Vermont Reads Books Have Arrived

brown girl dreaming cover          They’ve arrived – a box filled with 75 new copies of the 2017 Vermont Reads book, Brown Girl Dreaming, thanks to a grant through the VT Humanities Council.  This year’s title is a memoir written in exquisite yet simple free verse by award-winner author Jacqueline Woodson, chronicling her childhood and coming-of-age during the 1960’s and 1970’s.  The book simultaneously gives its reader glimpses through a child’s eyes of events during this tumultuous era in United States history, and reflections from an adult perspective.  The New York Times Book Review says that the triumph of this novel “…is not just in how well Woodson tells us the story of her life, but in how elegantly she writes words that make us want to hold those carefully crafted poems close, apply them to our lives, reach into the mirror she holds up and make the words and the worlds she explores our own.”  With universal themes of family, place and home, religion, race relations, and the importance of stories, this is a perfect book for us to distribute far and wide, to focus community book discussions, and to inspire creative programming in the library.

We plan to offer several formal programs centered on the book over the next three months, including intergenerational book discussions, a memoir writing group, and a multimedia evening (film clips, music, and art) – dates to be announced.  Because the writing is so accessible, we also will be sharing copies with students in 4th -8th grade, with an invitation to present their work at a final program in the fall.  But our immediate goal is to get the books into your hands – to read and keep, read and return, or read and pass along to a friend.  Please come in at any time to pick up your free copy while our supply lasts, and sign up for notification of event dates.

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