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Vermont Reads Day at Bennington Museum

Saturday, May 19--Beginning at 1:00 pm

Vermont Reads Day Schedule

1:00 pm: Music by the Flying Garbanzos (Education Center)

1:30 pm: Welcome and opening remarks

1:45 pm: Elizabeth Winthrop's book talk, slide show, and dramatic reading with Willy Jones--followed by Q&A

2:45 pm: Author book signing, hands-on activities, and learning stations

4:00 pm: Formal program ends--but stay to tour the museum until 5:00 pm

* * FREE * * admission to Vermont Reads participants--one copy of Counting on Grace will be given to each family who participates in Vermont Reads Day

For information: * 802.447.1571 OR * 802.442.9051

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Many thanks: Bennington Free Library, Bennington Historical Society, Bennington Museum, Pownal Historical Society, The Greater Bennington Tell Me a Story Project, and Friends of Bennington Free Library

Be sure your community takes part in Vermont Reads Counting on Grace

Told by a 12-year-old girl, Counting on Grace evokes life in New England mills in 1910. Grace Forcier and her friend, Arthur, must leave school to work in a dangerous, air-polluted mill in their poor French Canadian community. Their teacher fights back by helping the children write to the National Child Labor Committee. Real-life photographer Lewis Hine arrives to photograph the children surreptitiously, and sets in motion a chain of unanticipated events.

Read and explore Counting on Grace with activities for children and adults. Vermont Reads brings communities and people of all ages together to read a book and do activities centered around it. Nonprofit organizations and schools may apply. Collaborations among organizations and businesses are encouraged.

* Receive FREE Vermont Reads books for your community.

* Host a book discussion, visit a former mill site, organize a panel on French Canadian history in Vermont, research child labor practices and laws, use old photos to tell stories, and more.

* Listen to a Vermont Public Radio feature story and author interview.

* Attend author appearances in May and September.

Apply: Applications are due by May 21. Applications are online at or call 802.262.2626.


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