermont women to the traditions of parlor songs, women’s club music contests, and social reform efforts. Read More »


April 2018

Sorting the News From the Chaff

April 8, 2018
6:30 pm
Image of young man reading a newspaper

Paradoxically, the Internet has made it both easier and harder to find "truth." How can we tell the good sources from the bad ones, discern fact from assumption, and distinguish "fake news" from the real thing? Veteran journalist and educator Mark Timney will share strategies for evaluating news sources in the rapidly changing digital information age. Read More »


May 2018

Vermont vs. Hollywood: 100 Years of Vermont in Film

May 20, 2018
7:00 pm
Image from Way Down East film

Vermont has been a featured location in Hollywood movies for nearly a century. Amanda Kay Gustin of the Vermont Historical Society will provide background and share clips ranging chronologically from 1919’s Way Down East to 2005’s Thank You for Smoking. Read More »


October 2019

“A Woman, Ain’t I?”

October 7, 2019
1:30 pm
Image of Kathryn Woods as Sojourner Truth

Born a slave in New Paltz, New York, Isabella Baumfree walked away from slavery and in her travels evolved into Sojourner Truth: maid, laundress, evangelist, abolitionist, and suffragist. This program, presented by Kathryn Woods, tells Sojourner Truth's story in her own words, speeches, and songs. Read More »


December 2019

Book Discussion: March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

December 3, 2019
6:00 pm

Join us for an insightful community group discussion of the riveting graphic novel and 2019 Vermont Reads book, March: Book One. Copies of the book are available gratuitously at the Brown Public Library and the NMHS library. Pick one up, read it, and then pass it along to a friend. Read More »


October 2021

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

October 10
3:00 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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