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March 2015
Art Exhibits and Programs

ART EXHIBITS

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
Through April
Mezzanine Balcony

Strength in Numbers is a group of 16 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
Saturdays, March 7 & 21, 1-3 pm
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.

Community Dialogue:
“Still Alice” and alzehimer's in vermont
Wednesday, March 4, 6 pm
Fletcher Room

Community members are invited to share their reactions to the movie "Still Alice" and participate in a dialogue about the impact of Alzheimer's on Vermonters.

AARP TAX-AIDE PROGRAM
Sundays, March 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 1:00-4:30 pm
Pickering Room

Free one-on-one counseling to help individuals prepare basic tax forms, including the 1040, 1040A, 1040EZ and other standard schedules. Eligibility: Low and middle income tax payers of all ages with special attention given to persons 60 years old and older.
Contact Barbara Shatara (865.7211) to arrange an appointment or drop in.  You will need the following documents with you – Last Year’s Tax Return; Social Security Card or Year End Statement; Photo ID; Property Tax Bill or Landlord Certificate; All 2014 tax documentation.

Fletcher Free Library Book Discussion:
Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers
Tuesday, March 17, 6:30 pm
Local History Room

Dorothy L. Sayers serves up more than just an English mystery in Gaudy Night. Professor Janet Whatley will lead this discussion that looks at the education and expectations of women in 1930s England.

Synopsis:
Ten years after she is graduated from Shrewsbury College, in Oxford, Harriet Vane accepts the invitation of a classmate, Mary Stokes Attwood, to return for an annual celebration, the “Gaudy.” While at the college, she finds a scrap of paper blowing around the quadrangle; on it, she finds a crudely drawn picture of a naked woman stabbing a figure in academic dress.

BURLINGTON IRISH HERITAGE FESTIVAL
Friday, March 13, noon
Saturday, March 14, 10 am-1 pm
Fletcher and Pickering Rooms

The 20th Annual Burlington Irish Heritage Festival will be celebrated with an exciting schedule of music, dance, history, genealogy, and other cultural events around the week of St. Patrick’s Day. Don’t miss the following events at the Fletcher Free Library…

Andy Naughton, Singer & Fiddler
Friday, March 13, noon

Naughton’s  family came to the Co. Mayo in 1691 after the siege of Limerick ended with the Treaty of Limerick and the Second Flight of the Wild Geese having participated in the siege, the Battle of Athlone and finally the Battle of Aughrim.  Although for the next 250 years until they sold the farm in 1949 they survived quietly as subsistence farmers and seasonal migratory farm laborers.

History would occasionally intervene: first in 1798 when a French fleet landed in Killala and achieved a great victory in Castlebar; then came the Famine and survival; then the Mayo Land League which would develop into the Irish Land League; and finally the 1916 revolution and the Black & Tan war.

The program will be a combination of historical songs, family songs and history.  All of the family history and songs were learned from his father Patrick Naughton (1902-1998).

Craft Workshop
Saturday, March 14, 10 am

Share the Irish heritage with a new generation – or expand your children’s cultural horizons by creating some Irish themed crafts. All ages are welcome.

Concert by Benedict Koehler & Hilari Farrington
Saturday, March 14, 11 am

Presented by the Burlington Irish Heritage Festival in conjunction with Young Tradition Vermont.  With Irish harp and uilleann bagpipes among other instruments. Hilari and Benedict have shared the stage, composed and recorded with some of the finest Irish musicians of our day.

Instrument Petting Zoo
Presented by Young Tradition Vermont
Saturday, March 14, 10 am

Instruments can be the keys that help open doors to the world of traditional music and dance for children, which is at the very heart of what Young Tradition Vermont is all about. Our primary purpose with the instrument petting zoo is putting instruments in the hands of young folks, which can spark an interest and further exploration by the child and their family. Explore the instrument petting zoo to facilitate the discovery of instruments, the sounds they make, and the movement and dance that can result. (Adults welcome too!)

Community Cinema & DISCUSSION
Makers: "Women in Space"
Wednesday, March 18, 6:30 pm
Fletcher Room

FFL has partnered with Vermont PBS on a series of documentary panel discussions called Community Cinema. In March, we will feature "Makers: Women in Space".   A panel of science educators including Physics instructor from Burlington High School, Lisa Sitek, Sustainability Academy's science coach Suzanne Weishaar, Tanya Stone, author of Almost Astronauts and Professor Sylvia Perry from UVM will discuss careers for women in the science and technology fields and educational initiatives to keep female students interested in careers in the sciences, especially in Vermont and New England.  STEM education will also be addressed.  Please add your voice to this community conversation.

Start The Conversation
Fletcher Room
Tuesday, March 31, 6 pm

Preparing for end-of-life care is as important as all other plans you make. Yet so few have this conversation with their family or doctor.

Join VNA Hospice, Representatives Curt McCormick and Jill Krowinski on Tuesday, March 31st from 6:00 - 7:30 at the Fletcher Free Library to learn more and get a Start the Conversation toolkit.

