Margaret Woodruff

LEGO creations at the Charlotte Library. Courtesy photo.

What do you do when there’s a power outage in town? Come to the library! We welcomed over 120 people to the Charlotte Library on Monday, Oct. 30, following the wind storm that swept through town. Telecommuters checked their email side-by-side with students finishing up homework, while LEGO creations and train table time occupied the youngest visitors. Coffee and good cheer were shared by all!

Kids programs and activities
Tuesdays at 2:15 p.m. through Dec. 19. After School Story Explorations. Take the bus from CCS and explore the world of stories! For kindergarten and 1st-grade students. Registration required. No program on Nov. 21 or Nov. 28.

Thursdays at 3:15 p.m. through Dec. 21. 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. No program on Nov. 23.

Fridays at 10:30 a.m. through Dec. 22. 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 to 5 who are comfortable in a story-time setting with or without parent/caregiver. Registration required. No program on Nov. 24.

Wednesdays at 3:15 p.m. Minecraft Meet-Ups. Bring your Minecraft mania to the library and help build new worlds each week. Please come with your own device loaded with Minecraft Pocket Edition. For ages 7 and up with basic knowledge of Minecraft. Meet-up dates: Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13.

Wednesday, Nov. 22, at 10:30 a.m. LEGO Vacation: Drop by the library and see where your creativity and LEGO blocks take you!

Info and interest for adults
Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7:00 p.m. Net Zero Year Round. Learn how cold-climate heat pumps, a new technology, can save you money on your heating and cooling bills and reduce your dependence on fossil fuels. Bill Kallock of the Charlotte Energy Committee shares a homeowner’s perspective of living with an air-source heat pump. Co-sponsored with the Charlotte Energy Committee.

Wednesday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. Climate Change & Community: The Yin & Yang of Climate Change at Carpenter-Carse Library. In this adjunct session to our climate change series, we look through the lens of Chinese medicine, with Chinese medical practitioner, Brendan Kelly. We’ll also talk about hopeful, deep-reaching personal and societal remedies to treat the underlying causes of climate change. The program takes place at the Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg. Co-sponsored by the Pierson Library, Shelburne and the Charlotte Library.

Thursday, Nov. 16, at 7:00 p.m. Agricultural Literacy Week Film Showing. VT Farm Kids. A short documentary depicting the stories of farm kids from across Vermont, the film expresses the importance of what it means to each child to grow up on their own farm and how their experiences have shaped their lives. Join Misse Doe Axelrod of NOFA (Northeast Organic Farming Association) for discussion and refreshments following the film.

Monday, Nov. 20, at 10:00 a.m. Mystery Book Group: Fer-de-Lance. We’re reading the first Nero Wolfe mystery by Rex Stout this month. Join us for coffee and discussion about “the world’s largest and smartest detective.”

Tuesday, Nov. 28. Library Closed for In-Service Day

Tuesday, Dec. 5, at 7:00 p.m. Winter Bird Feeding with Birds of Vermont Museum. Dusting off your bird feeder? Learn about the correct options for keeping our feathered friends fat and happy this winter season. Erin Talmage, executive director of the museum, shares key tips in this informal session for all ages.

Charlotte Library Board of Trustees: Emily Ferris, Nan Mason, Danielle Conlon Menk, Jonathan Silverman and Robert Smith.
Next Library Board meeting: Thursday, Dec. 14, at 6:00 p.m.

Charlotte Library information
Margaret Woodruff, director
Cheryl Sloan, youth services librarian
Susanna Kahn, tech services librarian

Hours
Mondays & Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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The Charlotte Library will close at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22, and be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 23 and 24, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Happy Thanksgiving from the library board and staff.