Throughout 2010, the Vermont Humanities Council is encouraging Vermonters to read and explore "The Day of the Pelican" with community activities for students and adults. The first event in Castleton (co-sponsored by the Castleton Free Library and the Castleton/Hubbardton schools) will be at the Library this week.
Vermont, long a haven for the dispossessed, has recently sheltered refugees from Eastern Europe and the Balkans, Africa, Southeast Asia, and elsewhere. In Katherine Paterson's new book, Vermont's master storyteller recounts the saga of a Kosovar family, and its flight from Serbian aggression to refuge in Vermont.
This book examines the trials, flight, and challenges of resettlement of an ordinary, and extraordinary, family. In Paterson's sensitive hands, the story comes alive without rancor or political stance, detailing how a family survives ethnic cleansing and offering us a sense of the experiences of many of our newest Vermonters.
The program is free and open to the public. Free copies of the book are now available at the library thanks to the Vermont Humanities Council. For information call Meg or Jan at 468-5574.