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June 2016
Art Exhibits and Programs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Inside out & back again

 

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

None scheduled this month.

PROGRAMS

POETRY EXPERIENCE
First and Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
June 4 & 18
Pickering Room
Rajnii Eddins facilitates this poetry and spoken word workshop. Gain confidence with your writing, learn from and support others and experience the joy of poetry.

VERMONT PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
First Tuesday of every month, 6-8 pm
June 7
Fletcher Room
Inspired by the artist Frank Gonzalez, 91, a lifelong enthusiast of John Dewey, Nick Ruderman has formed a philosophy group in Burlington, Gonzalez’s summer home.

FFL Book Discussion Group:
Inside Out and Back Again by Tanhhai Lai
Wednesday, June 8, 6:30 pm
Local History Room
Join this monthly book discussion on the second Wednesday of each month.  Free copies of the book are available for checkout at the library’s circulation desk.

About this month's title, from Booklist:

After her father has been missing in action for  nine years during the Vietnam War, 10-year-old Hà flees with her mother and three older brothers. Traveling first by boat, the family reaches a tent city in Guam, moves on to Florida, and is finally connected with sponsors in Alabama, where Hà finds refuge but also cruel rejection, especially from mean classmates. Based on Lai’s personal experience, this first novel captures a child-refugee’s struggle with rare honesty.

Written in accessible, short free-verse poems, Hà’s immediate narrative describes her mistakes—both humorous and heartbreaking—with grammar, customs, and dress (she wears a flannel nightgown to school, for example); and readers will be moved by Hà’s sorrow as they recognize the anguish of being the outcast who spends lunchtime hiding in the  bathroom. Eventually, Hà does get back at the sneering kids who bully her at school, and she finds help adjusting to her new life from a kind  teacher who lost a son in Vietnam. The elemental details of Hà’s  struggle dramatize a foreigner’s experience of alienation. And even as she begins to shape a new life, there is no easy comfort: her father is still gone. Grades 4-8. --Hazel Rochman

Guitar open mic
Second Saturday of every month, 4:30-5:30 pm
June 11
Pickering Room
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.

UkUlele MELEE
2nd & 4th Sunday of every month, 4:30-6 pm
June 12 & 26
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.

CHINESE LANGUAGE CLASSES
Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 am
Pickering Room

MAKE MUSIC DAY:
Burlington Musicians Perform with Tennessee Musicians, Without Leaving the Library
Futuristic Internet Connection Makes Joint Performances Possible During International Music Festival
Tuesday, June 21, 1-7 pm
Fletcher Room
The Fletcher Free Library in Burlington will connect with the Chattanooga Public Library in TN on June 21 in a whole new futuristic way, and in the name of music.  Both libraries have been experimenting with an Internet2 link between each other, which is a next-next generation network connection that can be a hundred times faster than Burlington’s public state of the art Gigabit network provided by Burlington Telecom.  By connecting with specialized equipment called ‘LOLA,’ musicians in each library can perform WITH one another — there is almost no delay in the network connection, so they hear and see each other as if they were in the same room.

The libraries are participating in an International music festival on June 21 called ‘Make Music Day’ which is held in more than 700 cities in 120 countries around the world.  Big Heavy World has brought Make Music Day to Vermont for the first time, as Make Music VT, and Vermont has made history as the first entire state to participate in the festival. Information about Make Music VT can be found at http://www.bigheavyworld.com/makemusicvt

LoLa Stage for International Make Music Day 2016:

1:00-2:00 - Harmonica Workshop/Harmonica Play-Along

Learn how to play the harmonica from touring Vermont bluesman, Mark Lavoie in Burlington. After the basic lesson, participants in Chattanooga and Burlington will perform harmonica songs together. This is open to all ages and skills-levels. Hohrner harmonicas will be provided for free. Jump in on this group session and see how you like it. NOTE: Participants in the jams should bring their own instruments. The first 50 participants in the harmonica workshop will receive a free harmonica, courtesy Make Music Day sponsor Hohner.

2:00-2:30 - Walk-Up Open Mic Duets

Bring your instrument for an opportunity to walk up and perform a duet with a Burlington musician.

2:30-3:15 - Dulcimer-Ukulele Performance and Lesson

Butch Ross (mountain dulcimer) will perform a brief set with the Vermont Ukulele Orchestra. This will be followed by a community ukulele lesson taught by members of the V.U.S.. After the short simple lesson we'll attempt a live ukulele jam with students and musicians in both cities. Limited amount of ukes will be available in both locations. Bring your instrument or just come by and enjoy the show.

3:15-3:45 - Walk Up Open Mic Duets

Bring your instrument for an opportunity to walk up and perform a duet with a Burlington musician.

