Join us at the Library for Free comic book day. Comics will be given out all day. Try new board games from 12:30 to 2:30, courtesy of The Book Garden. Facepainting from 1-2. Costume Contest at 3, with prizes!
We will be collecting the poems from around town on Monday, May 2. They will be at the library for the poets to pick up starting Tuesday, May 3. Thank you to the poets for your inspiring poesy for our month-long celebration and thank you to all the businesses and organizations who hosted programs and agreed to post poems in their windows. This was an extra-special PoemCity and you all help to make it happen. We are grateful to our sponsors: National Life Group Foundation, Vermont Humanities Council, Hunger Mountain Coop, Vermont College of Fine Arts and Goddard College.
First Wednesday, May 4 at 7:00 pm
Lindbergh and the Spirit of St. Louis
Writer Reeve Lindbergh tells how the Spirit of St. Louis , the plane in which 25-year-old Charles Lindbergh made his non-stop New York-to-Paris flight, was also the vehicle that brought together her father and mother, and established a family. 1st Wednesdays: A Vermont Humanities Council program. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, Montpelier.
Thursday, May 5 at 6:30 pm
Human-Powered is a multi-media presentation highlighting fifteen years of human-powered mountain adventures logged by local photographers and storytellers, Brian Mohr and Emily Johnson, of Moretown. Mohr will blend still photographs and video footage with some off-the-cuff narration, and take the audience from the rugged nooks of our own Green Mountains to the remote wilds of Chile's Rio Baker Valley, East Greenland's Schweizerland Alps, the high Arctic of Norway, and beyond... He'll touch on what it takes to plan for these adventures, the great joys and challenges encountered along the way, lessons learned, and why the conservation of both backyard and backcountry wildlands is so valuable to us all. Questions and comments are welcomed through the presentation, and time for some discussion will follow the main presentation. VT Reads- a Vermont Humanities Council program. Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, Montpelier.
Saturday, May 7 All Day
Free Comic Book Day!
Comics are filled with fun stories of fantastic heroism. Everyone can find some theme to relate to in the pages and themes of a comic book! We invite you to join us in a celebration of this art form by coming by the library to pick one up for free! There will also be board games starting at 12:30 pm, Face-painting starting at 1:00 pm, a special appearance from the 501st New England Stormtrooper Garrison at 2:00 pm and a superhero costume contest at 3:00 pm with prizes for the winners! Kellogg-Hubbard Library, 135 Main St, Montpelier, VT 05602
Tuesday May 10 at 7:00pm
Syria: Remember Me –
Storytelling with author Deborah Felmeth
This book bears witness in words and images to the strong, dignified, beautiful, and complex lives of the Syrian people—from the fertile Euphrates River Valley to the wide-open expanse of the great Syrian Desert, from the maze of overflowing markets to the spacious interiors of gold-domed mosques. The photographs in this collection were taken over two decades, between 1991 and 2011 and precede the war that now sweeps this beleaguered land.
Wednesday, May 11 at 7:00 pm
Peace Officer: Film and Discussion
William “Dub” Lawrence, the founder of Utah's first SWAT unit, investigates the death of his son-in-law and other shootings related to an increase in violent SWAT team raids. After the film a discussion will be led by Montpelier Police Chief Anthony Facos and Mark Hughes co-founder of Justice For All. Sponsored by ITVS Indie-Lens Pop-Up and VTPBS.
Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30 pm
YA Book Discussion: The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle
“Katie is on the verge of herRumspringa,the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent. Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can’t leave him to die. She smuggles him into her family’s barn—at what cost to her community? The suspense of this vividly told, truly horrific thriller will keep the pages turning.”-Goodreads
Copies of the Book will be available at the library. In the East Montpelier Room.
Monday, May 16 at 6:30 pm
Speaking of Dying: Film and Discussion
The real work of dying begins with talking about it. This program will help people to start developing end-of-life plans. The film, Speaking of Dying, was produced in the state of Washington, which enacted Death with Dignity legislation in 2008 (five years before Vermont). It touches on advance directives and the importance of discussing end-of-life wishes – whatever they may be – with family and friends. More about the film can be found at www.speakingofdying.com.
