By Margaret Woodruff, director

Entrance to the library. Photos by John Quinney

Entrance to the library. Photo by John Quinney.

Happening at the Library
Library Book Sale: through October 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 & Saturday, noon to 2 p.m.
Donation Hours: Wednesday & Saturday, noon to 2 p.m. (please limit to two boxes per drop off)

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 towards launch!

The Charlotte Library is a learning center for this program. Because the library is currently not hosting groups in person, 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 for more information.

Library Programs
Of Wheelmen, the New Woman and Good Roads: Bicycling in Vermont, 1880-1920
Tuesday, October 26 at 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.

Second Annual Jack-o-Lantern Display on the Town Green
Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31
Halloween is Sunday, October 31—just around the corner!

We had a grand gathering of jack-o-lanterns last year, thanks to the many community members who carved and dropped off their jack-o-lanterns at the library. We are doing it again and hope to get as great a turnout! Last year we began the night of trick-or-treating at the festive display, as community members pointed out their contributions and admired the work of others. The display offers a great opportunity for a community Halloween experience even if you don’t have any trick-or-treaters!

* New this year, we will have at least one pumpkin-carving session on site at the library on Saturday, October 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

We are seeking donations of pumpkins and votives which can be dropped off at the library.

Need a pumpkin? Pick up a pumpkin at the library, starting October 25, to carve at home OR to carve on-site during the carving session.

Jack-o-lanterns will be lit at dusk on Saturday, October 30 and Sunday, October 31, so be sure to have your carving done in time to be included in the display!

It will be fun to see how this comes together. Please contact Jessica Scriver at 802-318-3228 if you would like to help or if you have any questions. Thanks in advance for your participation and town spirit!

Book Talk: On Being a Vermonter and the Rise & Fall of the Holmes Farm, 1822-1923
Tuesday, November 2 at 7 p.m.
David Holmes, author of On Being a Vermonter and the Rise and Fall of the Holmes Farm, 1822-1923, will discuss this new book, just published by the Center for Research on Vermont and the White River Press.

The multi-generation Holmes farm was located on Lake Champlain just south of the Holmes Covered Bridge in Charlotte and featured one of New England’s largest apple orchards and the breeding and racing of Morgan horses. The farm ended with foreclosure after 101 years of existence. The book is the only case study of a Vermont farm over this span of time and reflects an important chapter of Vermont and Charlotte history.

The presentation will provide insights into the founding of the farm, life on the farm and in Charlotte, and the challenges and stresses that led to its demise in 1923. Rare photographs from the early 1900s are included in the presentation. Register in Advance.

The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence
Wednesday, November 3 at 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: 802-425-3864
Email Address