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Waterbury Reads "Wonder"

Thursday, October 23 at 6:30 PM

in the Crossett Brook Middle School Library

More than 100 Vermont communities are taking part in the Vermont Humanities sponsored, statewide, one-book community reading of " Wonder", R.J. Palacio's bestselling, inspiring story about the power, and the importance, of kindness - in everyone's life.

It's the story of fifth-grader Auggie Pullman who was born with a facial congenital birth defect. "Wonder" traces Auggie's journey through his first year in middle school, where he experiences the challenges of being shunned - and the satisfactions of belonging-in a world where differences can both set us apart and bring us together.


Because of the wealth of discussion and activity opportunities surrounding the subject matter in Wonder, we have organized TWO events to bring this all important topic to light.

-We are honored to host the Sanborn family from Richmond on Thursday, October 23 at 6:30 PM in the CBMS library. The Sanborn's 10 year old daughter, Olivia, was born with a rare craniofacial syndrome called Pfeiffer Syndrome - a similar facial abnormality as the book's main character, Auggie Pullman. They will be sharing a powerpoint presentation about their experiences, challenges and joys of raising her - they are a real live Wonder family!

-The second event will be held on Thursday, November 13, again in the CBMS library at 6:30 PM, when we will have a lively discussion of the book and other fun activities related to kindness and acceptance. 

Both events are being co-hosted by the Waterbury Public Library, Jen Hill from Crossett Brook Middle School, and Jacki McCarty from Harwood Union Middle School.


We hope you can join us in discovering with others the power of reading, and reflecting on the ways we can choose kindness and inclusion in our communities. Both evenings promise to be thought provokingand engaging, with other activities being planned.

The Waterbury Public Library has a limited number of copies of "Wonder" at our circulation desk. Please feel free to come and sign-out a copy - you don't need your library card to do so. We want as many people as possible to share this event with us! Light refreshments will also be provided.

By the way, "Wonder" was the winner of the 2014 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award!


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Ongoing Programs

Genealogy Quest:

Genealogy Quest meets the last Tuesday of every month (except during Summer months) at 7 PM upstairs in the Library (unless otherwise noted). All meetings are free and open to the public.

The next meeting is on October 28 upstairs in the Library. This month's program welcomes John & Susie Roberts with "Solving the Mysteries of Photos".  
Free and open to the public.


Food For Thought Book Discussion Group: 

Click here for Food for Thought group book discussion information


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