Book Drive for Hardwick Head Start & Early Head Start

The Galaxy Bookshop in Hardwick is running a Book Drive for Hardwick Head Start! They’ll be collecting books for children to encourage kids in the area to read. 26 kids will benefit from this:

During the month of May, in celebration of Children’s Book Week and the importance of books in children’s lives, we will be hosting a Book Drive for the Hardwick Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

Our goal for the month is to have one book to give each of the 26 children currently enrolled in the Head Start or Early Head Start programs. Those books will be sent home to add to the children’s personal libraries.

In addition, we hope to collect books to donate to the Head Start classroom library, to be read and enjoyed with students for years to come.

So, if you’re in the area, consider donating a book before the end of May.

Geek Things for August 15th

  • Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, 9AM–9PM, Bread Loaf Campus, Ripton. Lectures and readings are free and open to the public; see middlebury.edu for schedule. (Writing)
  • Draw Comics! 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • ‘Wicked City’, 8PM, Depot Theatre, Westport. $25. (Theater)
  • Book Discussion Series: China’s Transformation – Before the Deluge. 5:30PM, Burnham Memorial Library, Colchester. Free. (Books)
  • Marjorie Cady Memorial Writers Group, 10AM–12PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Writing)
  • East Montpelier Historical Societies Meeting. 6pm, East Calais Community Building, East Calais. (History)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive, 11:30-5:30pm, Vermont College, Montpelier. (Blood Drive)
  • Open Cardgames!, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • CLiF Presentation, 12:30pm, Greensboro. (Kids)
  • CLiF Presentation, 10am, Jeudvine Library, Hardwick. (Kids)
  • Leaf Cutter Ants, 11am, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Who Sank The Boat, 3pm, Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Contemporary Fiction Book Group – Beowulf, 7:00 PM, South Burlington. (Reading)
  • Monday Night Magic, 6pm – 9pm, Village Pizza, Montpelier. (Gaming)
  • Mini Painting, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Cartoon Studies New Summer Workshop: Animation for Cartoonists with Scott Dikkers, August 15, 2011 to August 19, 2011, Center for Cartoon Studies, White River Junction. (Cartoons)

 

Geek Things for July 12th

  • Book Sale, 12–7PM, Stowe Free Library, Stowe. Free. (Books)
  • Green Drinks, 6–8PM, The Skinny Pancake, Montpelier. Free. (Environmentalism)
  • Bus Tour of St. Albans Raid Sites – Historian Howard Coffin, 9AM, Brownell Library in Essex Junction. $10; space is limited; preregister; bring a bag lunch. (History)
  • Radio Amateurs of Northern Vermont Ham Radio Club Meeting, 7–9PM, O’Brien Civic Center, South Burlington. Free. (Radio)
  • ‘Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince’, 10AM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Movies)
  • Ben & Jerry’s Outdoor Movie Festival – Dispicable Me, 9PM at Ben & Jerry’s, Burlington. Free. (Movies)
  • ‘I’ll Be Back Before Midnight’, 8PM, McCarthy Arts Center, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. $29.50-38.50. (Theater)
  • Creative Writing Group, 10:30AM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. Free. (Writing)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Anne Stuart & Kristina Douglas – Paranormal Romance Signing, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick. (Authors)
  • Hoopster Glider, 11:00 a.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Honeybees, 3:00 p.m., Monshire Museum of Science, Norwich. (Kids)
  • Author Appearance: George RR Martin, 7pm, Barnes and Noble Burlington, MA (Game of Thrones)
  • Explore the OmniGlobe, Life in Pixels: using data imagry to explore the world, 10:30 am – 11:00 am, Fairbanks Museum and Planetarium, St. Johnsbury. (Astronomy)

