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Poetry Open Mic: October 17

Book cover of "Brown Girl Dreaming"Southern Vermont College and the Bennington Free Library have been collaborating on events in October for this year’s Vermont Reads book selection, “Brown Girl Dreaming” by Jacqueline Woodson.

The Newbery Honor book is told in verse by Woodson and discusses the author’s childhood as an African American growing up in the 1960s and 1970s in South Carolina and New York.

On Wednesday, October 4, the Bennington Free Library will host a book group discussion on “Brown Girl Dreaming” at 7 p.m. on the second floor. The discussion will explore memoir’s themes of family, race, place, and the power of stories and poetry. This event is free and open to the public.

On Tuesday, October 17, Southern Vermont College will host a poetry open mic at 7 p.m. in Everett Mansion’s Theatre. The audience will have an opportunity to read aloud a poem of their choice by sharing a poem from “Brown Girl Dreaming” or another favorite. This event is intended to bring the community together to read and listen to poetry. This free event will be followed with a reception in the College’s Burgdorff Gallery.

The Vermont Reads Program is “A Statewide, Community Reading Program,” sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council. To learn more information about this program and other programs offered by Vermont Humanities Council, go to

For more information on the event at the Bennington Free Library, call 802-442-9051. For additional information on the event at Southern Vermont College, contact Director of Library Resources Sarah Sanfilippo at or Chair of The Hunter Division of Humanities Daisy Levy at

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