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Adult Programs in July

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commonwealth

The Fletcher Free Library does not endorse the perspectives and viewpoints of the authors and artists whose work is represented in our collections or exhibits.

ART EXHIBITS

Strength in Numbers: Art Teachers Annual Art Show
May 8-July 30
Main Reading Room
Strength in Numbers is a group of Vermont art teachers who come together for monthly meetings to support each other in their art making; giving them the purpose they need to engage and persist in art making.

PROGRAMS

poetry Experience
First & Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
July 1 & 15
Pickering Room
Share your own work and learn from others in this supportive writers group. All ages and experience welcome.

CITIZENSHIP CLASS
Sundays, July 16, 23 & 30, 2:30-6 pm
CANCELLED due to lack of attendance
Pickering Room
Are you eligible to become a US Citizen?  Come learn what you will need to know for the naturalization civics test, US history information, and practice for the citizenship interview in this FREE course!! Intermediate to advanced English skills preferred.  Materials will be provided. All you need is a notebook and a pen.

Fletcher free library book discussion group:
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
Wednesday, July 12, 6:30-8 pm
Local History Room
Check out this monthly discussion group on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. Free copies of the book are available for checkout at the library’s circulation desk.

UkUlele MELEE
2nd & 4th Sunday of every month, 4-6 pm
July 9 & 23
Fletcher Room
(“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.

NATIVE VOICES: A TRAVELING ENCAMPMENT

Stories & Music from Three Indigenous Cultures

Shared in a Native American Tipi and Bedouin Tent

Sunday, July 30, 2:00 p.m.

Fletcher Free Library Lawn

 

Listen to stories and music from Travis Harden, Lakota Hochunk storyteller, artist, and Native American singer; Alber Baseel, Palestinian percussionist from Bethlehem, Palestine; Khalil Alamour, Bedouin lawyer, historian, and community leader from the village of Alsira in the Negev/Naqab, Israel; Saber Shreim, Palestinian actor from Jenin, Palestine and founding member of Palestine Laughter Liberation; Joseph Bruchac, Abenaki writer, musician, and storyteller from the Adirondack Mountains, New York and Winner of the “Lifetime Achievement Award,” Native Writers Circle of the Americas. Sponsored by Tree of Life Educational Fund (tolef.org) and Vermonters for Justice in Palestine (vtjp.org).

 

LANGUAGE  PROGRAMS

ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES
Every Wednesday, 6:30-8 pm

Beginner Level:
Pickering Room, 2nd Floor

Intermediate/Advanced Level:
Administrative Conference Room, 2nd Floor

English-language 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.

GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP
First and Third Wednesday of every month, 6:30-8 pm (note new time!)
July 5 & 19
Local History Room

DUTCH CONVERSATION GROUP
Saturdays, 10:30-noon
Local History Room
Spreek je Nederlands?  Planning a trip to Amsterdam?  Learn Dutch from a native speaker.  Learn basic vocabulary and grammar.  Fluency not required (nor is attendance at every meeting).

CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE CLASS
Sundays, 4:30-6 pm
Community Room
你會說中文嗎. Learn the language from a native speaker.  Join the group and practice Chinese vocabulary and grammar for conversation and learn more about Chinese culture.  Fluency not required (nor is attendance at every meeting).

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP - "Dimanches"
No meetings between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Au revoir until September 10!
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 stevenorman@fastmail.fm

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Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo

The Fletcher Free Library does not endorse the perspectives and viewpoints of the authors and artists whose work is represented in our collections or exhibits.

ART EXHIBITS

FROM OUR MINDS AND HEARTS-- FOMAH Art Show
August 2-30
Fletcher Room
Reception: Sunday, August 6, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Writers Reading: Wednesday, August 9, 6:30-8:00 pm
Writers Reading: Saturday, August 26, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

FOMAH art group originated about 4 years ago as the offshoot of a Senior Fitness class at the Miller Center. Members of the class discovered they had common interests in the arts. They meet regularly to offer one another encouragement, inspiration, and feedback. A variety of media are represented in the show including watercolor and oil painting, photography, poetry, and jewelry with beads and fiber.

Current members of the group are Deni Bergne, Julia Boynton, Cynthia Close, Susan DeClues, Nancy Ellis, Joyce Reddy-Bradbee, Karl Sklar, Claudia Stoeffler, Lea Terhune, Pam Valance, Mary Western, and Margy and Sandy Zabriskie. Dorothy Perry is a guest member who will also show her work. Many of the works are for sale. Some of the artists will donate proceeds of their sales to the Fletcher Free Library.

