By Margaret Woodruff, director

Happening at the Library

Library Book Sale: Oct. 4 through Oct. 30
The annual Charlotte Library Book Sale, sponsored by The Friends of the Charlotte Library, has been a popular and highly anticipated event since its modest start in 1995. As with many of our cherished activities, the pandemic has caused us to reimagine the book sale with an eye to safety, so we will be attempting a mini book sale to be held in the new program room during the month of October.
Shopping hours: Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, noon to 2 p.m.
Donation hours: Wednesday and Saturday, noon to 2 p.m. (please limit to two boxes per drop-off)

October Events:
The Charlotte Library will be closed for Indigenous Peoples Day on Monday, Oct. 11.

For kids:
Build to Launch: A STEAM exploration series
Join the all-new LEGO® Space Team and their NASA Artemis I team counterparts for a 10-week interactive digital learning adventure. With each episode, students will find themselves in the shoes of NASA engineers, scientists and, of course, astronauts. Through open-ended lessons, students will get hands-on and solve the same types of problems the Artemis I Team faces as they build toward launch!

The Charlotte Library is a learning center for this program. Because the library is currently not hosting groups in person, please sign up for weekly online links for this self-directed program for your student to participate from home. The library has some Lego Education Kits to check out. They are not made specifically for this program but perhaps could be used for some of the lessons. Please contact Cheryl Sloan, [email protected], for more information.

After-School Citizen Science: Zooniverse
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 4–5 p.m.
Giraffes, zebras, lions, oh my! Assist wildlife biologists in Africa from Vermont! Be a citizen scientist and identify animals caught on camera to help scientists understand the diversity and dynamics of wildlife populations. Together, we will learn how to classify and record animal images as part of the “Zooniverse” team. If you love animals, this program is for you! No previous experience necessary. Fourth grade and up. Registration required for Zoom link.

For adults and families:
Emergency Preparedness: Let’s Be Ready Together
Tuesday, Oct. 12, 7 p.m.
Extreme weather impacts us all, wherever we live. Learn how to protect yourself, 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 in advance.

Save the Lake by Being BLUE
Wednesday, Oct. 13, 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. Please register in advance.

Mystery book group: The Keeper of Lost Causes by Jussi Adler-Olsen
Monday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m.
Carl Mørck used to be one of Copenhagen’s best homicide detectives. Then a hail of bullets destroyed the lives of two fellow cops, and Carl—who didn’t draw his weapon—blames himself. So, a promotion is the last thing he expects. But Department Q is a department of one, and Carl’s got only a stack of Copenhagen’s coldest cases for company. His colleagues snicker, but Carl may have the last laugh, because one file keeps nagging at him: a liberal politician vanished five years earlier and is presumed dead. Hard copies available at the library. Ebook available on Libby and audiobook available on Hoopla. Join us via Zoom here.

Spiritualism and the Robinsons of Rokeby
Tuesday, Oct. 19, 7 p.m.
Join Dr. Lindsay Varner, Rokeby Museum director, for a discussion on the Spiritualist movement of the 19th century. In the 1840s, the Robinson farm in Ferrisburgh (today Rokeby Museum) held a series of séances that were recorded by a close friend and preserved in the museum’s collection. Dr. Varner gives an overview of the history of Spiritualism, its ties to the Great Awakening, and shares a few words from the Robinsons’ communications with the spirit world. Register in Advance.

Men’s Book Group: Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 7 p.m.
Britain has lost the Falklands war, Margaret Thatcher battles Tony Benn for power, and Alan Turing achieves a breakthrough in artificial intelligence. In a world not quite like this one, two lovers will be tested beyond their understanding. Hard copies available at the library. Listen to the audiobook on Hoopla. Join the Men’s Book Group

Of Wheelmen, the New Woman and Good Roads: Bicycling in Vermont, 1880 to 1920
Tuesday, Oct. 26, 7 p.m.
Luis Vivanco explores the early history of the bicycle in Vermont, tied to important changes in industrial production, consumerism and new cultural ideas about auto-mobility and effortless speed. A Speakers Bureau program from the Vermont Council on Humanities. Register in advance.

The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence
Wednesday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m.
Join Charlotte resident and best-selling author Jessica Lahey to discuss The Addiction Inoculation, a comprehensive resource parents and educators can use to prevent substance abuse in children. Based on research in child welfare, psychology, substance abuse and developmental neuroscience, this essential guide provides evidence-based strategies and practical tools adults need to understand, support and educate resilient, addiction-resistant children. Register in advance.

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Library Contact Information
Margaret Woodruff, Director
Cheryl Sloan, Youth Services Librarian
Susanna Kahn, Tech Librarian
Phone: 425-3864
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