News from the Pierson Library: June 5, 2014

Pierson Library LogoTonight! The Sci-Fi & Fantasy Book Discussion Group meets at 7pm to discussion “Leviathan Wakes” by James. S. A. Corey.  Pizza will be served!  Please sign up in advance. This event is cohosted with Geek Mountain State.

New Exhibition at the Library: We are delighted to be featuring the winning entries as well as displaying other unique entries in the Annual Architecture Excellence Awards sponsored by the Vermont Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIAVT), a nonprofit business association. AIAVT members design residences, workplaces, public buildings, parks, commerce centers, and other structures for clients all over the world although most of the projects depicted in this exhibit are located in Vermont.  Enjoy the exhibit during the months of June and July.

Maya Angelou read-a-thon: Please join us on Wednesday, June 11 from 4 to 5pm to celebrate Maya Angelou’s life by taking five-minute turns reading from her various works. She passed away peacefully at home on May 28 at the age of 86.  She was the author of seven autobiographies – most notably “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” and “And Still I Rise” — three books of essays, and several books of poetry.  In addition, she was an accomplished songstress, dancer, actress, and screenwriter. She was the recipient of more than 50 honorary degrees, three Grammy Awards, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among other honors. Please sign up for a timeslot at the reading.

Summer’s here and it’s time to travel: Don’t forget that the Library has passes giving families reduced or free admission to a variety of museums and other attractions, not only nearby and throughout Vermont, but some in Massachusetts as well.  We’re also expecting our state park passes very soon.  These passes include:

Shelburne Museum for 2 adults and all children under 18; Shelburne Farms; Fleming Museum for 4 family members, children under 6 are free; Ethan Allen Homestead for 2 adults and all children; Vermont Ski & Snowboard Museum in Stowe for the family; Vermont Historical Society Museum in Montpelier for 2 adults and all children under 18; Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium in St. Johnsbury for 2 adults and all children; St. Johnsbury Athenaeum & Art Gallery for 2 adults and all children; VINS Nature Center in Quechee for 4 family members; Hildene in Manchester for 2 adults and all children; Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Mass. for 2 adults and 4 children; and The Museum of Fine arts in Boston, Mass. for 2 adults for $10 with free admission for children 17 or under.

In most cases, we only have one of each pass, so please call ahead to reserve the pass for the day of your visit.

“Three Part Invention”: Formite Press Author Reading: Mark your calendar for Tuesday, June 17 at 7pm so you can meet three authors of this local publishing house who will be reading from their recently published material. Fomite Press ( is a literary entity whose authors and artists explore the human condition in poetry and prose. Refreshments will be served.