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Book Discussion
Deluge by Peggy Shinn

  • Thursday, February 11, 5:30pm
  • Thursday, February 18, 5:30pm

Community Conversation about Vermont’s Flash Floods

  • Monday, January 25, 5:30pm

Resilient Communities: Libraries Respond to Climate Change is a pilot program of the American Library Association

Sponsored by American Library Association, Sustainable Rockingham,
and Rockingham Conservation Commission

Book Discussion:

Deluge: Tropical Storm Irene, Vermont’s Flash Floods, and How One Small State Saved Itself  by Peggy Shinn

Book discussion will be led by retired scientist and Rockingham Conservation Commission member, Peter Bergstrom.

Contact the Library for a copy of the book and to  register for the book discussions, which will be held via zoom (for computers and phone)

Together, we will think about Tropical Storm Irene, how well we recovered and what we can do to prepare for another climate-related emergency in the future. 

Flood Bound Community Conversation
January 25
Via Zoom

Join the community conversation about Vermont’s flash floods on Monday, January 25 at 5:30 p.m. via Rockingham Library zoom. 

An excellent way to prepare for this program is by viewing the documentary film “Flood Bound: The Uplifting Story of Pittsfield, VT.” Flood Bound brings the devastation Irene left behind in VT front and center, along with the invaluable help neighbors gave to neighbors during and after this disaster. This film is available 24/7 on youtube and to this page.

This film discussion is just one of a series of programs to consider lessons learned from natural disasters, just in time for the 10th anniversary of Tropical Storm Irene in August 2021. We will think together about Tropical Storm Irene, learn what we can from others and consider how to prepare for another climate-related emergency in the future. Laurel Green, chair of Sustainable Rockingham, will facilitate this discussion. 

To receive an invitation to this zoom discussion, email or call the Library (802) 463-4270. Be sure to leave your phone # and email address. Please note: This program will not screen the film Flood Bound. Participants are encouraged to watch the film beforehand. (There are details above on how to watch it for free.) 

A number of organizations, local and national are sponsoring this program: American Library Association, Sustainable Rockingham, Rockingham Help & Helpers, Rockingham Conservation Commission, Saxtons River Historical Society and Bellows Falls Historical Society. 

Deluge book cover

Flood Bound: The Uplifting Story of a Small Town Facing of a Natural Disaster