June 11th through July 23rd: Racism Discussion Group Continues

The Racism Discussion Group will continue to meet at the Jeudevine Library on the second and fourth Mondays of June and July: June 11th and 25th, July 9th and 23rd. The group will meet at 7 pm. Through magazine articles, podcasts, videos, and books, the group will delve into the subject of racism. This is a discussion led by the group. At the next meeting on Monday, June 12th, the group will discuss a magazine article.


For copies of the article stop by the library or e-mail jeudevinelibrary@hardwickvt.org and a PDF of the article will be sent to you. For more information call the library at 472-5948

Materials for July 9 meeting:



7 Myths about Cultural Appropriation DEBUNKED!



Words with racist origins



If microaggressions happened to white people



The DNA journey (More at YouTube by searching: momondo DNA Journey





White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack


Friday, July 20th at 5 PM: Reading Frederick Douglass: “The Meaning of the Fourth of July for the Negro"

Jeudevine and Woodbury Libraries invite areas residents to read Frederick Douglass speech together


Hardwick, VT —  During the downtown Hardwick Farmers' Market, the Jeudevine and Woodbury Libraries will host a communal reading of Frederick Douglass's fiery 1852 speech, “The Meaning of the Fourth of July to the Negro.” Members of the community are invited to take part in the communal reading. Anyone who would like to read should contact Lisa Sammet at 472-5948 at the Jeudevine Library.


On July 5, 1852, Douglass, a former slave and leading abolitionist, begged the “race question” at an event in Rochester, NY, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. "Fellow-citizens," he began, "why am I called upon to speak here to-day? What have I, or those I represent, to do with your national independence? Do you mean, citizens, to mock me, by asking me to speak to-day? What, to the American slave, is your 4th of July?"


By our hosting such events near the time of the celebration of this nation’s independence – its freedom from Great Britain and its tyranny, we invite thought and discussion about race and citizenship now, more than a century and a half later.

The Jeudevine and Woodbury Libraries join the Vermont Humanities Council and Community Change Inc. in this statewide effort. The text of this speech, as well as accompanying materials, are available online at the Vermont Humanities Council website, www.vermonthumanities.org.


For more information, please contact Jeudevine Memorial Library (472-5948).

Wednesday, July 25th at 7 PM: Quilting with Magical Plaid Woods

What to do with those old plaid shirts with great memories attached to them? Make them into glorious quilts!


Nancy Poitras of Magical Plaid Woods will be bringing several quilts she has made using flannel shirts and other fabrics to the Jeudevine Library in Hardwick on Wednesday, July 25th at 7pm. She will talk about the process in a “show and tell” of quilt making. She will show finished quilts as well as works-in-progress. Poitras has been sewing and quilting since she was very young and for the past ten years has been using almost all vintage and reclaimed fabrics for her projects. This program will be sure to inspire those who do handwork to start a quilt.


There will be light refreshments.

For more information, call the library (472-5948).



Monday, July 30th at 7 PM: 50 After 50: Reframing the Next Chapter of your Life, a talk by the author Maria Leonard Olsen.

At age 50, Maria Leonard Olsen drank her way out of her 25-year marriage. She had, against advice, put all her eggs in the motherhood basket, willfully derailing her successful law career. She was depressed and stuck. So when she turned 50, her gift to herself was to go on a crusade to make the most of whatever time she had left. She set out to do 50 new things that were significant, at least to her. The list spanned physical challenges, adventure travel, and lifestyle changes. This work follows the work she did to overcome addiction and trauma to accomplish those 50 new things and shows readers how to make their own action lists – whether it be joining a knitting club or hiking the Himalayas, every item has significance for each individual and speaks to her needs and desires. Readers will hear about Maria’s adventures and the rewards of each.


Olsen will also talk about another book she has written: Not the Cleaver Family: The New Normal in Modern American Families,  a book based on hundreds of interviews with the people changing the norm of what a family looks like in the US. The contemporary American family has changed drastically.  Same-sex marriage is no longer uncommon.  Couples are affirmatively choosing to have one child (a choice that may have elicited sympathy in our parent's generation), or to be child-free.  Sperm banks allow women to have their own children without a partner.  A mom, a dad, and 2.5 children is no longer the norm. The stories in this book bring these families alive to us.


Maria Leonard Olsen is an attorney, women writing/empowerment retreat leader, public speaker, and a cohost of the “Inside Out ” radio show on WPFW, FM 89.3, in Washington, D.C. Olsen was appointed by President Clinton as Special Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General and has served on the boards of Children's National Medical Center BOV, the Alzheimer's Association, the Nepal Youth Fund and Girls Up, and empowerment organization for middle school-aged girls.  She has written for the Washington Post, Washingtonian, Bethesda Magazine, Parenting, and other outlets. Olsen also counsels women recovering from addiction and trauma. See www.marialeonardolsen.com for more information. 

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