Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro

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Local youth will present a staged reading of Ann Braden’s book "The Benefits of Being an Octopus" on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 6:30 at the Boys & Girls Club of Brattleboro as part of the Let’s Read 2019 community reading initiative. Youth led discussion groups will follow the staged reading. Come hear local youth bring this story to life and share how this powerful book by a local author has affected them.

The Benefits of Being an Octopus, published in the fall of 2018, is the story of a young girl finding her courage and voice in the face of poverty, bullying, and a challenging home life. The Benefits of Being an Octopus is an NPR Best Book of the Year for 2018, a Junior Library Guild Selection, a 2019 Global Read Aloud Contender, a 2019-2020 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award Nominee, and included on Bank Street Best Children’s Books of 2019. This free event is open to the public and is appropriate for children in 4th grade and up, as well as adults.

Let’s Read 2019 was launched by the Wellness Committee of WSESU and is a joint effort by local schools, public libraries, government agencies and local nonprofits to encourage discussions of important topics through books. All members of the communities of Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Putney, and Vernon between the ages of 9 and 109 are encouraged to participate.

Let’s Read 2019 is made possible thanks to generous support from the Vermont Humanities Council, the Windham Foundation, and the Brooks Memorial Library, and is sponsored by WSESU, Food Connects, and Brattleboro Area Prevention Coalition. For more information, please contact Sheila Humphreys, or 802-451-0806.

Event Date
Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Event time
6:30 PM
Cost / donation
Theater, Literary, Kid stuff


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