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ART EXHIBITS

Mahmoud Darwish Poem “Think of Others” – Interpretive Panels
Mezzanine Balcony
September 1-30, 2017
This work consists of a series of canvas panels, each inspired by one of the seven couplets of the poem "Think of Others" by the late Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.
  The participating artists were: Delia Robinson, Jen Berger, Betsy Kelly, Marita Canedo, Robert W. Brunell, Michelle Sayles and Greg Giordano

Mahmoud Darwish was one of the world’s pre-eminent poets.  He published more than 30 volumes of poetry and eight works of prose. His public readings were major cultural events, and many of his poems were set to music.  He is recognized internationally as Palestine's national poet.  He was born in the village of al-Birwa, in the western Galilee, in 1941, and died in 2008.  Although identified with the land and indigenous people of Palestine, Darwish, who lived most of his adult life in exile, described himself as a man of both Palestinian Jewish and Arab cultures.

PROGRAMS

FRIENDS OF THE FLETCHER FREE LIBRARY ANNUAL
FALL BOOK SALE
September 13-17
Wednesday: 3 - 7:30 pm
Thursday-Saturday: 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday: 12 - 5 pm
Community Room

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:
September – from Africa 
October – from Asia
Late October & Early November – from the Americas

Lectures:

THE FLOUR WARS: HOW BREAD INSECURITY SET THE STAGE FOR THE FRENCH REVOLUTION with Erik Andrus
Wednesday, September 6, 6 pm
Fletcher Room
Baker and historian Erik Andrus discusses one of the lesser-known
events that led to the French Revolution. A series of riots in the villages and countryside around Paris began in the Spring of 1775. The fall grain harvest had been poor and the government of the newly crowned King Louis XVI put in place policies that led to skyrocketing prices, creating discontent around Paris and eventually setting the stage for the taking of the Bastille.

Workshops:

IRAQI FLATBREADS DEMO with Hadeer
Saturday, September 9, 4-6 pm
Fletcher Room
Flatbreads are a daily staple across the Middle East. Learn the
basics of baking these easy and delicious breads, as well as the traditions of hospitality to which these breads are an integral ingredient.

INJERA DEMO with Mulu
Saturday, September 16, 4-6 pm
Fletcher Room
Mulu Tewelde, originally from Eritrea is well known for her
Ethiopian dinners at Arts Riot! She shares her family stories of bread-making and demonstrates how the spongy, fermented injera bread is made. This event is free and open to all. Ingredients will be provided.

FUFU DEMO with Schekinah
Sunday, September 24, 4-6 pm
Fletcher Room
Schekinah Hemedi is an international student from the Democratic
Republic of Congo in Accounting. She will demonstrate how to make fufu. Not formally a bread, fufu is a staple of the Congolese diet. It is eaten with everything from breakfast to dinner. Learn more about the DR Congolese culture and foods in this handson demo. This event is free and open to all. Ingredients will be provided.

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

computer workshops

Intro to Windows
Wednesday, September 13, 4-5:30 pm
Pickering Room

Facebook for Seniors
Tuesday, September 19, 5:30-7 pm
Pickering Room

Intro to Excel
Saturday, September 23, 10:30 am - 12 noon
Fletcher Room

Intro to Word
Tuesday, September 26, 5:30-7 pm
Community Room

Informatique pour Débutant en Français / Intro to Computers in French--NEW!
Wednesday, September 27, 5:30-7 pm
Community Room

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

Fletcher free library book discussion group:
Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson
Wednesday, September 13, 6:30-8 pm
Local History Room
Jaqueline Woodson’s multiple award-winning memoir in verse will be the subject of the September discussion.  Brown Girl Dreaming won the National Book Award, the Newberry Medal and the Coretta Scott King award and is this year’s Vermont Humanities Council’s Vermont Reads selection.  Free copies of the book are available for checkout at the library’s circulation desk.

Book Synopsis:
Jacqueline Woodson, one of today's finest writers, tells the moving story of her childhood in mesmerizing verse.  Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place.  In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.

Touching and powerful, each poem is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line a glimpse into a child's soul as she searches for her place in the world.  Woodson's eloquent poetry also reflects the joy of finding her voice through writing stories, despite the fact that she struggled with reading as a child.  Her love of stories inspired her and stayed with her, creating the first sparks of the gifted writer she was to become.

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

Titles to be discussed later this Fall:
Heat & Light,
by Jennifer Haigh-- October 11
Lab Girl,
by Hope Jahren-- November 8
At the Existentialist Cafe,
by Sarah Bakewell-- December 13

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

Resistance Then and Now: Learning from the Dutch
Wednesday, September 27, 6:00 pm RE-SCHEDULED: March 20, 2018
Pickering Room
A talk and discussion by Mary Fillmore.  What factors lead us to take action in a crisis?  Fillmore examines the WWII Dutch Resistance as an example of that process.  What did it or did not accomplish and what challenges should we consider today as we decide to collude, collaborate and resist what we feel to be wrong.

