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 worthenlibrary@gmail.com 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 (worthenlibrary@gmail.com) for the zoom link.

Anti-Racist Resources

This is a first step in normalizing conversations about race and racism and it begins with the exploration of white supremacist ideology and why it continues to persist in modern society.

It’s going to be an uncomfortable—maybe even painful—but hopefully liberating journey to greater empathy.

Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and many others were killed by individuals complicit in perpetuating oppression and racism. We say their names because as an organization, the Worthen Library acknowledges and believes the lived racist experiences of black and brown people are valid.

The resources listed below include a wide variety of topics where racism, oppression, discrimination and bigotry show up in society. This list is just a start, there are an incredible number of resources available.

-Borrowed from our friends at the Denver Public Library

Adult Non-Fiction Books at Worthen Library

YA Books at Worthen Library

Children’s Books at Worthen Library

Podcasts

Articles

This is a first step in normalizing conversations about race and racism and it begins with the exploration of white supremacist ideology and why it continues to persist in modern society.

It’s going to be an uncomfortable—maybe even painful—but hopefully liberating journey to greater empathy.

Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Tony McDade, and many others were killed by individuals complicit in perpetuating oppression and racism. We say their names because as an organization, the Worthen Library acknowledges and believes the lived racist experiences of black and brown people are valid.

The resources listed below include a wide variety of topics where racism, oppression, discrimination and bigotry show up in society. This list is just a start, there are an incredible number of resources available. 

-Borrowed from our friends at the Denver Public Library 

Adult Non-Fiction Books at Worthen Library

YA Books at Worthen Library

Children’s Books at Worthen Library

Podcasts 

Articles

Download Ebooks and Audiobooks

The Green Mountain Library Consortium offers a free digital media service available 24/7. Download audio and ebooks right to your Kindle, eReader, Nook, iPod or iPad, tablet, computer, smart phone, mp3 player, and other mobile devices. Get started at https://gmlc.overdrive.com/  To log in just select South Hero Community Library from the drop down menu and enter the last three digits of you library card number.

Need help getting started? Stop by with your device, call, or email! We’re happy to help.


meet libby

The one-tap reading app!

We are excited to announce that OverDrive has released a new and improved app for ebook and audiobook lending called Libby. Libby simplifies the setup and lending process for ebooks and audiobooks, and was designed based on user and library feedback. As of June 20th, Libby will be the recommended app for all users. There is no date indicated at this time for when the previous library eBook app, OverDrive, will no longer be supported, so users can continue to the use the app that they prefer for now. Libby is available now for download in all app stores.

In order to familiarize yourself with Libby, you can read about its new features here: https://help.libbyapp.com. And, of course, the best method for learning is by downloading Libby on a device and trying it out!

Here is a great video to help get you started!