Pick up a good book in January! We have book conversations abounding this month!

Thursdays, Jan. 10, 24 and Feb. 7, at 7:00 p.m. Surviving the Future. Join Transition Town Charlotte and the Charlotte Library for a look into the future where the arts and community engagement in fun becomes an essential element to a healthy community. David Fleming’s engaging book shows that it is not only desirable but actually the only system with a realistic claim to longevity. With friendliness, humor and charm, Surviving the Future plucks this vision out of our daydreams and shows us how to make it real. Copies available at the Charlotte Library.

Tuesday, Jan. 15: Story Time begins. From toddlers to 1st graders, there’s a group for everyone!

  • Baby Time: Tuesdays at 9:00 a.m. Join us at the Charlotte Library for songs and stories for babies and their caregivers.
  • Preschool Story Time: Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. Learn about the world around through songs, stories, crafts and fun. A drop-in session for ages 3-5.
  • K-1 Story Time: Tuesdays at 2:15 p.m. Hop off the bus and into an hour of stories, crafts and fun. Registration required for this session.

Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7:00 p.m.: Men’s Book Group debut. Library “gentlemen” friends: Do you enjoy reading? Historical novels? Biographies? Mystery? Nonfiction? Would you enjoy sharing perspectives and wonders with others about such books at our own Charlotte Library? If so consider joining a lively, informal once-a-month gathering, a book group for men, to address issues raised in books chosen by participants. The first book chosen by Jonathan Silverman will be The Contact Surgeon by Dan O’Brian. Copies of the book and a sign-up sheet are available at the library.

Monday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. Mystery Book Group: A Cure for All Diseases. Join us for coffee and discussion of Reginald Hill’s 23rd mystery featuring this unlikely police pair, as Dalziel and Pascoe return in this psychological thriller. He may have been in a coma, but it would take an act of God to put Andy Dalziel down for good. The seaside resort he’s chosen to recuperate in becomes the scene of a gruesome murder, and DCI Peter Pascoe is called in to investigate. Copies of the book available at the circulation desk.

Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 5:30 p.m.: We Fed an Island community supper. Inspired by Jose Argues’ work in Puerto Rico, we’re hosting a potluck supper with a Caribbean flair. Bring a dish to share inspired by the warm-weather flavors of Puerto Rico and her island neighbors. Jean Andersson-Swayze brings tales from her experience as a doctor in disaster zones across the globe to teach and encourage us to support those in need. We’ll also have copies of Argues’ book, based on his efforts, for review and discussion. Co-sponsored by the Charlotte Library and the Charlotte Congregational Church, UCC, this program takes place in the vestry of the Charlotte Congregational Church.

Library addition bond information sessions: You may have heard about our exciting plans for a possible addition to the library. If you’d like to learn more and share your thoughts, please join us on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at the Charlotte Senior Center or Thursday, Jan. 17, at the Charlotte Grange. Discussion and questions welcome over refreshments. Both presentations begin at 7:00 p.m.

Charlotte Library Board of Trustees: Katharine Cohen, Nan Mason, Danielle Conlon Menk, Jonathan Silverman and Robert Smith.

Next Library Board meeting: Thursday, Jan. 10, at 6 p.m.

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

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

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