Emily Bernard Visits the Worthen Library

The Worthen Library continued its annual author talk tradition on August 23rd with a visit from nationally acclaimed writer Emily Bernard. Dr. Bernard, English Professor at UVM, read from her book Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother’s Time, My Mother’s Time, and Mine.

A full room listened as Dr. Bernard spoke openly and eloquently about how her racial identity and others’ perceptions about race have influenced experiences throughout her life. Her highly personal collection of essays provided a wonderful starting point for a discussion with the audience.

Copies of Dr. Bernard’s book, which has enjoyed widespread critical praise and was picked as one of Oprah Magazine’s 25 most anticipated books of 2019, are available for loan at the Worthen Library.

South Hero Library Announces New Name

Something amazing is happening in South Hero!  Several years ago, Dr. Ed Worthen inspired us by leaving the majority of his estate to start the funding for a new South Hero Library. Now, thanks to the enthusiasm and generosity of so many people in our community, the library is becoming a reality. 

In honor of Ed and in recognition that our community is supported by the big-heartedness of individuals, the Library Board of Trustees has named the new facility The Worthen Library.   Recently, board members took a tour of the new facility at #260 Route 2 in South Hero.  Everyone was wowed by the beauty and brightness of the new building.  It will be a wonderful place for Islanders of all ages to hang out.    Continue reading “South Hero Library Announces New Name”

South Hero Breaks Ground on New Library

The South Hero Library kicked off construction of its new home on Route 2 with a well-attended and festive ceremony on Saturday, July 21. We’d like to extend a big thank you to all who made it out, not least importantly, the dozens of members of the community who have enthusiastically thrown their support behind the effort. The new building would not be possible without you!

Shovel bearers at the South Hero Library groundbreaking ceremony
Shovel bearers at the South Hero Library ground breaking ceremony included (left to right): Ferris Giroux, Library patron; Gwyneth Hood, Library patron; Keagan Calkins, Library Director; Jason Broughton, Assistant State Librarian, Vermont Department of Libraries; Jude Scofield, South Hero resident; Ken Kowalewitz, Library Trustee; Senator Dick Mazza; Representative Ben Joseph; Developer Nate Hayward; Architect David Roy; Developer Matt Bartle

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