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Vermont Reads: 2017 Vermont Reads: Brown Girl Dreaming

Join us in Vermont's Statewide, One-Book Community Reading Program!

Vermont Reads 2017 Events

  • Free books (Gone now) Thanks to the Humanities Council, the library had free copies of the book to give away. 
  • Book Discussion (Wednesday, October 4 at 7:00 P.M. at Bennington Free Library): A group book discussion explored the memoir’s themes of family, race, place, and the power of stories and poetry.
  • Open Mic Poetry Night (Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 P.M. in the SVC Everett Theatre) We shared favorite poems from the book, or read our own work. A reception with light refreshments followed the event in the Burgdorff Gallery.
  • Six-word Memoirs (November at Bennington Free Library): Participants created six-word memoirs in the Reference Room and Children’s Room.These mini poetic portraits were displayed throughout the library.

SVC Books

Vermont Reads 2017 book

This year's book: Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.

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Jacqueline Woodson Reading from Brown Girl Dreaming

Vermont Reads Program

Vermont Reads is a state-wide reading program sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. Each year the council selects a new book (or some years, two!) The intent of the program is to build community and bring people together through literature. 

SVC has participated in the program since 2009. This year we are partnering with College Steps, the Bennington Free Library, and others. We'll have exciting programs this fall that you won't want to miss! 

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