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Vermont Humanities at a Glance

Programs Around the State for All — Numbers Served in 2013




Number Served in 2013


Reading and Discussion


Brings Vermonters together for activities related to one book (2014: Wonder by R.J. Palacio; 2013: Poetry 180, an anthology compiled by former US Poet Laureate Billy Collins)

General public and intergenerational audiences, as well as audiences at correctional facilities, literacy centers, and humanities camps

Estimated 8,800 people in 66 towns participated; 28,000+ people listened to broadcasts on VPR; VHC distributed more than 2,900 free books

Schools, libraries, community centers, and other nonprofits  statewide; author visits to schools and communities. UVM and VHC brought Billy Collins to Vermont; 1,000+ attended.


A hospital-based reading and discussion program open to all hospital staff

 Hospitals/health-care staff

88 people at 3 hospitals

Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital (St. Johnsbury), Rutland Regional Medical Center, White River Junction VA Medical Center


Led by a VHC-trained scholar, participants make connections with neighbors by reading and talking about books

General public and intergenerational audiences

1,741 attendees took part in 150 discussions in 32 Vermont towns

Statewide, hosted by libraries or other nonprofits


Explores a topic in depth (2014: A Fire Never Extinguished: How America's Civil War Shapes Civic and Cultural Life in America; 2013: Music and the Human Experience)

 General public

Over 200 people annually

Held at a central location

Talks and Living History

Once-a-month public lectures featuring nationally renowned speakers, October through May

General public within reach of nine regional centers

7,066 people attended 73 talks at nine locations

Brattleboro, Essex Junction, Manchester, Middlebury, Montpelier, Newport, Norwich, Rutland, and St. Johnsbury


Speakers and living history presenters are made available for public lectures

 General public

5,045 attendees at 136 programs in 79 towns

Hosted at libraries and other community centers statewide


Commentaries about humanities-related subjects by Peter Gilbert

 General public

10,000–14,000 listeners about every three weeks

On VPR and at vpr.net and vermonthumanities.org


Grants to nonprofits for humanities programming

 General public

22 grants totaling $40,150 and serving tens of thousands of Vermonters

Museums, libraries, and performing and community venues statewide

Exploring the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War


E-newsletter marking the events of each week in the Civil War

General public, schools, teachers

2,400 weekly

Weekly via e-mail and at vermonthumanities.org

Humanities-Based Literacy


A professional development opportunity offering early literacy workshops for childcare providers, as well as family literacy trainings for parents

Childcare providers and parents, especially low-income households and teen parents

321 different providers and 322 different parents at 129 events (5,798 free books distributed)

Childcare centers and home care settings, parent-child centers, Head Start, correctional facilities, and low-income family programs statewide


A reading and discussion program in collaboration with the Community High School of Vermont and the Vermont Department of Corrections, and community organizations

Corrections inmates and
probationers, teen and adult literacy students, social service organization clients

329 individuals were served; 36 group events were held, including 17 in correctional facilities (665 free books distributed)

Correctional facilities and probation and parole sites, social service organizations, and adult education centers statewide


Week-long summer day camps for at-risk middle- school students. The camps strengthen literacy skills, build positive peer groups, and nurture a love of reading

At-risk middle-schoolers ages 11 to 14

212 students in 12 Vermont public schools (1,152 free books distributed)

Barre Town Middle School, Blue Mountain Union (Wells River), Brattleboro Area Middle School, Edmunds Middle School (Burlington), Fair Haven Grade School, Irasburg Village School, Milton Middle School, North Country Union Jr. High School (Derby), Poultney High School, Richford Jr.-Sr. High School,
St. Albans City School, Stowe Middle School


Professional development program for Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) staff to facilitate book discussions

Adult educators and students, including refugees and immigrants

66 adult educators and 376 adult students served
(546 free books distributed)

Adult education centers statewide, including Barre, Bradford, Colchester/Burlington, Middlebury, Morrisville, Rutland, and Springfield


Small cash awards where a little can do a lot and book donations to support literacy projects

Literacy program participants

6 awards paid for educational field trips and other expenses; 422 books donated to literacy

Literacy organizations statewide (schools, adult education centers, and community organizations) )







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