Hardwick Participates in Vermont Reads 2018

Vermont Reads is a Statewide Community Reading Program.

 

2018 will mark the 16th year of the Vermont Reads program, in which the Vermont Humanities Council invites citizens across the state to read the same book and participate in a wide variety of community activities related to the book’s themes.

 

Over 200 different Vermont towns, cities, and villages have participated in Vermont Reads to date. Schools, libraries, service organizations, churches, businesses, or other community-based organizations can start by filling out a brief application.

 

This historical novel tells the story of the 1912 “Bread and Roses” labor strike in the Lawrence, MA textile mills as seen through the eyes of a young Italian-American girl and a runaway boy.

 

Pick-up copies of Bread and Roses, too By Katherine Paterson starting September 10th at the Jeudevine Library.

 

Students will be reading the book in some classes at Hazen Union High School and Hardwick Elementary School.

Tuesday, September 18th at 7 PM: Solidarity Forever: Songs of Unions and Labor

As a kick-off to Hardwick’s participation in the Vermont Reads 2018 Mark Greenberg presents his Vermont Humanities talk “Solidarity Forever: Songs of Unions and Labor” at the Hardwick Town House (29 Church Street) on Tuesday, September 18th at 7 pm.  Using live and recorded music, Greenberg surveys American labor songs from the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, through the Wobblies, and into the coal wars of the 1930. For centuries, working people have used songs to express protest and hope and as an organizing tool. In the U.S., the I.W.W (or Wobblies), which led the 1912 Bread and Roses strike, was especially known for its rousing and satirical songs, including the anthemic “Solidarity Forever.” This year’s Vermont Reads book is Bread and Roses, too by Vermont author Katherine Paterson. The book centers around the 1912 labor strike in Lawrence, MA.

 

Mark Greenberg is an educator, writer, musician, and media producer. He has taught at Goddard College and the University of Vermont and produced award-winning recordings and radio and video documentaries. He wrote for the JVC-Smithsonian Folkways Video Anthologies of Music and Dance of the Americas, Europe, and Africa and has recorded music by recent immigrants and refugees in the state for the Vermont Folklife Center’s New Neighbors project.

 

The talk is free and open to the public, and accessible to those with disabilities. This Vermont Humanities Council program is sponsored by the Friends of the Jeudevine Library and in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities. For more information contact Jeudevine Library Director, Lisa Sammet, at 472-5948 or jeudevinelibrary@hardwickvt.org.

 

Free copies of the book will be available to take, read and share!

Wednesday, September 26th at 7 PM: Hardwick During the Era of the Bread & Roses Strike

As part of Hardwick’s participation in the Vermont Humanities' Vermont Reads 2018, join us at the Hardwick Historical Society (14 Depot Street) with Elizabeth Dow, Ph.D. whose Master of History Thesis, Hardwick on the Map, 1895 to 1915 details the history of Hardwick’s granite industry. Find out what was happening in Hardwick during the same period as the Vermont Reads book, Bread and Roses, too by Vermont author Katherine Paterson.  Did Hardwick have unions? What was the relationship between the Hardwick granite industry and Barre’s granite companies? Were any kids sent to Hardwick from

 

Ms. Dow retired from Louisiana State University from her position as Professor of Library and Information Science. She has authored books on manuscripts, archives, and her most recent book is How to Weed Your Attic: Getting Rid of Junk Without Destroying History co-authored with Lucinda Cockrell.

 

For more information contact Jeudevine Library Director, Lisa Sammet, at 472-5948 or jeudevinelibrary@hardwickvt.org

Sunday, September 30th at 2 PM: "Stone": a video of the play by Kim Bent

This will be held at the Hardwick Town House (29 Church Street). The play tells the story of the people who shaped Barre, Vermont's granite industry. It was inspired by the book Men against granite, by Mari Tomasi and adapted from oral histories collected by Mari Tomasi and Roaldus Richmond in the 1930's. Characters take the roles of granite workers, their families and people in Barre to tell the story. There is music and dancing, too! The film lasts 1 hour followed by a discussion. This is part of a series of programs for Hardwick’s participation in Vermont Reads 2018 sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. This year’s Vermont Reads book is Bread and Roses, too by Vermont author Katherine Paterson. The book centers around the 1912 labor strike in Lawrence, MA. Some of the children of Lawrence were sent to Barre, VT during the strike to be cared for by union workers in Barre.

 

For more information contact Jeudevine Library Director, Lisa Sammet, at 472-5948 or jeudevinelibrary@hardwickvt.org

Wednesday, October 3rd at 7 PM: Book Discussion: "Bread and Roses, too" By Katherine Paterson

For students and adults, a book discussion on this year’s Vermont Reads book, Bread and Roses, too by Vermont author Katherine Paterson will be led by Library Director, Lisa Sammet. This historical novel tells the story of the 1912 “Bread and Roses” labor strike in the Lawrence, MA textile mills as seen through the eyes of a young Italian-American girl and a runaway boy.  Exchange your thoughts and ideas about the book. Explore the immigrant experience in America, labor history, and local Vermont history. How does this book connect to Hardwick? The book takes its name from the strikers’ banners in the story that proclaimed, “We want bread and roses, too.”

 

For more information contact Jeudevine Library Director, Lisa Sammet, at 472-5948 or jeudevinelibrary@hardwickvt.org

Saturday, October 6th at 11 AM: Make a Granite Workers Printers Hat For Kids (and Adults!)

Come to the Jeudevine Library and learn how to make a hat like the granite workers often wore and take one home! Learn about the Vermont Reads 2018 book, Bread and Roses, too, by Katherine Paterson and how it relates to Hardwick. This will be an hour-long program for kids age 6 and up. Younger kids should be accompanied by an adult.

 

For more information contact Jeudevine Library Director, Lisa Sammet, at 472-5948 or jeudevinelibrary@hardwickvt.org

Library Hours:

  • Monday:         1:00  PM - 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday:        1:00  PM - 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday:  1:00  PM - 7:00 PM
  • Thursday:      1:00  PM - 5:00 PM
  • Friday:         10:00  AM - 5:00 PM
  • Saturday:     10:00  AM - 2:00 PM
  • Sunday:                 Closed

Phone: (802) 472-5948

 

Email: jeudevinelibrary@hardwickvt.org

           jeudevineyouthlibrarian@hardwickvt.org

 

Address: Jeudevine Memorial Library

                 93 North Main St.

                 P.O. Box 536

                 Hardwick, VT 05843