LONDONDERRY - Ten enthusiastic people attended the Kick-Off Event for the Vermont Humanities Councils 2014 Vermont Reads Wonder program at The Meeting Place at Neighborhood Connections on June 30.

The social services agency received a grant from the Vermont Humanities to act as sponsoring group for this State-wide reading program. Collaborating organizations are the Weston Wilder Library, the South Londonderry Free Library and The Collaborative at Flood Brook.

"Wonder," by R. J. Palacio relates the story of fifth-grader Auggie Pullman, who was born with a severely-disfigured face, as he strives to be just an ordinary kid with an extraordinary face. The prevailing theme of the novel is kindness, inclusion and tolerance.

Shown below are the events scheduled throughout the summer around the State-wide reading of "Wonder." The community is invited to attend any or all of these activities.

July 5 through August - Read Aloud with The Wilder Memorial Library at the Weston Rec. Kerri MacLaury will read "Wonder" until its completion from 2:30-3:30 p.m. For more information, go to the library's website at www.wilderweston@gmail.com.

July 7 - Aug. 15 - Sign a Kindness Pledge at the South Londonderry Free Library. Stop by the library for a copy of "Wonder" and an opportunity to sign a kindness pledge. Ongoing Expressions in Kindness - people are encouraged to draw or write about an act of kindness that was done for them or that they performed for someone else. The writing or drawing should be dropped off at Neighborhood Connections to be part of a traveling exhibit around area communities.

Aug. 15 - Opening Reception for Expressions in Kindness. The first stop for the traveling exhibition will be at Neighborhood Connections. Ice cream will be served from 6-8 p.m.

Aug. 18 - "Wonder" book talk at South Londonderry Free Library. Come to the library at 1:30 p.m. for a discussion about "Wonder." The discussion is open to all ages.

Contact Neighborhood Connections at 824-4343 for more information.