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TED: Racial Politics of Time

"The Racial Politics of Time"
A TED Talk by Brittney Cooper

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 6:30PM
Hartland Public Library

Cultural theorist Brittney Cooper examines racism through the lens of time, showing us how historically it has been stolen from people of color, resulting in lost moments of joy and connection, lost years of healthy quality of life, and the delay of progress. A candid, thought-provoking take on history and race that may make you reconsider your understanding of time, and your place in it.

We’ll watch the TED talk and have time for discussion after. For more information, please call the library at 436-2473 or email

A Vermont Reads Program


Celebrate National Poem in Your Pocket Day

Wednesday, April 27, 2017 at 6:30PM
Hartland Public Library

Hartland Community Arts and the Hartland Public Library invite you to a festive smorgasbord of poetry offerings celebrating 'A Sense of Place and Connections' during April's National Poetry Month!

* A visit from Vermont Poet Laureate Chard DeNoird
* A visit from Dede Cummings, Founder of Green Writers Press
* A discussion of J. Howard Flower, 19th century Hartland poet and author of "The Free Soul: A Pioneer of Personal Liberation and Eternal Youth, Printed in Our Corner of the Universe at Erratic Intervals of Eternity"
* Poetry selections of favorite poems by: Robert Frost, Leland Kinsey, Edna St. Vincent Millay, William Carlos Williams; and Chard de Niord.
* A reading by local poet Rob Foote
* And more!

Everyone who attends will go home with a poem in their pocket! 
Light refreshments provided.

For more information contact the library at or call 802.436.2473.


Good Naked: Uncovering Your Creative Potential
An Author Event with Joni B. Cole

Wednesday, May 3 at 7:00PM
Hartland Public Library

 The time has come to honor the origins of our stories and ideas, and to expose the creative process in all its glory. To that end, join acclaimed author and writing instructor Joni B. Cole as she shares the wit and wisdom of her new book Good Naked: Reflections on How to Write More, Write Better, and Be Happier ("Who says books about writing have to be dull, dry, and pretentious? Author and creative writing instructor Joni B. Cole is here to put the fun back in fundamentals." The Writer magazine). The presentation will be followed by a quick workshop that invites participants to uncover their own creative potential. Come. Have fun. Write on!

For more information about the event, please call the library at 436-2473 or email

About Joni B. Cole: Joni B. Cole is the author of new release Good Naked: Reflections on How to Write more, Write Better, and Be Happier ("Joyful, tough-minded, and heartening, these pages offer encouragement to anyone from beginners to experienced writers. Good Naked is one of the best books for writers I've read in a very long time." Cynthia Huntington, National Book Award Finalist, poetry). Joni's acclaimed first book on writing, Toxic Feedback: Helping Writers Survive and Thrive, is "strongly recommended" for students and teachers by Library Journal. Joni is also the author of Another Bad-Dog Book: Essays on Life, Love, and Neurotic Human Behavior, and a contributor to The Writer magazine. She serves on the faculty of the New Hampshire Institute of Art, teaches in the Master of Arts Liberal Studies program at Dartmouth College, and is founder of the Writer's Center of White River Junction, Vermont. Joni has been nominated for both a Pushcart Prize and USA Fellowship Award. For more information,



Life & Alpacas
with Lauren Anderson of Weaving Dreams Farm

 Thursday, May 4, 2017 at 4:00PM
Hartland Public Library

Lauren will talk about life's journey and alpaca farming. How it all happened and what she's learned along the way!

Sponsored by Aging in Hartland


Rick Winston: The Hollywood Blacklist
A Vermont Humanities Council Event

Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 6:30PM
Hartland Public Library

In the late 1940s through the early 1960s, many screenwriters, directors, and actors were victims of the Red Scare. They were rendered unemployable due to their refusal to testify before Congressional committees or refusal to inform on others. Film expert Rick Winston will explore the origins of the blacklist in Hollywood's labor unrest and what led to its ultimate end, showing clips from films that were affected by the fear that consumed Hollywood, including 'High Noon,' 'On the Waterfront,'and 'Salt of the Earth.'

The event is free, open to the public, and accessible to those with disabilities. For more information, contact the library at (802) 436-2473 or


THE WORKS OF RICK HEARN from Feb 21 - April 15 - Artist Reception Sat Feb 25, 2017 from 1 - 3 pm

Artist’s Reception for Rick Hearn
Hartland Public Library
Saturday February 25, 2017
1:00 – 3:00 pm

The Hartland Public Library is excited to feature the works of Rick Hearn in the Community Meeting Room. The show will run from February 21 through April 15.

Rick Hearn grew up in a small town in northwestern Connecticut and was influenced by many living artists of this area. During his adolescence, he apprenticed with the late sculptors Phillip Grausmans and William Talbot.  He attended the Maryland Institute for the Fine Arts, graduated in 1976, and began his professional career, which included all types of printmaking, drawing, painting, carving and sculpting.

In the early 80s, Mr Hearn purchased land in Springfield, Vermont and built with his own hand, his home and studio. Over the last three decades he has had numerous one person shows, and has won national recognition for his art. Many pieces of his work can be found in both private and public collections. His current passion is painting plein-air landscapes, and he can often be found chasing light across the hills and valley of Vermont.


Every Tuesday afternoon, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM in the library community room.



Every Wednesday, 3:30PM - 5:30PM
Library Community Room

All are welcome for a friendly game of cribbage!


Games for Seniors meets every first and third Wednesday at 1pm. All seniors are welcome! Participants choose the games - Scrabble, cards or board games.


We currently offer two weekly programs for children: a storytime for infants through age 5 and an after school club for grades 1-6 (younger with a parent). See the "Children and Teens" section of this website for more information about youth programming.

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