Happy New Year from the Library! 

If you’re resolving to read more in the New Year, here are a few ways to get started:

Adopt an Author: We are launching our Adopt-an-Author program this month. If you have a favorite writer and want to be first on the list to read latest titles, consider adopting this author. You will pay the library discount price (usually 45 percent off of cover price) and be guaranteed first checkout. Ask at the the circulation desk for more information.

Book Riot 2018 Tournament of Books: Join our Cozy Couch Book Group and select one of these great titles to read. We’ll make sure copies are available; all you need to do is get cozy and read!

Goodreads Reading Challenge: The 52 topics for the 2018 Reading Challenge—another option for cozy couch readers! Pick one topic a week and find a book that meets the criteria, like “a book with the letters A, T & Y in the title” or “a book set in a country you’d like to visit but have never been to.” Check out the complete list here: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/18955648-the-52-topics-for-the-2018-reading-challenge or sign up on the library Facebook page, or stop by for a paper copy from the circulation desk.

Circulation notes

Library cards: All Charlotte Library cards expire on January 31, 2018. In order to use your card at other Homecard Libraries, it must have an up-to-date sticker. Please bring in your card for a new sticker and you’ll be good until January 31, 2021!

Circulation: As we all enjoy library materials, please keep due dates in mind. You are welcome to renew materials as long as no one else is waiting for them. We ask that you respect this policy and return items in a timely fashion if others are waiting for them.

Kids’ programs & activities

Mondays, Jan. 8 to Feb 12, 3:15 p.m. TinkerBelles. A new season of STEAM activities! Create a movie, learn sign language, visit with a vet. Grades 3 to 5. No session January 15.

Tuesdays, Jan. 9 to Feb. 6, 12:30 p.m. Cabin Fever Book Club. Love to read? Here’s your chance to read and discuss The Great Wide Sea. Co-sponsored with the CCS Library, this program takes place at CCS.

Tuesdays, Jan. 9 to Feb. 20, 2:15 p.m. Story Explorations. Stories and crafts for kindergartners & 1st graders.

Wednesdays, beginning Jan. 10, 3:15 p.m. Junior Chess Club. For students grades 2 to 12, with any skill level. Learn the game and improve your strategies with help from mentor Ajat Teriyal.

Thursdays, Jan. 11 to Feb. 22: T.H.I.N.K. Tank, 3:15 p.m. Tinker, Hatch (your plan), Investigate, E(N)vision & Know—from Altoid flashlights to pasta bridges, take on a new tech challenge each week. For 4th grade and up.

Fridays, Jan. 12 to Feb. 23, 10:30 a.m. Preschool Story Time. A weekly adventure with stories, experiments and snacks. For ages 3 to 5.

Register for programs at the library or by calling 425-3864.

Info & Interest for Adults

Thursdays, Jan. 11, 18 & 25, 2:45 p.m. A Taste of Mindfulness. Theresa Hudziak leads this accessible introduction to mindfulness, informed by traditional wisdom and current evidence-based science. Co-sponsored with and taking place at Charlotte Senior Center. Please call the Senior Center at 425-6345 to register.

Monday, Jan. 15, 10 a.m. Mystery Book Group: Finding Nouf, by Zoe Ferraris. A novel of taut psychological suspense, offering an unprecedented window into life in Saudi Arabia. Copies at the desk.

Monday, Jan. 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Recognition. A look at the legacy of civil discourse and civic engagement. View our video montage and create your own “I Have a Dream” reflection.

Sunday, Jan. 21, Noon: Story of Stuff, movie & discussion. Start the New Year with a new look at “stuff”—if we have too much and, if so, what to do about it. Co-sponsored with Charlotte Congregational Church, UCC, and Transition Town Charlotte, this program takes place at the Charlotte Congregational Church.

Sunday, Jan. 28, 5:30 p.m. Soup Supper at the Library. January is National Soup Month. Celebrate with a potluck soup supper. Bring your favorite soup to share; we’ll provide the bread, salad and dessert. Co-sponsored with the Charlotte Grange. Donation basket to benefit the Charlotte Food Shelf. Please register at the library.

Charlotte Library Board of Trustees: Emily Ferris, Nan Mason, Danielle Conlon Menk, Jonathan Silverman and Robert Smith.

Next Library Board meeting: Thursday, Jan. 11, 6 p.m.

Charlotte Library Information

Margaret Woodruff, director

Cheryl Sloan, youth services librarian

Susanna Kahn, tech services librarian

Hours

Mondays & Wednesdays: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Please Note: The Library will be open on Monday, Jan. 15. Join us for a look at the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. through video and print.