Margaret Woodruff, Library Director

April is National Poetry Month and we hope you’ll join us on Thursday, April 27, for “Poem in Your Pocket Day.” Imagine if we all carried a poem with us to share as we went through our days. You can try it out here at the Charlotte Library. Pick a poem, make a pocket (easy instructions provided) and go forth. Need help selecting a poem? We’ve got that covered, too, with poems to choose from our youth and adult collections.

May will be here before we know it, and we’re getting ready with programs inside and out to herald the start of spring. May 1–May 5 we invite you to “Choose Privacy.” Learn how to protect your identity when online. Learn why this is so important with tips from the AG’s office in a special presentation on May 25.

You can pick up your Green Up Day bags here so you’ll be ready to “green up” our roadways on May 6 and May 7. When you drop off those bags, you can pick up a packet or two of seeds from the Charlotte Shelburne Seed Library. This year, we’ve got our fabulous assortment of beans as well as a new variety of flowers and other veggies to select from.

On May 17, we welcome Long Trail Canine Rescue to the library. Join us for a pup-filled evening to learn about this organization whose outpost on Mt. Philo welcomes rescue dogs all summer long.

If you need a good book to keep you entertained in the meantime, don’t forget to check out the Reader’s Corner on our website.

Here’s what is coming up at the library. We hope to see you here!

May 1 to May 5: Choose Privacy Week. Find out how to safeguard your privacy on the Internet: learn to generate a secure password, use a password manager and download helpful software and add-ons. Try the “Virtual Privacy Lab” and get a custom privacy toolkit.

Tuesdays, May 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 9:00 a.m. Baby Time at the Library! Join us to chat, sing songs and read to Baby. Sponsored by Building Bright Futures.

Tuesdays, May 2 & 9, 2:15 p.m. TinkerBelles Explore the Wildife. Help ID and track animals in their native habitats. For grades 3-5. Funded by a grant from John and Alice Outwater.

Tuesday, May 2, 7:00 p.m. Great Decisions, Conflict in the South China Sea. This region is a locus of competing territorial claims, and China is its most vocal claimant. Materials at desk.

Thursdays, 3:15 p.m. Coding Club. Join kids coding with Scratch. Beginners and advanced, 4th grade and up.

Fridays, May 5, 12, 19 & 26, 10:30 a.m. Friday Free for All. Join us each Friday for a new adventure with stories, experiments and snacks! For ages 3–5.

Saturday, May 6. Seed Library at Green Up Day. Pick up your seeds as you drop off your trash at the Charlotte and Shelburne Green Up Day sites!

Monday, May 15, 10:00 a.m. Mystery Book Group: Started Early, Took My Dog, by Kate Atkinson. A literary thriller featuring Jackson Brodie and named for an Emily Dickinson poem. Copies available at desk.

Tuesday, May 16, 7:00 p.m. Great Decisions, Saudi Arabia in Transition. As Saudi Arabia struggles to adjust to the drastic decline in oil revenue, there are attempts to transform the country and shift more power to the younger generation. Materials at desk.

Wednesday, May 17, 7:00 p.m. Long Trail Canine Rescue. Meet the people and puppies in this life-changing group. Learn how to help their efforts or find a pet of your own!

Thursday, May 18 & Friday, May 19. Garden Session: Plant a Seed, Defend the Future. Be a Slow Food champion by planting seeds in our library garden that will preserve the biodiversity of our planet. Materials provided by a grant from Friends of the Charlotte Library.

Thursday, May 25, 7:00 p.m. Privacy & Safety on the Internet. Jason Duquette-Hoffman from the Vermont Attorney General’s Office Consumer Assistance Program walks you through internet safety basics and explains common consumer complaints here in Vermont.