Spooky, but not too spooky, events to haunt library

Join us at the library for two special, not-so-spooky events. From 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 29, the library porch is home to our second annual jack-o-lantern fest. Julie Holmes’ music students will entertain us with “The Ghost of Nicholas Greebe” to put us in the right spirit. Bring your creativity and a pumpkin to carve.

Photo contributed Last year’s Jack-o-lantern fest brought a variety of talent.
Photo contributed. Last year’s Jack-o-lantern fest brought a variety of talent.

And, don’t forget trick-or-treat on the library porch, Halloween night from 5 to 8 p.m. Sweet treats and library treats for all!

Book chat on the porch
Wednesdays, 3 p.m.
Meet on the library porch 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. Please check library calendar for dates.

Short story selections
First and third Thursdays, 1 p.m.
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. We meet the first and third Thursdays of each month.

Book chat via Zoom
Fridays, 9:30 a.m.
Meet on Zoom to discuss new books, old books and books we might have missed. Friday is a recap of the Wednesday porch session. Please check library calendar for dates. Register in advance.

Children and family programs

Preschool story time
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.
Come to the Charlotte Library for preschool stories, crafts and activities. No registration required. Age 2 and over.

Kindergarten-first grade story time
Tuesdays, 3 p.m.
Please call the Charlotte Library to register for this event.

Preschool free play
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.
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. Exploring the sensory table, sorting, playing with blocks or play dough— these are a few of the open-ended projects planned for Wednesday morning play-based learning on the Charlotte Library porch. Ages 3 and 4.

Adult programs

Stillwater Meditation
Saturdays, Oct. 1-Nov. 19, 9 a.m.
Gather together for eight weeks this fall as the light changes to explore poetry and meditation as sacred community. Respect for all beings and faiths is a foundational quality of our time together. Beginning and experienced meditators are welcome. Come to one, many or all meetings. Free. Stillwater Meditation is an offering of Rain Elizabeth Healing Arts.

One-on-one tech help sessions
Thursday, Oct. 20 , 1-2:30 p.m.
Email enigma? Kindle conundrum? Computer question? App apprehension? Or maybe you want to learn how to use your library card to read or listen to books on a device. Sign up for a 40-minute one-on-one session with Susanna Kahn, Charlotte Library’s technology librarian, to get some tech support. Make sure to bring your device and any necessary login information. Registration required, please call 802-425-6345.

Seed-saving workshop
Saturday, Oct. 22, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of local food systems, as interest in gardening has exploded. With higher demand, many experienced difficulties in accessing seed, which illuminated the critical role that seeds hold in food systems and generated increased interest in seed systems. To respond to the increased interest in seed saving, your local seed library has connected with a team of University of Vermont researchers and seed-saving expert and Vermont resident, Sylvia Davits, to offer a seed-saving workshop. Registration required.

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, please contact the library director.