Still time to give input on library community survey

Thanks to all the Charlotte folks who attended the community forum on Jan. 18. It was an informative and lively conversation.

If you missed the chance to share your thoughts, please take our community survey or contact Margaret Woodruff at the library.

Check out the library slideshow too. Stay tuned for details about the resulting strategic plan for the library’s next five years.

Stories and fun
Fridays, 10 a.m.
Need something to do with little ones on Friday mornings?

Join a Friday morning session of stories and fun. No registration necessary. For ages 2 and over with a caregiver.

Baby time
Thursday, 9:30 a.m.
A special time for caregivers and babies to learn, play and meet new friends before the library opens for regular visits. We’ll have age-appropriate toys and books to share on cozy blankets in the children’s area.

Let’s LEGO
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Drop-in for LEGO free play. There will be loads of LEGO bricks along with some books and prompts for inspiration. For all ages. Please note children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Special programs

Making artist books
Tuesday, Jan. 30, 6:30 p.m.
Join Marcia Vogler for an introduction to handmade artist books. Through techniques including collage, printmaking, sewing, calligraphy and painting, the artist creates artwork that tells a story, relates a feeling or sends a message in book form. The interaction of materials, structure and content work together to present work that is meant to be read and shared. Vogler will show examples of her work and discuss how ideas and self-expression are resolved through her handmade book work. Registration appreciated by emailing.

Be SMART about gun safety
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 6:30 p.m.
Whether you’re a gun owner, or you know someone who owns a gun, there is a role for everyone in the conversation around secure gun storage. Be SMART is a framework that parents, caretakers and community leaders can follow to help keep their communities safe. Join us to talk about the life saving impact of secure firearm storage practices.

‘Keys Bags Names Words’ film
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 1 p.m.
Keys Bags Names Words is a quirky and inspiring film portraying stories of the personal and global impacts of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. The film, which will be shown at the Charlotte Senior Center, follows a cohort of young scientists and artists from around the world as they harness every aspect of creativity, humor and compassion to lead the way towards hope and resilience.

Children’s 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.

Preschool play time
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 and playing with blocks and Play-Doh are a few of the open-ended projects planned for Wednesday morning play-based learning at the Charlotte Library.

Programs for adults

Stillwater meditation
Saturdays, 9 a.m. (except Feb. 24)
Poetry and meditation are offered freely and in person to the delightful community of Charlotte. You are invited for quiet reflection, contemplation and gentle meditation instruction. Respect for all beings and faiths is a foundational quality of our time together. Beginning and experienced meditators are welcome.

Courtesy photo
Cheryl Sloan, youth services librarian, shares pictures from a book she is reading to a group at Story Time.
Courtesy photo Cheryl Sloan, youth services librarian, shares pictures from a book she is reading to a group at Story Time.

Thursday book group
Thursday, Jan. 25, 7:30 p.m.
“The Only Woman in the Room” tells the story of a woman whose beauty almost certainly saved her from the rising Nazi party and led to marriage with an Austrian arms dealer.

Underestimated in everything else, she overheard the Third Reich’s plans while at her husband’s side, understanding more than anyone would guess. She devised a plan to flee in disguise from their castle, and the whirlwind escape landed her in Hollywood. She became Hedy Lamarr, screen star. But she kept a secret more shocking than her heritage or her marriage: she was a scientist. And she knew a few secrets about the enemy. She had an idea that might help the country fight the Nazis — if anyone would listen to her. Copies available at the circulation desk.

Better together book club
Wednesday, Jan. 31, 7 p.m.
With startling wisdom and humor in “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone,” Lori Gottlieb invites us into her world, as both clinician and patient, examining the truths and fictions we tell ourselves and others as we teeter on the tightrope between love and desire, meaning and mortality, guilt and redemption, terror and courage, hope and change. Copies available at the library circulation desk.

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, 5-6:30 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
Wednesdays, Feb. 7 & 21, 1 p.m.
Join library director Margaret Woodruff via Zoom to share and discuss short stories old and new. The group meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month.

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

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, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. online and in person. Contact the library or visit the library website for more information.