Tuesday, September 30, 2014

October is Conflict Resolution Month in Vermont

Reach Out!

This year Conflict Resolution Month in Vermont is once again reaching out to leadership, professionals, students, and the public. All over the State of Vermont, through free workshops, book displays, speakers, proclamations, and public facilitations, Conflict Resolution is the conversation. Below are just some of the scheduled events for this October.  Please check our website for more details!  Here are some of the events taking place on the Champlain College Campus:

**photo and text courtesy the Vermont Conflict Resolution website**
October 13. "Meditating for Mediators and other Peace Makers," Champlain College, 6-8PM.

October 16. "Peace, the Justice System, Policing, and Community Response," Panel Discussion, Champlain College, time TBA.

October 17.  “Are You Listening?” An Improv Workshop for Mediators and Interested Professionals or Students, Champlain College, 12:00-1:30.

October 23. Michael Lang, One-Day Intensive Introductory Workshop on Reflective Practice for Conflict Resolution Practitioners, Champlain College, Morgan Room, 9:30-4:00.  Preregistration Required.
October 27. "The Biology of Conflict," Champlain College, time TBA.

Next time you're in the Library, check out our Conflict Resolution book display!  Other book displays are hosted at the University of Vermont, Phoenix Book Store, Peace and Justice Store, and the Fletcher Free Library.



Thursday, September 18, 2014


Monday, Sept. 22 through Friday, Sept. 26

Special Event: Banned Books Kick-Off during Roundtable 
with hosts Chuck Bashaw & Lindsey Rae
Monday, Sept. 22 at 12:15pm in Fireside Lounge

Greetings provocateurs, creative minds, and proponents of free-speech --

Every year, we join forces during Banned Books Week to celebrate the importance of the First Amendment and raise awareness of the ongoing dangers posed by censorship. Many of the books you love and have read for class are "banned" and have been removed from libraries and classrooms across the US. Books are "banned" or restricted when a person or group deems them "objectionable," for reasons like profanity, sexuality, and other topics that are considered "unpopular" or even "unorthodox." 

We invite you to raise awareness and appreciate your freedom to read this week. Check out our display on the first-floor featuring a number of banned books from our collection. We bet you'll be surprised by some of the titles you see there! Discuss censorship and show your support by picking up a button or bookmark when you stop by the library. 

Frequently banned & challenged titles to explore...

GoodReads, Banned Books: Lists of banned books compiled by and tagged as "banned" by readers. Lots of provocative and controversial books inside!

American Library Association, Frequently Challenged Books of the 21st Century: "Each year, the ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top ten most frequently challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. The ALA condemns censorship and works to ensure free access to information."

tldr: Censorship is alive and well. Raise awareness. 
Love a banned book. Read freely!

Monday, September 15, 2014

DISPLAY: We Remember September 11,2001

In remembrance of the attacks on the United States on September 11,2001, a display was set up in the library.  For more information please visit the links below.

National September 11 Memorial &Museum

Grief and Celebration at the 9/11 Memorial

National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial