Press Release: John Swan Lecture with Dawn Sova

Press Contact: Raymond Brior
Phone: 802-635-1495

January 14, 2014,

Vermont Library Association with the Department of Libraries presents The Bi-Annual John Swan Intellectual Freedom Lecture with Dawn Sova

Monday, January 27, 2014 at the Pavilion Auditorium

109 State Street
Montpelier, VT 05609
6:00-8:00 PM Free and Open to the Public

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An Evening Without: Giving Voice to the Silenced

The ACLU of Vermont presents An Evening Without: Giving Voice to the Silenced,  Thursday, Sept. 26, 7:00 pm, Catamount Arts Cabaret, St. Johnsbury.  Vermont writers read from works that have been challenged, censored, or banned.  This event is held during Banned Books Week (September 22-28) in celebration of the First Amendment.  Admission by donation. Email  for a flyer to advertise the event.

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Banned Books Week – Vermont Edition

It’s Banned Books Week!

Libraries around the state have Banned Books Displays. Take a picture and send it to us at or share on facebook or twitter!

We created a video for the 50 State Salute – 50 State Salute-Vermont Librarians

Rockingham Free  produced an hour long special for cable access – A Talk About Banned Books

We’ve asked as many VT politicians as we could find to tweet about their favorite banned book. Check out #VTLibraries and/or #bannedbook to see the replies!

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Free Library Continuing Education Events for October

Listed below are FREE programs The Accessible Technology Coalition, American Association of School Librarians, American Management Association, Booklist, Colorado State Library, Grantspace, Infopeople, Insync Training, Library Journal, National Library of Medicine, Nebraska Library Commission, Nonprofit Webinars, O’Reilly, School Library Journal, Texas State Library and Archives Commission, TL Virtual Cafe, VolunteerMatch,  Washington State Library, and WebJunction will be webcasting during October.

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Thank you for attending the 118th Vermont Library Conference

Please enjoy these videos of our First Annual Book Cart Drill Team Competition:

University of Vermont Libraries’ Banned On The Run:

Vermont Department of Libraries:

If you have pictures of the day that you want added to the conference photo album on our Facebook Page (, please send them to me at with your full name (so I can give you proper credit) and with the full names/blessings of the people in the picture. If the pictures were taken at a session/meeting/lunch/etc., please include that information, also!

An Evening Without: Giving Voice to the Silenced

The ACLU of Vermont presents An Evening Without: Giving Voice to the Silenced,  Sunday, Sept. 25, 7:00 pm, Big Picture Theater, Waitsfield.  Vermont writers read from works that have been challenged, censored, or banned.  This event is held during Banned Books Week (September 24-October 1) in celebration of the First Amendment.  Admission by donation.

Featured readers are Lisa Alther, Philip Baruth, Emily Bernard, Rusty DeWees, David Goodman, Tanya Lee Stone, and Eric Zencey; emcee is Allen Gilbert, ACLU-VT executive director.

They will be reading from works by Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, George Orwell, Katherine Paterson, John Steinbeck, Mark Twain, and Kurt Vonnegut.

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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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NELA Annual Conference is coming!

Learn how to work “Outside the Box” to meet today’s challenges for your library. The 2010 New England Library Association Annual Conference will be held October 17 – 19 at the Holiday Inn in Boxborough, Massachusetts. Join your colleagues from across the region for this exciting educational and networking event.

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An Evening Without: Giving Voice to the Silenced

September 30, 2010 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Centre Congregational Church
193 Main Street  Brattleboro, VT

In celebration of the First Amendment during Banned Books Week, the Vermont Civil Liberties Union and the Vermont Library Association present “An Evening Without…Giving Voice to the Silenced” featuring Vermont authors and speakers reading from books that have been banned or challenged.

The featured readers below will read from the works of authors such as Mark Twain, John Steinbeck and Toni Morrison.
Jerry Carbone is the Director of Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro.
Jon Clinch is the author of two acclaimed novels, Finn and The Kings of the Earth.
Joni B. Cole is the writer of several non-fiction books and co-founder of the Writer’s Center in White River Junction.
Castle Freeman is a writer who has published four acclaimed novels, a book of  short stories, and a collection of essays.
Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina is the author of seven books, including her latest, Mr. and Mrs. Prince and hosts The Book Show, a nationally syndicated weekly radio program.
Karen Hesse is the Newbery Award-winning author of 22 books for young readers.
Suzanne Kingsbury is the author of three novels, two of which have been optioned for film

The program is affiliated with the Brattleboro Literary Festival that will continue September 30-October 1.