By Margaret Woodruff, director

Charlotte Library Building Re-Opening To Public!

The Charlotte Library Board of Trustees and staff are excited to announce the re-opening of the library building on Wednesday, July 15. This is Phase 2 of the five-phase re-opening plan and allows for limited walk-in service for library patrons to select and check out books. Because of ongoing caution and concern for community welfare, this phase is necessarily restricted but offers the first step in a gradual opening of the library to full service. The limited walk-in service includes the following measures and regulations:

  • Library Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Reserved for at-risk individuals. 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., Library closed for cleaning & sanitizing
  • Patrons allowed in building for maximum of 30 minutes to select and checkout books
  • 5 patrons allowed in building at one time
  • Patrons enter through main entrance and exit on north end of porch (except those requiring ADA access, who may enter and exit through main entrance).
  • No patrons under the age of 16 allowed in the library for the first two weeks of this Phase 2.
  • Patrons are encouraged to limit number of family/pod members visiting library.
  • All patrons must wear masks and sanitize hands when entering building.
  • Patrons must follow marks on floor for social distancing while visiting the stacks and standing in line at the service

Library staff will be on hand to assist with book checkout and location via computer. Staff will be masked at all times and wear gloves when handling materials for sanitizing prior to and during checkout.

We look forward to seeing you at the library at long last and to sharing our wonderful new building with the rest of the community, even in such a limited first start. We hope to move to subsequent phases as long as the COVID-19 recovery continues here in Vermont. This opening comes with the caveat that library hours and access could change at any time as the situation in Vermont warrants. The latest updates and information are available on the library website charlottepubliclibrary.org.

Upcoming Library Programs & Activities
We may need to continue to limit access to the library building but the outdoor library beckons!  Join us for these upcoming children and family programs taking place on the library porch.

Summer Reading Activities
Even though we can’t get together this summer, we can still stay connected through a weekly summer reading activity. Check the Charlotte Library Porch every Tuesday for a new craft, project or reading adventure.

Vermont Institute of Natural Science:  Owl Adventure. Wednesday, July 1, 1:00 p.m. Why does Owl only fly at night? Meet a live owl and hear their stories while we learn about the adaptations they have that help them survive. Fun for the entire family. This event is free but you must obtain tickets through Eventbrite.

Very Merry Theatre presents Alice Through the Looking Glass. Thursday, July 2, at Noon. Please bring a low lawn chair or blanket, water and sunscreen. No rain date is available—if it is a small cloudburst we will hold the event once the rain passes. Free tickets must be obtained through Eventbrite before the presentation or there will be no admittance.

Yoga on the Library Porch. Mondays in July, 13-27, at 10:00 a.m. Join Lynn Alpeter of Yoga Roots. Based upon the Kidding Around Yoga curriculum, this class introduces children to yoga in an accessible way. It includes lots of music, movement and creativity. Registration is required.

Very Merry Theatre presents Seussical the Musical. Tuesday, July 14, at Noon. Please bring a low lawn chair or blanket, water and sunscreen. Rain date is July 15. The event is free but tickets must be obtained through Eventbrite.

Please Note: Social distancing markers will be placed on the lawn for all outdoor programs; masks are required unless you are in your seating zone.

Online Activities
Learn Libby: Download audio and e-books to your device to listen, read and enjoy. Monday, July 6, at 10:00 a.m. Learn (get a refresher on) how to read and listen to books on your computer or device with Libby in a live Zoom session with tech librarian Susanna. Registration is required.

Library Book Discussion: Blue Latitudes. Thursday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom. Boldly going where Captain Cook has gone before two centuries after James Cook’s epic voyages of discovery, Tony Horwitz takes readers on a wild ride across hemispheres and centuries to recapture the Captain’s adventures and explore his embattled legacy in today’s Pacific. Please contact the library for access to book copies and Zoom link.

Mystery Book Group: The Cutting Season. Monday, July 20, at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom. A magnificent, sweeping story of the south, The Cutting Season brings history face-to-face with modern America, where Obama is president, but some things will never change. Attica Locke once again provides an unblinking commentary on politics, race, the law, family and love, all within a thriller every bit as gripping and tragic as her first novel, Black Water Rising.  Please contact the library for access to book copies and Zoom link.

Library Contact Information
Margaret Woodruff, Director
Cheryl Sloan, Youth Services Librarian
Susanna Kahn, Tech Librarian
Phone: (802) 425-3864
Email address.