After a lifetime working as a consultant with government agencies and nonprofit organizations, Mary Dingee Fillmore spent 13 years researching and writing an historical novel, An Address in Amsterdam, about a young Jewish woman who joins the resistance. This award-winning book has been widely recognized as a compelling story which shows how quickly a civilized society can deteriorate — and how possible it is for ordinary people, especially women, to take action against injustice. “Must-read” historical fiction, say Redbook, BuzzFeed, PopSugar, and Bookstr.

LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

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

Beginner Level:
Pickering Room, 2nd Floor (Sept. 6: Administrative Conference Room)

Intermediate/Advanced Level: (Cancelled on Sept. 6)
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.

CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE CLASS
Sundays, 4:30-6 pm
Note room changes due to Book Sale in Community Room!
September 3, 10 & 17: Pickering Room
September 24: 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"
Sundays, 4-5:30 pm--Starting up again on September 10!
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-- Starting up again in September!
September 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).

BUSINESS ENGLISH CLASS
Tuesdays from September 26 to October 31, 6:30-8:00 pm
Administrative Conference Room
This 6-week class is designed to assist non-native English speakers in improving their fluency in a business setting.  Learn and practice vocabulary commonly used in business, including jargon and idioms.  Best suited for those with intermediate to advanced English proficiency.  Registration is required.  Please contact Barbara Shatara at bshatara@burlingtonvt.gov or 865-7211.

A SNEAK PEEK AT OCTOBER PROGRAMS:

GUITAR OPEN MIC
Saturday, October 14, 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.

BUSINESS ENGLISH CLASS continues--see description above
Tuesdays from September 26 to October 31, 6:30-8:00 pm
Administrative Conference Room

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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 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, (Cancelled on the 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. *

SPECIAL: Solar Eclipse Lawn Party. Monday, August 21, 1:30-3 p.m. Don’t miss the celestial event of the year!  On Monday, August 21st, a solar eclipse will be visible from all of North America.  In Burlington, we will see a partial eclipse (about 62% covered).

Join us for a fun and informational party on the library lawn during the 2017 eclipse--

  • Free moon pies, ice cream, and sun tea.

  • Watch the NASA live stream of the total eclipse.

  • Learn more from amateur astronomers and hands-on astronomical experiments from the Space Science Institute.

  • Free Solar Eclipse glasses and Sunoculars for safe viewing!  NEVER Look Directly at the Sun without proper protection!

A NASA@Your Library event.

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Youth Programs in September

Stories with Megan. Monday, September 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, September 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. [Followed by lunch for everyone 18 & under.]

Yoga for Kids. Wednesdays, September 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th, 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. *

PRIDE Week: Rainbow Family Storytimes. Wednesday, September 6th, 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 9th, 11:00 a.m. Join folks from Outright Vermont for special storytimes to celebrate Pride Vermont. Free. No preregistration needed. Recommended for ages 2-5 and their caregivers, but all ages are welcome.

Ukulele Kids! Thursdays, September 14th & 28th, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Play instruments and dance to traditional children's songs. Free. Ages 0-5 years. No preregistration needed. *

GroovaRoo. Friday, September 15, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Moms, dads & caregivers: joins us for a beginner dance class led by certified baby-wearing dance teacher Kadina. Look forward to bonding with your 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. No preregistration needed. For more info please visit www.littleartsyfaces.com.

Let's Grow Kids Song & Dance. Sunday, September 17th, 2:00 p.m.  Learn the song and dance for the “Kids Out Loud”-Flash Mob & Concert event in October. Co-sponsored event by the Fletcher Free Library and Let’s Grow Kids. For more information: www.letsgrowkids.org. Free. All ages welcome.

Vermont Fairy Tale Festival, Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington, VT. Saturday, September 23rd, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Rain or shine. Nineteen libraries will each present a different fairy tale--the Fletcher Free is presenting Peter Pan!  Kids and families can visit each tale, learn the story and make something to take home.  Admission to the event is a non-perishable item for the food bank or an item for the humane society.  There will be craft vendors, Viking fighters, and two artists in residence to help participants create flower fairies, as well as amazing storytellers performing throughout the day. Sponsors: Casella Waste Management and the Greater Killington Women’s Club.

For more information, see the complete description on the Sherburne Memorial Library web site, or call 802.422.9765, or email vtfairytale@gmail.com

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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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