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Jeffersonville, VT 05464 United States
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January 2016

Book Discussion: March by Geraldine Brooks

January 9, 2016
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

These novels all re-imagine classics works of fiction, retelling them from a different character's perspective. Led by Francette B Cerulli. Read More »

February 2016

Book Discussion: Finn by John Clinch

February 13, 2016
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

These novels all re-imagine classics works of fiction, retelling them from a different character's perspective. Read More »

Daisy Turner, in the Tradition of the West African Griot

February 23, 2016
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

In an illustrated talk, Vermont folklorist Jane Beck shares these powerful and rare accounts of the African American experience in New England, using many family photographs and of course Daisy Turner’s own recorded voice. Read More »

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June 2016

Reading Frederick Douglass Jeffersonville

June 30, 2016
7:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville
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Join us as we read together the fiery July 5, 1852 speech in which the great abolitionist orator Frederick Douglass took exception to being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Read More »

July 2016

The Finest Hours: The True Story Behind the U.S. Coast Guard’s Most Daring Sea Rescue

July 19, 2016
7:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville
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Author Michael Tougias tells the story of the historic rescue of 70 sailors on two sinking ships during a 1952 blizzard off the coast of New England. Read More »

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November 2016

Book Discussion: Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie

November 12, 2016
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

In these mysteries, mayhem and murder play out against a cultural/ethnic backdrop—illuminating more than simply whodunnit. Read More »

December 2016

Book Discussion: Ritual Bath by Faye Kellerman

December 10, 2016
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

In these mysteries, mayhem and murder play out against a cultural/ethnic backdrop—illuminating more than simply whodunnit. Read More »

January 2017

Book Discussion: Blanche Cleans Up by Barbara Neely

January 14, 2017
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

In these mysteries, mayhem and murder play out against a cultural/ethnic backdrop—illuminating more than simply whodunnit. Read More »

March 2017

Book Discussion: Blood of the Prodigal by P. L. Gaus

March 11, 2017
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

In these mysteries, mayhem and murder play out against a cultural/ethnic backdrop—illuminating more than simply whodunnit. Read More »

July 2017

Why Are We Still Reading Jane Austen?

July 16, 2017
2:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville
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Jane Austen lived a short, quiet life in southern England, during which she wrote six novels about young women. Two hundred years later, how do we account for the continuing global appeal of these drawing room dramas among readers and moviegoers? Read More »

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December 2017

Book Discussion: Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper by Harriet Chessman

December 9, 2017
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

These books feature fictional interpretations of famous artists. What happens when the visual arts and the literary arts meet? How do fiction writers interpret the lives of famous painters, and the canvases they leave behind? Read More »

Woody Guthrie: Dustbowl Balladeer

December 16, 2017
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville
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In his music and writing, Woody Guthrie chronicled the devastation of the 1930s dust storms and the Great Depression, championing the dispossessed and economic and social justice. This presentation by Mark Greenberg explores the always-rambling Guthrie’s life and legacy. Read More »

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January 2018

*POSTPONED* Book Discussion: Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

January 13, 2018
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

These books feature fictional interpretations of famous artists. What happens when the visual arts and the literary arts meet? How do fiction writers interpret the lives of famous painters, and the canvases they leave behind? Read More »

February 2018

Book Discussion: Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier

February 10, 2018
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

These books feature fictional interpretations of famous artists. What happens when the visual arts and the literary arts meet? How do fiction writers interpret the lives of famous painters, and the canvases they leave behind? Read More »

March 2018

Book Discussion: La Tour Dreams of the Wolf Girl by David Huddle

March 10, 2018
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

These books feature fictional interpretations of famous artists. What happens when the visual arts and the literary arts meet? How do fiction writers interpret the lives of famous painters, and the canvases they leave behind? Read More »

May 2018

Book Discussion: Frida by Barbara Mujica

May 12, 2018
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

These books feature fictional interpretations of famous artists. What happens when the visual arts and the literary arts meet? How do fiction writers interpret the lives of famous painters, and the canvases they leave behind? Read More »

June 2018

Reading Frederick Douglass 2018: Jeffersonville

June 30, 2018
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville
Image of Frederick Douglass

Join us as we read together the fiery July 5, 1852 speech in which the great abolitionist orator Frederick Douglass took exception to being asked to commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This is a participatory event. Read More »

September 2018

The Silent Language of the Soul: The Legacy of Mime Marcel Marceau

September 23, 2018
2:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville
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Twentieth century mime master Marcel Marceau advanced the art of the ancient Greco-Roman mime storytellers, the improvisational actors of the Commedia dell’Arte, and the pantomime of Charlie Chaplin. in this presentation, Circus Smirkus founder Rob Mermin will explore the metaphors of mime technique—what Marceau called “the silent language of the soul”—and discuss Marceau’s particular influence on the world’s cultural history. Read More »

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Vermont’s Historic Theater Curtains

September 29, 2018
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville
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Between 1880 and World War II, painted theater curtains were artistic features of most New England villages and towns. Christine Hadsel, director of Curtains Without Borders, provides a glimpse into the world of talented and often sophisticated artists who were part of the rural cultural scene, illustrating the rich cultural history of small-town Vermont before World War I. Read More »

