VT READS 2018–Bread and Roses, Too!


Image of Vermont Reads 2017 logoQW Libraries is delighted to participate again in this statewide reading program to encourage multi-generation discussion of a special book and issues..  This year’s title Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson is a short novel  about a Massachusetts mill strike in 1912 and two young children sent to Barre, Vermont for their safety during the violent times.   We are offering several related programs; please join us for one or several and borrow one of the 50 copies of the book awarded our libraries.   We have several related dvds (Newsies, Pajama Game, Norma Rae, Made in L.A., The American Dream) and books available for supplementary reading.  We also recommend a pleasant journey to Barre to peruse archival materials and granite monument work.

For the final  programs in our series, we are very pleased to exhibit artwork by Charlet Davenport, informed by research by Kate MacMullan, commemorating Vermont millworking women, including Quechee Library’s own Pauline Cole.

*Solidarity Forever: Songs of Unions and Labor.  This Vermont Humanities Council program. developed and  presented by Mark Greenberg. includes live and recorded music to provide a survey of American labor songs from the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution, through the Wobblies, and into the coal wars of the 1930s.  For centuries, working people have used songs to express protest and hope and as an organizing tool.  The I.W.W. (or Wobblies) led the 1912 Bread and Roses strike and is especially known for rousing and satirical songs, including Solidarity Forever.  Thursday, May 17, 5 p.m. at the Wilder Club and Library.




  *A Northern Stage Youth Ensemble community outreach production will use Bread and Roses, Too as a jumping block for a show at the Wilder Club and Library.