By Margaret Woodruff | Contributor

UPCOMING AT THE CHARLOTTE LIBRARY

Tuesdays: It’s time for story time! March 8–April 14. 

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.)

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

Registration required for both sessions.

Mondays, March 28, April 4, 1  p.m.: Being Mortal Book Discussion. Parts two and three of our discussion, covering chapters 3 and 4 on the 28th and 5 and 6 on the 4th. Copies available at the circulation desk for checkout. Meets at Charlotte Senior Center.

Tuesday, March 29, 7  p.m.: The Hummingbird, Last Rites & Hospice Care. Author and advocate Stephen Kiernan discusses this key topic in contemporary healthcare. Copies of both books available for checkout at the circulation desk.

Thursday, March 31, 7  p.m.: Introduction to Great Decisions. We’re organizing a group to learn about and discuss the key issues of the day: Middle East alliances, the rise of ISIS, the Kurds, migration, the Koreas, the United Nations, the US and Cuba, and climate change. A reading guide and accompanying video presentations are supplied by the Foreign Policy Association, so no expertise necessary! Each week features a different topic for conversation, facilitated by Vince Crockenberg and Jim Hyde. If you’ve got an interest or experience in one of the topics and would be willing to share your knowledge, please contact Margaret at the library, 425-3864. Program free of charge and materials available at the circulation desk.

Saturday, April 2, 10 a.m.: Charlotte-Shelburne Seed Library “Get Ready to Grow.” Got seeds? Need seeds? Join us for our third annual seed swap and garden gathering. The Seed Library has seeds to share, and our local experts have answers to your spring garden questions.

Saturday, April 2, 2p.m.: Sushi 1-2-3 with Elvie Golding. Charlotte favorite returns with sushi basics in this hands-on afternoon activity for adults and teens. Registration required; please call or email the library to sign up.

Tuesday, April 5, 6 p.m.: Literary Samples & Cider at The Library. The Cooking Book Club focuses on food in fiction for our next outing. If you’ve ever longed to try a recipe included in a favorite novel or story book, this is your chance! Select a dish from a fictional work, make it and bring to the Charlotte Library to share along with a brief explanation of your choice. We’ve got some bookish culinary references if you need inspiration, and we’ll provide local cider to enjoy during the evening. Registration required; please call or email the library to sign up.

National Library Week: April 10 to April 16. We will host a Library Snapshot Day and encourage everyone to stop in and show their support for the library. In addition to our “photo booth,” we will be working on our library infographic, too. Stay tuned for details!

Wednesday, April 13, 7  p.m.: Deborah Felmeth: Syria: Remember Me. With a long and enduring passion for Syria, Felmeth brings her photo collection and stories of the beleaguered and beautiful land she has known since 1991.

Library Board: Emily Ferris, Nan Mason, Danielle Menk, Jonathan Silverman, Robert Smith.

Next Meeting: April 14, 6  p.m.


TRENDY TITLES @ THE LIBRARY

Adult Books: These three represent a recent trend to revisit the Brontes and their literary world. The first is self-explanatory; the next two are novels which feature young women with connections to the Brontes’ fictional worlds, from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte to The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by the least known sister, Anne Bronte.

Plotted: A Literary Atlas by Daniel DeGraff (nonfiction, literary essays, cartography)

Jane Steele: A Novel by Lindsay Faye (historical fiction)

The Madwoman in the Attic by Catherine Lowell (historical fiction)