October 2018

From Skiffs to Sail Ferries: The Story of Vermont’s Small-Boat Traditions

October 13, 2018
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville
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The stories of Vermont naval history and commercial shipping have been well documented by generations of historians. However, the traditions of small boat building from throughout our state have remained untold. Douglas Brooks shares his research on these traditions, and his work in recreating some of these historic vessels. Read More »

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November 2018

Soup to Nuts: An Eccentric History of Food

November 3, 2018
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville
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The history of what and how we eat encompasses everything from the prehistoric mammoth luau to the medieval banquet to the modern three squares a day. Presented by writer Rebecca Rupp, this talk lets attendees find out about the rocky evolution of table manners, the not-so-welcome invention of the fork, the awful advent of portable soup, and the surprising benefits of family dinners. Read More »

Book Discussion: The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

November 10, 2018
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

In a short 35 years, the Booker has achieved an air of dignity and respect that rivals even the 86-year-old Pulitzer Prize. Graham Swift, who won the Booker in 1996, singled it out as the finest accolade a writer can receive. "It's the one which, if we're completely honest, we most covet." Read More »

December 2018

Book Discussion: The Life and Times of Michael K. by J. M. Coetzee

December 8, 2018
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

In a short 35 years, the Booker has achieved an air of dignity and respect that rivals even the 86-year-old Pulitzer Prize. Graham Swift, who won the Booker in 1996, singled it out as the finest accolade a writer can receive. "It's the one which, if we're completely honest, we most covet." Read More »

January 2019

Book Discussion: The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

January 12, 2019
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

In a short 35 years, the Booker has achieved an air of dignity and respect that rivals even the 86-year-old Pulitzer Prize. Graham Swift, who won the Booker in 1996, singled it out as the finest accolade a writer can receive. "It's the one which, if we're completely honest, we most covet." Read More »

March 2019

Book Discussion: The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje

March 9, 2019
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

In a short 35 years, the Booker has achieved an air of dignity and respect that rivals even the 86-year-old Pulitzer Prize. Graham Swift, who won the Booker in 1996, singled it out as the finest accolade a writer can receive. "It's the one which, if we're completely honest, we most covet." Read More »

November 2019

*CANCELLED* The Western Abenaki: History and Culture

November 2, 2019
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville
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Who were the native people of Vermont and how did they live? This lecture, by Jeanne Brink, examines the importance in Abenaki society of elders and children, the environment, and the continuance of lifeways and traditions. Read More »

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Book Discussion: Summer by Edith Wharton

November 9, 2019
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

Part of the Romantic Ideal series. The characters in these works seek out their ideal of love, happiness, and fulfillment with consequences that are by turns bittersweet, tragic, noble, unconventional, and even comic. But can an ideal ever be met? Read More »

*CANCELLED* The Western Abenaki Today

November 16, 2019
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville
Image of Abenaki man in traditional dress

Where are the Abenaki today and what are they doing? Jeanne Brink discusses the Abenaki of the twenty-first century and the many different programs and projects in which they are involved to maintain and preserve their culture, traditions, and language in today's fast changing world. Read More »

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December 2019

Book Discussion: The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald

December 14, 2019
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

Part of the Romantic Ideal series. The characters in these works seek out their ideal of love, happiness, and fulfillment with consequences that are by turns bittersweet, tragic, noble, unconventional, and even comic. But can an ideal ever be met? Read More »

January 2020

Book Discussion: Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

January 11
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

Part of the Romantic Ideal series. The characters in these works seek out their ideal of love, happiness, and fulfillment with consequences that are by turns bittersweet, tragic, noble, unconventional, and even comic. But can an ideal ever be met? Read More »

February 2020

Book Discussion: Mating by Norman Rush

February 8
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

Part of the Romantic Ideal series. The characters in these works seek out their ideal of love, happiness, and fulfillment with consequences that are by turns bittersweet, tragic, noble, unconventional, and even comic. But can an ideal ever be met? Read More »

March 2020

**CANCELLED** Murder in the Vermont Woods: A Story about Race, Class, and Gender in the 19th Century

March 22
2:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville
Image of Vermont forest in winter

Historian Jill Mudgett tells the story of an Indigenous man from southern New England who came to central Vermont during the late-19th century and was the victim of a murder. Recreating community connections in a rural Vermont hill town, this story is about poverty, racism, disability, and gendered violence against women, but is also an account of Indigenous movement and choice despite great obstacles. Read More »

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June 2020

An Apprentice Boat Builder in Japan

June 7
2:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville

Since 1996, writer and researcher Douglas Brooks has apprenticed with seven boat builders in Japan, building over a dozen types of Japanese boats. In this slide talk he shares his experiences with these traditional crafts. Read More »

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September 2020

Vermont History through Song

September 27
3:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville
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Singer and researcher Linda Radtke, joined by pianist Cameron Steinmetz, brings Vermont history to life with engaging commentary about the songs found in the Vermont Historical Society's collection of sheet music. Dressed in period costume and using the music Vermonters published and sang in their communities, Ms. Radtke guides listeners through our state’s history. Read More »

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October 2020

“Reading” Places: Art, Architecture, and Gravestones in Early Vermont

October 11
2:00 pm
Varnum Memorial Library, Jeffersonville
Image of a Vermont graveyard

This lecture and slide presentation by William Hosley demonstrates how art and artifacts can be used to understand historical experience while surveying the extraordinary visual allure of historic Vermont. Read More »

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