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perspectives and viewpoints of the authors and artists whose work is
represented in our collections or exhibits.
by the Howard Center Arts Collective and
March 2 - April 1
Opening reception: Friday, March 10, 2 pm
Josh Simms from Belcate School and Adam Forguites from the Howard
Center curate an exhibit of new works.
What Does it Mean to be Human?
A smithsonian institution exhibition
February 18 - March 17
Main Reading Room
the web site!
Human Origins: What Does it Mean to be Human? is a traveling exhibition
organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in
collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs
Office. This project was made possible through the support of a grant
from the John Templeton Foundation and support from the Peter Buck Human
interactive kiosks, interactive displays, and videos, the exhibition invites
audiences to explore milestones in the evolutionary journey of becoming
human — from walking upright, creating technology and eating new foods, to
brain enlargement and the development of symbolic language and complex
societies — advancements that define the unique position of humans in the
history of life.
MAKES US SO SPECIAL? DOES HUMAN CULTURE MAKE HUMANS UNIQUE?
Lecture by Dr. Michael Lange
Wednesday, March 1, 6:30 pm
Dr. Lange examines the human desire to find out what makes us
human. Is our ability to have culture something particular to humans?
Champlain College’s Dr. Michael A. Lange is an anthropologist and
folklorist. His research interests include narrative, language and identity.
TRACKING EARLY COMPLEX SOCIETY IN THE ANCIENT NEAR EAST
by Dr. David Ian Lightbody
March 8, 6:00 pm
At hilltops sites overlooking the Fertile Crescent of the Middle East,
archaeologists have uncovered very ancient temples close to the world’s
first settlements. The circular stone temples contain strange symbols and
carvings of animals which have proved difficult to interpret. In this talk
we will explore these early ritual buildings, and examine how their strange
signs and symbols contributed to the development of the first complex
societies. We will trace out an intellectual journey through the Neolithic
‘revolution of symbols’ that led our ancestors towards the first true
written scripts. Dr. Lightbody
is Co-Editor of the Journal of Ancient Egyptian Architecture and a former
Lecturer in Egyptology, University of Glasgow.
MONEY: EXTENDING THE MEANINGS AND METHODOLOGIES OF FARMWORKER FOOD SECURITY
Lecture by Dr. Teresa Mares
March 9, 6:30 pm
This talk examines household food security practices among Latino/a
dairy workers in Vermont, revealing how the standardized questionnaires
developed by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to examine
and quantify food security at the household level are inadequate for fully
understanding the complexities of food access for migrant households. For
migrant workers and their families who seek to sustain culturally meaningful
foodways from home, the realities of living and working in Vermont’s rural
economy present significant challenges to achieving food security on their
Teresa Mares is an Assistant Professor of
Anthropology at the University of Vermont and is affiliated with the
Transdisciplinary Research Initiative in Food Systems. Dr. Mares’ research
focuses on the intersection of food and migration studies, and she is
particularly interested in the ways that the diets and foodways of Latino/a
immigrants change as a result of migration. Analytically, Dr. Mares engages
with theories and concepts of citizenship and transnationalism, identity and
foodways, and contemporary social movements. She is committed to applied,
community-based ethnographic methodologies and is currently studying food
access and food security among Latino/a dairy workers in Vermont.
ANNUAL SEED SWAP
March 11, 12 noon - 3 pm
Area and Fletcher Room
This free community event celebrates the upcoming gardening season and
brings gardeners together to share seeds, garden stories, and resources.
Bring your own non-GMO seeds to share and exchange. Workshops and lectures
for adults and families will be held in the upstairs meeting rooms. The 7th annual Burlington Seed Swap is presented by Vermont Community
Garden Network in partnership with the Fletcher Free Library, Burlington
Parks Recreation & Waterfront, and Green Mountain Compost. Donations
appreciated to benefit the Community Teaching Garden scholarship fund. For
more information, go to www.vcgn.org or call 861-4769.
pm: Indigenous Vermont Agriculture, with Fred Wiseman
pm: Grow Your Own Food in Small Spaces and Container
In this workshop, we will discuss ways to maximize pleasure and
increase the yield of harvests in small spaces including container gardens,
windowsill herbs, and raised beds. From the front stoop to the back deck,
there are many ways to grow what you like to eat and to do it in a way that
is not too time consuming. Let's discuss how to significantly add fresh
flavor to your table and meals.
