Black Rabbit Hall by Eve Chase (mystery)

A Friend of Mr. Lincoln by Stephen Harrigan (historical fiction)

Gratitude by Oliver Sacks (non-fiction essays)

Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges by Amy Cuddy (self-help)

While the City Slept: A Love Lost to Violence and a Young Man’s Descent into Madness by Eli Sanders (culture, true crime)


Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit (young adult historical fiction)

Mouse Scouts by Sarah Dillard (early reader)

The Skeleton Tree by Iain Lawrence (young adult realistic fiction)

By Margaret Woodruff | Contributor

WORLD READ ALOUD DAY: If anyone’s been paying attention, the international day to read aloud was Wednesday, Feb. 24. However, because that date falls during the winter vacation break for our community, the Charlotte Library is celebrating this event on Saturday, March 5. We invite you to join to read, listen and appreciate the power of the written word, right out loud. We know why we love to read aloud, but if you need any persuasion, experts across the education spectrum agree that reading aloud to your child brings the following benefits: school readiness, success in school, love of books, coping skills (source:

The connection that reading aloud creates between caregivers and children is as important as the readiness for school that reading aloud provides. The American Academy of Pediatrics “recommends that doctors tell parents they should be ‘reading together as a daily fun family activity’ from infancy.” Elementary-age students in a survey (conducted for Scholastic Books) frequently cited reading aloud as a special bonding time with their parents” (source: New York Times, January 8, 2015).

Dust off your Winnie the Pooh or War and Peace and share a selection with us on Saturday, March 5. You can sign up through the link on our website:


Thursday, Feb. 25, 7 p.m. Movie Showing:  The Maltese Falcon. A follow-up from the book discussion on Feb. 18 and the classic film featuring 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 introducing the working world of women in STEM careers. For 3rd-5th graders. Registration required. Call 425-3864 or email

Saturday, March 5: Charlotte Library’s 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.

Wednesday, March 9, 1 p.m. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End book discussion. INTRODUCTION: Join library director Margaret Woodruff and psychologist Alice Outwater for an introduction to Atul Gawande’s provocative book, Being Mortal. We look at reviews and comments and plan for our 4-week discussion series. Copies of the book available at the circulation desk for checkout. Co-sponsored with the Charlotte Senior Center and meets at the Charlotte Senior Center.

Wednesday, March 9, 7 p.m.:  Children’s Art Showcase Reception.  Celebrate Children’s Art Month and the wonderful masks created by Charlotte Central School 4th-grade students. The papier mache creations are inspired by favorite children’s books. Co-sponsored with CCS Art Program.  Refreshments served.

Monday, March 14, 10 a.m.:  Mystery Book Group: Death of a Red Heroine.  Set in Shanghai, this political mystery offers a peek into the tightly sealed, often crooked world of post-Tiananmen Square China.” Join us for coffee and conversation about this Chinese mystery by Qiu Xiaolong. Copies available at the circulation desk.

Wednesday, March 16, 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 available at the circulation desk for checkout.

Library Contact Information


Margaret Woodruff


Mon, Wed:  10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Tues, Thurs, Fri:  10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sat:  9 a.m.-2 p.m.





Library Board 

Next meeting: March 10, 6 p.m..

Board members: Emily Ferris, Dorrice Hammer, Nan Mason, Danielle Menk, Jonathan Silverman.