Margaret Woodruff, director
The library has opened doors to in-person programming while also offering a Zoom option for many programs. Please do not hesitate to get in touch with any questions or suggestions.
Free Little Art Gallery opening
Introducing the smallest art gallery in Charlotte. Come by the circulation desk for a visit. Feel free to take a piece that you like, add a piece of your own artwork, or both! All media is welcome as long as it fits inside. Use your own materials or pick up the April Take & Make for supplies to make your own masterpiece. Thank you to Marcia Vogler for her help and inspiration.
Preschool Story Time resumes
Tuesdays, April 5-May 17, 10-11 a.m.
Join us Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m. in the library for Preschool Story Time fun with stories, crafts and play time. The program will be held in the program room unless it is warm enough to be held on the library porch. All children 2 years of age and over and their guardians must wear a mask at all times per library policy when indoors. No registration required.
Wednesdays, 5:30–7 p.m.
Swing by for knitting night at the library. Dust off those old projects you’ve been wanting to finish, start a new project, or even pick up a new skill. Jessica Card, a local knitting teacher at Shelburne Craft School, will be hosting the knitting night and is excited about growing the in-person community of knitters in town. She will be around to get people started, help with existing projects, and will be working on a knitting project as well. No registration required.
Fridays beginning April 8, 9:30-10:30 a.m., on Zoom
Join Margaret Friday mornings on Zoom 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 here.
Programs & Activities
Please note that some programs take place at the library, some on Zoom and some offer both options.
Recycling Right: In the blue bin and beyond!
Saturday, April 9, 10:30 a.m.
Join the Chittenden Solid Waste District staff in person for a behind-the-scenes look at what happens to your household recycling after it leaves your house — and find out why it’s so important to recycle right. They will cover what really belongs in the blue bin and why other items can create big problems for the recycling system. Then they’ll explore the “special recycling” options for lots of things that can’t go in the blue bin. (Spoiler alert: you can bring some of them right to this library.) We’ll also have plenty of time to answer questions and settle family arguments (only about recycling), so bring your trickiest items and try to stump them. Register here.
True Crime with podcaster Toby Ball
Tuesday, April 12, 7-8 p.m., on Zoom
The true crime genre has always been with us, but it is enjoying a resurgence in popularity. There are entire television channels devoted to true crime, and it’s one of the dominant genres in podcasting. Toby Ball, from the podcast “Crime Writers On …,” will talk about the growth in popularity of the genre, how it’s different from the past and some of the best true crime shows and podcasts.
Short story selections
Thursday, April 14 & 28, 1–2 p.m., on Zoom
Join Library Director Margaret Woodruff to share and discuss short stories old and new. The reading list will include a variety of authors, and one or two stories will be featured each session. Copies of the stories are available at the library circulation desk or via email. Register here.
Farming in Charlotte
Thursday, April 14, 7-8 p.m., hybrid event
The recently completed Charlotte Agricultural Landscape Study from the Charlotte Land Trust looks at farming today in Charlotte and describes the changes taking place. The presentation provides a look at the study findings and includes discussions with three Charlotte farmers on the innovations that help make their farms successful, the opportunities for farmers in Charlotte and the challenges of a changing agricultural environment. Registration required.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife furbearer kit
April 18-May 4
Thanks to the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, the library will have a large display of pelts, skulls, track sets, scat sets and track field guides on display. On April 18, 19 and 20 from 10 a.m. to noon, the items will be out for hands-on investigation. Come learn about Vermont’s furbearing animals, such as mink, beaver, fisher, and red fox. No registration required.
Bake for Good
Tuesday, April 19, 4-5 p.m., on Zoom
Bake for Good is King Arthur Baking Company’s free outreach program for students in third through eighth grades. They have three goals: learn, bake and share. Students learn the math and science of making bread from scratch. With supplies from home and a mini baking kit from King Arthur (recipe booklet, $1 flour coupons, yeast and dough scraper) they watch a live instruction video from a King Arthur Flour expert baker on their home computer and then bake the bread at home anytime over spring break. The recipe makes two loaves, one to keep and one to share with someone in need or as an act of kindness. Registration required by email.
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Library Contact Information
Margaret Woodruff, director
Cheryl Sloan, youth services librarian
Susanna Kahn, tech librarian