Library News – Jan. 23, 2019

We Fed an Island Community Supper. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 5:30 p.m.
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.

Computers and Phones. Monday, January 28 at 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Keep things up to date between your devices so you can access your email, calendars, files and more at home or on the go. Melissa Mendelsohn of Orchard Road Computers will help you set up syncing on your devices. No experience necessary. Please bring your device(s) if possible. All programs are free and open to the public.

Mental Health Conversations: Risk & Resilience. Tuesday, Feb. 5, 7:00 p.m.
Join us for a panel discussion with experts in anxiety treatment, suicide prevention and resilience building. Learn about what to look for (signs and symptoms) and how to start a conversation with a loved one. There will be time for questions, and the libraries will provide online resources and a curated collection of print and video materials for browsing and borrowing. Panel discussion featuring:

  • Charlotte McCorkel, LICSW, project director of Integration, Howard Center
  • Eliza Pillard, LICSW, family wellness coach at the Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families at the UVM Medical Center
  • Joanne Wolfe, M.A., M.Ed, licensed psychologist

This project is funded in part by the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Cooperative Agreement Number UG4LM012347 with the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester. A partner program takes places at the Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg on Wednesday, Feb. 20.

Seed Fever!  Wednesday, Feb. 6, 7:00 p.m.
As gardeners know, seed fever is an infectious condition, which strikes hard at this time of year, often brought on by exposure to new seed catalogs with their lavish colors and exuberant descriptions. Your head spins and your fingers twitch. The only real relief from this fever comes in the spring when once again those fingers get back in contact with seeds and soil. Please join us for the first of a series of support sessions organized by the Charlotte Seed Library.

Facilitated by Seed Library Coordinator Linda Hamilton and Master Gardener Karen Tuininga, we’ll discuss setting goals for your vegetable garden, choosing varieties, starting seeds indoors, preparing to save seeds and where to get help when you need it. In March, the support session will focus on garden layout and planting: what, where and how. More details on library website,

Surviving the Future Book Discussion. Thursday, Feb. 7, 7:00 p.m.
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. This final session covers Part 3 and Appendices. Copies available at the Charlotte Library.

Ottolenghi Potluck Supper. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 5:30 p.m.
Do you have a favorite recipe from this chef superstar’s repertoire? Join us for supper highlighting our top choices and bring your own! Need some ideas? Stop by the library to get inspiration from our Ottolenghi cookbook collection. Bread, salad and beverages provided. This program takes place at the Charlotte Senior Center.

Saving History:  Jim Donovan and Work with ICOMOS. Wednesday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m.
Jim Donovan, Charlotte resident and secretary general of the ICOMOS International Cultural Tourism Committee, shares some insights into the World Heritage Sites program in this illustrated, experiential talk. Learn what ICOMOS stands for and what it and Jim’s committee do to assist in the selection and management of World Heritage Sites all around the world.

Men’s Book Group, News of the World by Paulette Jiles. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 7:00 p.m.
“In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction.” Meet up to read and discuss this Paulette Jiles novel. Copies available at the library circulation desk beginning Jan. 24.

Book Discussion, The Manticore by Robertson Davies. Thursday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.
The second book in The Deptford Trilogy, this novels continues the story of David Staunton, a man pleased with his success but haunted by his relationship with his larger-than-life father. As he seeks help through therapy, he encounters a wonderful cast of characters who help connect him to his past and the death of his father. Copies available at the library circulation desk.

Soup Supper: Visit with Madeline Kunin. Wednesday, Feb. 27, 5:30 p.m.
The former Vermont governor and U.S. ambassador to Switzerland joins us for a discussion of her latest book, A Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties, and the questions aging raises for us all, whatever our walk of life.

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

Next library board meeting: Wednesday, Feb. 13, 6:30 p.m.

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

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