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Program Updates & Information

Everyone Eats: Free Community Meals

Spears Corner Store
Jackson Hill Road
Tuesdays, 3:00-5:00 pm

Everyone Eats is a program for “everyone” negatively impacted by COVID-19. You are eligible to receive meals if COVID-19 has made it harder to get food or you are experiencing food insecurity. Help yourself, help your community!

How it works
Restaurants are paid to prepare nutritionally balanced meals for those impacted by COVID-19 by using 10% of products made by Vermont farmers and producers. Learn more at shiftmeals.org.

Sign-up recommended.


Materials Quarantine Update

As of April 8, 2021, the Charlotte Library Board of Trustees has determined that materials entering the library building no longer need to be quarantined, based on the latest information from the CDC and the Vermont state epidemiologist. We will continue to wipe down all books at check out.


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For the latest information on who is eligible for the vaccine and how to sign up go to www.healthvermont.gov or call 855-722-7878.

Sign up for the vaccine on the Library porch. 
There is a Chrome book available to use during library hours with links to sign up for the vaccine, vaccine information and to get assistance from VaxHelp.

Charlotte’s VaxHelp volunteers are here to help.

  • Do you have questions about the vaccine?
  • Need help signing up for a vaccine?
  • Need a ride to a vaccine site?

Three ways to contact VaxHelp:

  • By phone: 802-425-3864 (Charlotte Library)
  • By email: VaxHelp05445@gmail.com
  • Online

Please spread the word to neighbors or friends who could use some help! Would you like to volunteer to help a fellow Charlotter needing vaccine assistance? Contact us using the above email or phone number.

*The Charlotte Community Partnership began in April 2020 in response to the Covid pandemic. The purpose was to assess what was working, what was needed, and how best to support one another in the pandemic. Initial participants included: the Library, Senior Center, the Grange, Charlotte Congregational Church, Mt. Carmel Catholic Church, Fire and Rescue, and the Food Shelf. This  VaxHelp campaign is an initial effort of our community resilience project. Stay tuned for details about the resilience assessment results and community engagement.


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Reading Inspiration

New & Upcoming Books

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Fic & Non-Fic

Juvenile & YA

Picture Book & Early Reader
 

Upcoming Events

Registration is required for all Library programs. Online programs take place on Zoom, please see program description for registration specifics. Questions? Send us an email. All Library programs are free and open to the public.

Friday, May 7
  • Book Chat
    10:00 am-11:00 am

    Join Margaret for a virtual stroll through the library collections. Focusing on a different section each week, she'll share new titles and some old favorites. There will be plenty of time to share your ideas and suggestions, too! Please register in advance.
                    

Tuesday, May 11
  • "Guided Autobiography" workshop
    6:00 pm-7:30 pm

    Guided Autobiography offers a facilitated process in which to explore, reflect upon and integrate one’s life story. Useful for adults navigating times of transition in life, or simply as a means to embark on a deeper process of self- discovery, this is a personal journey taken up in the company of supportive comrades. Each week participants will write a two page story on a particular life theme. Through the process of sharing one’s own and responding to others’ stories, participants find a sense of perspective, appreciation for their own strengths, re-discover creative and previously overlooked opportunities, and experience a sense of connection with others. Although sessions include resources or creative tools to explore one’s history, writing skill is not a focus for this group. Limit: 6 participants.

Wednesday, May 12
  • Coding Club
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm

    Scratch enthusiasts are invited to join Susanna to work on a project, connect, and problem solve with other coders. Drop-in for one or more Zoom session. Recommended for 4th graders and up with some Scratch experience. Please register in advance for link.

  • Virtual Visit: "Museum of Everyday Life"
    7:00 pm-8:00 pm

    Join curator Clare Dolan for an online tour of this unusual and amazing place, which has as its mission "a heroic, slow-motion cataloguing of the quotidian–a detailed, theatrical expression of gratitude and love for the miniscule and unglamorous experience of daily life in all its forms. We celebrate mundanity, and the mysterious delight embedded in the banal but beloved objects we touch everyday." Please register in advance.

Thursday, May 13
  • NNLM Book Discussion: "How to Eat"
    10:00 am-11:00 am

    Joinus for a discussion of this new book from cookbook guru, Mark Bittman,facilitated by a Registered Dietitian. What is the “best” diet? Docalories matter? And when it comes to protein, fat, and carbs, which ones aregood and which are bad? Mark Bittman and health expert David Katz answer allthese questions and more in a lively and easy-to-read Q&A format. Inspiredby their viral hit article on Grub Street—one of New York magazine’smost popular and most-shared articles—Bittman and Katz share their clear,no-nonsense perspective on food and diet, covering everything from basicnutrients to superfoods to fad diets.  Come question the answers and discuss how theseideas fit into your life with Hope Seggelink, Registered Dietitian and Certified Health Coach at UVMMedical Center. Coordinatedwith the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.  Copies of the bookavailable via porch pickup at the Charlotte Library.  Please register in advance for the Zoom link. 

