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By Margaret Woodruff | Contributor

Don’t Forget Your Valentine!

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, a reader’s journal, a library T-shirt and a “blind-date” book ready to bring anywhere in a Charlotte Library tote bag. Stop by the library to see our sample or call 425-3864 to reserve one for your Valentine. Valentine bags are $35; all proceeds to go the Friends of the Charlotte Library.

Upcoming At The Library

Monday, February 15, the library will be closed for Presidents Day.

Wednesday, February 17, 5:30 p.m. Library Knitters. Join us to knit, chat and compare fiber notes; bring a project or we can provide needles and wool to get you started. Meets every other Wednesday at the Charlotte Library unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, February 17, 7 p.m.  Getting to Net Zero Energy in Old Houses and New. Vermont has a goal of getting to 90% 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.

Thursday, February 18, 7:30 p.m. Library Book Discussion: The Maltese Falcon. The classic thriller by Dashiell Hammett features Sam Spade, the original “hard-boiled detective.” Copies available at the circulation desk.

Monday, February 22, 10:30 a.m. Vacation Program: Potholder Production. In celebration of Engineers Week, we’re practicing practicality. Since everyone needs potholders, make a pretty and useful gift for the cookie bakers you know. Registration required.

Tuesday, February 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.

Thursday, February 25, 7 p.m.  Film follow-up to the previous week’s book discussion,  this classic features Humphrey Bogart.

Wednesdays, beginning March 2, 3:15 p.m.:  TinkerBelles, Season 2:  Our STEAM gals (and guys) will work with a doctor, river scientist, electrician, wind engineer and cryptologist during the six-week program that introduces the working world of women in STEM careers. For 3-5th graders. Registration required—call 425-3864 or email

Saturday, March 5: World Read Aloud Day: Join us for a day to celebrate the written word, loud and clear. Sign up on our website to read from your favorite book or stop in to listen throughout our reading party.

Monday, March 7, 10 a.m.:  Mystery Book Group.  Stay tuned for details about our next mystery.

Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m.: The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up. Looking for guidance about communicating with children in this world of instant interactions? Barbara Hofer, Professor of Psychology at Middlebury College, shares insight from her book and work with adolescents and families. Copies of the book will be available at the circulation desk for checkout.