Crocheting, archaeology, microscopic viewing and more

We have some new and renewed offerings for April. Our popular knitting night is expanding to include crochet fans and will meet weekly on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. beginning April 5.

State archaeologist Jess Armstrong comes to the library April 11 for “An Archaeological History of Chittenden County.” Celebrate National Poetry Month and join us for a reading by Charlotte poet Bethany Breitland, award-winning author of “Fire Index.” Many more offerings below, including a microscopic look at spring for kids. We hope to see you at the library soon.

Children’s programs

Young children’s story time
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.
No registration required.

Kindergarten/first grade
after-school story time
Tuesdays, 3 p.m.
Please contact youth services librarian Cheryl Sloan for information about this session.

Preschool free play
Wednesdays, 10 a.m.
Exploring the sensory table, sorting, playing with blocks, play dough — these are a few of the open-ended projects planned for Wednesday morning play-based learning at the Charlotte Library. Ages 2-4. No registration required.

Project Micro
Monday, April 24, 2 p.m.
Jan Schwarz will bring microscopes, hand lenses and lots of spring material to study. Registration required, ages 7 and up. This is a live event on the Charlotte Library porch. Registration required. Please email.

Programs for adults

Book Chat
Wednesdays, 3 p.m.
Meet each week to discuss new books, old books and books we might have missed. Each week, Woodruff selects a theme and highlights related titles from the library collection. No registration necessary. Note: No Book Chat on April 19.

An Archaeological History of Chittenden County
Tuesday, April 11, 7 p.m.
Jess Robinson, Vermont State Archaeologist, will give an overview of the pre-contact Native history of the Chittenden County area from the first human entrants in the region until the time of European contact. He will highlight some notable archaeological sites and offer insights into the first Vermonters gained from over 50 years of professional archaeological work in the area. A question-and-answer session will follow the presentation. Register to reserve a seat.

Repair Café
Saturday, April 15, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Get your broken stuff ready. The Repair Café is coming up in April. It is open to anyone in any town. Everyone wishing to have an item fixed should register beforehand so the repairers know what items to expect or tools they might need. To register, go to the event calendar.

Mystery book group: The Maltese Falcon
Monday, April 17, 10 a.m.
Dashiell Hammet’s classic noir tale from the 1930s that launched the character Sam Spade as the hardboiled detective in San Francisco. Copies available at the library circulation desk.

Book discussion: Treeline
Mondays, 7 p.m., April 17-May 22
“The Treeline: The Last Forest and the Future of Life on Earth” has been called a page-turner that poetically challenges us to confront the elephant in the room. This will be a six-part discussion of this landmark book. Join us in-person or via Zoom. In-person.

Book discussion: Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow
Thursday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
Spanning 30 years, from Cambridge, Mass., to Venice Beach, Calif., and lands in between and far beyond, Gabrielle Zevin’s “Tomorrow, and Tomorrow, and Tomorrow” is a dazzling and intricately imagined novel that examines the multifarious nature of identity, disability, failure, the redemptive possibilities in play, and above all, our need to connect: to be loved and to love. Yes, it is a love story, but it is not one you have read before. Register in advance.

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

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The Charlotte Library Board of Trustees meets regularly on the first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. The next meeting takes place this Thursday, April 6, online and in-person. Please contact the library or visit the library website for more information.