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Please see the program description for registration specifics. Questions? Send us an email. All Library programs are free and open to the public.
Meditation with Rain Stickney
9:00 am-10:00 am
Poetry and meditation are offered freely and in person to the delightful community of Charlotte, Vermont! Celebrate the turning inward of the transition into autumn. We gather together for 2 weeks to practice accepting the present moment exactly as it is with the loving support of poetry. You are invited for quiet reflection, contemplation, and gentle meditation instruction.
Respect for all beings & faiths is a foundational quality of our time together. Beginning and experienced meditators are welcome.
Stephen Kiernan Book Talk: "The Glass Chateau"
4:30 pm-5:30 pm
Join us for an informal discussion of and reading from Stephen’s newest work, a novel of hope, healing, and the redemptive power of art, set against the turmoil of post-World War II France and inspired by the life of Marc Chagall. Copies available to purchase through the Flying Pig Bookstore.
Preschool Story Time
10:00 am-11:00 amJoin us at the Charlotte Library for preschool stories, crafts and activities. No registration required. Age 2 and over.
Kinder Story Time
3:00 pm-4:00 pm
What's NOAA All About?
5:30 pm-6:30 pmA hybrid event: join us online :https://bit.ly/44aAJr4 or in person.
Ever wonder what it's like to be a weather forecaster? Join the weather-curious for a presentation by the National Weather Service of Burlington, Vermont, to learn about what these meteorologists do every day to keep you safe. A family program for kids, parents and anyone interested in weather!
A 2023 CREW Climate Preparedness Week event.
Preschool Free Play
10:00 am-11:00 amPlay 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.We'll be exploring the sensory table, sorting, playing with blocks, play dough.....these are a few of the open ended projects planned for Wednesday morning play based learning at the Charlotte Library.
OLLI : The Agrarian Vision of Wendell Berry
2:00 pm-3:30 pmThis course explores the ideas of one of today’s most important social critics, the Kentucky
farmer/writer Wendell Berry. Over the past 60 years, in numerous works of fiction, poetry and
collections of brilliant essays, Berry has argued for a culture and economic system more rooted in
community and the land. His thinking transcends the usual left/right divide and describes a path of
humility that could help us navigate the critical challenges of our time. We will sample some of his
work and discuss its significance.
Recommended reading: The World-Ending Fire: The Essential Wendell Berry (edited by Paul
This program takes place at the Charlotte Senior Center, 212 Ferry Road, Charlotte VT. Registration through https://na.eventscloud.com/ereg/index.php?eventid=759946&
Charlotte Coding Club
2:15 pm-3:30 pmHack Club, a global organisation helping teenagers to code, is hosting a 6 week Coding Club at the Charlotte Library. The club will run from 2:15 PM to 3:30 PM every Wednesday from the 13th of September and snacks will be provided. Any child between the grade 7 and 12 is welcome, no prior experience is required. If this sounds interesting to you, email firstname.lastname@example.org and include the name of your child, their grade, and whether they've had any coding experience.
3:00 pm-4:00 pmJoin Margaret at the library to discuss new books, old books and books we might have missed. Each week, Margaret selects a theme and highlights related titles from the library collection.
4:30 pm-6:00 pmJoin the Garden Circle of volunteers who will tend the educational gardens around the Library this year! Contact Garden Stewards Karen Tuininga and Linda Hamilton at Seed@charlottepubliclibrary.org to sign up and join in the merry group work sessions this growing season.
Crochet & Knit Night
5:00 pm-6:30 pm
Imagine 2200 with Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors with Tory Stephens Climate Fiction Creative Manager for Grist
6:30 pm-7:00 pmAn online program coordinated by the Blue Marble Librarians. Here's the Zoom link to join the presentation:
Join Tory Stephens of Grist Magazine, an independent non-profit media organization focused on the climate crisis, and learn how he created Imagine 2200: Climate Fiction for Future Ancestors. Imagine is a storytelling initiative that calls for fiction writers to envision the next 180 years of equitable climate progress, imagining intersectional worlds of abundance, adaptation, reform, and hope. The initiative also seeks narratives that center solutions from the communities most impacted by the climate crisis, and stories that are rooted in cultural authenticity (a deep sense of place, customs, cuisine, and more) and rich subcultures that uplift traditions not often seen in mainstream literature. Over the course of three years the project has encouraged 3,000 plus writers from 91 countries to submit stories, and of which 700,000 people have read. Writers and readers alike will enjoy this climate justice romp.
About the Speaker: Tory Stephens creates opportunities that transform organizations and shift culture. He is a resource generator and community builder for social justice issues, people, and movements. He currently works at Grist Magazine as their climate fiction creative manager, and uses storytelling to champion climate justice, and imagine green, clean, and just futures. In another life he owned a kick-butt streetwear company, and he would have gotten away with eating the last cookie too, if it weren't for his three meddling kids.
Julia Grand Doucet and "The Most Costly Journey"
7:00 pm-8:00 pmMuch of the work on Vermont dairy farms is done by people from Latin America. Over a thousand migrant laborers milk cows, fix tractors, shovel manure, and take care of calves in our state. Julia Grand Doucet from the Open Door Clinic will provide insight into the lives and experiences of the workers whose labor supports the continued viability of dairy farming in Vermont, as well as an overview of the goals of the El Viaje Más Caro Project and the collaborative methods that define its approach.
A Vermont Humanities Council Vermont Reads Program.
Author Discussion with Marilyn Webb Neagley
7:00 pm-8:00 pm
Join local Vermont non-fiction author Marilyn Webb Neagley for a discussion about her newest book, Attic of Dreams a memoir. Marilyn has spent most of her life in Shelburne where she now resides with her husband, Mark.
Starting her career as an architectural interior designer, Marilyn veered toward environmental stewardship and became president of Shelburne Farms. Marilyn has been a commentator for Vermont Public Radio and has written essays for her local newspaper. She previously wrote Walking Through the Seasons, which earned an IPPY gold medal for best northeastern non-fiction.
Co-sponsored with the Charlotte Senior Center. This event takes place at the Charlotte Senior Center. Please call 802-425-6345 to register.