5:00-5:45 - Headliners In Burlington and Chattanooga

Rick Rushing in Chattanooga will perform a brief set of blues with Dwight Ritcher in Burlington.

5:45-7:00 - Walk-Up Open Mic Duets with Headliners

Our touring headliners will stick around in both cities for duets with any musicians who have come with their instruments.  Musicians in both locations will be invited to perform a song with the headliner in the other city! Bring your instrument or just come and enjoy the show. After the headliners, musicians are invited to perform again with someone new. 

Make Music VT is sponsored in part by The NAMM Foundation of the National Association of Music Merchants.

ELL  PROGRAMS

ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES
Beginner Level:
Every Wednesday, 6:30-8 pm
Pickering Room, 2nd Floor

Intermediate/Advanced Level:
Every Wednesday, 6:30-8 pm
Administrative Conference Room, 2nd Floor

For more information, contact Barbara Shatara, Programs & Partnerships, 865.7211.

CONVERSATION GROUPS

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP - "Dimanches"
Every Sunday, 4:00 pm--ON VACATION JUNE 12, 19 & 26
Local History Room
For all levels!  Practice your French language skills and meet up with other Francophiles.

GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP
First and Third Wednesday of every month, 6-7:30 pm
June 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).

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July 2016
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Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

None scheduled this month.

PROGRAMS

POETRY EXPERIENCE
First and Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
July 2 & 16
Pickering Room
Rajnii Eddins facilitates this poetry and spoken word workshop. Gain confidence with your writing, learn from and support others and experience the joy of poetry.

CHINESE LANGUAGE CLASSES
Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 am
Pickering Room

VERMONT PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
First Tuesday of every month, 6-8 pm
July 5
Fletcher Room
Inspired by the artist Frank Gonzalez, 91, a lifelong enthusiast of John Dewey, Nick Ruderman has formed a philosophy group in Burlington, Gonzalez’s summer home.

The Mayor’s Book Discussion Group:
Triumph of the City: How Our Greatest Invention Makes Us Richer, Smarter, Greener, Healthier, and Happier, by Edward Glaeser
Thursday, July 7, 5:30 pm
ArtsRiot
, 400 Pine Street, Burlington
Please join us for a book group panel discussion on the economic, environmental, and social benefits of investing in our downtown. Glaeser’s Triumph of the City looks at cities around the world and what makes them thrive and how their success improves quality of life and reduces carbon footprint.

Free copies are available now at the Fletcher Free Library or through the UVM Humanities Center by contacting david.jenemann@uvm.edu.

The Mayor’s Book Group was a joint effort between Mayor Weinberger and the UVM Humanities Center, created in 2014 to explore thought-provoking ideas relevant to civic life, culture, and history.  Past discussion topics have included the Civil Rights Act of 1964, anti-poverty initiatives, and how data analysis is changing baseball and local government.

Guitar open mic
Second Saturday of every month, 4:30-5:30 pm
July 9
Pickering Room
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.

UkUlele MELEE
2nd & 4th Sunday of every month, 4:30-6 pm
July 10 & 24
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.

eARTH TONES: A Reading and discussion series
Under the Sea Wind, by Rachel Carson
Monday, July 11, 1:00 pm
Heineberg Senior Center, 14 Heineberg Road, Burlington
From July through October, the Fletcher Free Library will host the Book Discussion series, Earth Tones.
  Authors look with fresh eyes at the age-old question of how to live in harmony with nature.  July's discussion is led by Florence McCloud.

This event is sponsored by the Vermont Humanities Council through its Reading & Discussion program, hosted by the Fletcher Free Library and held at the Heineberg Senior Center.  (Supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or VHC.)

Free, open to the public, and accessible to those with disabilities.  Books are available on loan in advance at the Heineberg Center (802.863.3982)

Upcoming Titles:
August 8: Hunting for Hope by Scott Russell Sanders
September 12: A Friend of the Earth, by T.C. Boyle
October 10: Mean Spirit, by Linda Hogan
October 24: The Great Work, by Thomas Berry 

wake up to dying
Workshops:

Tuesday, July 12 - Sunday, July 17 (times TBA)
Fletcher & Pickering Rooms

Tent on Lawn:

Thursday & Friday, July 14 & 15, 11 am-7:30 pm
Saturday, July 16, 10 am - 7:30 pm
Sunday, July 17, 10 am - 5 pm

The Wake Up to Dying Project aims to shift our cultural perspective on death from fear and avoidance toward acceptance – by inviting people to acknowledge death, be prepared for it, and live more fully having done so.  We do this by gathering and sharing first-person audio stories about death, dying and life.  We bring these stories, along with related art and hands-on engagement opportunities, to communities in a creative traveling exhibit.

