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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 - New this month:

WHEN I’M SIXTY-FOUR: WORKS BY CHRISTINE DEMARAIS
Fletcher Room
Through December, 2017
Reception Sunday, December 17, 4 pm

(Cue Beatles song)  The last time artist and FFL Youth Services Assistant Christine Demarais had an exhibit was four years ago, when she turned 60.  The last four years have been busy ones for Demarais who is known widely for her clothing and costumes.  This exhibit of more recent costumes and props, as well as photos of the occasions when they were worn or used, is a celebration of creativity that knows no age.

ART EXHIBITS - Continuing this month:

Voices of Home: Portraits by Corrine Yonce
November 2 - December 31
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 2, 5:30-7 pm
Voices of Home is an initiative of the Vermont Affordable Housing Coalition which pairs the audio stories of individuals who live in affordable housing with painted portraits, driving community conversations around the importance of home lead by our most vulnerable people.  With the support of the Vermont Arts Council, Burlington City Arts, the Vermont Folklife Center, and CVOEO's Thriving Communities, artist Corrine Yonce has interviewed and painted twelve resident from all different affordable housing communities statewide. To learn more, visit vtaffordablehousing.org/voices

Imagining Home
November 2 - December 15
Opening Reception: Friday, November 3, 5-7 pm
Main Reading Room Display Case
Imagining Home
presents innovative home design born of collaboration between community members dealing with homelessness and prominent local architects.

Participating Architects include: Rolf Keilman, Truex Cullins; Michael Wisniewski, Duncan Wisniewski Architecture; Terry Findeise; John McLeod + Stephen Kredell, McLeod Kredell Architecture; Jesse Couture + Ken Ferrer, Linesync Architecture; and GBA Architectecture and Planning.

Seven unique individuals each with their own story to tell, shared intimate details of their struggles and resilience with socially engaged architects who value the opportunity to hear directly from those in our community affected by homelessness.  Imagining Home presents the original designs resulting from this process of discovery.

Alison Cannon is a Burlington based artist.  Imagining Home merges Alison’s love of architecture with her commitment to social justice.  Imagining Home was conceived in response to the belief that small cities like those in Vermont have the capacity to house all of their citizens.  Encountering homeless citizens on a daily basis in Burlington and noticing structures constructed in the area parks and wooded lots, Alison began to wonder what design ideas would emerge from partnerships between homeless citizens and area architects.  News of a Canadian City that successfully housed all of its citizens fuelled the idea of this project and with generous funding from the Burlington City Arts Community Arts Grant, the Imagining Home Project was born.

For more information please contact Alison Cannon, 802.735.5253 or acannon@igc.org.

PROGRAMS

computer workshops

Introduction to Facebook for Seniors (50+)
Tuesday, December 5, 5:30  - 7 pm
Community Room

Intro to  PowerPoint
Saturday, December 9, 10:30-12:00 noon
Community Room

Google Drive-- NEW!
Tuesday, December 12, 5:30-7 pm
Community Room

See the complete Fall schedule including workshop descriptions on our Tech Center page.

poetry Experience
First & Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
December 2 & 16
Pickering Room
Share your own work and learn from others in this supportive writers group. All ages and experience welcome.

COMMUNITY CRAFT NIGHT
Tuesdays, 6-8 pm
Bring your project and enjoy the company of other makers as we stitch, spin, knit, crochet and more at the free weekly event.

Guitar Open Mic
Saturday, December 9, 4:30-5:30 pm
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.  Check out these videos of past programs:

Agua e Vinho by Egberto Gismonti
https://youtu.be/AJ6ztmu6n54

Villanesca no. 4
https://youtu.be/aWqjPyLsugA

Domenico Scarlatti Sonata
https://youtu.be/ubKgotJ03lk

UkUlele MELEE
2nd & 4th Sunday of every month, 4-6 pm
December 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.

