Adult Programs

The Library offers a wide variety of free programs including author talks, lecture series, workshops and more.

Find the listings for our upcoming programs here. Scroll down further for videos of recent programs. 

You can find older programs on our YouTube channel.

Have an idea or suggestion for a program? Email our Adult Programs Coordinator, Michelle Singer, at 


April was National Poetry Month! Nobody celebrates like Kellogg-Hubbard Library and Montpelier!

For a listing of poems and events, visit our PoemCity page.

Upcoming Programs

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No Place For Me: A Memoir of an Indian Doctor in East Africa by Dr. Leo De Souza

Monday, July 18, 2022

Location & Time TBD

Join Louella De Souza Anderson as she reads excerpts from her father’s memoir, No Place For Me, chronicling the systemic racism and discrimination an Indian doctor experiences in 1950s East Africa, being that he is neither white in colonial times nor black in independent East Africa. Born in Tanganyika, educated in India, and trained in Britain as a surgeon, Dr. De Souza provides a sweeping tale of migration and racism as he recounts a 100 year-history that begins with his father’s story in Tanganyika (German East Africa) and ends with Leo and his family fleeing Uganda for the United States, following Idi Amin’s coup and campaign of terror. Books will be available for purchase, $20. 


Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Reading with James Shea & Dorothy Tse

Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre Street, Montpelier

2 PM, In-Person

Dorothy Tse and James Shea will read from their forthcoming book of poetry translations entitled Moving a Stone: Selected Poems of Yam Gong. This collection of Hong Kong poetry has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Yam Gong is a leading Hong Kong poet who has worked as a laborer since adolescence and produced many of his poems during his work breaks. This is an in-person reading at the Montpelier Senior Activity Center, 58 Barre Street in Montpelier, during the Feast Farm Stand.


KHL & NBNC Book Discussion Group: The Overstory by Richard Powers

Thursday, July 21, 2022

6:30 PM, In-Person

North Branch Nature Center, 713 Elm Street, Montpelier

Join us for this special book discussion group co-facilitated by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library and the North Branch Nature Center. All are welcome and this event is free of charge. We will gather in outdoor tent space at the North Branch Nature Center in Montpelier. Multiple copies of the book will be available for patrons at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library at the main circulation desk. For more information, contact: Michelle Singer at



Vermont Civilian Conservation Camps: History & Lore

Rescehduled Time TBD

Author and historian Marty Podskoch will give a presentation on the history of the Vermont Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camps. The CCC camps were set up in many VT towns, state parks, and forests under President Roosevelt’s “New Deal” to relieve the poverty and unemployment of the Depression. Podskoch is a retired teacher and the author of eleven books and he is presently gathering information for future books on the camps in Vermont and Massachusetts. Podskoch is keenly interested in meeting individuals who may have CCC stories and photos to contribute to these books. Those that have information should contact him at 860-267-2442 or

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Outdoor Movie Night

Friday, July 22, 2022

Kellogg-Hubbard Library lawn

9 PM, In-Person

This 1957 American romantic film starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr will be shown outdoors on the KHL lawn. Feel free to bring blankets, chairs, and snacks to enjoy this community screening. Rated TV-G. This program is supported by the Institute for Museum and Libraries, a federal agency, through the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by Vermont Department of Libraries.

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Videos of Past Programs

Missed a library program that you were hoping to attend? Below you will find links to recordings of some of our recent programs.  Please note that due to copyright we are not able to record every program, and some we can only keep for a limited time.

You can find all of our available videos on our YouTube channel at:


Find First Wednesdays Programs videos at:

Wednesday, June 15, 2022 

Sutras for a Suffering World : The Poetry Of David Budbill Set To Music 

Panel Discussion
Scrag co-Artistic Directors are joined by musician/composer William Parker, composer Erik Nielsen, David's wife Lois Eby, and daughter, Nadine Budbill, for an intimate discussion of David's poetry and how his words are transformed into musical phrases.

Writing From and About Dreams: The Power of Creativity in Dreaming

Wednesday, May 18, 2022 

Sue Scavo reads from her new book of poems, Buried [A Place]. Sue also explores how to work with dreams in our writing, in our storytelling, in our own imagination. She is an Embodied Dreamwork analyst/teacher and has taught creativity, writing and dreaming for over 20 years.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022 

Visual Criminology: Images, Debates & Justice Policy

Images of crime and punishment influence how we see behavior and understand societal responses to it. This talk considers the development of visual criminology and argues that the power of images is connected to whether we think they are beautiful or whether they disrupt our understanding of the world. Johannes Wheeldon is Executive Director of SPEAK, and has more than 20 years of experience working in criminal justice including teaching in prisons, working with those deemed high risk to re-offend, and designing, conducting, and managing justice reform projects around the world. He has published five books and is an Adjunct Professor at Norwich University.

Wednesday, January 12, 2022  

How Does Racism Affect Environmental Health?

Public policies governing land use, housing, occupational health, and industrial development all have a direct impact on the health of workers and communities. Jonathan Rosenbloom, Professor of Law at Vermont Law School, discusses the disparate impact of such policies on communities of color, and in turn on the health of those communities. Part of the Vermont League of Women Voters series 2021-2022, hosted by the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

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PowerPoint Slides from the presentation: