Porch pickup continues at the Charlotte Library. If you’re interested in checking out library books and other items, please place holds for those materials through the library website  or by calling the library at (802) 425-3864.  Details available on the library website.

The library staff continues to work from home to keep our community connected and our library collections up-to-date. We want to make sure you know about our latest online offerings, which can be found at our website. Some highlights include:

The Community Seed Share: Don’t forget to let us know if you have extra vegetable/herb/ pollinator-friendly flower seeds to share with your neighbors! The Seed Library has made the process easy. Just complete the Community Seed Sharing form on our website, and your seeds will be entered into a secure database which we’ll open in a few days to anyone seeking seeds for their garden. If interested in your seeds, they will contact you directly and arrange a convenient and safe pick-up. This is a great way to support your fellow gardeners, and get more food growing.  Remember that most seeds up to 3-4 years old are still fine, so check your supply today, and share what you can.  Thanks!

If you have room, another possibility for those extra seeds is to plant a few extra veggies in your garden for the Charlotte Food Shelf. They will be so appreciated, especially fresh tomatoes, squash, green and yellow beans, peas, cucumbers, lettuce, peppers, radish, corn, broccoli,
potatoes and anything else with general appeal. Check Food Shelf notices later in the season as to drop-off days and times.

Happy gardening, and thanks for sharing the local bounty!

Linda Hamilton and Karen Tuininga
Seed Library ocordinators.

New offerings on hoopla & Libby, our digital platforms for ebooks and audiobooks.
hoopla: Instantly borrow free movies, TV series, music albums, eBooks, and audiobooks anytime with your library card. No waiting or holds! Hoopla is available on your desktop, phone, tablet, Alexa devices, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, and Android TV. Download the app to take your borrows anywhere.

Overdrive & Libby: Available 24/7! See our expanded collection of books on our Online Library. We’ve also added some suggested reading lists.

If you are new to Libby or OverDrive, take a look at our Online Resources page to get started.

Tumblebooks: Ebooks and audiobooks for all ages and interests. Use the links below. No password required.

Upcoming Online

Baby Time, Tuesdays @ 8:30 a.m. Join us for a live Baby Time on Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. Stories, songs and fun for the youngest ones. Please contact us for an invitation to the virtual event.

Zoom Story Time, Tuesdays @ 10 a.m. Cheryl shares stories from the library every Tuesday.  Join her for a fun morning session every Tuesday!

Library Book Discussion: A Summons to Memphis, Thursday, May 28 @ 7:30 p.m.  Join us for a Zoom discussion of this Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Peter Taylor. “During the twilight of a Sunday afternoon in March, New York book editor Phillip Carver receives an urgent phone call from each of his older, unmarried sisters. They plead with Phillip to help avert their widower father’s impending remarriage to a younger woman. Hesitant to get embroiled in a family drama, he reluctantly agrees to go back south, only to discover the true motivation behind his sisters’ concern. While there, Phillip is forced to confront his domineering siblings, a controlling patriarch, and flood of memories from his troubled past.”

Think Resilience Online Course & Discussion Group, Thursdays, June 4 – July 16 @ noon. Sustainability starts with community resilience. We live in a time of tremendous political, environmental, and economic upheaval. What can we do? Post Carbon Institute’s Think Resilience is an online course to help you start doing something about climate change and our other sustainability challenges—starting in your own community. We’ll go through the course each week and discuss together on Zoom.  Contact the library for registration and resource information.

 Mystery Book Group. An Agent Running in the Field, Monday, June 15 @ 10 a.m.
Join us on Zoom for a discussion of John LeCarre’s latest novel. Nat, a 47-year-old veteran of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, believes his years as an agent runner are over. He is back in London with his wife, the long-suffering Prue. But with the growing threat from Moscow Centre, the office has one more job for him.

 Summer Reading Program. Cheryl is working hard to put together a fun-filled summer of programs and activities. We are still not sure how much of this can take place here at the library and how much will continue to be online. In the meantime, stop by the library porch to pick up a kit and join the “Great Charlotte Sunflower Challenge.” We are also planning a 2020 Time Capsule and invite you to take part.  Look for the journal kits from Cheryl on the porch coming soon.