By Margaret Woodruff, director
Happening at the library
Last chance for September Take & Make Kits: Dancing Dragons & Flower Fossil Ornaments
Kids: Make a dragon puppet to dance around your house in celebration of the Dragon Egg Hunt.
Adults & Teens: In recognition of Vermont Archaeology Week, craft a flower fossil from clay and your own garden.
Pick up kits at the library through Sept. 30!
Climate Preparedness Week: Sept. 24–30
During September 24–30 each year, we mark Climate Preparedness Week, dedicated to learning, service and actions that better prepare our communities for extreme weather events. By coming together to host events, we provide the resources and space to think about the ways that climate change disadvantages some communities more than others.
Theme: The Weather is Changing: Are You Prepared?
By coming together to host educational and service-oriented events, we can equip ourselves and our communities with the resources, tools and mindsets to build resilience in the face of changing weather and our changing climate. We’ll explore how severe weather and climate change affects us all—locally, globally, publicly and personally. We’ll also learn about how the impacts of climate change and extreme weather intersect with racial, social, and economic justice and how we can respond to these changes from the ground up and the top down. Check this link for more information. Don’t miss our community emergency preparedness program on Tuesday,
Virtual keynote presented by David Pogue, author of How to Prepare for Climate Change: A Practical Guide to Surviving the Chaos. Friday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m.
This event is hosted by the Massachusetts Library System in collaboration with Communities Responding to Extreme Weather.
Register for this program here.
Practical Earth-Honoring Skills for Everyone. Wednesday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m. via Zoom
How can we create an ecological civilization without cultivating an ecological psyche first? At its foundation, developing an ecological psyche involves reclaiming and diversifying our sense of relational intimacy. Nutritive and connective, this class is for anyone feeling fatigued or overwhelmed about climate change. Basic earth-honoring skills decentralize humans from the global story and wake us up through joy and relatedness. Kendra Ward, LAc is a local traditional Chinese medicine practitioner who teaches and writes about the cultivation of an earth-honoring worldview as it relates to our health, well-being and sense of deep belonging. You can learn more about her work at kendraward.com.
Register for this program here.
Emergency Preparedness: Let’s Be Ready Together Tuesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m.
Extreme weather impacts us all, wherever we live. Learn how to protect yourselves, your family and your neighborhood in the event of a weather emergency. Chris Davis and Karina Warshaw from Charlotte’s Emergency Management Team explain how and why it is essential to make preparations, including the essentials for a “Go-Bag” kit. Ruah Swennerfelt from Sustainable Charlotte introduces the “Ready Together” program, a national transition effort to foster neighborhood emergency preparation. Pick up your playbook and copy of “Ready Together” at the library beforehand and enter to win an emergency radio, too. Register to join us: https://bit.ly/3jDlSBx.
Save the Lake by Being BLUE. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m.
Lake Champlain Sea Grant partners with BLUE, an innovative program that certifies homes, businesses and institutions as watershed friendly. Learn how you can take part as the crew from the Lake Champlain Sea Grant at UVM shares the details of this innovative program that helps us help the lake. Register to join us here.
Time to mask up
Due to the increase in COVID cases, the CDC has issued new masking recommendations. As our policy throughout the pandemic has been to follow their guidance, we are now asking all library patrons, vaccinated and unvaccinated, to wear masks indoors. As always, we appreciate your commitment to keeping our community safe.
September is Library Card Sign-Up Month
Here’s the word from the American Library Association:
Marley Dias, author, executive producer and founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks, is joining the American Library Association and libraries nationwide in promoting the power of a library card this September.
As honorary chair, Dias wants to remind the public that signing up for a library card provides access to technology, multimedia content and educational programming that transforms lives and strengthens communities. “A library card provides an opportunity for discovery and access to a rich and diverse world. It empowers you to make change and experience new stories,” said Dias.
Visit your library online or in person to see what’s new and take part in the celebration. Libraries across the country are participating. Do you have friends who don’t have library cards? Invite them to sign up during September.
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Library Contact Information
Margaret Woodruff, Director
Cheryl Sloan, Youth Services Librarian
Susanna Kahn, Tech Librarian