MANCHESTER CENTER >> Vermont Reads brings communities together around stories, ideas, and activities that are important to the life of towns of all sizes. This year, Vermont Reads explores the extraordinary true story of Ernest Shackleton and the Endurance – an inspiring tale of courage, perseverance, and survival.
Renowned explorer Ernest Shackleton and a crew of 27 men set sail aboard the Endurance for the South Atlantic in August 1914. They were in pursuit of an unclaimed prize in the history of exploration: the first crossing on foot of Antarctica.
They came within eighty-five miles of the continent, sailing a hazardous path through the pack ice of the Weddell Sea when the ship was trapped in the ice pack. After nine anxious months, the ship was crushed, leaving the crew stranded on the ice.
Pick up a copy of Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World at the Library. The novel is appropriate for 6th grade through adult. Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer Armstrong gives a riveting account of this expedition–one of history's greatest epics of survival. The book features Frank Hurley's astonishing photography.
Join the book discussion at the Equinox Village on October 19 at 6 p.m.; watch The Endurance: the dramatic documentary of the ill-fated expedition at the Library on Nov. 10 at 6:30 p.m.; and learn about "Alternative Winter Fitness in the Ice & Snow" at MCL on Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. These programs are free and all are welcome.
Vermont Reads is a Vermont Humanities Council program. Manchester's celebration of Vermont Reads is sponsored by Equinox Village, Manchester Community Library, and Sustainable Design of Vermont.