There will be a free reception 2:00-5:00 pm on Sunday, August 6, with art, music, and refreshments. The show features senior artist Dorothy Perry, a local Vermont artist who has donated for sale many of her watercolor paintings for the benefit of the library.

On Wednesday, August 9, 6:30-8:00 pm, and Saturday, August 26, 3;00-4:30 pm, Cynthia Close and friends will read from their own recent original works.

PROGRAMS

BURLINGTON RISING: Lectures & Culinary Demonstrations centered on the historical role of bread in human civilization
Brought to you by the Fletcher Free Library, the Vermont Humanities Council and the Friends of the Fletcher Free Library.

Burlington Rising explores bread's connection to cultural identity, the development of cooperative economies and food systems, archaeological artifacts from Africa to New England and the breads brought from across the globe to Vermont through immigration. Burlington Rising provides opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds to learn from each other; educates our community about the historical foundations of diet and food preparation; and engages multiple generations in activities that build relationships through stories and food preparation.

Burlington Rising Lectures on Bread Traditions and
Culinary Demonstrations:
August – from Europe
September – from Africa 
October – from Asia
Late October & Early November – from the Americas

Lectures:

DINING WITH JANE AUSTEN – with Julienne Gehrer
Thursday, August 3, 5-7 pm
Fletcher Room
A careful study of Jane Austen’s letters by scholar Julienne Gehrer reveals a woman passionate about many topics, especially food.  Join us for a culinary journey revealing details of the author’s life through the foods on her plate. See favorite dishes recreated from two manuscript cookbooks held within the Austen Family Circle.  Julienne Gehrer is the author of In Season: Cooking Fresh from the Kansas City Farmers’ Market, Love Lore: Symbols, Legends and Recipes for Romance, and Dining with Jane Austen. This event is co-sponsored by the Vermont chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North AmericaLight refreshments will be served.

Workshops:

VIKING BLACK BREADS DEMO with Groennfell Meadery's Ricky Kline
Sunday, August 20, 3 pm
Fletcher Room
Learn basics of making hearty Viking-style black bread with Ricky Kline.  Ricky the Meadmaker is the head brewer for Groennfell Meadery as well as the head chef for Colchester's Mead Hall.   He will be sharing the history of Scandinavian black bread and this Viking-era recipe and baking technique.  This event is free and open to all. All ingredients will be provided.

IRISH SODA BREAD DEMO
Sunday, August 27, 3 pm
Fletcher Room
Author, historian and educator, Vince Feeney, shares his family recipe for Irish Soda Bread. Feeney, author of several books on the Irish in Vermont, demonstrates how this traditional bread is made and shares its history over tea and bread. This event is free and open to all. All ingredients will be provided.

ONCE UPON...A TRAIL OF BREAD CRUMBS with Storyteller Tracy Chipman
Thursday, August 31, 3:30 pm
Youth Area
This all ages event leads listeners along a trail of stories from Scotland and beyond where you are as likely to run into a Hebridean baker, as a bannock or fairy.  Head home nourished by a feast of stories and a recipe for Scottish scones to whip up at home.

poetry Experience
First & Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
August 5 & 19
Pickering Room
Share your own work and learn from others in this supportive writers group. All ages and experience welcome.

CITIZENSHIP CLASS
Sundays, August 6, 13 & 20, 2:30-6 pm 
Pickering Room
Are you eligible to become a US Citizen?  Come learn what you will need to know for the naturalization civics test, US history information, and practice for the citizenship interview in this FREE course!! Intermediate to advanced English skills preferred.  Materials will be provided. All you need is a notebook and a pen.

Fletcher free library book discussion group:
Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo, by Boris Fishman
Wednesday, August 9, 6:30-8 pm
Local History Room
This discussion group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo is a novel about the mystery of inheritance and what exactly it means to belong.  Limited free copies of the book are available for checkout at the Library’s Circulation Desk.

Book Synopsis:

Maya Shulman and Alex Rubin met in 1992, when she was a Ukrainian exchange student with “a devil in her head” about becoming a chef instead of a medical worker, and he was the coddled son of Russian immigrants wanting to toe the water of a less predictable life.

Twenty years later, Maya Rubin is a medical worker in suburban New Jersey, and Alex is his father’s second in the family business. The great dislocation of their lives is their eight-year-old son, Max—adopted from two teenagers in Montana despite Alex’s view that “adopted children are second-class.”

