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Event listings for Wednesday, July 18

The written word

GUILFORD Talk About Books - "The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry" by Gabrielle Zevin: A.J. Fikry's life is not at all what he expected it to be. He's not quite 40 and his wife has died; his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history; and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. This is a tale of transformation and second chances. Zevin has her characters grow and prosper, in a narrative that is sometimes sentimental, sometimes funny, sometimes true to life and always entertaining. 6:30 p.m. Free. Guilford Free Library, 4024 Guilford Center Rd. Information: 802-254-5561, http://guilfordfreelibraryvt.blogspot.com.

PUTNEY Terry Hauptman, Toni Ortner, and Tim Mayo Read Their Work: Hauptman and her rhapsodic poems incorporate many cultures both past and present. Her newest book is "The Indwelling of Dissonance." Ortner's new work - "Fractured Woman and End Rhymes for End Times" and "Giving Myself Over to J.S Bach" - confront the social, economic, and political crisis of our times. She is host of the Write Action Radio Hour on l07.7 FM in Brattleboro, where she interviews writers and they read their work. Mayo reads some of his intense love poems. His second volume, "Thesaurus of Separation," was a finalist for both the 2017 Montaigne Medal and the 2017 Eric Hoffer Award. 7 p.m. Free. Putney Public Library, 55 Main St. Information: 802-387-4407; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Ideas and education

BRATTLEBORO What is Baha'i?: With Marie Proctor. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Free. Brown Bag Lunch Series, River Garden, 157 Main St. Information: 802-246-0982; Click for more info on Web in new window.

DOVER Bhutan: Slideshow presentation by Debby Dorsett. 7 p.m. Free. Dover Free Library, 22 Holland Rd. Information: 802-348-7488; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Fundraising and awareness events

KEENE Grand Monadnock Youth Choirs Present Songs of Freedom and Peace - Nelson Mandela Global Centenary Musical Tribute: Mandela established the Nelson Mandela Foundation as his post-presidential office in 1999 with a focus "of liberating children from poverty through improved literacy," with a 10-year project plan to fund the Nelson Mandela Literacy Project. Since 2011, the Nelson Mandela Literacy Project has provided 100,000 South African children daily access to reading materials through containerized libraries. There will be an opportunity for people to share their thoughts, enjoy a piece of birthday cake, and participate in an open drumming circle starting at 11:45 pm (bring a drum). Attendees are welcome to provide birthday cards/personal messages in honor of Nelson Mandela, which will be forwarded to the Mandela Foundation. GMYC singers (grades 2-12), with songs of freedom and peace, welcome guests including including Dottie Morse, Chief Officer for Diversity and Multiculturalism, Keene State College, and Mayor Kendall Lane, who will issue a proclamation declaring July 18, 2018 as Music is Literacy Day to honor the life of humanitarian, visionary and peacemaker, Nelson Mandela. 12 noon - 1 p.m. Central Square. Information: esther.rh.rhoades@gmail.com, www.grandmonadnockyouthchoirs.org/mandela-celebration.html.

Kids and families

BRATTLEBORO Rhyme Time: Stories and songs for children 5 and under. 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in the Meeting Room (April-Aug. and Oct.-Feb.). Free. Brooks Memorial Library, 224 Main St. Information: 802-254-5290; Click for more info on Web in new window.

Well-being

BRATTLEBORO Lunchtime Yoga for Co-op Shareholders: All-levels, led by a different local teacher each Wednesday. Bring a yoga mat. noon - 1 p.m. Free (only open to shareholders). Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room, 7 Canal St. Information: 802-246-2821; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Alternatives to Suicide: This is a mutual support group open to anyone who has experienced thoughts of suicide. Guided by a charter of values provided by the Western Mass Recovery Learning Community, the group is non-clinical and does not link suicide with illness. Participants are free to talk about and find meaning in their experiences in/on their own terms. 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Free. The Hive, 24 Flat St., #202 (2nd fl., 2nd door to left). Information: ; Click to e-mail for more information.

BRATTLEBORO Yoga with Dante: Relax and reinvigorate - the best of both worlds. Postures are accompanied by conscious breathing. Crystal bowl sound healing, meditation, some chanting. 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. Free; donations welcome. Gallery in the Woods, 145 Main St. Information: 802-257-4777.

PUTNEY Al-Anon: For friends and relatives of alcoholics. 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. Free; donations welcome. Putney Friends Meeting House, 17 Bellows Falls Rd. Information: 866-972-5266; www.vermontalanonalateen.org.

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