Julie Rubaud is owner of Red Wagon Plants in Hinesburg.
THE ETHICS OF END-OF-LIFE
Lecture by Dr. Robert Macauley
Tuesday, March 14, 6:30 pm
Dr. Robert Conover MacCauley is the UVM Medical Center Medical
Director, Clinical Ethics and Pediatric Palliative Medicine Physician
Professor, University of Vermont College of Medicine.
TALES OF THE EX-APES:
HOW WE THINK ABOUT
Lecture by Dr. Jonathan Marks
Thursday, March 23 at 6pm
Main Reading Room
Ancestors and relatives are always special to human societies, even to
scientific ones. As partly historical narrative and partly science, the
study of human origins has properties which make it quite distinct from
zoology more generally. For
example, when narrating the evolution of our species, we tend to focus on
continuity, making human evolution appear to be more linear than it actually
is, but the discontinuity is important as well. Further, scientists that
study human origins have created species such as “Homo sapiens Europaeus
albus” and “Homo soloensis,” which never existed in the natural realm,
and are best understood as fictive kin and ancestors. Thus, understanding
the “reality” of a new fossil taxon like Homo naledi involves grappling
with the fact that it is not so much a unit of zoology, as a unit of
mythology – that is to say, more real as a human relative than as a
Jonathan Marks is a prominent evolutionary anthropologist with a focus
on the history of science, racism and human biocultural diversity and has
authored several books on these topics, including What It Means To Be 98%
Chimpanzee (2002, University of California Press), Why I Am Not A Scientist:
Anthropology and Modern Knowledge (2009, University of California Press),
Tales of the ex-Apes: How We Think about Human Evolution (2015, University
of California Press), and Is Science Racist?: Debating Race (2017, Polity
Who’s Your Grand-daddy?
Saturday, March 18, 12
noon - 2:00 pm
Local History Room
At the close of the Exploring Human Origins exhibit, take a closer look
at your not-so-distant relatives. Discover
ways to trace how far your family tree extends. Certified genealogists and our librarians will help you navigate the
resources available for tracking down your great-grand-daddys and
grand-mothers. If you’ve ever wanted to know more about your family
ancestry, or maybe you’re just curious about genealogy, stop in at this
free workshop and get started.
AND CULTURE - WHAT IS YOUR
Wednesday, March 29, 6:00
What arts (visual, performing, spoken, written, musical, culinary) do
you carry from your culture? What arts have you left behind? Which ones have
you recovered? What do your culture's arts mean to you? Burlington
playwright Joy Cohen is creating a theatrical piece about the Little
Jerusalem community as it existed in 1910. One major theme at the
centerpiece of the story is the human need to create and carry their
culture's art - even in the most
dire of circumstances. Come join
us as we explore our rich and diverse cultures, and the ways in which we use
the arts to create identity, community, and social justice.
What Does It Mean To Be Human? Film Series
All screenings are at
Fletcher Room (unless otherwise noted)
March 4: The Adventures of Pinocchio
March 11 (in Community
Room): Into the Wild
March 18: A.I.
March 25: Bicentennial Man
April 1: Being Human
Documentary Film Series
March 15, 10:00 am: Nova: Becoming Human-- Unearthing Our Earliest Ancestors
March 22, 6:30
pm: Unbroken Grounds with NOFA panel of farmers
Tuesday, March 7, 7:00 pm
TURNmusic, Vermont’s contemporary chamber music ensemble, will
perform pieces that explore the evolution of human origins, as well as the
evolution of sound, melody, theme, and musical composition. The program features music by multi-instrumentalist Richard Reed
Parry (Montreal’s Arcade Fire). Parry’s
set of compositions from his first solo album, Music for Heart and Breath,
are driven by each player’s heartbeat. The musicians plays in sync with their own heartbeat or their own
breath and must wear a stethoscope while performing. Also featured is Eve Beglarian’s
I am a very simple person, John Luther Adams’, Songbirds, Molly
Joyce’s Head to Toe, and more.
