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There's something magical about spending this season's long, dark nights inside the pages of a book. If you're searching for your next good read, you just might find it at a little free library – possibly one of the two new little libraries in Chittenden County.

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His books have taken readers to a world where internet connections feed directly into your brain. To the wondrous flame pits of Delaware. And most recently, to life during the Bolshevik Revolution and Stalinist Russia.

And they have garnered acclaim and honors, including the National Book Award.

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Here's what we know about public radio listeners: they are also avid readers. Monday on Vermont Edition, it's our Winter reading show!

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With the holiday season, comes performances of Handel's Messiah

Know of a Messiah performance or sing-along not listed here?  Tell us about it! 

Fred Wiseman

Almost a decade ago, Abenaki scholar and paleoethnobotanist Fred Wiseman started working with Abenaki communities as part of the documentation process for federal tribal recognition. While he was in these communities, Wiseman noticed crops that had long been thought to have disappeared growing on the hillsides. It led him to start the Seeds of Renewal Project.

If there's one thing most doctors, patients and lawmakers agree on when it comes to health care, it's that the fee-for-service model simply isn’t working. That model has been the standard for many years, but it creates an economic pressure for doctors and hospitals to administer more tests – which don’t necessarily make people any healthier.

But there’s little consensus on just how to set up a medical system that gives people the health care they need, and ensures that doctors and hospitals stay in the black.

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Every farmer knows that eventually the expensive equipment that once gleamed bright green or orange when it was new will succumb to age, hard use and rust.

Farmers also know that there’s still a lot of life left in old rusted equipment, if they can just get it apart to repair it.

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Ronald Read's story went viral earlier this year when it was reported that the thrifty Vermonter left an estate of more than $8 million when he died.

Brattleboro's Brooks Memorial Library received part of it, and now the library is starting a renovation project thanks to Read's gift.

You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. December 1 is Giving Tuesday, a worldwide celebration of philanthropy during this season of gratitude. This year, VPR has partnered with the Vermont Foodbank to provide healthy meals to hungry Vermonters.

With every gift to VPR today and tomorrow, a generous supporter in Shelburne will donate 15 meals to the Foodbank.

An artists’ cooperative gallery is facing closure in Enosburg Falls because of declining membership.