At once a salvation and a mystery to his parents—with whom Max’s biological mother left the child, with the cryptic exhortation “don’t let my baby do rodeo”—Max suddenly turns feral, consorting with wild animals, eating grass, and running away to sit facedown in a river.

Searching for answers, Maya convinces Alex to embark on a cross-country trip to Montana to track down Max’s birth parents—the first drive west of New Jersey of their American lives. But it’s Maya who’s illuminated by the journey, her own erstwhile wildness summoned for a reckoning by the unsparing landscape, with seismic consequences for herself and her family.

UkUlele MELEE
2nd & 4th Sunday of every month, 4-6 pm
August 13 & 27
Fletcher Room
(“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.

LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES
Every Wednesday, 6:30-8 pm

Beginner Level:
Pickering Room, 2nd Floor

Intermediate/Advanced Level:
Administrative Conference Room, 2nd Floor

English-language 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.

DUTCH CONVERSATION GROUP
Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 am
Administrative Conference Room
Spreek je Nederlands?  Planning a trip to Amsterdam?  Learn Dutch from a native speaker.  Learn basic vocabulary and grammar.  Fluency not required (nor is attendance at every meeting).

CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE CLASS
Sundays, 4:30-6 pm
Community Room
你會說中文嗎. Learn the language from a native speaker.  Join the group and practice Chinese vocabulary and grammar for conversation and learn more about Chinese culture.  Fluency not required (nor is attendance at every meeting).

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP - "Dimanches"
No meetings between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Au revoir until September 10!
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 stevenorman@fastmail.fm

GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP
No meetings in August

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All programs are free and open to the public at the Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street, Burlington.  For more information, contact Barbara Shatara, Programs & Partnerships Librarian Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street, Burlington, VT 05401.  Phone: 802-865-7211.  Email: bshatara@burlingtonvt.gov

 

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, every effort will be made to make our programs accessible to individuals with disabilities.  Please contact us at least two weeks prior to the program you wish to attend.  To make arrangements, please call 865.7211  (TTY Relay 711).

 


Teen Programs

GAMING FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Tuesdays, 5-7:45 pm
Pickering Room

For more info about Teens & Tweens,
check out the Teen Space.

Summer MegaMix!

Read, Innovate & Create
at the Fletcher Free Library this summer!

Click HERE for the Summer MegaMix program schedule. 

Click HERE to sign up on line, or at the Library starting June 19. 

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Summer
MegaMix!

Early Learners:

Read, Learn, Sing, Play & Share with your preschooler at the Fletcher Free Library this summer!

Click HERE for the Summer MegaMix program schedule.

Click HERE to sign up on line, or at the Library starting
June 19. 

K-5th Graders:

Read, Explore, Play, Learn & Share at the Fletcher Free Library this summer!

Click HERE for the Summer MegaMix program schedule.

Click HERE to sign up on line, or at the Library starting
June 19. 

Youth Programs in July

SPECIAL! "BUILD A BETTER WORLD" Summer MegaMix @ FFL continues! Sign up to read and learn something every day this summer, play the MegaMix Game, share with Library staff and receive a free t-shirt. Free for all children: Early Learning (Preschool-K) and Youth (K-5).

Lunch at the Library. Every Tuesday & Thursday, June 27th through August 3rd, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Burlington School Food Project invites you to enjoy nutritious meals at the Library. All children ages 18 & under from all towns & communities are welcome.

Early Learners

A World of Stories with Megan. Mondays, July 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun-filled storytime with with stories, songs and rhymes! Free. Ages 2-5. No preregistration needed. *

Spanish Musical Kids. Tuesdays, July 11th, 18th & 25th, 11:00-11:45 a.m.  Hola Amigos! Vengan a cantar y aprender! Share Constancia's love of Spanish in a program of Latin American songs and games. Free. Ages 1-5 years. No preregistration needed. [Followed by lunch for everyone 18 & under.]

Yoga for Kids. Wednesdays, July 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th, 11:00-11:30. Calling all young yogis! Explore yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. Learn from yoga instructors Anna Gephardt from Let's Grow Kids and Melissa Nutting from Evolution Prenatal & Family Yoga Center. Free. Ages 2-5 years. No preregistration needed. *

Ukulele Kids! Thursdays, July 20th & 27th, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Play instruments and dance to traditional children's songs. Free. Ages 0-5 years. No preregistration needed. [Followed by lunch for everyone 18 & under.] *

Family Music Time. Fridays, July 7th & 14th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along for great family fun! Free. All ages. No preregistration needed. *

K-5th graders

Tinkering Tuesdays. July 11th, 18th & 25th, 10:30 a.m-noon. Activate your brain & creative energy with hands-on STEAM-type projects. Tinker with electrical circuits, gears, pulleys & more. Ages 8 & up. Preregistration preferred: 865-7216. [Followed by lunch for everyone 18 & under.] *

Girls Code @ FFL. Wednesdays, July 12th, 19th & 26th, 11:00 a.m.-noon. Learn beginner computer science principles. This program is designed to develop digital literacy & encourage young women to explore computer science as a career. Girls ages 8-12. Preregistration required: 865-7216. Participants must be available for all three dates.

