Library News – November 18, 2021

Climate Catalyst Grant awarded to Charlotte Library
The Charlotte Library received $1,000 to implement upgrades to the plastic and e-waste recycling program. Be on the lookout for our new recycle bins! Paid for with the assistance of the Climate Catalysts Innovation Fund of the Vermont Council on Rural Development.

Charlotte Library received national grant for small and rural libraries
$3,000 grant will help the library continue Community Resilience Project

The Charlotte Library has been selected as one of 100 libraries to participate in round three of Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries, an American Library Association (ALA) initiative that helps library workers better serve their small and rural communities. The competitive award comes with a $3,000 grant that will help the library and community partners continue the resilience assessment and discussion in our town.

Charlotte Schoolhouse Story Walk® featured!
The library’s October Story Walk®, which chronicled the history of Charlotte’s 14 schoolhouses, is featured this week on the Association of Bookmobile and Outreach Services “Story Walk Week” promotion. Thanks again to Jenny Cole for putting the outdoor “exhibit” together. You can check out an online version of the walk here.

Library book sale continues
Book sale continues in the Library Program Room through Nov. 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 are $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

Book Chat is back!
Begins Friday, Nov. 19, 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 at

Agricultural Literacy Week:
Nov. 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.

We will showcase the “Seeds of Food Sovereignty” project, coordinated by the Nulhegan Abenaki Tribe. Sign up to learn more about the Abenaki Land Link project in a virtual discussion with tribal leaders and supporters on Nov. 18. You can find details about this 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.

Bundle Up Story Time
Tuesday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m.
Join us for the late November Story Times on Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. on the Charlotte Library Porch. Please dress for cold weather. This event will be cancelled if it is too blustery.

Book Discussion:

We Are What We Eat by Alice Waters
Fridays, Dec. 3 & 10 at 11:30 a.m.
Alice Waters’ latest book, We Are What We Eat, is a very readable comparison of the values and assumptions embedded in fast food and slow food. How important is “fast, cheap and easy” and how important is “beauty, biodiversity and seasonality”? Join Seed Library Coordinator Linda Hamilton for a two-part exploration of this timely topic. Co-sponsored by the Charlotte Grange. Register here:

Wrapping Up a Good Read
Wednesday, Dec. 8, at 1 p.m.
Join us at the Charlotte Senior Center for a book show-and-tell session, just in time for the holidays. Staff from the Charlotte Library share their favorite selections for all ages.
Books available to purchase at the Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne.

The Charlotte Library will be closed Thursday, Nov. 25, and Friday, Nov. 26, for the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Book discussion of Paul Hawken’s newest book, Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation

Sustainable Charlotte and the Charlotte Library are jointly hosting a book discussion of Paul Hawken’s newest book, Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation. We’ll begin, via Zoom, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. and continue for the following 10 weeks. Each section of the book is filled with amazing information and deserves its own discussion.

This is a hopeful book, filled with fascinating and inspiring stories of regenerative activities from around the world, and anyone can find something that will urge them into some new action.

Penguin Books, the publisher of this book, writes: “Regeneration weaves justice, climate, biodiversity, equity, and human dignity into a seamless tapestry of action, policy, and transformation. It is the first book to describe and define the burgeoning regeneration movement spreading rapidly throughout the world—an inclusive and multifaceted undertaking that aims to end the climate crisis in one generation. As Jane Goodall writes in her foreword, ‘Regeneration is a rebuttal to doomsayers who believe it is too late.’”

In this book, Hawken states:

  • To reverse the climate crisis, the majority of humanity needs to be engaged. 98 percent of the world is not.
  • To get the attention of humanity, humanity needs to feel it is getting attention.
  • To save the world from the threat of global warming, we need to create a world worth saving.
  • To succeed, climate solutions must directly serve our children, the poor, and the excluded.
  • This means we must address current human needs, not future existential threats, real as they are.
  • For more information, please contact the library or 425-3864. Please register in advance by Dec. 16 here.

For more information about Sustainable Charlotte, either go to the website at Sustainable Charlotte’s website or contact
Ruah Swennerfelt.

Copies of the book will be available at the library by Dec. 22.