Fletcher free library book discussion group:
At the Existentialist Café: Freedom, Being, and Apricot Cocktails with Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Albert Camus, Martin Heidegger, Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Others, by Sarah Bakewell
Wednesday, December 13, 6:30-8 pm
Local History Room

Book Synopsis:
From the author of How to Live, a spirited account of one of the twentieth century’s major intellectual movements and the revolutionary thinkers who came to shape it.

Paris, 1933: three contemporaries meet over apricot cocktails at the Bec-de-Gaz bar on the rue Montparnasse. They are the young Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, and longtime friend Raymond Aron, a fellow philosopher who raves to them about a new conceptual framework from Berlin called Phenomenology. “You see,” he says, “if you are a phenomenologist you can talk about this cocktail and make philosophy out of it!”

It was this simple phrase that would ignite a movement that would sweep through the jazz clubs and cafés of the Left Bank before making its way across the world as Existentialism.

The Library's Book Discussion Group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm!

LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

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

Beginner Level:
Administrative Conference Room, 2nd Floor

Intermediate/Advanced Level:
Pickering 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.

CHINESE LANGUAGE & CULTURE CLASS
Back in January!

DUTCH LANGUAGE CLASSES
Wednesdays & Saturdays, 10-11:30 am
Administrative Conference Room
Spreek je Nederlands?  Planning a trip to Amsterdam?  Interested in learning a new language?  Learn Dutch from a native speaker.  Class covers basic vocabulary and grammar.  Fluency not required (nor is attendance at every meeting).  For more info, contact: Bob van Heeks:
bheeks@yahoo.com

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP - "Dimanches"
Sundays, 4-5:30 pm
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 stevenorman@fastmail.fm

GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP
1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 6:30-8 pm
December 6 & 20
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).

HIGHLIGHTED COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

The New Writers Studio: Writing as a Spiritual Journey
Sundays 2-4 pm
Pickering Room
This weekly gathering seeks to inspire participants to experiment with untold stories as well as new frontiers in any genre. The goals of the Studio are: to generate writing and not worry about the critic, to reach into the vault of memory and to practice using authentic voice, to learn new writing techniques and tools, and to nurture a supportive group that values all writing and participants. Bring a pen, paper or computer.

Facilitated by: Laurie McMillan, writer.  For questions:  writelife1@hotmail.com

Endangered Alphabets Games Workshop
Wednesday, December 13, 6:30 pm
Fletcher Room
Calling all Scrabble players and other lovers of word games!  You are invited to a workshop to test a series of new games designed to help revive endangered languages across the world.  For more information, visit endangeredalphabets.com

Vermont Historical Society Third Thursday Talk-
Lilian Baker Carlisle, Vermont Historian, Burlington Treasure
Thursday, December 21, 12:00 pm
Fletcher Room
This lunchtime lecture is about "Lilian Baker Carlisle, Vermont Historian, Burlington Treasure" with Joanna Tebbs Young.  For more information, visit http://vermonthistory.org/visit/events-calendar

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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

New Teen Librarian coming soon!
Stay Tuned for updates...

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Youth Programs in December

Please note: The Library will be CLOSED on Monday, December 25th for Christmas Day.

Stories with Megan. Mondays, December 4th, 11th & 18th, 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, December 5th & 12th (cancelled), 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.]

Creative Tuesdays. December 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Join us and use your imagination to be creative with recycled materials! Create with Lego© on December 5th! Free. All ages, under 8 with an adult helper, please. No preregistration needed. *

Hour of Code at FFL. Wednesday, December 6, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Join over 100 million students around the world for an Hour of Code.  Have fun with after school coding basics or come practice what you already know.  Library staff will be available to help.  For information: www.hourofcode.com Free. Recommended for ages 8 and up (or younger with an adult).

