By Margaret Woodruff, Library director
Kids programs and activities
Summer reading begins Tuesday, June 26, with a kick-off party at 1:00 p.m. Learn how raptors build their habitats in this hand-on session with Vermont Institute of Natural Science. For all ages. Full information about all summer reading programs available on our website: charlottepubliclibrary.org.
Drop-in LEGO Club begins Thursday, June 28. Join us each Thursday at 10:00 a.m. through July. Create your own LEGO marvels and try a new challenge each week through the summer. Grades 3 & up.
Summer of Numbers: Can doing math in the summer be fun? Yes, with the Summer of Numbers and a daily math problem. Just pick up a constellation chart and star stickers to track your progress. For all ages.
Summer book groups. Join us for one or all of these summer sessions, from serious discussion to hammock reading. Copies of the books are available at the library circulation desk.
June mystery book group: A Murder of Magpies, by Judith Flanders. Monday, June 18, at 10:00 a.m. When Inspector Field turns up at the venerable offices of Timmins & Ross, asking questions about a package addressed to Sam, she knows something is wrong. Now Sam’s nine-to-five life is turned upside down as she finds herself propelled into a criminal investigation. Someone doesn’t want Kit’s manuscript published, and unless Sam can put the pieces together in time, they’ll do anything to stop it. Copies are available at the circulation desk.
July book group at Charlotte Senior Center: Serve It Forth, by M.F.K. Fisher. Mondays, July 9, 16 & 23 at 10:30 a.m. The first series of essays by the famed food writer takes readers on an animated journey through culinary history. You’ll be ready for lunch! Please call the Senior Center to register, (802) 425-6345.
July mystery book group: Bloodhounds, by Peter Lovesey. Monday, July 16, at 10:00 a.m. A rare stamp and a corpse are discovered in Bath within hours of each other. Inspector Peter Diamond discovers that both the person who found the stamp and the victim belong to the Bloodhounds, an elite group of mystery lovers, who now urge Diamond to bring the murderer to justice. Copies available at the circulation desk.
August book group at the Charlotte Senior Center: The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood. Mondays, August 6, 13 & 20 at 10:30 a.m. A look at the novel that inspired last year’s dystopian TV hit. Set in a totalitarian Christian theonomy, the story focuses the handmaid Offred and her role in a commander’s house as servant and surrogate. Please call the Senior Center to register, (802) 425-6345.
August mystery book group: The Various Haunts of Men, by Susan Hill. Monday, August 20, at 10:00 a.m. Having transferred to the small cathedral town of Lafferton from London’s Met, police detective Freya Graffham explores her new community. Though she fits well within the local police force, she finds herself unable to let go what seems like a routine missing persons report on a middle-aged spinster. When yet more townspeople turn up missing, her hunch is verified, and a serious police search begins. Copies available at the circulation desk.
Hammock-nappers book group: A book a month! Hop in your hammock for the second year of our laidback book group! Pick up copies of our monthly selections and then settle in for a leisurely read.
June: Exit West, by Moshin Hamid.
July: The 19th Wife, by David Ebershoff.
August: As Lie Is to Grin, by Simeon Marsalis.
You can also follow and participate in monthly discussion on Facebook.
Don’t forget—the Seed Library is open! Plenty of seeds for growing your own fresh veggies. Questions? Contact our Seed Library coordinator.
Charlotte Library Board of Trustees: Katharine Cohen, Nan Mason, Danielle Conlon Menk, Jonathan Silverman and Robert Smith.
Next library board meeting: Thursday, July 12, at 6 p.m.
Charlotte Library information
Margaret Woodruff, director
Cheryl Sloan, youth services librarian
Susanna Kahn, tech services librarian
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