Augment outdoor experiences with library passes

It’s national great outdoors month — let’s get outside.

The library offers museum and park passes that provide free or discounted admission to local attractions. See the full list.

Friends of the Library book sale dropoff
The drop-off dates and times for donating books for the upcoming book sale are: Tuesday, June 27, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Wednesday June 28, 4-7 p.m.; Friday, July 7, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday, July 8, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; Monday July 20, 4-7 p.m. and Tuesday, July 21, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Children’s programs

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

Entrance to the library. Photos by John Quinney
Entrance to the library. Photos by John Quinney

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.

Summer reading program begins
Create your own packet with the fun options for pick-up in the children’s area of the library.

Vermont Institute of Natural Science
Wednesday, June 28, 1 p.m.
Faster than a speeding car, able to leap tall fences in a single bound — look! It’s an animal superhero. Discover the amazing adaptations animals make to be the heroes of the natural world. Get up close with our live animal ambassadors and other amazing artifacts. You will walk away with the power to be a champion of nature. The Vermont Institute of Natural Science will bring three live animals to the Charlotte Library, two reptiles and a bird of prey.

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, library director Margaret Woodruff selects a theme and highlights related titles from the library collection. No registration necessary. No Book Chat on April 19.

Crochet & Knit Night
Wednesdays, 5:30-7 p.m.
Claudia Marshall is your host for a casual weekly session of crocheting and chatting, knitting and catching up. Bring your project or start a new one with yarn and needles available at the library, along with plenty of books to instruct and inspire. For teens and adults.

Short story selections
First and third Wednesdays, 1 p.m.
Join 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 in advance for the Zoom link.

Mystery book group
Monday, June 19, 10 a.m.
In “Voice” by Arnaldur Indriðason, the Christmas rush is at its peak in a grand Reykjavik hotel when Inspector Erlendur is called in to investigate a murder. Erlendur and his fellow detectives find no shortage of suspects between the hotel staff and the international travelers staying for the holidays. Copies available at the library circulation desk.

Library book discussion group
Thursday, June 22, 7:30 p.m.
Have you ever wondered what those bright, squiggly graffiti marks on the sidewalk mean? Or stopped to consider why you don’t see metal fire escapes on new buildings? In “The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to Hidden World of Everyday Design,” host Roman Mars and coauthor Kurt Kohlstedt examine the various elements that make our cities work, exploring the origins and other fascinating stories behind everything from power grids and fire escapes to drinking fountains and street signs. Copies available at the library circulation desk. Join the discussion on Zoom.

Walk & talk book club
Saturday, June 23, 11 a.m.
Join the librarians and readers from Carpenter-Carse Library, Charlotte Library and Pierson Library at Geprags Park for an outdoor perambulation and discussion of books on the subject of our big, beautiful world. For this session, we will meet at the park in Hinesburg at 554 Shelburne Falls Rd. The book we’ll discuss is “Our Better Nature” by Curt Lindberg. We’ll be joined by the author and by members of Hinesburg’s Conservation Commission for a walk featuring a landscape shaped by beaver activity. In the event of rain, we will meet in the community room at Carpenter-Carse Library, 69 Ballards Corner Road, Hinesburg. Please contact your home library to pick up a copy of the book.

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., online and in person. Please contact the library or visit the library website for more information.