John Swan Lecture 2011 – Christopher M. Finan

The John Swan Intellectual Freedom Lecture will be held Thursday, August 25 at 4 pm in Killington. It will be held either at the Sherburne Library or the Killington Events Hall depending on the size of the audience. Chris Finan will speak about his book From the Palmer Raids to the Patriot Act: A History of Free Speech in America in which he speaks about VLA being the first sign of hope in the fight against the USA PATRIOT act. He just received the very prestigious Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Award of 2011 that will given during the Opening Session of ALA Annual  in New Orleans. More about Chris below:

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Louisa May Alcott Arrives @ Brownell Library, Essex Junction

On Wednesday, June 29, starting 5:45, Brownell Library invites everyone for Louisa May Alcott-style festivity, Louisa May Alcott:  Through Her Eyes.  For those who come even earlier, there is croquet on the lawn and games that readers recall from the Camp Laurence chapter of Little Women.  For instance, in Rigmarole, “One person begins a story, any nonsense [s/he] likes, and tells as long a s/he pleases, only taking care to stop short at some exciting point, when the next takes it up and does the same.”

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The Musical World of Jane Austen

Hello all in Vermont Libraries Land,

Our next Jane Austen in Vermont Gathering is on 5 June 2011 at Vermont College of Fine Arts Chapel in Montpelier. We are honored to present Dr. William Tortolano, Professor Emeritus of Fine Arts at Saint Michael’s College, in an organ recital and short lecture on “The Musical World of Jane Austen.”

It is open to the public, pay at the door: $10./ person; $5./ student. If you would like a flyer for posting in your library, please email me.

If any of you are in the area that weekend, please join us!

Best regards,
Deb Barnum
JASNA-Vermont Regional Coordinator

Jane Austen Society of North America: www.jasna.org
JASNA-Vermont:  JASNAVermont@gmail.com
blog: http://janeausteninvermont.wordpress.com

The National Digital Newspaper Program

Thursday, April 21, 5:00 pm
Special Collections Reading Room
Bailey/Howe Library, University of Vermont, Burlington

Deborah Thomas, Program Coordinator for the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP) at the Library of Congress, will talk about the effort to digitize historically significant newspapers from all over the United States and make them freely available through “Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers,” a web site hosted by the Library of Congress.

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National Library Week – Spread the Word


Vermont Library Association, Vermont School Library Association and Vermont Department of Libraries have partnered to create a state-wide advertising campaign during National Library Week which will kick off this Sunday April 10. Three ads will appear in all the regional papers this week.  Television commercials will run on WPTZ during the Today Show, WCAX during the 6-7 am news hour, will be available to all public access channels in Vermont and are posted on the VLA YouTube Channel.

Please help spread the word about the campaign and the great services you have to offer.

  • Contact your local public access channel and ask them to make sure run the Vermont libraries PSAs that are available through the public access consortium.

**Note: The article by Chris Bohjalian will appear in the Burlington Free Press and on his blog Sunday morning. The link to his blog article will go live Sunday morning.

Thank you for your help in getting the word out.

Marti Fiske, President, Vermont Library Association

Jane Austen’s London in Fact & Fiction

Hello all in Vermont Libraries Land,

I append the flyer for our next Jane Austen in Vermont Gathering on March 27th, 2011 at Champlain College – we will be presenting an armchair journey though Jane Austen’s London in Fact & Fiction. Please post this in your library or pass along to any patrons who are interested in Jane Austen. It is free and open to the public.

If you want a proper flyer with graphics, please email me separately… and if any of you are in the area that weekend, please join us on our tour through Regency London!

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ACRL-NEC Vermont Virtual Conference

Want to attend ACRL-NEC this year, but can’t make it down to Worcester, MA? Want to network with other Vermont librarians? Tough economic times making travel difficult?

Then join us for the ACRL-NEC Vermont Virtual Conference on May 13th! REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!

Join other Vermont librarians at Norwich University in Northfield, VT to attend and participate in the ACRL-NEC conference virtually. In addition to watching the regional conference streamed live you’ll be able to meet with other Vermont librarians and talk about topics related to the theme Creative Collaborations: Remake, Remix, Remodel.

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