The Hate U Give

2020 marks the 18th year of the Vermont Reads program, in which Vermont Humanities invites people across the state to read the same book and participate in a wide variety of community activities related to the book’s themes.

Mississippi writer Angie Thomas’ debut novel, The Hate U Give, runs headlong into the challenges faced by young black kids in a world that doesn’t value their bodies or respect their voices. Yet it’s a universal story about a young girl making the choice to speak out. Starr’s struggle to find her voice will likely resonate deeply with any kid who is facing down violence in their home, their neighborhood or their country.

Movie Discussions

The library owns copies of the all the movies we will be discussing. We will be loaning them out for two day periods to give as many people as possible to view the movies. The discussions will take place at 6:30 on Zoom. Please email the library for the link.

  • Tuesday July 16th – Fruitvale Station
  • Tuesday July 30th – I am Not Your Negro
  • Tuesday August 6th – BlacKKKlansman
  • Tuesday August 20th – The Hate U Give
  • Tuesday September 3rd – Do the Right Thing

 Justice and Equity Art

The library will be providing families with blank yard signs to create justice and equity art.

Book and Short Story Discussion

The library will be holding a book discussion for “The Hate U Give” in August. Please stop by the library to pick up or reserve you copy of the book today.

The short story group will be reading short stories written by Black authors for the months of July and August. The short story for July 8th is “The Devil in America” by Kai Ashante Wilson. The short story group meets every Wednesday at 6:30 pm. Please email the library ( for the zoom link.

Remote Resources

Green Mountain Library Consortium and Libby by OverDrive – borrow thousands of ebooks & audiobooks for free, instantly. To log in, select South Hero Community Library, and enter the last 3 digits of your library card number.