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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!

 

Media interested in attending should reach out to lisa.gerlach@vermont.gov

 

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

 

Upcoming

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

 

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

Past Events

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

 

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

 

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

 

Norwich 
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 

 

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

 

Essex
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 

 

Woodstock 
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  

 

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

 

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

 

Newport 
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