Get Eclipse Ready!

Saturday August 19th at 10am

On Monday, August 21, 2017, the Moon will pass in front of the Sun, casting its shadow across all of North America. This will be the first total solar eclipse visible in the contiguous United States in 38 years. You won’t want to miss it.

Join us for some eclipse know-how from the Vermont Astronomical Society. Learn how eclipses work, safe viewing, and check out some of the VAS’ eclipse gadgets.

Being Mortal

Film and discussion

Wednesday, August 30th 6pm to 8pm

If you thought you were dying, what would matter most?

Join a national dialogue taking place in your community concerning an inescapable reality of life: death. Gather with friends, neighbors, and peers to watch the FRONTLINE documentary Being Mortal, which explores what matters most to patients and families experiencing serious illness.

Facilitators: Zall S. Berry, MD, MPH, The University of Vermont Medical Center

Susan Shane, MD, OneCare Vermont

Reading Frederick Douglass

Wednesday July 5th 6pm

Frederick_Douglass_by_Samuel_J_Miller_1847-52aIn 1852, Frederick Douglass, one of our nation’s greatest orators and abolitionists, was asked to speak at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence.  In his provocative speech, Douglass said, “This Fourth of July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn.” And he asked, “Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day?”

Douglass’s speech remains emotionally powerful and thought-provoking more than a century and a half after he gave it.vtReads2017logoFinal090916