Adult Programs

Calling All New and Experienced Poets and Photographers


Have some fun writing a haiku! According to Webster’s, haiku is an unrhymed verse form of Japanese origin having three lines containing usually five, seven, and five syllables respectively. Then add a printable photo 4”x 6” or 6” square and send it along before May 31st to Anne Ferguson at: 


It will be part of the Spring Photo Haiku StoryWalk which will be posted around Montpelier for others to see and enjoy while out for a walk. Poets and photographers will be given credit for their work on their Spring Photo Haiku StoryWalk page and can keep their page when the Spring Photo Haiku StoryWalk is over.


Because of the generosity of Capitol Copy, the cost to prepare each page for posting has been reduced. In recognition of the expense for the printing, laminating, Velcro, etc., please consider making a $5 donation for each entry to the Kellogg-Hubbard Library at: or the Montpelier Food Pantry at:

Spring Photo Haiku StoryWalks are posted in Montpelier on Berlin Street, Clarendon Street, College Street, Court Street, Deerfield Street, Elm Street (near the Meadow), First Avenue, Foster Street, Franklin Street, Hebert Road, Loomis Street, Mountainview Street, North Franklin Street, North Street, Pearl Street, Ridge Street, St. Paul Street, Summer Street, Winter Street, Woodrow Street, and at the North Branch Nature Center.

Here is an example of a Spring Photo Haiku StoryWalk page:





A favorite book

Quiet spot in the warm sunshine

Sweet end to the day

Climate Change Speaker Series

Beth Sawin - Systems, Climate and the Way Forward
Wed 5/13/2020  6:30–8 pm

Online via Zoom

Addressing climate change and recovery from the coronavirus epidemic requires skillful action at all scales, from the local to global. With insights from models of complex adaptive systems, Dr. Elizabeth Sawin spoke about how small insightful actions can lead to big results driven by the power of interconnection, feedback loops, and self-organization. A partial recording of her talk is available here.















Alan Betts "Climate Crisis: Facing Uncertainties with Vision"

Online via Zoom

Alan Betts of Atmospheric Research discussed the uncertainties in what will happen to our global climate and whether we will show the collective imagination, vision, and resistance to create a sustainable future. Dr. Alan Betts of Atmospheric Research in Pittsford is Vermont’s leading climate scientist. He is a frequent speaker on climate change issues around the state and has worked on climate change adaptation planning for Vermont. He spoke via Zoom on April 28, 2020 and the talk can be viewed here.

Bill McKibben: The Climate Movement, Close to Home and Far Afield—How Can We Get Big Change Fast?

Bill McKibben was going to speak at Montpelier High School on March 31, but unfortunately, because of the COVID-19 virus and the Governor's wise decision to try to flatten the curve in Vermont, the only way to ensure Bill could safely do his presentation was to record it. His talk has been recorded by Bob Farnham and can be watched on YouTube.

Special thanks to: Hunger Mountain Co-op, Unitarian Church of Montpelier, Montpelier High School, Center for Sustainable Systems, Sustainable Montpelier Coalition, North Branch Nature Center, Bob The Green Guy, and Bill McKibben