Need dehumidifiers, generators, plastic bins, etc. for flood relief

The Charlotte Library is serving as a drop-off spot for flood-relief supplies. Bring donations during library hours, and the library will pass along to the distribution effort. Supplies needed at this time: dehumidifiers, generators, plastic bins, mold inhibitors, extension cords, toiletries, personal protective equipment (PPE), yard tools and wheelbarrows. Kesha Ram Hinsdale and Chea Waters Evans helped to coordinate this opportunity to help fellow Vermonters.

Children’s programs
School is starting up this month. If you are, or you know someone who is, starting kindergarten, join the annual Kindergarten Library Card Party, Monday, Aug. 21, 5:30 p.m. Email to register.

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

Preschool play time
Wednesdays in August, 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-Doh — these are a few of the open-ended projects planned for Wednesday morning play-based learning at the Charlotte Library. Stay tuned for details about upcoming fall programs!
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.

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Find out about how to use flowers to create colorful bandanas and natural dyeing techniques at the eco-printing workshop on Wednesday, Aug. 16.

Garden Circle
Wednesdays, 4:30-6 p.m.
Join the Garden Circle of volunteers who will tend the educational gardens around the library this year. Contact garden stewards Karen Tuininga and Linda Hamilton to sign up and join in the merry work sessions this growing season.

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.

Eco-printing with summer flowers
Wednesday, Aug. 16, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Create colorful bandanas with flowers from the library garden and natural dyeing techniques. Advance registration is appreciated by emailing.

Mystery book group:
Monday, Aug. 21, 10 a.m.
Join discussion of “The Nine Tailors” by Dorothy Sayers, a classic whodunit featuring Lord Peter Wimsey. Copies available at the library circulation desk.

Better Together book club
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 7 p.m.
Better Together is an open book group that discusses books related to parenting, including “Amateur Hour” by Kimberly Herrington, an “emotionally honest, arresting and funny collection of essays about motherhood and adulthood.” Copies available at the library circulation desk.

Tomato day
Friday, Aug. 25, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The taste of summer is local tomatoes. Ever tried Aunt Ruby’s German green, yellow Lillian or orange banana paste tomatoes? Come sample these and other heirloom varieties available from our seed library or other local seed savers. You might discover a new favorite.

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 regularly on the first Thursday of the month. The next meeting takes place on Thursday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m. online and in person. Please contact the library or visit the library website for more information.