Author Talk

Thursday May 24th 6pm

It’s 1853. Steam is threatening sail, factories are displacing tradesmen, and the immigrants are Irish – unwanted as ever. Young Finn O’Neill is learning the trade of a boatman from his father, when into Boston Harbor sails a Chinese junk, bearing mysteries, magic, and a firebrand named An-Ming. – This is the setting of Dean Whitlock’s new book Finn’s Clock.  Dean will discuss his writing process and how he researched for an adventure novel set in 1850s Boston.dean_whitlock3x5-300

Coming Soon – VT Reads

Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming events!

Vermont Reads 2018

Welcome to Vermont Reads: Bread and Roses, Too

The Vermont Humanities Council is pleased to announce that the Vermont Reads book

VTREADS2018LogoWeb091917for 2018 is Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson, a novel of historical fiction that

tells the story of the 1912 “Bread and Roses” strike in the Lawrence, Massachusetts textile mills through the eyes of an Italian-American girl and a runaway boy.


Paterson is a world-renowned children’s author, Vermont resident, and freque

nt VHC breadRosesWeb091117presenter. The novel relates the journey of Rosa, who, along with Jake and other children, are sent temporarily out of harm’s way to foster families in Barre, Vermont, as children actually were during the strike.

The book will allow communities to explore many topics, including the immigrant experience in America, labor history, and local Vermont history. The book takes its name from the strikers’ banners in the story that proclaimed, “We want bread and roses, too.”

Vermonters and lovers of children’s literature are undoubtedly familiar with Katherine Paterson and her many highly-acclaimed works, including Bridge to Terabithia. She is the author of more than 30 books, including 16 novels for children and young people. She has won the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award twice each. Her novel The Day of the Pelican, about an Albanian refugee family who moves to Barre, was also a Vermont Reads pick, in 2010.

VHC invites all Vermonters—students and adults alike — to read the same book and participate in a wide variety of community activities related to its themes. A brief applicationfrom a community-based organization is all it takes to get started.

“Ladies” Drawing Night

Great news everyone! Ladies Drawing Night is now a weekly event! Join us every Tuesday night at 6:30 pm for an informal gathering to make art with friends and neighbors. Bring in your own materials or use the library’s. Every week will have a different theme, please call or email the library if you would like to know the theme ahead of time. Make Art, Get Inspired, Join the Party!

Mah Jongg

Join us every Thursday at 3:00pm for Mah Jongg. Starting September 14th.

Mah Jongg (or Maahj, as it is often called) is a fascinating, rummy-like game played with tiles rather than cards. The game originated in China but its exact origins are shrouded in story and myth. Some claim it was the game of Chinese royalty, played in secret to keep the knowledge to themselves. Others claim it was invented by a Chinese General to amuse his troops during long months of battle. More recent investigations point to early versions of this popular tile game appearing as recently as 150 years ago in China as a variant of card games. Whichever story you choose, there is general agreement that the game we play and love originated in China, and popularized in the United States by Joseph Babcock at the beginning of the 20th century.