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Goodrich Memorial Library

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202 Main St
Newport, VT 05855 United States

February 2022

*DIGITAL* Rethinking the Classics

February 2
7:00 pm
Illustration of man in rowboat with harpoon, facing a whale

How does a book become a literary classic? And what do the classics say about who we are? Author Ilan Stavans meditates on how literary classics become the collective memory of a culture and suggests that as society changes so must our literary canon. Read More »


March 2022

The Art of the Haiku

March 2
7:00 pm
Three stones standing in sand, one with "haiku" painted on it in black letters

Poet Keiselim (Keysi) Montás discusses how to read the traditional Japanese poetic form of haiku, illustrated with works from his haiku collection, Like Water. Read More »


April 2022

A Living Culture

April 6
7:00 pm
Singer-songwriter Bryan Blanchetter in a white short with a bolo tie, holding a guitar, sitting against a brown background

Colonialism creates a division within the culture that is being colonized, a tendency seen in Europeans’ early contact with Algonquin tribal groups. Abenaki singer-songwriter Bryan Blanchette demonstrates a living vision of modern Indigenous culture through contemporary and traditional Abenaki songs, showing how our cultural similarities can foster unity. Read More »


May 2022

Standing in This Place: Growing Up LGBTQ in Vermont

May 4
7:00 pm
Two young people on a suburban street unfurling a rainbow Pride flag

Playwright Maura Campbell wove the stories of 15 LGBTQ+ Vermonters, old and young, into the book Standing in This Place: Growing Up LGBTQ in Vermont. Campbell joins two people from different generations who shared their personal stories in the book as they discuss their challenges growing up LGBTQ+ in Vermont and respond to audience questions. Read More »

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