By Margaret Woodruff, Charlotte Library Director

Programs For Kids

Wednesdays, from March 7 at 3:15 p.m. Junior Chess Club. For students, grades 2 to 12, any skill level. Learn the game and improve your strategies with help from mentor Ajat Teriyal.

Thursday, March 8 at 3:15 p.m. Think Tank: Engineers. Celebrate Engineers Week with a viewing of Dream Big, which celebrates the human ingenuity behind engineering marvels big and small, from the Great Wall of China and the world’s tallest buildings to underwater robots and solar car races across Australia. With its inspiring stories of human grit and aspiration, Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all. After the movie, we’ll put our excitement into action with a STEM activity led by an engineer from Global Foundries. For 4th grade & up.

 Fridays, March 9, 16, 23, & 30 at 10:30 a.m. Preschool Story Time. A weekly adventure with stories, experiments & snacks! Ages 3-5.

Mondays, March 12, 19, 26 & April 2 at 3:15 p.m. TinkerBelles. A new season of STEAM activities! Create a movie, visit with a vet and more. Grades 3-5.

Tuesdays, March 13, 20 & 27 at 9:00 a.m. Baby Time at the Library! Join us to chat, sing songs, read to Baby.

Tuesday, March 13 at 2:15 p.m. Vermont Reads Kickoff. Readers of all ages are invited to learn about Vermont’s role as a home to immigrant communities throughout history and the effect on culture. We’ll sample favorite fare that came to Vermont from many places and learn how this ties in with the Vermont Reads book, Bread & Roses, Too.

Thursday, March 15 at 3:15 p.m. Think Tank: Molecular Gastronomy. ReTHINK the ice cream sundae with chemistry. Make Nutella powder, chocolate spheres, mint pearls and more to top your ice cream. For 4th–8th grades. Registration required. Please call the library to sign up.

Tuesdays, March 20–April 18 at 11:00 a.m. Vermont Reads Book Club. Vermont Reads 2018: Bread & Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson. This historical novel relates the journey of Rosa, who, along with Jake and other children, are sent temporarily out of harm’s way to foster families in Barre, Vermont, as children actually were during the Bread & Roses Strike of 1912. Join us to discuss explore many topics, including the immigrant experience in America, labor history and local Vermont history. Reading group begins Tuesday, March 20 at 11:00 a.m. at Charlotte Central School Library.

Tuesdays, March 20, & 27 at 2:15 p.m. Story Explorations. Stories & crafts for K & 1st graders.

Thursday, March 22 at 3:15 p.m. Think Tank: DNA Extraction. DNA is the carrier of genetic information in living organisms—including fruit! We’ll extract DNA from fruit and see what it looks like. For 4th-8th grades. Registration required. Please call the library to sign up.

Thursday, March 29 at 3:15 p.m. Think Tank: Fun with Origami. With one sheet of paper, you can make everything from a dog to a drinking cup! Come learn how to get started with origami teacher Erina Tsubota. She’ll share the basic steps to get you started and help with individual projects during this 90-minute session. All supplies provided. This is the first of two programs; participants may sign up for one or both. For 4th–8th grades. Registration required. Please call the library to sign up.

Information & Activities For Adults

Thursday, March 8 at 7:00 p.m. Wearing Our Heritage. Join Don Stevens, chief of the Nulhegan Tribe, Abenaki scholar Melody Walker Brook, chair of the Vermont Commission on Native American Affairs, and LCMM curator Eloise Beil for a discussion about the meaning of garments, accessories and regalia in their own lives and in community and tribal identity. Developed by the Vermont Abenaki Artists Association in partnership with Lake Champlain Maritime Museum and Flynn Center for the Arts, this program and the traveling exhibit “Alnobak: Wearing Our Heritage” were designed to deepen public understanding of how the vibrant Abenaki culture continues into the 21st century. Supported in part by a grant from the Vermont Humanities Council.

Tuesday, March 13 at 2:15 p.m. Vermont Reads Kickoff.  Readers of all ages are invited to learn about Vermont’s role as a home to immigrant communities throughout history and the effect on culture. We’ll sample favorite fare that came to Vermont from many places and learn how this ties in with the VT Reads book, Bread & Roses, Too.

Tuesday, March 13 at 7:00 p.m. Open Sesame. Film & Discussion. Back by popular demand! Watch Open Sesame, the Story of Seeds, the excellent documentary film about the magic and importance of seeds. Share reactions to the film and ideas for how to grow a simple but wonderful “Seed Library” right here at Charlotte Library.

Wednesday, March 14 at 10:30 a.m. Passwords, Strong & Organized for Safety. The first in a series of hands-on computer workshops lead by Melissa Mendelsohn of Orchard Road Computers. Learn how to make strong passwords and the strategies to keep them all straight. Melissa also discusses the importance of password organization in estate planning. Please bring your laptop or let us know if you need to borrow one (limited availability). You will need a spreadsheet app such as Numbers (Mac users), Excel or Calc on your laptop. Please contact Susanna at the library for help downloading a free spreadsheet app prior to the program. Space is limited, please register.

Monday, March 19 at 10:00 a.m. Mystery Book Group: The Third Man. “The book Graham Greene wrote so he could write a movie.” This noir novella tells the story of Rollo Martins, who “arrives in post-war Vienna to join his old friend Harry Lime, who seems to have met with an accident … or has he?” Copies are available at the circulation desk.

Tuesdays, March 20–April 18 at 11:00 a.m. Vermont Reads Book Club. Vermont Reads 2018: Bread & Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson. This historical novel relates the journey of Rosa, who, along with Jake and other children, are sent temporarily out of harm’s way to foster families in Barre, Vermont, as children actually were during the Bread & Roses Strike of 1912. Join us to discuss explore many topics, including the immigrant experience in America, labor history, and local Vermont history. Reading group begins Tuesday, March 20, at 11:00 a.m. at Charlotte Central School Library.   

Tuesday, March 20 at 7:00 p.m. U.S. Refugee Policy & Program: Where We’ve Been & What’s Ahead. Greg Smith shares his insights about recent executive decisions on refugee policy, based on his 30-year career in refugee resettlement and integration, refugee protection, immigration law enforcement, immigration services and national security.

Thursday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. Book Discussion Group: A Very Long Engagement. Sebastien Japrisot’s bestseller about a young French woman’s quest to find her fiancé during World War I. Join us to discuss this session and watch the movie our next session. Copies available at the circulation desk.