Edward Hitchcock: America’s First Dinosaur Expert [Virtual]

Join us for this Zoom presentation by biographer Bob McMaster. McMaster published the first biography of Hitchcock in 2021, “All the Light Here Comes From Above: The Life and Legacy of Edward Hitchcock. This fascinating Connecticut Valley resident and scientist, was an Amherst college professor and one of the 19th century’s important scientists. He was known for his discovery and research on what he called the “fossil footmarks” of the Connecticut Valley. In this Zoom presentation, McMaster will review the life and legacy of Edward Hitchcock, focusing on his central role in developing our understanding of dinosaurs. He will also discuss Hitchcock’s work in Vermont where he completed the first geological survey of the Green Mountain State in 1861. The Hitchcock collection is on display at the Beneski Museum of Natural History at Amherst. Bob McMaster is a graduate of Boston College, Smith College, and the University of Massachusetts. He taught biology at Holyoke Community College, and has authored five novels as well as many articles on botany, conservation biology, and the history of science. For more information and to register hartlandlibraryvt.org/calendar or call 802.436.2473

Q&A with Author Sam Quinones [Virtual]

Join us for a Q&A with  journalist Sam Quinones, author of the groundbreaking book Dreamland: True Tales of America’s Opiate Epidemic, which ignited awareness of the epidemic that cost the U.S. hundreds of thousands of lives. Sam’s newest book is The Least of Us: True Tales of America and Hope in the Time of Fentanyl and Meth,  which chronicles the rise of fentanyl, a cheap and lethal drug marketed to those who became addicted during the opioid epidemic, as well as Americans’ quiet attempts to recover community through simple acts of helping the vulnerable.Sam is a Los Angeles-based freelance journalist, a reporter for 35 years, and author of four acclaimed books of narrative nonfiction. He is a veteran reporter on immigration, gangs, drug trafficking and the border.

In “The Least of Us” (published October 2021), Quinones chronicles the emergence of a drug-trafficking world producing massive supplies of dope cheaper and deadlier than ever, marketing to the population of addicts created by the nation’s opioid epidemic, as the backdrop to tales of Americans’ quiet attempts to recover community through simple acts of helping the vulnerable. In January 2022, “The Least of Us” was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) award for Best Nonfiction Book of 2021.

The library has several copies of “The Least of Us” available to check out. For more info about the author please visit https://samquinones.com/

This is a Q&A, not a book talk, and we ask you to please come with your questions for the author. Please look for the Zoom Registration information below.
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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. A Hartland Town Library event (Windsor County.)

VT Humanities: The Many Meanings of Maple

Description: A Vermont Humanities Council series hosted by the Hartland Public Library (Windsor County.)

This presentation examines the many meanings of maple sugaring. Maple is enormously important to Vermont’s economy, ecology, and heritage. Champlain College professor Michael Lange will discuss sugaring ethnographically, based on over five years of research among sugarmakers all over the state, to learn from them what sugaring really means to Vermont.Rather than discussing the practical aspects of sugaring, such as how to tap a tree or how an evaporator works, his talk focuses on how and why maple has become so important to Vermont’s identity, and how and why it helps us shape who we are as Vermonters.

NaNoWriMo Write-In – Hartland

National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) is a month-long event in November in which people all over the world commit to writing a 50,000-word novel in 30 days.

On Sat, November 19 from 10 am – 2 pm the Hartland Public Library (Windsor County) welcomes NaNoWriMo writers to bring your preferred writing tools and write in! Light refreshments, caffeine, and writing prompts will be provided.

What’s It Worth?

Author, auctioneer, appraiser, and radio host Mike Ivankovich will introduce you to “What Determines Value“…and reveal what your Antiques, Collectibles, and Personal Treasures are really worth today. Each attendee is invited to bring in 1-2 items for Mike to appraise.

Mike Ivankovich has been involved in some phases of the Antiques & Collectibles business for more than 40 years. He is a frequent lecturer and has spoken before groups too numerous to list. He has authored more than 20 books and eBooks in his areas of specialty and has written articles and columns for most major national trade papers. He is the host of the “What’s It Worth? Ask Mike the Appraiser” Radio Show that airs every Friday morning from 9:30-10:30 AM on WBCB 1490 AM in Philadelphia PA. As a Home Downsizing Expert & Author he guides clients through the entire Home Downsizing process, helping them deal with their Antiques, Collectibles, and General Household Contents. His Home Downsizing in Four Easy Steps book can be found on Amazon.com.

This is a virtual event.  Questions? email Nancy at director at hartlandlibraryvt.org or call the library at 802-436-2473.  Time is limited and the first 25 people to register will have an item appraised. Registration is required.

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Joe Citro Author Reading!

The Windsor Public Library is delighted to announce that local author Joseph A. Citro will be giving a HALLOWE’EN reading at the Windsor Welcome Center on Monday, October 17th at 6pm. Joe Citro– author, lecturer and expert on New England oddities (including ghosts, fortean and spiritual phenomena)– is renowned for both his novels and non-fiction books on the Just Plain Weird. Joe provided commentary on Public Radio for 20 years and has appeared frequently on local and national television and radio. A Q&A will follow. Be sure to bring your own scary stories to share! Books will be on sale. Space is limited and masking is requested. Please register by calling the library at 674-2556.