A successful young minister, Paul Brearley, part owner of Osprey Island, has spent all of his summers there, seemingly a handsome, athletic, happy person with a beautiful wife and son. But in 1990, he disappears, and is presumed drowned, though some people have their doubts.
In 2008, Brearley’s body, not yet identified, is found in a campground on nearby Burton Island, shot dead, propped up against the wall of a lean-to, as if resting from a long walk. Who shot him? What has he been doing for 18 years?
Fred Davis is the detective in charge. He grew up on a South Hero farm and knows the lake as well as anyone. As the investigation develops, Fred becomes fascinated with the little community on Osprey Island. He thinks the killing might be tied to Paul’s disappearance. But he slowly learns that the origin goes back further, to a day in 1972, when Fred and a friend were sailing a little homemade boat just outside the Inland Sea, and a boy named Skip Tyler, driving his speedboat too fast, crashes into them, nearly sinking the little sailboat. Skip blithely drives off, unconcerned. This crash sets in motion seemingly small events, which lead to Paul’s murder 36 years later.
Join our graham cracker house challenge! Email the library to let us know how many kids will be making houses. Curbside pick up everything you need to make your own graham cracker house the week of December 7th through 12th. Email us a picture of your graham cracker house by December 18th. We will select three random winners in three age categories to receive a prize.
Grab your family and compete against your friends to see what you’ve got. We’re hosting trivia every 3rd Wednesday a month. This month our theme is “The Office vs Friends”. Email the library to reserve your spot and get the Zoom link. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place teams will receive a prize, plus one month’s bragging rights.
This month’s trivia will be Wednesday January 20th at 6pm.
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Every patron will get 4 streams per month with their library card. Happy watching!
Thank you to the over 300 participants who joined us for a discussion of racial justice from the perspective of three different leadership roles within prominent institutions of Vermont. Thank you especially to Jason Broughton, Vermont State Librarian; Dr. Emily Bernard, UVM’s Julian Lindsay Green & Gold Professor and author of the award winning book, “Black is the Body”; and The Rt. Rev. Dr. Shannon MacVean-Brown, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Vermont for giving so much of their time and insight to such a thoughtful and personal discussion. The three panelists discussed their experiences living and working in a largely white state. This Forum is a program of the Worthen Library, South Hero, Vermont’s public library.