Calendar of Events

At the Joslin Library we work hard to offer a variety of programs and events to entertain, teach, and most importantly, provide opportunities to gather as a community.  Have an idea for a great program?  Looking for more information regarding our current offerings? Contact us at programsjml@madriver.com.

All programs are at the Joslin Library unless otherwise indicated.  


Tuesday afternoons 1-3 pm, Central Vermont Adult Basic Education

Join Dave Busker, the Teacher/Community Coordinator for Central VT Adult Basic Education in the Mad River Valley and Waterbury. Need some help with reading, writing, math, and computer skills? Working on your HS diploma or GED, or want to improve your English? CVABE is here to help. No appointment necessary. Come with questions, specific issues, or just to learn more about CVABE to see if they might be able to help you.

Free and open to all!


“Book Club Meets Science Cafe:” a 3-part Environmental Literacy Community Discussion series, Thursdays 9/14, 10/5, 11/2, 6:30 pm

A series of 3 community discussions designed to foster resilience in the face of climate change and extreme weather events. Hosted by the Mad River Valley Libraries, the series  features books, film quality videos and conversations with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science partner Dr. Leslie Kanat, from Johnson State College.

Each session looks at climate change through a unique lens: Community, Change, and Strategy, respectively. Videos will be shown onsite and copies of all 3 books are available at the MRV Libraries.

Part 1: Thursday, Sept. 14th, 6:30 pm, Joslin Memorial Library “Community”

We will begin the series with a focus on how climate change affects our sense of community, and how communities can cope with challenges together. Reading for this is Barbara Kingsolver’s powerful story of how environmental turmoil profoundly influences the social and economic reality of a fictional family and community in rural Tennessee.

 


Part 2: Thursday, October 5th, 6:30 pm, Moretown Memorial Library “Change”

We continue the series at the Moretown Library exploring the theme of Change. This month’s book explores the deadly 1995 heat wave in Chicago. Klinenberg analyzes the weather’s impact on the city’s infrastructure, how the heat wave highlighted the city’s socio-economic imbalances, media coverage, and why this event turned into an unprecedented urban disaster.


9780385352871_custom-b9151d61a5c6869bf30190fa56d69a11c7c8bcd9-s200-c85 Part 3: Thursday, November 2nd, 6:30 pm, Warren Public Library “Strategy”

We conclude the series with Paolo Bacigalupi’s dystopian page -turner about life in the American Southwest when severe water shortages bring out some of the worst human behavior. Good vs. evil, scrappy survivors vs. greedy capitalists, Chinese monopolies, friendships forged in desperate times. This award-winning book will lead us into a discussion of strategy: how can we do things differently than the characters in this book?

For more information about these programs, the collaborators and the science behind the topics, click here.