Geek Things for June 21

  • Community Farm Work Day, 4–6PM, Community Farm, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Farming)
  • Historic Tours, 9AM–5PM, Wilson Castle, Proctor. $10. (Castles)
  • Creative Tuesdays, 3–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Winooski River Sojourn Dinner – Winooski Watershed’s geologic history. Dinner, 6 p.m.; talk, 7 p.m., Montpelier High School, Montpelier. $5 for talk; $12-22 for dinner and talk; free for kids under 10. (Geology)
  • Ben Hewitt – Making Supper Safe, 7PM, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier. Free. (Food)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Willem Lange & Mary Azarian – A Dream of Dragons: A Saga in Verse, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick. (Signing)
  • Green Drinks, 7 – 8:30pm, 51 Main @ The Bridge, Middlebury. (Environmentalism)
  • Northshire History Reading Group – Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr., by Ron Chernow, 6pm, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center. (Books)

 

Geek Things for June 7th

  • Game Day, 9:30–10:30AM, Champlain Senior Center, McClure MultiGenerational Center, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Science & Stories: Turtle Talk, 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. (kids)
  • Red Cross Blood Drive, 10:30am-4pm. Harwood Union High School, Moretown. (Blood Drive)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Olli Class – Birding for Beginners, 9:30 – 12:00 pm, Lafayette Hall L111, UVM, Burlington. Admission Fee: $80 for OLLI at UVM Members; $100 for Non-Members (Birds)
  • Ben Hewitt – Making Supper Safe: One Man’s Quest to Learn the Truth about Food Safety, 7-8pm, Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick. (Books)

Geek Things for May 24th

  • Exit 16 Traffic Study Meeting, 5–7PM, Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences, Colchester. Free. (Transportation)
  • Raptor Encounter, 11AM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science, Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (BirdS)
  • Talk to the Trainer, 2PM, Vermont Institute of Natural Science Quechee. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 3 and under. (Birds)
  • Creative Tuesdays, 3–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Open Computer Time, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Science & Stories – Worms. 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. Regular admission, $9.50-12.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • Boardgame Night, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • HeroClix!, 7:30pm – 11:00pm, Game Lounge, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Open Mic Night, 7:00 pm, The Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick. (Writing)
  • Author Appearance: China Miéville, 6pm, Cambridge, MA (Authors)

Geek Things for March 4th

  • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 12–5:30PM, Congregational Church, Bradford. Free. (Blood Drive)
  • Book & Bake Sale, 9AM–12PM, Grace United Methodist Church, Essex Junction. Free. (Books)
  • ‘Name That Movie!’, 5–6PM, The CineClub, Savoy Theater, Montpelier. $2.50. (Movies)
  • Shabana Basij-Rasikh – “Afghan Women Working for Change.” 10:30am, Farrell Room, St. Edmund’s Hall, St. Michael’s College, Colchester. Free. (Talk)
  • ‘GasLand’, 7PM, Catamount Arts Center, St. Johnsbury. $4-7. (Energy)
  • ‘Draw Comics!’, 3–4:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Science & Stories – Moose, 11AM, ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center, Burlington. Regular admission, $8.50-10.50; free for kids 2 and under. (Kids)
  • Bruce A. Gibbard, M.D. Memorial Lectureship Program – “What Happened to Our Shared Understanding of Mental Health?” / “Clinical Implications of Assessing Overall Mental Health: Treatment of Paranoid Patients as a Case in Point.”, 10:15AM / 1PM, Davis Auditorium, Medical Education Center Pavilion, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington. Free. (Health, Talk)
  • ‘Communities and Justice: Inequality and Innovation in America’s Justice System’, 12:30–2PM, Middlebury College, Middlebury. Free. (Talk)
  • ‘Death With Dignity: From Oregon to Vermont’, 6:30PM, Memorial Building, Hardwick. Free. (Talk)
  • Dr. Diane Zuniga – “Medical Interventions Used to Treat Childhood Disorders”. Preregister. 9AM–12PM, Alumni Conference Room, Angell College Center, SUNY Plattsburgh, Plattsburgh. Free. (Talk)
  • FNM – Friday Night Magic – Type 2 / Standard – $8 Entry Fee, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Intercon K, Mar 4 – 6 2011, Westin Waltham-Boston (Conventions)
  • Friday Night Magic — Constructed, 6pm – 10pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Member and Invited Guest Star Party (weather permitting), Call Jack St. Louis 802-658-0184 (H), 802-656-1287 or Paul Walker 802-388-4220 (H), 802-861-8640 (W), GMO (Green Mountian Observatory), Observatory Road, Hinesburg. (Astronomy)

