By Margaret Woodruff | Contributor

Library valentine bags

Just in time for Library Lovers Month, the Friends of the Charlotte Library are selling “Book Lover” Valentine bags: Lake Champlain chocolates and cocoa mix, a festive mug, reader’s journal, library T-shirt and a “blind-date” book ready to bring anywhere in our Charlotte Library tote bag. Stop by the library to see our sample or call 425-3864 to reserve one for your Valentine. Valentine bags for $35, all proceeds to go the Friends of the Charlotte Library.

Upcoming @ The Library

On display at the library:  Watercolors by Katra Kindar


Preschool Lunch Bunch, Tuesdays 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Please bring a packed lunch. For children ages 3 to 5 who can enjoy story time with or without a guardian. Registration required.

Early Elementary Story Time (Kindergarten and First Grade), Tuesdays 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.   Extend the school day enjoying books, songs, poems and crafts.  Students ride the blue bus to library. Registration required.

Other Library Happenings

Thursday, Jan. 28, 7 p.m.:  Book Group Movie, Brideshead Revisited.  A follow-up from book discussion on Jan. 21. Need to catch up? Copies of the book are available to check out at the circulation desk.

Monday, Feb. 1, 3:15 p.m.:  Afterschool Program, “Feed the Birds.” Come to the library after school and make bird feeders for our winter feathered friends. Grades 2 and up. Registration required.

Wednesday, Feb. 3, 5:30 p.m.: Library Knitters. Bring your project or get started on a new one with help from the knitting crew. We’ve got needles and yarn to share!

Monday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m.:  Mystery Book Group: The Shadow of the Wind. This historical mystery, set in Barcelona after the Spanish Civil War, follows the trail of disappearing books, mysterious authors and murder. Copies available at the circulation desk.

Monday, Feb. 8, through Wednesday, Feb. 10, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: OneClick Drop-in Sessions. Start reading ebooks and audiobooks on your mobile device with OneClick Digital; recent publications, classics and even Pimsleur language lessons are available. Our tech librarian, Susanna, walks you through setting up an account, downloading the app and checking out your first book. Bring your smartphone or tablet and any passwords needed to download apps.

*NEW* Tuesday, Feb. 9, 6:30 p.m.: Cooking Book Club. Using the Ottolenghi series of cookbooks, join us to explore cooking as a cultural, historical and delicious culinary activity that gives a sense of time and place. The Ottolenghi books—Plenty, Ottolenghi, Jerusalem and Nopi—will be out on the library tables for you to look through. Once you’ve found a recipe to try, we will make a copy for you and mark that recipe as “taken.”  Bring your prepared dish to the Charlotte Senior Center, share our meal and enjoy the cookbook-to-table experience together.

Wednesday, Feb. 17, 7 P.M.:  Getting to Net Zero Energy in Old Houses and New.  Vermont has a goal of getting to 90 percent renewable energy use by 2050. Unrealistic? Not at all. We now have a range of tools to make our homes “net zero,” which means the building creates as much energy as it uses. Come hear a presentation about how new construction can be built to net zero and how old housing stock can be transformed from inefficient and leaky to practically fossil fuel-free. Join us for presentations from Bill Kallock of the Charlotte Energy Committee and Chuck Reiss of the Hinesburg Energy Committee. Discussion to follow, with refreshments provided.

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.:  Book Talk: The Life of Truman Naramore, Civil War Veteran and Entrepreneur. A book signing with local historian Richard Allen, featuring his book published in November 2015. Co-sponsored with the Charlotte Historical Society.

Library Board

Next meeting:  Feb. 11, 6 p.m. Board members: Emily Ferris, Dorrice Hammer, Nan Mason, Danielle Menk, Jonathan Silverman.