Sponsored by the Unitarian Church of Montpelier and Kellogg-Hubbard Library.
Thursday, May 19 at 6:00 pm
Soil4Climate - Vermont: The Regenerative Solution Under Our Feet
(and in our hearts)
Soil is the source of life. It is also our strongest ally in the fight against global warming. There is more carbon in soils than in all vegetation (including forests) and the atmosphere combined. Even slight increases can have hugely beneficial implications for mitigation and resilience.
Seth Itzkan, a co-founder of the Vermont-based nonprofit group, Soil4Climate, will discuss the local and global efforts to restore soil as a climate solution. Efforts of interest include Vermont Senate Bill 159, that calls for a Regenerative Agriculture Certification Program and the French initiative “4per1000,” which calls on signatory countries, states, and other regional authorities, to pledge a 0.4 percent (or “4 per 1000”) increase in soil organic carbon (SOC) per year.
Jesse McDougall and his wife, Caroline, own and operate Studio Hill, LLC on Pullman Farm—their family's fourth-generation farm in Shaftsbury, Vermont. Studio Hill is a pastured meat operation and an education center that seeks to serve as a working example of regenerative economics and ecology. Jesse is also the author of 2016's Vermont Senate Bill 195—the Vermont Regenerative Agriculture Certification Program. Though well-received, the bill was tabled this year by the Senate Committee on Agriculture. It will be improved and reintroduced in January. Transition Program.
Tuesday, May 24 at 6:30 pm
Cooking at the Bottom of the World
Jenn Toce, co-owner of Birchgrove Baking, has spent the last two winters as a cook in Antarctica at the United States’ Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. Jenn will discuss the challenges of cooking and living at the bottom of the world. VT Reads - a Vermont Humanities Council program.
Sponsored by Birchgrove Baking.
Wednesday, May 25 at 7:00 pm
You are a Soul Song with Reverend Donna Dia Colletti Lowre
A workshop for women – no singing experience needed!
In this joyful workshop, you will discover the beautiful song that is unique within your heart and soul. You will become more confident and expand self- love through meditation, singing and movement. A safe and loving environment is created to allow for freedom of expression and for inner spirit to flow freely. You will discover or re-discover your unique self and welcome the uniqueness of others. At the end of the workshop you will have created your own soul song that you can sing throughout your day & throughout your life. And you will have fun!Donna Dia is a professional singer, actress, dancer, director and spiritual teacher. She received an M.Div. from Andover Newton Theological School. Donna Dia now combines her gifts to uplift, inspire and help people to find the song within their souls.
Thursday, May 26 at 7:00 pm
Jackie Robinson Film
A Film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns & David McMahon
Jack Roosevelt Robinson rose from humble origins to cross baseball’s color line and become one of the most beloved men in America. A fierce integrationist, Robinson used his immense fame to speak out against the discrimination he saw on and off the field, angering fans, the press, and even teammates who had once celebrated him for “turning the other cheek.” After baseball, he was a widely-read newspaper columnist, divisive political activist and tireless advocate for civil rights, who later struggled to remain relevant as diabetes crippled his body and a new generation of leaders set a more militant course for the civil rights movement.
VTPBS Film Festival
Saturday May 28 from 12-5pm
Activism 101 workshop
This program is designed to help people in the community access and explore the strategy of nonviolence in the hopes that this information will be used in movements locally. The first part of the workshop focuses on exploring violence and systems of oppression in order to have a meaningful understanding of how a nonviolent strategy is effective in taking on violence. In the second half of the day, participants will work together to practice developing a coordinated nonviolent response to a particular oppressive policy, institution, structure, and/or practice within the community. We are looking forward to learning with all participants and building skills and strategy to lift up movements and local efforts that contribute to a just and peaceful world. Please bring your own lunch.
Sponsored by The Peace and Justice Center
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