Manchester Community Library
Bob Van Degna will share his insights into the island of Sicily and his photographs of the Sicilian people in a presentation at Equinox Village on Sunday, May 20, at 4 p.m. The program is part of the Armchair Travel Series presented by Manchester Community Library and sponsored by Equinox Village. Sicily is an island off the coast of Italy that has been conquered and influenced by many peoples over the course of history including the Greeks, the Romans, the Germans, and the Arabs. Each has left their mark on the culture, making it a distinct experience in the Italian mosaic. Van Degna has traveled three times to Sicily, the home of his maternal grandparents. He spent two weeks driving through much of Sicily in late 2016. He walked the streets of many of the large and small towns on the island and will convey one person’s view of an island he loves. The program is free and open to the public. Equinox Village is located at 49 Maple Street in Manchester Center.
On Tuesday, May 22, at 1 p.m., Manchester Community Library will screen a 2017 biographical film about an early trial in the career of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall. The film follows the young lawyer to conservative Connecticut where he defends a black chauffeur charged with the sexual assault and attempted murder of a white socialite. Chadwick Boseman, Kate Hudson and Sterling K. Brown are part of the excellent cast. The screening is free and open to the public and is part of the Library’s Contemporary Film series. Running time is 118 minutes. Manchester
At 6:30 p.m. that day, MCL will welcome Barry Deitz, who will look at the life and times of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the man who created Sherlock Holmes and then could not escape him. Deitz will examine the evolution of the character Sherlock Holmes and at how, over the past 130 years, other writers, actors, artists and filmmakers have re-imagined the Great Detective. This is the fourth lecture that Barry had presented for the Library. The program is free and open to the public. Manchester Community Library is located at 138 Cemetery Avenue in Manchester. For details, call 802-362-2607 or visit mclvt.org.
Winhall Memorial Library
The Winhall Memorial Library is displaying the photography of Alexis Matrone this month, and invite the public to an artist’s reception on Saturday, May 19, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Come meet the artist and enjoy some refreshments. While you’re there, check out the Library’s display for ‘The Great American Read,’ an eight-part series airing on PBS beginning May 22; it owns 68 of the 100 titles on the list. The show explores and celebrates the power of reading as told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels, and investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how readers are affected by them, and what they have to say about our diverse nation and shared experiences. Winhall Memorial Library is located at 2 Lower Taylor Hill Road in Bondville. For information, call 802- 297-9741 or visit winhallmemoriallibrary.org.