March: Book One

by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell

Vermont Reads is a multi-generational program, bringing people together throughout the state to celebrate literacy. This year's book selection, March: Book One by civil rights leader John Lewis, tells of the author’s childhood in rural Alabama, his life-changing interactions with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the nonviolent sit-ins he joined at lunch counters in Nashville as a means of undermining segregation. All three volumes of March illustrate Lewis’s commitment to nonviolence in the pursuit of social justice.

Scroll down to view a list of Vermont Reads events at the Aldrich Public Library

Free copies available at the Aldrich Library, Barre City Elementary & Middle School, Barre Town Elementary & Middle School, Spaulding High School, St. Monica's, and the Barre Senior Center.


Schedule of Events

Opening Event

Tuesday, Sept. 17 from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Milne Community Room

Our guest speaker, local author Kekla Magoon, will address the themes of activism and social justice. Kekla's works, X: A Novel, The Rock and the River, Fire in the Streets, and the Shadows of Sherwood series, make her an engaging and knowledgeable speaker for children, teens, and adults.

Barre Community Writing Contest

October 1 - October 31

Theme: Activism: Changing the World. Write a story, poem, essay, or graphic novel that tells about or calls for change in your home, school, community or the world. The contest is open to writers of all ages, from Kindergartners to Seniors. Students submit writing entries to Lindy Johnson at BTEMS and BCEMS. Submissions will also be accepted at the Aldrich Public Library.


Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Reading Room

Sing-along of freedom songs from the Civil Rights era with performers Mark Greenberg and Ben Koenig.

Movie Night: Black Panther

Thursday, Oct. 3 from 5 - 7 p.m. in the Milne Community Room

The PG-13 rated story of T'Challa, heir to the hidden kingdom of Wakanda, must lead his people into a new future and confront a challenger from his country's past.

Movie Night: Selma Lord Selma

Saturday, Nov. 9 from 12 - 2 p.m. in the Milne Community Room

Set in Alabama in 1965, an 11-year-old girl is moved by a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and joins others in the famed march from Selma to Montgomery.

Arts & Crafts (Graphic Novel Workshop)

Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. in the Milne Community Room

A graphic novel writing workshop at the Library for kids Grades 4-10.

Culmination Celebration

Tuesday, Nov, 19 at 6 p.m. in the Milne Community Room

Come hear our writing contest winners read their entries. Light refreshments provided.


Author Kekla Magoon

Watch movies on the big screen related to the March series!

Write a story, poem, essay, or graphic novel about changing the world for the Barre Community Writing Contest!

Aldrich Public Library

6 Washington Street

Barre, VT 05641

(802) 476-7550​  Main Branch 

(802) 476-5118  York Branch 

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