Geek Things for March 2nd


  • Small Agricultural Business Workshop, 7:15PM, Hazen Union High School, Hardwick. $15 per class. (Agriculture)
  • Renewable Energy Workshop, 6–7PM, Hunger Mountain Co-op, Montpelier. Free. (Energy)
  • ‘Smart About Solar’, 7–8:30PM, Library, Charlotte Central School, Charlotte. Free. (Solar)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive, 12–5:30PM, Shelburne Town Hall, Shelburne. Free. (Vampires)
  • Chittenden County Philatelic Club, 6:15PM, GE Healthcare Building, South Burlington. Free. (Stamps)
  • Milton Historical Society Meeting, 6PM, Milton Historical Society, Milton. Free. (History)
  • ‘Tech Savvy’, 6–8PM, Bradford Public Library, Bradford. Free. (Skype)
  • ‘Restless’, 7PM, Spaulding Auditorium, Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College, Hanover. $5-7. (Films)
  • High School Book Group, 5–6PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Middle School Book Group, 4–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Teens)
  • Annelise Orleck – “Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire & its lasting impact on workplace safety laws”, 7PM, Rutland Free Library, Rutland. Free. (Talk)
  • ‘Communities and Justice: Inequality and Innovation in America’s Justice System’, 7PM, Middlebury College, Middlebury. Free. (Talk)
  • ‘Death With Dignity: From Oregon to Vermont’, 6:30PM, St. Albans Historical Museum, St. Albans. Free. (Talk))
  • Dr. François Clemmons – “If You Don’t Want Your Slave to Speak Freely, You Should Forbid Him to Sing!”, 7PM, First United Methodist Church, Burlington. Free. (Talk)
  • Dr. Mary Childers – “A memoirist discusses her broken childhood in Welfare Brat”, 7PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Talk)
  • Paul Searls – Two Vermonts: Geography and Identity, 1865-1910, 7PM, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury. Free. (Talk)
  • Vermont Law Symposium – “China’s Environmental Governance: Global Challenges and Comparative Solutions,” 9:30AM, Vermont Law School, South Royalton. Free. (Talk)
  • Writers’ Group, 7–9PM, Johnson Public Library, Johnson. Free. (Writing)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Global and Regional Studies Brown Bag Lecture, 12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. — Old Mill John Dewey Lounge 325, UVM, Burlington. (Talk)
  • Physics Department Colloquium – “A Luttinger Liquid Core Inside Helium-4 Filled Nanopores “, 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Davis Student Center, The Mildred Livak Room, UVM, Burlington. (Physics)
  • The Writer’s Workshop fiction reading – Bonnie Jo Campbell, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Old Mill John Dewey Lounge 325, UVM, Burlington. (Writing)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Triple Play, Lebanon, New Hampshire. (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Atwater Blood Drive 2010 -2011, 11am – 4pm, McCullough Social Space, Atwater Commons, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Vampires)
  • “Liberals and Immigration: A Philosophical Perspective”, 4:30 – 6pm, Franklin Environmental Center 103, Middlebury College, Middlebury. (Talk)
  • Seuss Stories!, 10:00 PM, Barnes and Noble, South Burlington. (Kids)
  • Psychology Lunch program: Student presentations, 12pm, Webb 107, Norwich University, Northfield. (Talk)

 

Amelia Bloomer Project

From the Galaxy Bookshop’s blog:

