Find out about candidates at Candidates Night next Tuesday

The library and the Charlotte Grange are sponsoring Candidates Night at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

This is an opportunity to ask questions and share concerns with the candidates on this year’s ballot. Learn more about each candidate, their priorities, reasons for running and points of views.

Questions for the candidates can be emailed to Tai Dinnan or posed during the event.

If you’d rather participate online, you can join the discussion by Zoom.

DIY Valentines
Feb. 10, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Show your friends and family some love. The library will have lots of supplies for card making in the Program Room.

Give your clothes some love
Monday, Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m.
Make your shirt with a missing button, ripped jeans or moth-holed sweater wearable again with some mending techniques. We’ll have some mending supplies, expert advice from Colleen Brady and snacks. No experience necessary. Registration is appreciated, but not required.

Legislation conversation
Monday, Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m.
Learn about new legislation and share your concerns and questions with our state representative, Chea Evans. Yes, you can darn your socks at the same time.

Photos by Susanna Kahn.
Marcia Vogler talks about self-expression through artist books.
Photos by Susanna Kahn.
Marcia Vogler talks about self-expression through artist books.

Writer’s studio
Tuesday, Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m.
Looking for a welcoming spot to share your writing? Come to the Carpenter-Carse Library in Hinesburg for the second session of the three-town writer’s studio, a positive atmosphere to share feedback about writing projects big and small. Geoff Gevalt of the Vermont Young Writer’s Project serves as the facilitator for this monthly meet-up that rotates among the three neighboring libraries. Please email Margaret if you’d like to attend.

Children’s programs

Preschool story time
Tuesdays & Fridays, 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, playing with blocks, play dough are a few of the open-ended projects planned for Wednesday morning play-based learning at the Charlotte Library.

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

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.

Loving your iPhone or iPad
Thursday, Feb. 15, 10-11:30 a.m.
Want to improve your relationship with your iPhone and/or iPad? Bring your questions and frustrations to a Q&A session with our tech librarian Susanna Kahn. She’ll provide answers and offer some additional tips to help make your device a helpful and trusted tool.

Mystery Book Group:
Monday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m.
Join the group to discuss “While Justice Sleeps,” a gripping, complexly plotted thriller set within the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court where a law clerk finds herself embroiled in a shocking mystery crafted by one of the most preeminent judges in America. Copies available at the circulation desk.

The cooking book club shares the joys of cooking.
The cooking book club shares the joys of cooking.

Better Together book club
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7 p.m.
In Emily Giffin’s “All We Ever Wanted,” three very different people must choose between their family and their values. Copies available at the circulation desk. The e-book and audiobook are available on Libby.

Men’s Book Group:
Wednesday, Feb. 21, 7:30 p.m.
In “One Summer: America, 1927,” Bill Bryson, one of our greatest and most beloved nonfiction writers, transports readers on a journey back to one amazing season in American life. Join the discussion at the library 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, 5-6:30 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 to share and discuss short stories old and new via Zoom at 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

The Charlotte Library Board of Trustees meets regularly on the first Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. Contact the library or visit the library website for more information.