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August 2016
Art Exhibits and Programs

 

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

VERMONT PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
First Tuesday of every month, 6-8 pm
August 2
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.

GAMING FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Tuesdays, August 2, 9, 23 & 30, 5-7:45 pm
Pickering Room

CHINESE LANGUAGE CLASSES--CANCELLED until further notice
Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 am
Pickering Room

eARTH TONES: A Reading and discussion series
Hunting for Hope by Scott Russell Sanders
Monday, August 8, 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.  August's discussion is led by Merilyn Burrington.

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:
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

Guitar open mic
Second Saturday of every month, 4:30-5:30 pm
August 13
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
August 14 & 28
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.

POETRY EXPERIENCE
First and Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
THIS MONTH, August 20 ONLY
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.

FFL Book Discussion Group:
(title TBA)
Wednesday, August 10, 6:30-8 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

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP - "Dimanches"
Every Sunday, 4-5:30 pm
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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September 2016
Art Exhibits and Programs

 

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

VERMONT PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
First Tuesday of every month, 6-8 pm
September 6
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.

Similar to a university seminar, a guest lecturer will speak on a subject of philosophy followed by some discussion.  Forthcoming speakers may discuss ecology, Buddhism, Islamic philosophy, economics, jurisprudence, and history.  Discussion shall be directed according to the tenets of Dewey's version of pragmatism: fallibilism, naturalism, and pluralism.

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

CHINESE LANGUAGE CLASSES--CANCELLED until further notice
Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 am
Pickering Room

Computer workshops
Our popular computer classes will be offered again this Fall.  Free!  See full descriptions on the Computer Center pagePre-registration is required: Sign up for individual workshops at the Reference Desk (865.7217).

Introduction to Windows
Saturday, September 10, 10:30-noon
Fletcher Room

Intro to Word
Saturday, September 17, 10:30-noon
Fletcher Room

Intro to Excel
Saturday, September 24, 10:30-noon
Community Room

eARTH TONES: A Reading and discussion series
A Friend of the Earth, by T.C. Boyle
Monday, September 12, 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.  September's discussion is led by Merilyn Burrington.

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:
October 10: Mean Spirit, by Linda Hogan
October 24: The Great Work, by Thomas Berry

Guitar open mic
Second Saturday of every month, 4:30-5:30 pm
September 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
September 11 & 25
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.

FFL Book Discussion Group:
Evicted: Poverty & Profit in the American City
by Matthew Desmond

Wednesday, September 14, 6:30-8 pm
Local History Room
Join this monthly book discussion on the second Wednesday of each month.  
This month Colin Bloch will lead a discussion of Matthew Desmond’s insightful examination of the lives of people living on the margins of homelessness.  Free copies of the book are available for checkout at the library’s Circulation Desk.

Book Synopsis:
Even in the most desolate areas of American cities, evictions used to be rare.  But today, most poor renting families are spending more than half of their income on housing, and eviction has become ordinary, especially for single mothers.  In vivid, intimate prose, Desmond provides a ground-level view of one of the most urgent issues facing America today. As we see families forced  into shelters, squalid apartments, or more dangerous neighborhoods, we bear witness to the human cost of America’s vast inequality—and to people’s determination and intelligence in the face of hardship.

Burlington book festival: Type-In
Sunday, September 18, noon-3:00 pm
Fletcher Room

GENERATOR COMES TO FFL FOR A TWO-EVENING EVENT:

TRACEROUTE: A Personal Journey Into Nerd Culture
by Generator
Friday, September 23, 7:00 PM – 10:00 pm
Artist and life-long nerd Johannes Grenzfurthner will discuss TRACEROUTE, a personal road trip from the West Coast to the East Coast of the USA that introduces audiences to places and people that shaped and inspired his art and politics - as a nerd!  Johannes will talk about his involvement in Europe's maker/hacker culture, the origins of this project and how the film is being received.

A FILM ABOUT NERD CULTURE
by Generator
Saturday, September 24, 7:00 PM – 10:00 pm
Artist and life-long nerd Johannes Grenzfurthner is taking us on a personal road trip from the West Coast to the East Coast of the USA, to introduce us to places and people that shaped and inspired his art and politics.  TRACEROUTE wants to chase and question the ghosts of nerddom's past, present and future.  An exhilarating tour de farce into the guts of trauma, obsession and cognitive capitalism.  

Features interviews with Matt Winston, Sandy Stone, Bruce Sterling, Jason Scott, Christina Agapakis, Trevor Paglen, Ryan Finnigan, Kit Stubbs, V. Vale, Sean Bonner, Allison Cameron, Josh Ellingson, Maggie Mayhem, Paolo Pedercini, Steve Tolin, Dan Wilcox, Jon Lebkowsky, Jan "Varka" Mulders, Adam Flynn, Abie Hadjitarkhani, Kelly Poots...

Art by James Brothwell, Bonni Rambatan, Michael Marrak, Karin Frank, Ben Lawson, Michael Marrak, Michael Zeltner, Josh Ellingson, eSeL...

Music by Peter Barnett, Kasson Crooker, Damien Di Fede, Matthew Huffaker, Brady Leo, Vera Lynn, Kevin MacLeod, Hans Nieswandt, Roger Sandega, Eric Skiff...

“Traceroute is radical individual empiricism, a narrative biographical puzzle and an experimental projection matrix.  Despite continual stimulus satiation, it is wonderful fun: the film tickles the synapses with a perfectly mixed cocktail of collectively shared context and quirkiness."
--Boing Boing

BIG Maker is made possible through the generous support of the City of Burlington, Champlain College, BTV Ignite, Hotel Vermont and the Fletcher Free Library.  

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, 4-5:30 pm
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 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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Youth Programs in September

Please note: The library will be CLOSED on Monday, September 5th in observance of Labor Day.

Stories with Megan. Monday, September 26th, 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, September 13th, 20th & 27th, 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. * 

Yoga for Kids. Thursdays, September 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th, 11:00-11:45 a.m. Young yogis engage their natural energy and explore yoga poses, breathing exercises, and relaxation techniques. Free. Ages 4-11. No preregistration needed. *

Music with Robert. Fridays, September 2nd, 9th & 16th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along with Robert for great family fun! 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).