DORSET >> The Green Mountain Academy for Lifelong Learning and the Dorset Village Library invites the public to a special night of "Exploring Svalbard - A Polar Trek" on May 26 at 5:30 p.m. The Dorset Village Library is participating in the Vermont Reads program featuring two books about Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton. "Shipwreck at the End of the World" by Jennifer Armstrong and "The Endurance: Shackleton's Legendary Antarctic Expedition," by Caroline Alexander are both available to the community at the Dorset Village Library as well as a few copies at the East Dorset Annex.
Svalbard is an archipelago in the Arctic Ocean 500 miles south of the North Pole. It has a unique international status granted by the Treaty of Versailles in 1920. In 2006, along with a group of adventurers, David Golibersuch traversed the largest island, Spitsbergen, by skis and dogsled. This talk will explore the geography of the Arctic, the history of Svalbard, methods for travel in the polar regions, and view some spectacular images of the glaciers and mountains of the area. The islands are home to large numbers of polar bears.