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Ongoing Children's Events

 

Tuesdays 3 PM: LEGO Challenge!

The first 15 minutes is a challenge issued by the facilitator, followed by 45 minutes of free play.

 

Wednesdays 10:30 AM: Toddler Time

Free Play and read together with your kids. This is an opportunity for parents and other caregivers to meet.

 

Fridays 10:30 AM: Acorn Club Storytime

Recommended for small children up to age 4.

 

2nd Tuesday of the Month, 10:30 am: La Leche League Meeting

Nursing and pregnant mothers encouraged to attend. Children welcome.

 

Silly Saturdays Play Group: April 9, 30, May 14, June 11, 10:30 am

For children up to age 6. Fun-themed activity and snack provided.

Monthly Programs

 

First Wednesdays: Outstanding Lecture Series Presented the First Wednesday of the Month

Click here to download a complete program schedule of events from October 2015 through May 2016.

 

Arts & Culture Series: A monthly lecture on a wide variety of topics

Click here to download a complete schedule through August 2016.

 

May Events:

 

Tuesday, May 24, 7 pm (note day and date!) : Arts and Culture: Very Short Tales from Syria

Syrian writer, and now Chicago resident, Osama Alomar will be in St. Johnsbury (along with his translator, Athenaeum Librarian Christian Collins) to participate in two events showcasing his literary work and the larger struggle of Syrian artists and writers as they use their creativity to come to terms with the suffering of their country and to fight tyranny and sectarianism.

On Sunday, May 22 at 10:30 am, the Unitarian Uinversalist Congregation of St. Johnsbury will host Alomar along with his translator, Christian Collins, for a special service devoted to Syria and a writer's work in a time of War.

On Tuesday, May 24 at 7 pm, Alomar and Collins will appear at the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum as part of the Athenaeum's Arts and Culture series. Alomar will read from his work in both English and Arabic and discuss the way the human tragedy of Syria has left its mark on Syrian literature.

A respected short story writer and poet in Syria, Alomar published three collections of stories and one volume of poetry in Arabic there before circumstances pushed him into exile in Chicago. Since his arrival in the U.S., translations of his work have appeared in literary journals including Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and The New Yorker Online Edition. In 2013, New Directions published Fullblood Arabian, a chapbook collection of his stories with an introduction by Lydia Davis. His first book-length short story collection in English, The Teeth of the Comb, will be published by New Directions in 2017.

While in Vermont, Alomar will also be taking part in two benefit concerts for Syrian refugees, organized by pianist Michael Arnowitt in Berlington on May 21, and Montpelier in May 22.

For more information about Alomar and his work, see the following sources:

http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/osama-alomars-very-short-tales

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/03/books/osama-alomar-pursues-his-literary-ambitions-in-exile.html

http://www.vice.com/read/read-these-four-very-short-stories-by-osama-alomar-0907

 


 

 

 

 

 

Last update: 5/23/16

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