ESL  PROGRAMS

ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm
Beginner Level: Administrative Conference Room
Intermediate/Advanced Level: Pickering Room, 2nd Floor

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

CONVERSATION GROUPS

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP - "Dimanches"
Sundays, 4:00-5:30 pm
Local History Room

Parlez-vous français?  On your way to Paris or Quebec City?  Practice speaking French in a welcoming environment for all levels of proficiency.  Meet fellow francophones at these weekly drop-in discussions.

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

GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP
First and third Wednesdays of each month: March 4 & 18
6:30-8:30 pm
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).

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

RUSSIAN – A CLASS FOR BEGINNERS
Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm
Community Room

Free Russian classes taught by a native speaker.  These weekly lessons will have you говоря России in no time!

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

Intermediate/Advanced Spanish Conversation Group
Sunday, March 8, 2:30pm
Community Room

Join Spanish instructor Maigualida Gomez for 90 minutes of conversation en Español on the 2nd Sunday of each month.  Best for those with intermediate to advanced profieciency.

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ART EXHIBITS

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
Through April
Mezzanine Balcony

Strength in Numbers is a group of 16 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.

Burlington Then and Now: 150 Years a City
Through May 31
Fletcher Room

What did the “Queen City of New England” actually look like when it was officially incorporated as a City 150 years ago?  What buildings survive from the 1860s and what buildings from that era are no longer standing?  This “then and now” exhibit of historic Burlington photographs from the 1860s, displayed alongside contemporary photographs captured from the same vantage points, reveals the history of our City’s built environment- what it once looked like and how it has transformed over the past 150 years.

Most of the historic images in this exhibit are stereo views designed to be viewed through a device known as a stereoscope.  Stereo views are a pair of images arranged side-by-side which depict the same scene and create the illusion of a 3D image when seen through the prismatic lens of the stereoscope.  “South from Battery, Burlington, VT” is an example of how these stereo views would have looked as a double image. These view cards were an extremely popular application of mid to late-nineteenth century photography; they allowed people to literally experience the world in depth.  Many of the stereo views in this exhibit were taken by photographer Adin French Styles, who worked in Burlington from about 1865 to 1871 and published a series of stereo images known as “Green Mountain Scenery: 200 Stereoscopic and Card Views from all parts of Vermont.”

This exhibit which was displayed in the Metropolitan Gallery by BCA in February and March now moves to the library.  Credits: Britta Fenniman Tonn, Paul Reynolds of Paul Reynolds Photography, Angie Mae Lizotte, Christopher Burns, Prudence Doherty, Unitarian Universalist Church, UVM Development & Alumni Relations, UVM Special Collections.

PROGRAMS

IN CELEBRATION OF BURLINGTON POETS
Saturday, April 4, 4 pm
Main Reading Room

“Inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month, held every April, is the largest literary celebration in the world with schools, publishers, libraries, booksellers, and poets celebrating poetry’s vital place in our culture.”

In cooperation with poet and UVM Professor of English, Major Jackson and poet Florence McCloud, the Fletcher Free Library celebrates Burlington’s vibrant poetry community with a poetry reading marathon, an extravaganza of Burlington poets with 27 poets confirmed to take the stage!

Poets reading: Eve M. Alexandra; Anna Blackmer; Sue Burton; David Cavanagh, Judith Chalmer; Jari Chevalier; Stephen C. Cramer; Penelope Cray; Greg Delanty; Mary Jane Dickerson; Kristin Dykstra; Tina Escaja; Rajnii Eddins; Jim Ellefson; Malisa Garlieb; Marylen Grigas; Alexandria Hall; David Huddle; Major Jackson; Daniel G. Lusk; Gary F. Margolis; Kerrin McCadden; Florence McCloud; Angela Patten; Alison Prine; Emilie Stigliani; Sharon Webster

Please join us for this kick-off to a month-long celebration of poets and poetry, a festival for the beauty and power of language.

Phoenix Books will be on-site with works by the poets reading.  The Library will be closing the reading room to normal library traffic at 2 pm.

OTHER POETRY EVENTS THIS MONTH:

First Annual Intercollegiate Poetry Reading
Wednesday, April 8, 6 pm
Fletcher Room

Students from Champlain College, Johnson State College, Middlebury College, Norwich University, St. Michael’s College and the University of Vermont read their own work in this first ever intercollegiate event at Fletcher Free Library.

POETRY EXPERIENCE
Saturdays, April 4 & 18, 1-3 pm
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.

Poetry Slam workshop hosted by Geof Hewitt
Saturday, April 11, 10 am - 12 noon 
Fletcher Room

The Young Writer's Project presents a slam workshop hosted by Slam Poet Extraordinaire Geof Hewitt

Young Writers Project screening of Louder Than a Bomb
Tuesday, April 14, 6-8 pm
Fletcher Room

Both hopeful and heartbreaking, Louder Than a Bomb follows the fortunes of four Chicago-area high school poetry teams as they prepare for and compete in the world's largest youth slam.

