By Margaret Woodruff, director

Library Book Sale continues
Book Sale continues in the Library Program Room through November 30.

Stop by during library hours to shop from the carefully curated collection of books. Many are in like-new condition and perfect for gifts in the upcoming season. Donations are no longer accepted, but there are plenty of great titles to choose from!

Back by popular demand! The Friends of the Charlotte Library are holding the second annual Get Cozy Raffle to provide cheer and goodwill. The centerpiece is a beautiful and comfy quilt made by Amanda Herzberger, and an assortment of great books surrounds it.

Tickets will sell for $5 each, or five for $20. Raffle dates: 11/3-12/16. The drawing date is 12/16 at 12 p.m. The system will randomly draw the winner. We will notify the winner by email and will also announce the winner on social media. To enter the raffle, go to this page. All proceeds will benefit the Charlotte Library.

Happening at the Library

Library Book Discussion Group: The Night Watchman
Thursday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Based on the extraordinary life of National Book Award-winning author Louise Erdrich’s grandfather, who worked as a night watchman and carried the fight against Native dispossession from rural North Dakota all the way to Washington, D.C., this powerful novel explores themes of love and death with lightness and gravity and unfolds with the elegant prose, sly humor, and depth of feeling of a master craftsman. Register on the library website.

Book Chat is Back!
Begins Friday, November 5 at 9:30 a.m.
Join Margaret on Friday mornings at 9:30 to discuss new books, old books, and books we might have missed. Each week, Margaret selects a theme and highlights related titles from the library collection. Register for Book Chat on the library website.

Agricultural Literacy Week:
November 15-21
Agricultural Literacy Week, hosted by NOFA-VT and the Vermont Department of Libraries, offers programming to highlight and celebrate local farms and the food system. This year’s theme is Land Connections. Join NOFA-VT online on November 17 for a virtual song and story celebration of land connections with Joseph Bruchac and Jesse Bowman Bruchac. At the Charlotte Library, we celebrate these connections by highlighting the work of our Seed Library coordinators, who make available local and heirloom seeds for our community to grow and enjoy. In addition, we showcase the “Seeds of Food Sovereignty” project coordinated by the Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe. Sign up to learn more about the Abenaki Land Link project at a virtual discussion with tribal leaders and supporters on November 18. You can find details about both these events on the NOFA-VT Agriculture Literacy Week calendar here.

More information about the Land Link “Seeds of Sovereignty” project can be found in this article from Seven Days.

Mystery Book Group: Looking for Rachel Wallace
Monday, November 15 at 10 a.m.
Rachel Wallace is a woman who writes and speaks her mind. She has made a lot of enemies— enemies who threaten her life. Spenser is the tough guy with a macho code of honor, hired to protect a woman who thinks that code is obsolete. Privately, they will never see eye to eye. That’s why she fires him. But when Rachel vanishes, Spenser rattles skeletons in blue-blooded family closets, tangles with the Klan and fights for her right to be exactly what she is. He is ready to lay his life on the line to find Rachel Wallace. Register to join us on the library website.

Intro to Libby: Reading e-books and Audiobooks
Wednesday, November 17 at 10 a.m.
Register for Libby intro. Traveling for Thanksgiving? Audiobooks are great for car trips, and e-books won’t take up space in your bag! Learn how to listen to and read books with Libby on your computer or device in a live Zoom session with tech librarian Susanna. It’s all free with your library card! Need a library card? Sign up on the library website.

Men’s Book Discussion: All the Light We Cannot See
Wednesday, November 17 at 7 p.m.
Marie-Laure lives in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where her father works. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel. In a mining town in Germany, Werner Pfennig, an orphan, grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find that brings them news and stories from places they have never seen or imagined. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments and is enlisted to use his talent to track down the resistance. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.