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Thursday 10/10–Author Ann Braden on The Power of Story at Putney Library–Part of Let’s Read 2019!

Putney Public Library is thrilled to host The Benefits of Being an Octopus author, Ann Braden, for a presentation on The Power of Story at the Putney Public Library on Thursday, October 10th at 6:30pm. Like Ann’s book, this presentation is appropriate for ages 10 to adult.

Copies of books are available to be borrowed at the Putney Public Library, as well as other public libraries and school libraries in Windham County.

More on The Benefits of Being an Octopus and Let’s Read:
The Wellness Committee of WSESU is launching Let’s Read 2019, a community reading initiative, during the summer and fall of 2019. 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 will feature The Benefits of Being an Octopus by local author Ann Braden. This book is appropriate for children in 4th grade and up, as well as adults.

Set in a fictionalized version of Brattleboro, The Benefits of Being an Octopus, published in the fall of 2018, is the powerful 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 has been attracting significant attention, both regionally and nationally. According to the School Library Journal, “This heartbreaking, beautifully written book about finding one’s voice will offer some readers a relatable reflection and others a window that can help build empathy and understanding.” 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.

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, contact Sheila Humphreys, or (802) 451-0806.

Putney Public Library is located at 55 Main St. in Putney, VT. This event is free and open to the public.