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 will be offering several related programs; please join us for one or several and borrow one of the 50 copies of the book awarded our libraries.  Dates will soon be announced for these programs:

*Screening of Newsies, a musical based on the NYC city newsboy strike of 1899.   Check out as well several dvds purchased on related labor themes.

*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.

*Display and sort explanation of picket signs made and designed by Ottauquechee School students with art teacher Sarah Kniffin.  This will be followed by a multi-generational book discussion.  Come for part or all of this event.  Refreshments too.

*Bugbee Senior Center Book Discussion:  All are welcome to join in the conversation on Friday, April 6 at 12:45 p.m.



  *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.