For the second year in a row, our innovative end-of-life exhibit, complete with big white tents, will once again appear outside of the Fletcher Free Library, right in the heart of downtown Burlington from July 14–17. Workshops, panels and chats will be held at the Congregational Church and the Library July 12–17.

The Wake Up To Dying Project Traveling Exhibit is sponsored by:
BAYADA HospiceBlue Cross and Blue Shield of VermontFletcher Free LibraryKindred Birchwood TerraceThe Madison Deane InitiativeNational Home Funeral AllianceUnsworth LawThe University of Vermont Center on Aging – The University of Vermont Medical CenterThe Vermont Ethics NetworkVNA of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties

FFL Book Discussion Group:
Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, by Roz Chast
Wednesday, July 13, 6:30 pm
Local History Room
Join this monthly book discussion on the second Wednesday of each month.  Free copies of the book are available for checkout at the library’s circulation desk.

ELL  PROGRAMS

ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES
Beginner Level:
Every Wednesday, 6:30-8 pm
Pickering Room, 2nd Floor

Intermediate/Advanced Level:
Every Wednesday, 6:30-8 pm
Administrative Conference Room, 2nd Floor

For more information, contact Barbara Shatara, Programs & Partnerships, 865.7211.

CONVERSATION GROUPS

RUSSIAN CONVERSATION GROUP
Every Wednesday--BACK!  STARTING JULY 6
Beginner: 6-6:45 pm
Intermediate: 6:45-7 pm
Community Room

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP - "Dimanches"
Every Sunday, 4:00 pm--ON VACATION JULY 3 & 10,
BACK JULY 17, 24 & 31

Local History Room
For all levels!  Practice your French language skills and meet up with other Francophiles.

GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP
First and Third Wednesday of every month, 6-7:30 pm
--ON BREAK FOR THE SUMMER

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).

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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 at 865.7211.

 

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).

 


Youth Programs in June

VT Public Television Young Writer’s Contest Evening of Stories. Wednesday, June 1st, 6:30- 7:30 p.m. Enjoy stories written and read aloud by local young writers. Free. Ages 5 & up. No preregistration needed.

The 2016 Summer Reading Program, On Your Mark, Get Set... Read! kicks off on June 13th. Join us for a variety of regular and special programs, including free lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays through August 11th for everyone 18 & under. 

  • Sign up at the library or online at www.btvsrp.com starting June 13th.

  • Participate in free, active, and lively library programming!

  • Read every day and track your success!

  • Visit the library to read and play with teen/tween Reading Buddies on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. June 21st through August 6th.

Flashy Faces. Monday, June 13, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sign up for Burlington's Summer Reading Program and get your face painted!  Free. All ages. No preregistration needed.

Extreme Book Giveaway. Thursday, June 16th, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Get ready to listen to winning stories performed by a Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF) star storyteller, and score your own new book to keep! Recommended for ages 4 & up. Please call to pre-register: 865-7216.

Championship Central. Beginning June 18; all day, every day! Exercise your mind with sports and wellness books, games, puzzles and crafts at the Summer Reading Program activity table. Recommended for ages 3 & up. No preregistration needed. 

Reading Buddies. Tuesdays, June 21st & 28th; Thursdays, June 23rd & 30th; Saturday, June 25th; 11:00-3:00. Come to the library to read with middle and high schoolers. Play games, read aloud, find new favorite books, and make new friends. For children entering grades K-5. No preregistration needed.

Spanish Musical Kids. Tuesdays, June 21st & 28th, 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. * 

Lunch at the Library. Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 21st-August 11th, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Burlington School Food Project invites you to enjoy nutritious meals at the library. All children 18 and under from all towns and communities are welcome! No preregistration needed. 

Native American Games. Thursday, June 23rd, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Run races, play hoop and stick, Cat's cradle, the Cherokee butterbean game, and more with popular children's author, storyteller and musician Michael Caduto! Join us for an exciting hour of games in the Native American tradition. Ages 5 & up. Followed by Lunch at the Library for all children, tweens and teens. No preregistration needed. *

Champ Visits the Library. Wednesday, June 29th, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Meet players from the Lake Monsters, Vermont's minor league baseball team, and everyone's favorite green mascot: Champ! Bring your favorite baseball accessory for autographing! All ages. No preregistration needed. 

Yoga for Kids. Thursday, June 30th, 11:00-11:45 a.m. Calling all young yogis! Engage your natural energy and explore yoga poses, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques. Ages 4-11. Followed by Lunch at the Library for all children, tweens and teens. No preregistration needed. *

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Youth Programs in July

Please note: The library will be CLOSED on Monday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.

The 2016 Summer Reading Program, On Your Mark, Get Set... Read! continues. Join us for a variety of regular and special programs, including free lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays through August 6th for everyone 18 & under. 

