Charlotte Library News

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 to 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 that 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.

Kids Programs & 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 1st 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 and earbuds provided, or BYO. For 4th grade and 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, Oct. 18, at 3:15 p.m. Afterschool Program. Coding for Kids.

Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 3:15 p.m. Afterschool Program: 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
Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Artist Open House. Join Mickey Davis, our current artist displaying glass artwork, for a question and answer session about her fused-glass art. Her work is also presently displayed at the Shelburne Museum, the Montpelier and Williston Welcome Centers, the Charlotte Senior Center and Ann Roche Furniture. Come in for cider and sweets and enjoy.

Tuesday, Oct. 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 challenges 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, the Champlain Valley Union High School ENACT Club, the Lewis Creek Association and the UVM Extension Center for Sustainable Agriculture. Registration required. Supported by a grant from NOAA, NSF and Califa.

Thursday, Nov. 2, at 7:00 p.m. Sense and Sensibility Book Discussion. Part two of our multi-media Austen experience features the 1995 movie with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet as Sense and Sensibility, respectively. Refreshments served and conversation encouraged.

Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 7:00 p.m. Great Decisions: Prospects for Afghanistan & Pakistan. Join us to discuss yet another hot-button area of American foreign policy. Major internal conflict has plagued Afghanistan for four decades. Today, war with the Taliban persists, and tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan have gradually escalated. Does the U.S. face a no-win situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan? Reading materials available at the circulation desk. Registration suggested.

Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 6:00 p.m. Don Stevens: Native American Folk Art and Folk Lore. Don Stevens is Chief of the Nulhegan band of the Coosuk Abenaki. He shares the art and legend of the Abenaki in this interactive presentation. Co-sponsored with the Charlotte Historical Society.

Tuesday, Nov. 14, at 7:00 p.m. Great Decisions: Nuclear Security. Nuclear nonproliferation was a top priority for the Obama administration, but major threats persist from both state and non-state actors with the Trump administration. In a fractious world, which way forward for U.S. nuclear security policy? Reading materials available at the circulation desk. Registration suggested.