By Margaret Woodruff | Contributor

Upcoming @ The Charlotte Library

Thursdays, beginning September 8, 3:15 p.m..  Coding Club @ the Library.  Art. Design. Coding with Scratch. Create your own digital works of art! Use the computer to design your own animations, create a paint editor tool, and learn how technology is used in the art world! No previous computer experience is necessary. 4th grade and up. Registration required.

Wednesday, September 14, 5:30 p.m.  OneClick Drop-in Session.  Learn the ins and outs of this digital library that includes Pimsleur Language and Great Courses audiobooks as well as many popular titles in fiction and nonfiction.

Monday, September 19, 10 a.m. Mystery Book Group.  Join us for a trek through North Carolina backwoods with Margaret Maron’s first book, Bootlegger’s Daughter. Copies are available at the circulation desk.

Tuesday, September 20:  STORY TIME BEGINS! Story time runs every week from Sept. 20 to Nov. 16 (12:15 for preschoolers, 2:15 for K-1); no story time on 10/11.  Registration required.  Please call or email the library to sign up:  425-3864 or

Lunch Box Story Time for Preschoolers at noon.  Pack your lunchbox and join us for stories, songs and fun. For 3- to 5-year-olds who are comfortable in a story time setting with or without parent or caregiver.

After School Story Explorations, 3:15 p.m.  Take the bus from CCS and explore the world of stories!  For kindergarten and first grade students.

Wednesday, September 21, 9 a.m. Baby Time at the Library. This is a new group sponsored by Building Bright Futures to get all the littlest ones and their families together.

Thursday, September 22, 7 p.m.  “A Sense of Place:  Vermont’s Farm Legacy.”  Gregory Sharrow of the Vermont Folklife Center explores the fabric of farm culture in the past and probes its relationship to the world of Vermont today. A Vermont Archaeology Month event.

Tuesday, September 27, 7 p.m.: Great Decisions, Part II.  Upcoming discussion topics: United Nations (9/27), Climate Change (10/11) and Cuba and the U.S. (10/25). Reading materials and companion DVD available to check out at the circulation desk.

Settle in with a good book…

Leave Me by Gayle Forman.  For every woman who has ever fantasized about driving past her exit on the highway instead of going home to make dinner, for every woman who has ever dreamed of boarding a train to a place where no one needs constant attention—meet Maribeth Klein. A harried working mother who’s so busy taking care of her husband and twins, she doesn’t even realize she’s had a heart attack.

Cook Korean! by Robin Ha.  Fun to look at and easy to use, this unique combination of cookbook and graphic novel is the ideal introduction to cooking Korean cuisine at home. Robin Ha’s colorful and humorous one- to three-page comics fully illustrate the steps and ingredients needed to bring more than 60 traditional (and some not-so-traditional) dishes to life.

House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi. For two decades, Zeba was a loving wife, a patient mother, and a peaceful villager. But her quiet life is shattered when her husband, Kamal, is found brutally murdered with a hatchet in the courtyard of their home. Nearly catatonic with shock, Zeba is unable to account for her whereabouts at the time of his death. Her children swear their mother could not have committed such a heinous act. Kamal’s family is sure she did, and demands justice. Barely escaping a vengeful mob, Zeba is arrested and jailed.

Downfall by J.A. Jance. With a baby on the way, her mother and stepfather recently slain, a re-election campaign looming, and a daughter heading off for college, Cochise County Sheriff Joanna Brady has her hands full when a puzzling new case hits her department, demanding every resource she has at her disposal.