  • Sign up at the library or online at www.btvsrp.com starting June 13th.

  • Participate in free, active, and lively library programming!

  • Read every day and track your success!

  • Visit the library to read and play with teen/tween Reading Buddies on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. June 21st through August 6th.

Championship Central. Beginning June 18; all day, every day! Exercise your mind with sports and wellness books, games, puzzles and crafts at the Summer Reading Program activity table. Recommended for ages 3 & up. No preregistration needed. 

Reading Buddies. Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays in July, 11:00-3:00. Come to the library to read with middle and high schoolers. Play games, read aloud, find new favorite books, and make new friends. For children entering grades K-5. No preregistration needed.

Spanish Musical Kids. Tuesdays, July 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th, 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. * 

Tinkering Tuesdays. Tuesdays, July 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th, 10:30-noon. Activate your brain and creative energy to experiment with hands-on STEM-type projects, to tinker with electrical circuits, gears, pulleys & more. Followed by Lunch at the Library for all children, tweens, and teens. Free. Ages 8 & up. No preregistration needed.

Ready, Set, Stories with Megan. Mondays, July 11th, 18th & 25th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Get ready for a fun-filled storytime with Megan! Free. Ages 3-6. No preregistration needed. *

Lunch at the Library. Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 21st-August 11th, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Burlington School Food Project invites you to enjoy nutritious meals at the library. All children 18 and under from all towns and communities are welcome! No preregistration needed. 

Yoga for Kids. Thursdays, July 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th, 11:00-11:45 a.m. Calling all young yogis! Engage your natural energy and explore yoga poses, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques. Ages 4-11. Followed by Lunch at the Library for all children, tweens and teens. No preregistration needed. *

Library Night at the Ballpark. Sunday, July 10th, 5:05 p.m. Watch the Lake Monsters play the Batavia Muckdogs! Tickets are $6; half of the proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Fletcher Free Library! Purchase tickets here or through the Lake Monsters site using promo code FFL.

Cardboard Box Parade. Thursday, July 14th, 1-3 p.m. Join FFL readers in the Burlington Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Cardboard Box Parade! Come in costume as a super athlete or wear your SRP t-shirt. Meet library staff at the top of Church Street at 1:00 p.m. to march to City Hall Park for a spectacular event! Free. All ages. No preregistration needed.

Trad Camp Showcase. Wednesday, July 27th, 6-7 p.m. Join campers and instructors from Young Tradition Vermont's summer Trad Camp for songs, tunes and dances. Performers include Pete Sutherland, Brian Perkins, Jane Oxnard and others. Free. All ages. No preregistration needed.

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Youth Programs in August

Please note: The library will be CLOSED on Tuesday, August 16th in observance of Bennington Battle Day.

The 2016 Summer Reading Program, On Your Mark, Get Set... Read! continues through August 6th. Join us for a variety of regular and special programs, including free lunch on Tuesdays and Thursdays through August 11th for everyone 18 & under. 

  • Sign up at the library or online at www.btvsrp.com starting June 13th.

  • Participate in free, active, and lively library programming!

  • Read every day and track your success!

  • Visit the library to read and play with teen/tween Reading Buddies on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. June 21st through August 6th.

Championship Central. Beginning June 18; all day, every day! Exercise your mind with sports and wellness books, games, puzzles and crafts at the Summer Reading Program activity table. Recommended for ages 3 & up. No preregistration needed. 

Ready, Set, Stories with Megan. Mondays, August 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Get ready for a fun-filled storytime with Megan! Free. Ages 3-6. No preregistration needed. *

Reading Buddies. Tuesday, August 2nd; Thursday, August 4th; Saturday, August 6th; 11:00-3:00. Come to the library to read with middle and high schoolers. Play games, read aloud, find new favorite books, and make new friends. For children entering grades K-5. No preregistration needed.

Spanish Musical Kids. Tuesdays, August 2nd & 9th, 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. * 

Lunch at the Library. Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 21st-August 11th, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Burlington School Food Project invites you to enjoy nutritious meals at the library. All children 18 and under from all towns and communities are welcome! No preregistration needed. 

Yoga for Kids. Thursday, August 4th, 11:00-11:45 a.m. Calling all young yogis! Engage your natural energy and explore yoga poses, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques. Free. Ages 4-11. Followed by Lunch at the Library for all children, tweens and teens. No preregistration needed. *

Summer Wellness Carnival. Wednesday, August 10th, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Reading champs, get set to party! Celebrate a summer of sportstastic reading at a carnival on the library lawn! Enjoy face painting, a sports hero photo station, music, watermelon & more! Family and friends welcome! Free. All ages. 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).