By Margaret Woodruff | Contributor

If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.

–Haruki Murakami

UPCOMING AT THE CHARLOTTE LIBRARY

April is National Poetry Month! Stop in and share a haiku on our bonsai poem tree. Tags and pens available, poetry up to you!

SATURDAY, APRIL 23, 9 a.m.: Pea planting and garden clean up. Help us ready the garden for our spring and plant some early peas to launch the Library Pantry Garden for 2016. Coordinated and co-sponsored with Transition Town Charlotte.

MONEY SMART WEEK: April 25–April 30. Money Smart Week was created in 2002 to raise awareness about personal finance issues, empower citizens with much-needed financial education, and dispel myths around money issues. Check the partner programs at the Pierson Library—call the Pierson Library for details, 985-5124.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 6:30 p.m.: “Why Insurance Matters,” with Annette Hannah and Daren Solomon from Titus Insurance. Annette and Daren will explore a range of personal insurance topics, including the importance of personal liability insurance, homeowners insurance and renters insurance; things to consider when buying a home; how pets affect home insurance, and more.

THURSDAY, APRIL 28, 11 a.m.: Secrets of college funding for parents of preschoolers. Financial engineer Erik Kolomaznik leads a discussion geared toward parents of young children on “myth busting” the world of saving for college.

Other Programs

MONDAY, APRIL 25, 1:30 p.m.: iPhone tips & tricks reprise. A repeat session of our popular workshop. Tech Librarian Susanna Kahn discusses helpful apps, wi-fi connection tips, and camera and photo pointers. Please bring your iPhone and your Apple ID information. Registration required.

MONDAY, APRIL 25, 3:15 p.m.: Afterschool Art—Altoid tin creations. Make your own curio box using these familiar breath-mint tins. Registration required. Please call the library to sign up.

TUESDAY, APRIL 26, at 7 p.m.: Information and opportunities for children with special needs. Come and gather information/resources in our community to help children with special needs, with Sara Kruk, creator of “Kayla’s Directory,” and special educators with experience in elementary, middle school and high school. Learn about the abundance of activities children with special needs can access in our community.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 3:15 p.m.: Coding Club—Social media magic with Scratch. Building a profile page, creating a quiz and more in this 6-week session featuring hands-on experience and one-on-one instruction. Fourth grade and up. Registration required. Call 425-3864 or email charlottelibraryvt@gmail.com to sign up.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, 7 p.m.: Therapy dogs of Vermont. Meet the dogs and the people behind this program that “bring[s] joy and comfort to people in a host of Vermont hospitals and other health-related venues, nursing and retirement homes, child and adult day care centers, and correctional facilities.”

WEDNESDAY, MAY 4, 7 p.m.: The Woodchuck Returns to Gardening. Vermont author and native gardener Ron Krupp shares the latest words of wisdom and inspiration from his years of gardening in the Green Mountain State. Co-sponsored with the Charlotte Grange.

SATURDAY, MAY 7, 9 a.m.: Seed Library table at Green Up Day. Drop off your trash and pick up some seeds for your garden at the same time!

LIBRARY BOARD: Emily Ferris, Nan Mason, Danielle Menk, Jonathan Silverman, Robert Smith. Next meeting: May 12, 6 p.m.


Trendy Titles @ the Library

Adult Books

Bad-Ass Librarians of Timbuktu: And Their Race to Save the World’s Most Precious Manuscripts, by Joshua Hammer. To save precious, centuries-old Arabic texts from Al Qaeda, a band of librarians in Timbuktu pulls off a brazen heist worthy of Ocean’s Eleven.

Eligible: A Modern Retelling of Pride and Prejudice, by Curtis Sittenfeld. This version of the Bennet family—and Mr. Darcy—is one that you have and haven’t met before: Liz is a magazine writer in her late 30s who, like her yoga instructor older sister, Jane, lives in New York City. When their father has a health scare, they return to their childhood home in Cincinnati to help—and discover that the sprawling Tudor they grew up in is crumbling and the family is in disarray.

Noonday by Pat Barker. London, the Blitz, autumn 1940. As the bombs fall on the blacked-out city, ambulance driver Elinor Brooke races from bomb sites to hospitals, trying to save the lives of injured survivors, working alongside former friend Kit Neville, while her husband, Paul, works as an air-raid warden. Once fellow students at the Slade School of Fine Art before the First World War destroyed the hopes of their generation, they now find themselves caught in another war, this time at home.

Youth Books

The Great American Whatever, by Tim Federle (young adult). Quinn Roberts is a 16-year-old smart aleck and Hollywood hopeful whose only worry used to be writing convincing dialogue for the movies he made with his sister Annabeth. Of course, that was all before … before Annabeth was killed in a car accident. Enter Geoff, Quinn’s best friend, who insists it’s time that Quinn came out—at least from hibernation. What follows is an upside-down week in which Quinn begins imagining his future as a screenplay that might actually have a happily-ever-after ending.

A Tangle of Gold, by Jaclyn Moriarty (juvenile fiction).Worlds apart and with time running out, Madeleine and Elliot find themselves on a collision course to save the kingdom they love and maybe even save each other.

The War That Saved My Life, by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (juvenile fiction). Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada’s twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother, Jamie, is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn’t waste a minute—she sneaks out to join him.