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 August 18th – The Hate U Give
  • Tuesday September 1st – Fruitvale Station
  • Tuesday September 15th – I am Not Your Negro
  • Tuesday September 29th – Do the Right Thing
  • Tuesday October 6th – BlacKKKlansman

 Justice and Equity Art

The library will be providing families with blank yard signs to create justice and equity art. Stop by the library today to pick up your blank lawn sign.

Book and Short Story Discussion

The library will be holding a book discussion for “The Hate U Give” on Wednesday September 16th at 6pm. 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 month of August. The short story group meets every Thursday 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.