Clothe the Mitten Tree in cold-weather accessories

The library’s annual Mitten Tree will go up this week and the staff welcomes donations of cold-weather accessories to adorn the tree. These will go to residents in need at the start of the New Year.

The library invites you to a few festive happenings here at the library:

  • Saturday, Dec. 2 — Eco-Friendly Gift Wrapping Workshop: 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 6 — After-School Gift-Making Workshop
  • Dec. 2-16 — Friends Holiday Craft Sale

Details for all of these programs can be found below.

Don’t forget our community survey. We’d appreciate your feedback on this three-minute online survey. If you prefer a paper copy, you can find them around town including the library, town hall, the senior center, Spears Corner Store and the Old Brick Store.

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Looking for activities to try at home? Check out our Library of Things craft kits or pick up a Take & Make kit at the front desk. December crafts: 3-D stand-up snowman and DIY bird feeder garland.

Children’s programs

Preschool story time
Tuesdays, Nov. 7, 14 & 28
Join the Charlotte Library for preschool stories, crafts and activities. No registration required. Age 2 and over.

Preschool play time
Wednesdays, Nov. 29, Dec. 6-20
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.

After-school gift-making workshop
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2 p.m.
Do you have a special person or pet that is hard to shop for? Come to the After-school gift-making workshop and cross a few gifts for loved ones off of your to-do list. Please register. Ages 7 and up.

Programs for adults

Mystery book group
Monday, Dec. 18, 10 a.m.
In “A Death in Door County,” the next title on the Monday mystery book group’s list, Morgan Carter, owner of the Odds and Ends bookstore in Door County, Wisconsin, has a hobby. When she’s not tending the store, she’s hunting cryptids — creatures whose existence is rumored, but never proven to be real. It’s a hobby that cost her parents their lives, but one she’ll never give up on. So, when a number of bodies turn up on the shores of Lake Michigan with injuries that look like bites from a giant unknown animal, police chief Jon Flanders turns to Morgan for help. Copies available at the circulation desk.

Gift wrap workshop
Saturday, Dec. 2, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Create some one-of-a kind wrapping paper for special gifts using recycled and reused materials. For all ages. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Friends holiday craft sale
Saturday, Dec. 2-16, during library hours
Shop local crafts and support the library. We’ll have some past favorites including Nan’s fabulous woven potholders and colorful collage note cards by Marcia Vogler.

Short story selections
Wednesday, Dec. 6 & 20, 1 p.m.
Join library director Margaret Woodruff via Zoom to share and discuss short stories old and new.

Men’s book discussion
Wednesday, Dec. 6, 7:30 p.m.
The topic of the men’s book discussion group is “The Kingdom of Ice.” On July 8, 1879, Captain George Washington De Long and his team of 32 men set sail from San Francisco on the USS Jeanette. Heading deep into uncharted Arctic waters, they carried the aspirations of a young country burning to be the first nation to reach the North Pole. Copies available at the circulation desk. Join the discussion in person or on Zoom.

Recurring programs

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

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.

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