The Reading Public Library is currently showing Freedom & Unity: The Vermont Movie, the first-ever documentary series about the state. The six-part film is a collaboration of over four dozen VT filmmakers. The film is thematic, not chronological, exploring themes in the state’s history that recur and circle back, from 1777 to the present. Each part is approximately 80 minutes long. The remaining parts will be shown on the following Fridays at 7 p.m.
March 6 – Part 3: “Refuge, Reinvention and Revolution” (exploring innovation, interstates, and counter-culture).
March 20 – Part 4: “Doers and Shapers” (exploring progressivism in education and state law, from Act 250 to civil unions).
April 3 – Part 5: “Ceres’ Children” (exploring participatory democracy and ethics in conservation and farming).
April 24 – Part 6: “People’s Power” (exploring contemporary tensions over energy, independence, climate, and the state’s future).
The popcorn and the program are free.
We have set up a display inside the library for three of our “Books Have Legs” anecdotes. Sharon Harkins, Libbet Downs, and Esther Allen each shared thoughts about some special books. Stop in and take a look on the wall above the stairs leading to the children’s room. We will display three new anecdotes next month. Thanks to all who participated. If you’d like to share a few sentences about a book that played an important role in your life, you can pick up an entry form near the display.
This winter’s book-discussion series features Remembrance of Things Past, the multi-volume novel by Marcel Proust. In March we will be discussing the second volume, Within A Budding Grove. Call the library for the meeting time and date. For those who have a Kindle or an iPad with a Kindle app, you can purchase the entire novel for $2.99 at Amazon. Or you can read it online at openculture.com. I also have one copy of the novel to loan; and the library has a Kindle with a copy of the novel on it. I would probably be able to get one copy via interlibrary loan, as well.