There are probably as many “best books of __” lists in existence as there are stars in the sky. And I’m touting yet another one! But this particular list has some very specific criteria, more specific than “decently written” in any event, and one that I think is certainly worth taking (more than) a glance at. I’m talking about the Amelia Bloomer Project, which recently announced its top 10 of 2011 list! This is a really neat organization affiliated with the ALA that creates a yearly booklist for the top feminist books for readers aged 0-18.  Not just a nod to literature featuring plucky, brave, daring and genius female characters navigating their way out of sticky situations, the books on this list (a mix of non-fiction and fiction) must be actively feminist. What does that mean exactly, you might ask? To meet the list’s criteria books must openly acknowledge- and confront- the disparities that women face and show them dealing with and overcoming obstacles. Just as importantly, the stories must be told in an engaging, thoughtful, well-written and age appropriate way.  Looking for an alternative to Bella Swan? How about a graphic novel by Jane Yolen about a girl who, in addition to feeling like a misfit at school, is also a master swordswoman? I know I would have appreciated a list like this when I was younger (I most certainly appreciate it now) and look forward to using the list as a gift guide for the egalitarian-minded young people in my life. You can find the list here.

Geek Things for January 19th

  • Small Agricultural Business Workshop, 7:15PM, Hazen Union High School, Hardwick. $15 per class. (Agriculture)
  • ‘Financing Renewable-Energy and Energy-Efficiency Projects’, 7–9PM, Ilsley Public Library, Middlebury. Free. (Energy, Talk)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: Burlington, 12–6PM, UVM Waterman Building, Burlington. Free. (Vampires)
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive: White River Junction, 12–5PM, American Legion, White River Junction. Free. (Vampires)
  • Intro to Genealogy Research Online, 6:30–8PM, Bradford Public Library, Bradford. Free. (Geneology)
  • Scrabble Club, 1–3PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Scrabble)
  • MountainTop Film Festival, 5–10PM, Big Picture Theater & Café, Waitsfield. $6-8. (Films)
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Keynote – “Growing the Global Heart: Race, Power and Building a Youth-Driven Climate-Justice Movement,”, 4:30PM, McCullough Social Space, Middlebury College, Middlebury. Free. (Talk)
  • Fairfax Playgroup, 10–11AM, Bellows Free Academy – Fairfax, Fairfax. Free. (Kids)
  • High School Book Group, 5–6PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • Highgate Story Hour, 10–11AM, Highgate Public Library, Highgate Center. Free. (Kids)
  • Lego Club, 3–4PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free, Preregister. (Kids)
  • Middle School Book Group, 4–5PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Kids)
  • ‘Borders, Boundaries and Bullies’ Lecture Series, “Living on the Edge: The Quebéc-Vermont Border.”, 6:30–8:30PM, Burlington College, Burlington. Free. (Talk)
  • Lamoille County Osher Lecture Series “Changes in Media and Technology in Vermont During My Last 40 Years.” by Marselis Parsons, 1:30PM, Town & Country Resort, Stowe. $5. (Talk)
  • “Who Hoots for You?”, 6:30PM, Dorothy Alling Memorial Library, Williston. Free. (Owls)
  • ‘Sea Room’, 7:30PM, Off Center for the Dramatic Arts, Burlington. $7-20. (Theater)
  • ‘The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe’, 7:30PM, Briggs Opera House, White River Junction. $5-58. (Theater)
  • Book Discussion – Brian Greene’s The Elegant Universe, 7:30PM, Fletcher Free Library, Burlington. Free. (Books)
  • Deborah Krasner, Good Meat: The Complete Guide to Sourcing and Cooking Sustainable Meat, 3:30PM, Barnes & Noble, South Burlington. Free. (Sustainability)
  • Magic Booster Draft – $12, 6pm – 11pm, Quarterstaff Games, Burlington (Gaming)
  • Winter Blitz 2011 Arcade Games, 7-11PM, Davis Student Center, UVM, Burlington. (Gaming)
  • Naruto, 4:30pm – 8:00pm, The Gamer’s Grotto, Bennington (Gaming)
  • Wednesday Night Board gaming at Triple Play, 6:00pm – 10:30pm, Lebanon, New Hampshire (Gaming)
  • D&D Encounter, 6:00pm – 8:30pm, The Gamers Grotto, Bennington. (Gaming)
  • Getting to Know NOOK, 6:00 PM, Barnes and Noble, Burlington. (eReaders)
  • Weekly Storytime, 11:00 AM, Barnes and Noble, Burlington. (Kids)