May 23, 2022

Report: “Vermont Libraries Find White Nationalist Materials Placed in Books”


At least three Vermont libraries were have discovered white nationalist propaganda on slips of paper tucked into books on their shelves, according to emailed responses to a warning sent to institutions across the state.

Among those targeted was Southern Vermont College, where library personnel discovered material placed in the literature section of the Karen Gross Library.


Middlebury posted a notice Wednesday on a listserv for Vermont libraries.

“I am writing to let you know of a regrettable incident at the Middlebury College libraries,” wrote Carrie Macfarlane, director of research and instruction at Davis Family Library at Middlebury. “It’s possible that other libraries in the area have been affected.”

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