Building Bridges. Thursdays, July 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th, 10:30-noon. Explore the principles of engineering, bridge design & bettering the world around us through creative building fun. Ages 8 & up. Preregistration preferred: 865-7216. [Followed by lunch for everyone 18 & under.]

Extreme Book Giveaway. Thursday, July 13th, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Be captivated by interactive stories performed by a Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF) storyteller & take home your very own new book! Recommended for ages 5-10 (all welcome).

Cardboard Box Parade. Thursday, July 20th, 1:00-3:00 pm. Parade down Church Street with Library staff for this wild & fun annual Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront event. Come in costume as a better world builder or wear your Summer MegaMix t-shirt. Meet Library staff at the top of Church Street at 1:00 p.m. to march to City Hall Park. All ages.

Baseball Lovers Meet the Lake Monsters. Wednesday, July 26th. 1:00-1:45 p.m. Learn about the world of VT professional baseball from the players themselves. Ages 5 & up. Call for information: 865-7216.

Trad Camp Showcase. Wednesday, July 26th, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Join Young Tradition Vermont's summer Trad Camp for songs, tunes & dances. Performers include Pete Sutherland, Brian Perkins, Oliver Scanlon & others. All ages. [Followed by lunch for everyone 18 & under.]

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Youth Programs in August

SPECIAL! "BUILD A BETTER WORLD" Summer MegaMix @ FFL continues through August 2nd! Sign up to read and learn something every day this summer, play the MegaMix Game, share with Library staff and receive a free t-shirt. Free for all children: Early Learning (Preschool-K) and Youth (K-5).

A World of Stories with Megan. Monday, August 7th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun-filled storytime with with stories, songs and rhymes! Free. Ages 2-5. No preregistration needed. *

Lunch at the Library. Every Tuesday & Thursday, June 27th through August 3rd, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Burlington School Food Project invites you to enjoy nutritious meals at the Library. All children ages 18 & under from all towns & communities are welcome.

Spanish Musical Kids. Tuesdays, August 1st, 8th & 29th, 11:00-11:45 a.m.  Hola Amigos! Vengan a cantar y aprender! Share Constancia's love of Spanish in a program of Latin American songs and games. Free. Ages 1-5 years. No preregistration needed. [Followed by lunch for everyone 18 & under.]

Summer MegaMix Carnival. Wednesday, August 2nd, 6:00-7:20. Celebrate a summer of exploration and learning at a carnival on the Library lawn. Enjoy face painting, a building contest, music, watermelon & more. All ages. Family & friends welcome!

Yoga for Kids. Wednesdays, August 2nd, 9th, 23rd & 30th, 11:00-11:30. Calling all young yogis! Explore yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. Learn from yoga instructors Anna Gephardt from Let's Grow Kids and Melissa Nutting from Evolution Prenatal & Family Yoga Center. Free. Ages 2-5 years. No preregistration needed. *

ONCE UPON...A TRAIL OF BREAD CRUMBS with Storyteller Tracy Chipman. Thursday, August 31st, 3:30 p.m. This all ages event leads listeners along a trail of stories from Scotland and beyond where you are as likely to run into a Hebridean baker, as a bannock or fairy.  Head home nourished by a feast of stories and a recipe for Scottish scones to whip up at home.

Family Music Time. Fridays, August 11th & 18th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along for great family fun! Free. All ages. No preregistration needed. *

Ukulele Kids! Thursdays, August 10th & 17th, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Play instruments and dance to traditional children's songs. Free. Ages 0-5 years. No preregistration needed. *

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*Please note: All groups must receive special permission to attend any program from Rebecca Goldberg. Daycares are welcome to programs with a caregiver for every two children. Please call 865.7216.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, every effort will be made to make our programs accessible to people with disabilities.  To aid us in making accommodations, please contact us a minimum of two weeks prior to the program you wish to attend.  Please call 865-7216 (TTY relay 711).


 

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