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Kellogg-Hubbard Library: Programs Designed to Provoke, Inspire

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by Rachel Senechal

What do Korean adoption, Shakespeare’s sonnets, and the War on Drugs have in common?

They are all recent programs at the Kellogg Hubbard Library. Andrew Whitney recounted his story of being adopted from Korea as a young child and growing up in Royalton. Tom Blachly shared his passion about Shakespeare with an analysis of sonnets that resulted in an animated discussion with the audience. And the U.S. War on Drugs, which has resulted in more than 45 million arrests, made America the world’s largest jailer, and damaged poor communities at home and abroad, was the main focus of a film called The House That I Live In that was brought to the library by the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and Vermonters for Criminal Justice Reform.

The topics of the programs the library presents range from scholarly presentations on the humanities to pruning fruit trees. We work with many different organizations and individuals to bring you programs that make you think, make you laugh, and inspire you. We show films, have poetry readings, apple tastings, and writing workshops. We also surprise you with live music from time to time.

And we give you access to important information. Did you know that Nancy Sherman will help you navigate the Vermont Health Care Exchange? She’s in the front lobby on Thursday afternoons from 3 to 5 p.m.

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Here’s a program you won’t want to miss: Becoming American: An Inaugural Poet’s Journey. Poet Richard Blanco, who read at President Obama’s second inauguration, is the first Latino, immigrant, and gay writer to have such an honor—and the youngest. Reading from his work and reflecting on his own personal history, Blanco examines cultural identity and the essence of place and belonging. Wednesday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Church across from the library.