Margaret Woodruff, Library Director

October 15 – 21. National Friends of Libraries Week. A huge thank you to all of the Friends of the Charlotte Library for the assistance, support and advocacy you provide.

Seed Library update
Thank you everyone who participated in Seed Library activities this year. If you grew out heritage seeds from the Library this season, and are planning to save them…… Great! We hope you will plant those next year and save seeds again! It’s fun, and very satisfying to know that you are helping maintain a precious gene pool of vegetables, herbs and flowers which have evolved naturally to be hardy and appreciated in this area. They are open pollinated and not hybrids, so they need no human intervention to reproduce true. We just need to keep planting (and enjoying) them to keep those varieties going.

We will be simplifying and reorganizing the Seed Library this winter. Watch for informative articles in The Charlotte News , to “plant seeds” for next season’s activities. If you would like to help with the Seed Library, please contact Linda Hamilton. Thank you.

Kids programs and activities
Tuesdays at 2:15 p.m. After School Story Explorations. Take the bus from CCS and explore the world of stories! For kindergarten and first grade students. Registration required.

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 & earbuds provided or BYO. For 4th grade & up. Registration required.

Fridays at 10:30 a.m. Preschool Story Time. Join us for stories, songs, crafts and fun as we discover the wonder of books and the tales they tell. For children ages 3-5 who are comfortable in a story time setting with or without parent/caregiver. Registration required.

Wednesday, October 25 at 3:15 p.m. LEGOs That Go! Cars, trucks, and more. Discover and design your best vehicle with these favorite building blocks. For grades 2-4. Registration required.

Info and interest for adults
Monday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. An Evening with Irish Poet (& Physicist) Iggy McGovern. Celebrate and share the beauty of poetry in this informal reading & discussion. Refreshments served and conversation encouraged!

Tuesday, October 10 at 7:00 p.m. Climate Change & Our Community, Part 2: What is the Change? What does climate change look like here? We highlight concerns from agricultural to public health & focus innovative and workable responses to change. Our readings include an apocalyptic short story as well as some tales closer to home. Reading packet available at the circulation desk. Co-sponsored by the Pierson Library in Shelburne; the Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg; Champlain Valley Union High School ENACT Club; and UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Registration required. Supported by a grant from NOAA, NSF and Califa.

Monday, October 16 at 10:00 a.m. Mystery Book Group. Thumbprint by Friedrich Glauser. Considered “a master of psychological insight,” this Swiss author introduces us to Sargeant Studer and a case that consumes an Alpine village. Copies available at the circulation desk.

Tuesday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m. Great Decisions: Latin America’s Political Pendulum. The pendulum of Latin American politics is swinging rightward once again. Yet as the “pink tide” recedes, the forces of change have more to do with socioeconomics than ideology. Our discussion focuses on how the U.S. can work with these countries in crisis. Reading materials available at the circulation desk. Registration suggested.

Wednesday, October 18, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Artist Open House. Join Mickey Davis, our current artist displaying glass art work, for a question & answer session about her fused-glass art. Her work is also presently displayed at The Shelburne Museum, Montpelier and Williston Welcome Centers, Charlotte Senior Center and Ann Roche Furniture. Come in for cider and sweets and enjoy.

Tuesday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. Climate Change & Our Community, Part 3: Strategies for a Resilient Community. This public program shares adaptive strategies for managing environmental challenge that affect your homes and communities. With inspiration from Wendell Berry and others, we’ll generate ideas that can take root in our own backyards, school yards, and public institutions. Reading packet available at the circulation desk. Co-sponsored by the Pierson Library in Shelburne; the Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg; Champlain Valley Union High School ENACT Club; and UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Registration required. Supported by a grant from NOAA, NSF and Califa.