Library sponsoring projects for play-based learning

Please note the Charlotte Library will be closed July 2, 4 and 5 for the Independence Day holiday.

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New books this month
Notable new titles include 6:20 Man by David Baldacci, The It Girl by Ruth Ware, Dead Romantics by Ashley Postonn, Not Exactly What I Had in Mind by Kate Brook, a new Kate Burkheimer mystery by Linda Castillo, and a new novel by Gabrielle Zevin who wrote The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry.

Summer reading details are available on the library website or on our print calendar available here.

Preschool free play
Mondays, 10 a.m., July 11-25
Play in the preschool years enables children to explore and make sense of the world around them, as well as to use and develop their imagination and creativity. We’ll be exploring the sensory table, sorting, playing with blocks, playdough … these are a few of the open-ended projects planned for Monday morning play-based learning on the Charlotte Library porch. Ages 3 and 4.

Family Game night
Mondays, 5:30 p.m., July 11-25
Try your hand at cornball or bocce or share your Pokemon successes and gaming fun during this family time. Indoors and out. No registration required.

Summer story time
Tuesdays, 10 a.m., July 12-26
Join us on the Charlotte Library porch for summertime stories, crafts and activities. No registration required. Age 5 and over.

Project Micro
Wednesday, July 13, 1 p.m.
Join Jan Schwarz of Project Micro to study sand from all corners of the globe and other treasure from the sea. Registration required, ages 7 and up. This is a live event, please register via Eventbrite.

Adult Programs

Library book discussion
The Beginning of Spring
Thursday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. via Zoom
March 1913. Moscow is stirring herself to meet the beginning of spring. English painter Frank Reid returns from work one night to find that his wife has gone away; no one knows where or why, or whether she’ll ever come back. All Frank knows for sure is that he is now alone and must find someone to care for his three young children.

Into Frank’s life comes Lisa Ivanovna, a quiet, calming beauty from the country, untroubled to the point of seeming simple. But is she? And why has Frank’s bookkeeper, Selwyn Crane, gone to such lengths to bring these two together? Print copies available at the library circulation desk. Register for the discussion in advance.

Grange on the Green:
Thursday, July 14, 5:30-7 p.m.
The Charlotte Grange and Charlotte Library invite you to the Charlotte Town Green for the second concert in our series of live music. Bring a picnic supper or grab a pizza from Stone’s Throw to enjoy with the show.

Mystery Book Group:
Murder on Brittany Shores
Monday, July 18, 10 a.m.
Ten miles off the coast of Brittany lie the fabled Glénan Islands. Boasting sparkling white sands and crystal-clear waters, they seem perfectly idyllic, until one day in May, three bodies wash up on shore. At first glance the deaths appear accidental, but as the identities of the victims come to light, Commissaire Dupin is pulled back into action for a case of what seems to be cold-blooded murder. Copies of this book by Jean-Luc Bannlec are available at the library circulation desk.

Men’s book group: Apeirogon
Wednesday, July 20, 7:30 p.m.
Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of conflict that colors every aspect of their daily lives, from the roads they are allowed to drive on, to the schools their daughters, Abir and Smadar, each attend, to the checkpoints, both physical and emotional, they must negotiate. Their worlds shift irreparably after 10-year-old Abir is killed by a rubber bullet and 13-year-old Smadar becomes the victim of suicide bombers. When Bassam and Rami learn of each other’s stories, they recognize the loss that connects them and they attempt to use their grief as a weapon for peace in a book by Collum McCann. Copies available at the library circulation. Via Zoom.

Ongoing Programs

Free Little Art Gallery
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.

Book chat
Fridays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
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.

Library contact information:
Margaret Woodruff, director
Cheryl Sloan, youth services librarian
Susanna Kahn, tech librarian
Phone: 802-425-3864

The Charlotte Library Board of Trustees meets the first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. For information about agenda and Zoom access, contact the library director.