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Program Updates & Information

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, April 16
  • 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! https://bit.ly/FridayBooksSpring2021

  • "The New Heirloom Garden" Book Discussion: Part 1
    11:00 am-12:30 pm

    What is an Heirloom Garden?

    Charlotte Seed Library and Charlotte Grange invite you to a two-part presentation/discussion about gardening with heirloom varieties and saving their seeds, based on the book, The New Heirloom Garden.  Following an introductory session with local garden experts, award-winning Vermont author and kitchen garden designer Ellen Ecker Ogden, leads us throughthe process of creating and enjoying a home food garden with an eye toward both beauty and productivity.

    Register in advance here: https://bit.ly/3lnNcmg.

    To borrow a copy of the book from the Library (with the option to buy), contact seed@charlottepubliclibrary.org 

Monday, April 19
  • Mystery Book Group: "Spider Woman's Daughter"
    10:00 am-11:00 am

    Legendary tribal sleuths Leaphorn and Chee are back! The supremely talented daughter of New York Times bestselling mystery author Tony Hillerman continues the popular series with this fresh new Navajo Country mystery-her debut novel-filled with captivating lore, startling suspense, bold new characters, vivid color, and rich atmosphere

    It happened in an instant: After a breakfast with colleagues, Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manualito saw a truck squeal into the parking lot and heard a crack of gunfire. When the dust cleared, someone very close to her was lying on the asphalt in a pool of blood.

    With the victim in the hospital fighting for his life, every officer in the squad and the local FBI office are hellbent to catch the gunman. Bernie, too, wants in on the investigation, despite regulations strictly forbidding eyewitness involvement. Her superior may have ordered her to take some leave, but that doesn't mean she's going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is put in charge of finding the shooter.  Print copies are available for porch pickup and audiobook via Hoopla for Charlotte patrons.
     
    Register for Zoom link.

Tuesday, April 20
  • "Guided Autobiography" workshop
    7:00 pm-8:30 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.

  • Book Discussion: "Evicted"
    7:00 pm-8:00 pm

    Join us for a discussion of the Pulitzer-Prize winning book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond.  Moderated by Kevin Unrath, librarian at Pierson Library in Shelburne. Copies available at the Charlotte Library.  Advance registration is required for Zoom link.

    This event is part of April Fair Housing Month, and is co-sponsored by the Fair Housing Project of CVOEO and Pierson Library.

Wednesday, April 21
  • Men's Book Group: "Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed"
    7:30 pm-8:30 pm

    Brilliant, illuminating, and immensely absorbing, Collapse is destined to take its place as one of the essential books of our time, raising the urgent question: How can our world best avoid committing ecological suicide?  Print copies available for porch pickup and ebook available via Libby for Charlotte patrons. Join the Zoom discussion.

Thursday, April 22
  • Film Discussion: "Priced Out"
    7:00 pm-8:00 pm

    Facilitated by Jessica Hyman, Fair Housing Project, CVOEO
    with Introduction by Lydia Clemmons, Clemmons Family Farm

    Lydia Clemmons of the Clemmons Family Farm, one of the few African-American-owned farms in Vermont, starts us off with an update on the farm and strategies the family is using to hold onto the farm even as property taxes rise and pressure mounts to sell.  Jessica Hyman then facilitates a discussion of the documentary Priced Out: Portland’s History of Segregation and Redlining. Please consider watching  Priced Out (1 hr.)and Out of the Ashes, Born Again (6 min.)prior to the discussion.  Both are available free on YouTube.

    This event is part of April Fair Housing Month in collaboration with the Clemmons Family Farm, Fair Housing Project of CVOEO, and Pierson Library.

    Please register in advance for the Zoom link.

Friday, April 23
  • 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! https://bit.ly/FridayBooksSpring2021

  • "The New Heirloom Garden" Book Discussion: Part 2
    11:00 am-12:30 pm

    What is an Heirloom Garden?

    Charlotte Seed Library and Charlotte Grange invite you toa two-part presentation/discussion about gardening with heirloom varieties andsaving their seeds, based on the book, TheNew Heirloom Garden.  Following anintroductory session with local garden experts, award-winningVermont author and kitchen garden designer Ellen Ecker Ogden, leads us throughthe process of creating and enjoying a home food garden with an eye toward bothbeauty and productivity.

    Register in advance here: https://bit.ly/3lnNcmg.

    To borrow a copy of the book from the Library (with theoption to buy), contact seed@charlottepubliclibrary.org 

Tuesday, April 27
  • "Guided Autobiography" workshop
    7:00 pm-8:30 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, April 28
  • VT Fish and Wildlife Dept. Got Bats?
    6:00 pm-7:00 pm

    The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department needs your help monitoring summer bat activity around the state to help them make informed decisions about the welfare and long-term conservation of these important mammals.

    Presented by Alyssa Bennett, Small Mammals Biologist for the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department

    Hosted by Cheryl Sloan from the Charlotte Public Library
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  • Community Conversations Session #1: Charlotte and the COVID-19 Pandemic
    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.

    For the first of the five events we will concentrate on the COVID-19 pandemic and resilience in the areas of mutual aid and community support, schools and families, and personal well-being.  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.  

Friday, April 30
  • 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! Register in advance for the Zoom link.
                    

Tuesday, May 4
  • "Guided Autobiography" workshop
    7:00 pm-8:30 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.

Thursday, May 6
  • 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.

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