AARP Tax Aide Program
Sundays in March
By appointment-- 12:30 pm, 2:00
pm & 3:30 pm
Heineberg Senior Center at 802.863.3982)
Drop-ins accepted when time is available
AARP tax aides assist with tax preparation.
This is a free service.
here for more Information
Free Library Book Discussion:
Where’d You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
March 8, 6:30 pm
Check out this monthly discussion group
on the second Wednesday at 6:30pm. This
month, the group goes looking for Bernadette Fox in Maria Semple’s novel, Where’d
You Go, Bernadette. Free
copies of the book are available for checkout at the library’s circulation
Bernadette Fox is notorious. To her
Microsoft-guru husband, she's a fearlessly opinionated partner; to fellow
private-school mothers in Seattle, she's a disgrace; to design mavens, she's
a revolutionary architect, and to 15-year-old Bee, she is a best friend and,
Then Bernadette disappears. It began when
Bee aced her report card and claimed her promised reward: a family trip to
Antarctica. But Bernadette's intensifying allergy to Seattle--and people in
general--has made her so agoraphobic that a virtual assistant in India now
runs her most basic errands. A trip to the end of the earth is problematic.
To find her mother,
Bee compiles email messages, official documents, secret
correspondence--creating a compulsively readable and touching novel about
misplaced genius and a mother and daughter's role in an absurd world.
the Past Through Restoration at GreenMount Cemetery
Saturday, March 25, 2-3:30 pm
members of the Burlington Cemetery Commission, Vermont Old Cemetery
Association, and Preservation Burlington to learn about what is happening
this summer with preservation in Burlington's oldest cemetery.
Light Refreshments will be served.
First & Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
March 4 & 18
Share your own work and learn from others in this supportive writers
group. All ages and experience welcome.
Our popular computer classes will be offered again starting in
February. Registration begins after Dec. 30.
Free! See full descriptions on the Computer
Center page. Pre-registration is required: Sign
up for individual workshops at the Reference Desk (865.7217).
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Tuesdays, 5-7:45 pm (except not on March 7)
Sundays, March 5, 19
& 26, 1-2 pm
(Please ask at Circulation Desk for location)
This is a Stories Out Loud series, taking place once a week, in which
a speaker reads aloud one or two short stories written by a favorite short
story writer. Each week we would read a story by a different author.
This idea comes in part from the New Yorker's fiction podcast, which might
act as a rough template. The
most foundational goal of this series is to share engaging and challenging
literature with more members of our community—with the belief that many
folks want to read more stories but often feel daunted by all that's out
2nd & 4th Sunday of every month, 4-6 pm
March 12 & 26
(“Mele” - Hawaiian word for song)
Join other Burlington-area Ukulele lovers in a group to learn and play the
Ukulele together. Starting with 2-3 chord songs, simple visual
prompts will assist in learning 1 or 2 songs together each session.
A wide range of styles and genres are encouraged, from folk and rock
ukulele to jazz, improv, multi-instrument duets, ukulele accompanied
poetry, and other wild and wacky ukulele acts still to be created.
Ages: Adults and
kids 10 and up. Bring your own Uke.
music Hip cats
Wednesday, March 15,
Come listen and play music on nylon string guitars in a friendly
environment. There will be solo, duet and trio performances by local
guitar musicians, professional and amateurs. All levels of skills and
styles are welcome.
Every Wednesday, 6:30-8 pm
Pickering Room, 2nd Floor
Administrative Conference Room, 2nd Floor
learners of all abilities can practice written and spoken English in
either Beginner or Intermediate/Advanced levels of English classes.
Grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, idioms and American culture are
covered. Classes are drop-in
friendly, no registration is required.
For more information,
contact Barbara Shatara, FFL Programming Department, 865.7211.
CONVERSATION GROUP - "Dimanches"
Every Sunday, 4-5:30
Local History Room
Parlez-vous francais? Meet others in the community who do
too. Join the group and practice foreign language
conversation. Fluency is not required (nor is attendance at every
meeting). For details contact Steve Norman at firstname.lastname@example.org
GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP
First and Third Wednesday of
every month, 6-7:30 pm
March 1 & 15
Local History Room
Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Meet others in the community who do too.
Join the group and practice foreign language conversation. Fluency
not required (nor is attendance at every meeting).