By Margaret Woodruff, director

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 sell for $5 each, or 5 for $20. Raffle dates: 11/3-12/16

Entrance to the library. Photos by John Quinney

Entrance to the library. Photo by John Quinney.

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, click here. All proceeds will benefit the Charlotte Library.

Mitten Tree: Are you a knitter, crocheter or just like to shop? The Mitten Tree is up at the Charlotte Library and waiting to be decorated with handmade/new cold weather gear. We are also a designated food shelf drop-off location. All items collected will be going to a local non-profit organization.

Bird Feeder is Back: Thanks to a community STEM grant, we have a new bird feeder at the library. Take a minute to greet our feathered friends as you walk into the library. Looking for more bird watching opportunities? Consider joining the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count. Need some tips to get started? Check out our bird-watcher book list here.

Happening at the library

Book Chat is Back!
Fridays at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom
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 here.

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 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. Co-sponsored with the Charlotte Senior Center. Please sign up through Senior Center at (802) 425-6345. Books available to purchase at the Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne.

Friends Book Discussion: The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See
Thursday, Dec. 9, 7:30 p.m. via Zoom
Register for the discussion in advance. In their remote mountain village, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. For the Akha people, ensconced in ritual and routine, life goes on as it has for generations—until a stranger appears at the village gate in a jeep, the first automobile any of the villagers has ever seen. Copies of the book available at the library circulation desk.

Mystery Book Group: The Thursday Murder Club by Richard Osman
Monday, Dec. 20, at 10 a.m. via Zoom
Join Zoom Meeting. Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleeves …. A female cop with her first big case ….. A brutal murder ….Welcome to ..… The Thursday Murder Club

In a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing eighty but they still have a few tricks up their sleeves.

When a local developer is found dead with a mysterious photograph left next to the body, the Thursday Murder Club suddenly find themselves in the middle of their first live case. As the bodies begin to pile up, can our unorthodox but brilliant gang catch the killer before it’s too late? Copies of the book available at the library circulation desk.

Coming in January: Regeneration Book Discussion
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, on 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. As Jane Goodall writes in her foreword, ‘Regeneration is a rebuttal to doomsayers who believe it is too late.’”

For more information, please contact the library. (802) 425-3864. Please register in advance by December 16. For more information about Sustainable Charlotte, either go to the website or contact Ruah Swennerfelt. Copies of the book will be available at the library by Dec. 22.

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Library Contact Information
Margaret Woodruff, Director
Cheryl Sloan, Youth Services Librarian
Susanna Kahn, Tech Librarian
Phone: (802) 425-3864
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