MANCHESTER - The public is encouraged to pick up a free copy of the 2014 Vermont Reads book "Wonder" at the Mark Skinner Library during September.

More than 100 Vermont communities are taking part in the statewide read of "Wonder," R.J. Palacio's bestselling, inspiring story about the power, and the importance, of kindness in everyone's life.

On the inside, fifth-grader Auggie Pullman knows he's like any other kid, but due to a congenital birth defect, he stands out in ways nobody wants to. "Wonder" traces Auggie's journey through his first year in middle school, where he experiences the challenges of being shunned and the satisfactions of belonging in a world where differences can both set us apart and bring us together.

Discover with others the power of reading, and of reflecting on the ways people can choose kindness and inclusion in their communities. Vermont Reads, a Vermont Humanities Council initiative, unites communities around reading, ideas, and activities.

Read the book during September and attend complementary programming in October. On Oct. 9, R.J. Palacio presents "365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Book of Precepts. The event, which is being hosted by Northshire Bookstore, will be held at Manchester Elementary Middle School beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 16: "Wonder What It's Like." Sam Drazin of Changing Perspectives will present a program about improving disability awareness and understanding.


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He has a unique perspective, as a student with a condition similar to Auggie's and as a third-grade teacher. The public is invited to attend. The event will be hosted by MEMS and MSL and will take place at Manchester Elementary Middle School beginning at 1 p.m.

Oct. 22: A book discussion of R.J. Palacio's "Wonder" led by Youth Services Librarian Janet Kleinberg. The event will be held at the Manchester Community Library beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 29: Film screening of "Mask," an inspirational film based on the true story of Rocky Dennis, a disfigured but sensitive and intelligent teenager. The film is rated PG-13 and is appropriate for middle school through adult audiences. The screening will be held at the Manchester Community Library beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Stop by Mark Skinner Library at 48 West Rd. in Manchester Village on Tuesdays and Thurs days, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Wednesdays, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. to pick up a copy of the book the Wall Street Journal calls "A beautiful, funny and sometimes sob-making story of quiet transformation."

"Wonder" is wonderful reading for school age through adult.

For more information, call the library at 802-362-2607.