  • Friends Book Discussion: "The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories"
    7:30 pm-9:00 pm

    The ideal introduction to the genius of Ernest Hemingway, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories contains ten of Hemingway's most acclaimed and popular works of short fiction. Selected from Winner Take Nothing, Men Without Women, and The Fifth Column and the First Forty-Nine Stories, this collection includes "The Killers," the first of Hemingway's mature stories to be accepted by an American periodical; the autobiographical "Fathers and Sons," which alludes, for the first time in Hemingway's career, to his father's suicide; "The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber," a "brilliant fusion of personal observation, hearsay and invention," wrote Hemingway's biographer, Carlos Baker; and the title story itself, of which Hemingway said: "I put all the true stuff in," with enough material, he boasted, to fill four novels. Beautiful in their simplicity, startling in their originality, and unsurpassed in their craftsmanship, the stories in this volume highlight one of America's master storytellers at the top of his form.  Please register in advance.

Friday, May 14
  • Book Chat
    10:00 am-11:00 am

    Join Margaret for a virtual stroll through the library collections. Focusing on a different section each week, she'll share new titles and some old favorites. There will be plenty of time to share your ideas and suggestions, too! Please register in advance.
                    

Monday, May 17
  • Mystery Book Group: "Blanche on the Lam"
    10:00 am-11:00 am

    Barbara Neely’s Smart, Sassy and Groundbreaking Crime Novel
    Blanche White is a plump, feisty, middle-aged African-American housekeeper working for the genteel rich in North Carolina. But when an employer stiffs her, and her checks bounce, she goes on the lam, hiding out as a maid for a wealthy family at their summer home. That plan goes awry when there’s a murder and Blanche becomes the prime suspect. So she’s forced to use her savvy, her sharp wit, and her old-girl network of domestic workers to discover the truth and save her own skin. Along the way, she lays bare the quirks of southern society with humor, irony, and a biting commentary that makes her one of the most memorable and original characters ever to appear in mystery fiction. Print copies are for check out via porch pickup.  Ebook version available on Libby for Charlotte patrons. Please register in advance for the Zoom link.

Tuesday, May 18
  • Community Conversations Session #2: Basic Needs & Services
    7:00 pm-8:00 pm

    The Charlotte Community Partnership* is taking the next step using the data from the Resilience Survey we conducted in November and December to foster a series of community discussions. Each discussion will focus on one of the 5 survey categories:  1) COVID-19, 2) Basic Needs and Services, 3) Environment and Natural Systems, 4) Physical Infrastructure, and 5) Community Connections and Capacity.

    We hope you will add your voice to the discussion! 

    *This group has met twice a month since last April and includes representatives from CCS, CCS PTO, Senior Center, Transition Town Charlotte, Seed Library, CVF&RS, Grange and others.  With a mind towards learning if people thought our town was resilient and beginning the discussion of how to become more resilient if necessary, the group partnered with Vermont-based Community Resilience Organizations, which has run these assessments throughout the state.  

    Join the meeting.  

Wednesday, May 19
  • Coding Club
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm

    Scratch enthusiasts are invited to join Susanna to work on a project, connect, and problem solve with other coders. Drop-in for one or more Zoom session. Recommended for 4th graders and up with some Scratch experience. Please register in advance for link.

  • Men's Book Group: The "Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon"
    7:30 pm-9:00 pm

    In the tradition of The Perfect Storm and Seabiscuit, the engrossing tale of the fastest boat ride ever down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

    In the winter of 1983, the largest El Niño event on record—a chain of “superstorms” that swept in from the Pacific Ocean—battered the entire West. That spring, a massive snowmelt sent runoff racing down the Colorado River toward the Glen Canyon Dam, a 710-foot-high wall of concrete that sat at the head of the most iconic landscape feature in America, the Grand Canyon. As the water clawed toward the parapet of the dam, worried federal officials desperately scrambled to avoid a worst-case scenario: one of the most dramatic dam failures in history.

    In the midst of this crisis, beneath the light of a full moon, a trio of river guides secretly launched a small, hand-built wooden boat, a dory named the Emerald Mile, into the Colorado just below the dam’s base and rocketed toward the dark chasm downstream, where the torrents of water released by the dam engineers had created a rock-walled maelstrom so powerful it shifted giant boulders and created bizarre hydraulic features never previously seen.   Copies available at the library via porch pickup.

Friday, May 21
  • Book Chat
    10:00 am-11:00 am

    Join Margaret for a virtual stroll through the library collections. Focusing on a different section each week, she'll share new titles and some old favorites. There will be plenty of time to share your ideas and suggestions, too! Please register in advance.
                    

Wednesday, May 26
  • Coding Club
    3:00 pm-4:00 pm

    Scratch enthusiasts are invited to join Susanna to work on a project, connect, and problem solve with other coders. Drop-in for one or more Zoom session. Recommended for 4th graders and up with some Scratch experience. Please register in advance for link.

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