Margaret Woodruff, director

Happy New Year!

Recycling resolutions? 

You can now recycle the following items at the library:

  • Batteries and cell phones
  • Electronics
  • Plastic film and wrapping (restrictions apply; see drop-off container for instructions)
  • Corks

Join us in helping to keep landfills less land-full! Paid for with the assistance of the Climate Catalysts Innovation Fund of the Vermont Council on Rural Development.

Increased digital content for 2022!
As of January 2022, all Charlotte resident patrons can now borrow up to five items on their Hoopla accounts. The change takes place on Jan. 1. If you’re a Libby user, you’ll be happy to know that we are also expanding our Advantage title purchases. This means shorter wait times for popular ebooks and audiobooks. Interested in getting started with Hoopla or Libby? Start here for directions. This project is made possible by a grant from the Association for Rural & Small Libraries through the generosity of a regional partner foundation.

More digital news: introducing Hoopla BingePass
There’s a new way to access content on Hoopla using your Charlotte Library card! Hoopla BingePass gives you unlimited access to great online content for seven days—all with a single Hoopla borrow.

The new BingePass includes:

  • Hoopla Magazines: Read the current issue of 50 popular magazines for all ages and interests, such as Elle, HGTV, Men’s Health, Popular Mechanics, Runner’s World, Time for Kids, Woman’s Day and more.
  • The Great Courses Library Collection: Explore more than 300 courses, each containing numerous lectures—all with one borrow.
  • More to come!

Find out more about how to access BingePass on our Online Resources page.

Winter Reading Challenge!
The Winter Reading Challenge: Read for a Better World (All Ages) is available for pre-registration now on the Vermont libraries Beanstack page. The challenge starts Jan. 1 and ends Jan. 31. This challenge is available for free to all Vermonters and could be a simple way for public libraries to engage readers this January!

Readers of all ages are encouraged to read for at least 20 minutes a day and log their minutes using the Beanstack website or the mobile app. Participants can read books of their choosing, log minutes, participate in simple activities, and earn digital badges. Participants are encouraged to explore diversity, empathy and action through literature by choosing books and stories from an array of diverse authors and topics. Need help setting up a Beanstack account? Please contact the library.

Operations Update
In the ongoing interest of community health and well-being, the Charlotte Library Board of Trustees would like to remind all visitors to the library of our current COVID protocol.  The Library will continue to follow CDC guidelines. (The latest information can be found here and here).

We ask that all visitors to the library join the staff in the following safe practices:

  • Wearing a mask when indoors at the library regardless of vaccination status
  • Maintaining a safe distance from other people
  • Refraining from visiting the library if you have any COVID symptoms

We still maintain our porch pick-up service, so feel free to request any materials to be set out if you prefer not to enter the library. You may request materials online through the library website, charlottepubliclibrary.org, or by phone: 802-425-3864, or via email at [email protected]. Thank you for helping to keep our library community safe and healthy.

Happening at the library

Book Chat is back!
Fridays at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom
Join Margaret on Friday mornings 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.

Short story selections
Tuesdays, 1 p.m., Jan. 13, 20 & 27
Join Library Director Margaret Woodruff for a three-part discussion series, featuring short stories old and new. The reading list will include a variety of authors, and one story will be featured each session. Materials will be available prior to the first meeting. Co-sponsored by the Charlotte Senior Center. Please pre-register so that reading lists can be shared. No fee.

Health research literacy with Jim Hyde
Thursday, Jan. 13, 7 p.m.
Ten questions to ask yourself when you see in the media “the research shows that…” Bring with you an article or clipping from the news, a magazine, or other source and we will discuss and dissect it using the answers to 10 simple questions.

Jim taught epidemiology and biostatistics at Tufts for more than 35 years. While at Tufts he helped establish and directed the Tufts masters degree program in Health Communication, taught in the MD/MPH joint degree program, and directed several research studies. Prior to attending Tufts he was the Director of the Division of Preventive Medicine at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health. Register in advance for Zoom link.

Mystery Book Group: Dead by Morning by Richard Osman
Monday, Jan. 17, 10 a.m. A snowstorm in a quiet English village ends in death in this “skillfully plotted” mystery starring the beloved Detective Inspector Thanet (Publishers Weekly).

Over the last year, Superintendent Draco has turned the little police station at Sturrenden upside-down. A hard-driving, fiery Welshman, he has breathed new life into a stagnant police force, and Det. Inspector Luke Thanet has been forced to admit that, even if he’s difficult to work with, Draco gets results. But when a body is found in the little village of Sutton-in-the-Weald the morning after a heavy snowstorm, Draco insists on overseeing the investigation—which means finding the killer won’t be Thanet’s only problem. Copies available at the library. Join Zoom meeting.

Regeneration book discussion
Tuesdays at 7 p.m. beginning Jan. 18
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 will begin, via Zoom, on Jan. 18 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. 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.”

Men’s book group: Hamnet
Wednesday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m.
Drawing on Maggie O’Farrell’s long-term fascination with the little-known story behind Shakespeare’s most enigmatic play, Hamnet is a luminous portrait of a marriage, at its heart the loss of a beloved child.

Warwickshire in the 1580s. Agnes is a woman as feared as she is sought after for her unusual gifts. She settles with her husband om Henley Street, in Stratford, and has three children: a daughter, Susanna, and then twins, Hamnet and Judith. The boy, Hamnet, dies in 1596 at the age of 11. Four years or so later, the husband writes a play called Hamlet. Books are available at the library. Join the Zoom discussion.

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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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