By Margaret Woodruff, Library Director

Solar eclipse. Photo by Cindi Robinson.

The excitement on the library lawn on Monday was contagious as more than 130 kids and adults gathered to view the solar eclipse. In addition to sharing viewing glasses provided by the library, the eclipse could also be seen using a large pinpoint viewer constructed by librarian Jenny Cole as well as a viewer constructed by librarian Cheryl Sloan of stacked boxes that also used a pinpoint arrangement. Viewers also brought along their own creative constructions, some made from cereal boxes.

September is National Library Card Month. If you don’t yet have a Charlotte Library card, you are missing out! Not only are you among the minority in our community (70 percent of Charlotte residents hold a library card), you are passing up access to a variety of resources, activities and entertainment. The library card opens doors to museums around the state, makes the latest DVDs available and links you up with favorite authors. You also gain connection to a host of online possibilities, from downloadable audiobooks to digital learning portals for everything from flower arranging classes to Excel workshops. But don’t despair! A library card can be yours for free! Stop for your card and enter our T-shirt raffle, too. We hope to see you here, at the library!

Beginning Sept. 12, Tuesdays at 2:15 p.m. After School Story Explorations. Take the bus from CCS and explore the world of stories! For kindergarten and 1st grade students.

Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 7:00 p.m. “Revolutionary War in the South.” Co-sponsored with the Charlotte Historical Society.

Beginning Sept. 14, Thursdays at 3:15 p.m. Coding Club. Beginners will learn to code with Scratch through guided video lessons to make their own simple games. Members with more experience will plan and create their own using skills they’ve learned. Chromebooks and earbuds provided or BYO. For 4th grade and up. Registration required.

Beginning Sept. 15, Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Friday Free for All. From rocks, blocks and socks to babies, bugs and hairy bread, join us to investigate on Friday mornings. Ages 3 to 5. Registration required.

Monday, Sept. 18 at 10:00 a.m. Mystery Book Group. The intriguing debut by Robert Galbraith (aka J.K. Rowling), Cuckoo’s Calling, has the riveting storytelling style of Harry Potter without the Muggles and magic. Join us for coffee & discussion. Copies available at the library circulation desk.

Wednesday, Sept. 20 at 3:15 p.m. Afterschool: A-Maze-ing LEGO. Using everyone’s favorite building blocks and glass marbles, create your own maze challenge. Grades 2 to 4. Registration required.

Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m. Climate Change Up Close and Personal. The first in our three-part series on climate change and our own landscape, supported by PLACE and NOAA. This session looks at the local impact of climate change from a geographic perspective. Readings available at the Charlotte Library circulation desk. Co-sponsored by the Pierson Library in Shelburne, the Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg, the Champlain Valley Union High School ENACT Club and the UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture.