Summertime at the Charlotte Library

Children’s programs: Building a better future
Summer is on and we’re here with fun programs and activities to entertain all ages at home as well as books of the audio and text variety for entertainment while you travel. There’s still time to sign up and be part of our official Charlotte Library Summer Reading venture and try out our new marble run for 2017.

Story Times and Project Sessions
Reading fun
at Adam’s Berry Farm. Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. Meet us at the farm for a summer of berries, great stories, gardening and busy activities. All ages are welcome.

Preschool Story Time. Fridays through July 28 at 10:30 a.m. Drop in for stories, songs and crafts. For ages 3–5.

Let’s Build A Better World. Mondays through July 31 at 10:30 a.m. Join us to create and investigate all kinds of construction, including robots, marble runs, slime and Lego blocks creations. For ages 9 and up.

Let’s Build a Better World. Wednesdays through July 26 at 10:30 a.m. The same fun as our Monday group, for the early elementary set. For ages 5–8.

STEAM Encounters for All Ages
Minecraft League
. Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. starting July 11. Bring your Minecraft mania to the library and help build new worlds each week. Please bring your own device loaded with Minecraft pocket edition. For ages 7 and up with basic knowledge of Minecraft.

Biomimicry. Viewing Nature’s Patterns & Strategies. Monday, July 24, at 6:00 p.m. Presented by Jan Schwarz of project micro. For ages 7 and up.

Drop-in Coding Club. Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. through July 27 (except July 20). Build your own code to animate and create. For ages 9 and up. All levels of coding welcome. Materials provided.

STEAM Challenge Camp. Tuesday–Friday, August 1–4, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Do you love science, math and art? Discover the possibilities in this fun exploration camp! Sign up for one day or all four. For ages 8–11. Funded by the Tinkerbelle’s grant from John & Alice Outwater.

Solar Eclipse Celebration. Monday, August 21, at 1:00 p.m. Lunar activities and viewing of the eclipse. Viewing glasses provided. All ages are welcome.

Summer of Numbers. Can doing math in the summer be fun? Yes, with the Summer of Numbers and a daily math problem. Just pick up a constellation chart and star stickers to track your progress. For all ages.

Summer Slate for Adults
Berry Farm Book Club.
Wednesdays, July 19 and August 23, at 6:30 p.m. Share a sample of food-related reading and discussion while enjoying a potluck of local food and drink at Adam’s Berry Farm. Reading selection for July 19 from Bringing It to the Table: On Farming & Food by Wendell Berry.

Bake for Good. Thursday, July 20, 9:00 a.m.–1:30 p.m. With sponsorship from King Arthur flour, seniors and kids bake together, then enjoy and share what they make with the Senior Center and community Food Shelf. Lunch provided. Seniors of all ages, and children ages 9 and up.

Tech Time at the Library. Wednesdays in July, 10:00 a.m.–noon. Want to download a book or learn a language online? Need a little help with your smartphone? Drop in and get some personalized help from our tech librarian.

Hammock Nappers Book Group. Pick up the selection the first full week of each month and take to your favorite summer reading spot. You can join in on our online discussion … or just enjoy that glass of lemonade as you read. Pick up a copy of Spice: The History of a Temptation by Jack Turner, “a brilliant, original history of the spice trade and the appetites that fueled it.”

Gardening Gigs. We need help tending the library garden. If you’ve got horticultural energy to spare, sign up to weed, water and prepare the harvest. Information and garden tools available at the library. Check the library website to sign up.

Check out some summer fun!
Grand kits. Take home a bin full of fun to entertain your grand-friend!
Makey makey kits. Turn everyday objects like bananas into a touchpad with this kit and your computer!
Museum passes. Echo, Shelburne Farms, Birds of Vermont, Maritime Museum, VT state parks and more!
Online options. Learn a language. Take an online class. Go to our website to find out more!