The Winter Reading Challenge: Read for a Better World (All Ages) is available now on the Vermont libraries Beanstack page at https://vermont.beanstack.org/. The challenge starts January 1 and ends January 31. This challenge is available for free to all Vermonters.
Readers of all ages are encouraged to read for at least 20 minutes a day and log their minutes using the Beanstack website or the mobile app. Participants can read books of their choosing, log minutes, participate in simple activities, and earn digital badges. Participants are encouraged to explore diversity, empathy, and action through literature by choosing books and stories from an array of diverse authors and topics.
There are many places readers can find lists of diverse books. One good place to start is We Need Diverse Books, which has compiled a list of sites that offer recommendations for diverse titles. There are also many fantastic diverse titles included in the Vermont youth book awards current and past nominee lists.
As a reminder, anyone who has created a Beanstack account in past will not need to create a new account and will just need to register for the challenge. If you do not have an account you will need to create one before you are able to register. There are instructions on the Beanstack landing page for logging-in and creating accounts.
The Thetford Libraries reader who logs the most minutes reading will receive a prize!
There will be no meeting in December. Happy holidays to everyone!
The next meeting of Thetford’s informal nonfiction book discussion group will take place at Latham Library on Thetford Hill on Tuesday January 25th at 12 pm noon via ZOOM. We will be discussing The Beatles from A to Zed by Peter Asher. Please email email@example.com for the Zoom link.
All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you. Please be vaccinated and masked if you plan to attend.
Film expert Rick Winston will present “Films About Immigration” in conjunction with the 2022 Book / Film Discussion Group.
Whether it’s Syrians in New York (“The Visitor”) and Finland (“The Other Side of Hope”), Indians in Mississippi (“Mississippi Masala”), Palestinians in Illinois (“Amreeka”) , Moroccans in Montreal (“M. Lazhar”), West Africans in London (“Dirty Pretty Things”) and Belgium (“La Promesse”), filmmakers have been at the forefront of tackling issues of displacement, discrimination, exploitation and assimilation, showing us the human struggles at the heart of one of the most pressing issues of our times.
To sign up and receive the Zoom link please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The book/film discussion group returns in 2022. Our three books and companion film presentations will consider the increasingly crucial issue of immigration and how it impacts individuals and countries throughout the world.
The February selection is The Distance Between Us – by Reyna Grande.
This memoir of a childhood torn between Mexico and the U.S. considers one of the consequences of immigration – the disintegration of families. The discussion will happen over Zoom.
Books are now available to borrow. To register for the group and receive the Zoom link please email email@example.com
Steve Faccio, a conservation biologist with the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, will discuss the characteristics of vernal pools, their significance as “keystone” ecosystems, and various conservation efforts. This will be an online program via Zoom. To register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Corey D. Cook’s sixth chapbook, Junk Drawer, will be published by Finishing Line Press in February of 2022. His work has recently appeared or is forthcoming in As It Ought To Be, Boston Literary Magazine, Freshwater Literary Journal, Muddy River Poetry Review, Naugatuck River Review, Nixes Mate Review, and South Florida Poetry Journal. He works at a hospital in New Hampshire and lives in East Thetford, Vermont.
Please email email@example.com to register for this online event.