Yoga for Kids. Wednesdays, December 6th, 13th & 20th, 11:00-11:30. Young yogis explore yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques with yoga instructor Melissa Nutting from Evolution Prenatal & Family Yoga Center. Free. Ages 2-5 years. No preregistration needed. *

Babytime. Thursdays, December 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th, 10:15-10:45 a.m. Explore books, rhymes and songs specially selected for tiny tots, followed by time to play and chat with other babies and their caregivers. Free. For infants through pre-walkers. No preregistration needed. *

Ukulele Kids! Thursdays, December 14th & 28th, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Join Joe and his ukulele to sing and play to traditional children's songs.  Free. Ages 0-5 years. No preregistration needed. *

Music with Robert. Fridays, December 8th, 22nd & 29th, 11:00 a.m.-11:30 (NEW TIME!) Sing along with Robert for great family fun! Free. All ages. No preregistration needed. *

Drag Storytime @ Fletcher Free Library? Saturday, December 16th, 10:30 a.m. Yes! Join our favorite local drag queens Nikki Champagne and Emoji Nightmare for stories that capture the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and give children glamorous, positive and unabashedly queer role models. Free. Recommended for ages 3 and up but all ages welcome. No preregistration needed. For more info visit DragQueenStoryHour.org.

Our Books for Children Gift Campaign continues through December 10th! Share the joy of reading! The Fletcher Free Library invites community members to participate in the 27th Annual "Books for Children Gift Campaign," which provides Burlington preschoolers with new, quality books during the holiday season. For more information please stop by the Library, downtown Burlington bookstore Crow Bookshop or Phoenix Books, call the Youth Desk: 802-865-7216 or email cdemarais@burlingtonvt.gov.

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Youth Programs in January

Please note: The Library will be CLOSED on Monday, January 1st for New Year's Day and on Monday, January 15th for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

"Spike" the Puppet Teaches Poison Prevention. Monday, January 8th, 11:00 a.m. Join us for an engaging child poison prevention program that offers children and adults safety tips. Enjoy a puppet show and the short video "Spike's Poison Prevention Adventure," starring Spike the porcupine. Fun games and activities for all sponsored by the Northern New England Poison Center. Free. Recommended for ages 3 and up. No preregistration needed.

Stories with Megan. Mondays, January 22nd & 29th, 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, January 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th, 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.]

Creative Tuesdays. January 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th, 3:15-4:45 p.m. Join us and use your imagination to be creative with recycled materials! Create with Lego© on December 5th! Free. All ages, under 8 with an adult helper, please. No preregistration needed. *

Yoga for Kids. Wednesdays, January 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st, 11:00-11:30. Young yogis explore yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques with yoga instructor Melissa Nutting from Evolution Prenatal & Family Yoga Center. Free. Ages 2-5 years. No preregistration needed. *

Babytime. Thursdays, January 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, 10:15-10:45 a.m. Explore books, rhymes and songs specially selected for tiny tots, followed by time to play and chat with other babies and their caregivers. Free. For infants through pre-walkers. No preregistration needed. *

Ukulele Kids! Thursdays, January 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Join Joe and his ukulele to sing and play to traditional children's songs.  Free. Ages 0-5 years. No preregistration needed. *

Music with Robert. Fridays, January 5th, 12th & 19th, 11:00 a.m.-11:30 (NEW TIME!) Sing along with Robert for great family fun! Free. All ages. No preregistration needed. *

NEW! Groovaroo! Fridays, January 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th, 10:00-10:45 a.m. Moms, dad and caregivers: join us for a beginner dance class led by certified babywearing dance teacher Kadina. Look forward to bonding with you baby and new friends/dance buddies while enjoying some groovy, soulful dancing. If you are pregnant, have a squishy baby (at least 6 weeks old) or a toddler, this class is for you. Previous dance experience is NOT necessary. NOTE: Please wear comfortable exercise clothes and shoes, bring water, and an approved baby carrier. Free. For more info please visit www.littleartsyfaces.com.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Is your stuffie ready for an adventure? Bring your stuffie to the Library for a pajama storytime on Saturday, January 20th at 5:00 p.m.; to join other stuffies being left to explore the Library after-hours! Pick up your stuffie on Sunday, January 21st between noon and 1:00 p.m., and watch a slideshow of wonderful nighttime adventure! Free. Recommended for ages 3-6. 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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