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Banned Books Tour

Banned books are books worth reading


Banned Book Tour with Lt. Governor David Zuckerman

This summer and fall, Lt. Governor David Zuckerman will be travelling the state hosting a series of book readings from banned books at local bookstores and libraries. These events will feature special guests who will join the Lt. Governor to discuss with the audience the importance of free speech, inclusion, democracy, and open dialogue.  


Around the country, we have seen the proliferation of book challenges and bans by school districts and local governments. These bans often target books that feature LGBTQ+ characters; talk about gender and sexuality; highlight racial disparities; or talk about difficult issues such as substance abuse and cases of police violence. Students, teachers, and curious minds should be able to access materials that spark critical thinking, cover difficult topics, and appeal to diverse interests without fear of government interference. 


RSVPs are encouraged but not required. Check out our schedule below!


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We will be updating this list as we plan more events. Make sure to check back here for updates!


Past Events

: Wednesday, June 28th 
Time: 6:00 pm 
Location: Phoenix Books Burlington, 191 Bank St, Burlington, VT 05401 


Date: Wednesday, July 5th 
Time: 5:30 pm 
Location: Everyone’s Books, 25 Elliot St, Brattleboro, VT 05301 


Date: Wednesday, July 19th 
Time: 5:00 pm 
Location: Northshire Bookstore, 4869 Main St, Manchester Center, VT 05255 


Date: Sunday, July 23rd 
Time: 3:00 pm 
Location: Norwich Bookstore, 291 Main St, Norwich, VT 05055 


Bellows Falls 
Date: Wednesday, August 2nd 
Time: 5:00 pm 
Location: Village Square Booksellers, 32 Square, Bellows Falls, VT 05101 


Date: Wednesday, August 23rd 
Time: 6:00 pm 
Location: Phoenix Books – Rutland, 2 Center St, Rutland, VT 05701 


Date: Wednesday, September 6th 
Time: 6:00 pm 
Location: Phoenix Books Essex, 2 Carmichael St Suite 2, Essex, VT 05452 


Waterbury- Rescheduled from July 12th
Date: Sunday, August 13th
Time: 2:00 pm 
Location: Bridgeside Books, 29 Stowe St #1, Waterbury Village Historic District, VT 05676 


Date: Wednesday, September 13th  
Time: 4:00 pm 
Location: Norman Willams Public Library, 10 The Green, Woodstock, VT 05091 
Co-hosted by The Yankee Bookshop  


Date: Wednesday, September 20th 
Time: 4:00 pm 
Location: Ilsley Public Library, 75 Main St, Middlebury, VT 05753 


Date: Wednesday, October 4th
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Aldrich Public Library, 6 Washington St, Barre VT 05641


Date: Wednesday, October 11th 
Time: 5:00 pm 
Location: Goodrich Memorial Library, 202 Main St, Newport, VT 05855 

St. Albans 
Date: Wednesday, November 1 
Time: 6:00 pm 
Location: The Eloquent Page, 70 N Main St, Saint Albans, VT 05478 


Date: Tuesday, December 19th 
Time: 5:00 pm 
Location: Milton High School Library, 17 Rebecca Lander Dr, Milton 

Date: Monday, January 29 
Time: 5:00 pm 
Location: Fiddlehead at Four Corners, 338 Main St, Bennington