Young Writers Project THIRD THURSDAY POETRY SLAM
Tuesday, April 14, 6-8 pm
Fletcher Room

A special Poetry Month edition of the Third Thursday Poetry Slam hosted by YWP, an all-ages poetry slam. The slam is open to students and community members alike and conducted with a spirit of low-key competition with silly prizes for best performances. Slammers may perform something written, memorized or improvised--alone or in a group--up to five minutes long. Radio broadcast rules apply.

Poetry Experience: A READING Hosted by Rajnii Eddings
Saturday, April 18, 4 pm
Pickering Room

The Poetry Experience happens twice monthly at the library.  The Experience helps writers hone their skills, find their voice and share their passion for the written and spoken word.  This public reading will feature poets, Randee Eddins, Humble (Jeffrey Philie), Alexander Long, Karl Berry, Kalsang Dolkar, Wesley Mead, Loki, Devon Robbie, Richard Bowen, and Fabiola Mujomba.

Fletcher Free Library Book Discussion:
Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides

Tuesday, April 14, 6:30 pm
Local History Room

In April, the FFL Book Club selection is Hellhound on His Trail by Hampton Sides. This non-fiction work follows Martin Luther King, Jr. and James Earl Ray prior to and following the tragic crossing of their paths.

The discussion will be led by Thomas Corcoran.  More information about the book can be found here:
http://www.randomhouse.com/kdpg/doubleday/hellhound/

COmmunity Cinema & DISCUSSIONs
Tuesdays, April 21 & 28, 6:30 pm
Fletcher Room

FFL has partnered with Vermont PBS on a series of documentary panel discussions called Community Cinema. Contribute to this conversation with professionals in the field and neighbors in your community.  In April we are screening two films:

The House I Live In
Tuesday, April 21, 6:30 pm

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, Eugene Jarecki’s The House I Live In builds a compelling case for the complete failure of America’s war on drugs. For the past forty years, the war on drugs has resulted in more than 45 million arrests, one trillion dollars in government spending, and America’s role as the world’s largest jailer. Yet for all that, drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available than ever. Filmed in more than twenty states, The House I Live In captures heart-wrenching stories from those on the front lines — from the dealer to the grieving mother, the narcotics officer to the senator, the inmate to the federal judge — and offers a penetrating look at the profound human rights implications of America’s longest war.

the homestretch
Tuesday, April 28, 6:30 pm

The Homestretch follows three homeless teens as they fight to stay in school, graduate, and build a future. Each of these smart, ambitious youths — Roque, Kasey, and Anthony — will surprise, inspire, and challenge audiences to rethink stereotypes of homelessness as they work to complete their education while facing the trauma of being alone and abandoned at an early age. While told through a personal perspective, their stories connect with larger issues of poverty, race, juvenile justice, immigration, foster care, and LGBTQ rights.

Filmmakers Anne de Mare and Kirsten Kelly had unprecedented access into Chicago public schools, The Night Ministry “Crib” emergency youth shelter, and Teen Living Programs’ Belfort House. The Homestretch follows these kids as they move through the milestones of high school while navigating a landscape of couch hopping, emergency shelters, transitional homes, street families, and a school system on the front lines of the homelessness crisis. The Homestretch examines the struggles these youth face in obtaining a high school level education, and then follows them beyond graduation to focus on the crucial transition when the structure of school vanishes, and homeless youth often struggle to find the support and community they need to survive and be independent. A powerful, original perspective on what it means to be young and homeless in America today, while building a future.

ESL  PROGRAMS

ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm
Beginner Level: Administrative Conference Room
Intermediate/Advanced Level: Pickering Room, 2nd Floor

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

CONVERSATION GROUPS

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP - "Dimanches"
Sundays, 4:00-5:30 pm
Local History Room

Parlez-vous français?  On your way to Paris or Quebec City?  Practice speaking French in a welcoming environment for all levels of proficiency.  Meet fellow francophones at these weekly drop-in discussions.

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

GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP
First and third Wednesdays of each month: April 1 & 15
6:30-8:30 pm
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).

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

RUSSIAN – A CLASS FOR BEGINNERS
Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm
Community Room

Free Russian classes taught by a native speaker.  These weekly lessons will have you говоря России in no time!

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

Intermediate/Advanced Spanish Conversation Group
Sunday, April 12, 2:30pm
Community Room

Join Spanish instructor Maigualida Gomez for 90 minutes of conversation en Español on the 2nd Sunday of each month.  Best for those with intermediate to advanced profieciency.

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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).

 


Teen Information

Gaming for Teens and Adults
Pickering Room
Tuesdays in March and April, 5-7:45 pm

802MTG is excited to partner up with The Fletcher Free Library to bring free, weekly Magic The Gathering and other tabletop games to the community.  All skill levels and formats are welcome, as well as beginners looking to learn. Participants under age 13 may attend with an adult or parental permission. No preregistration needed.

BOOK REQUESTS
Teens, did you know that you can request books from the Fletcher Free Library to be delivered to your school?  Contact the Edmunds Middle School, Hunt Middle School or Burlington High School librarians OR Rebecca Goldberg at rgoldberg@burlingtonvt.gov

Check out the Teen Page: http://www.fletcherfree.org/teens.html

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Youth Programs in March

Please note: Please note: The library will be CLOSED on Tuesday, March 3rd for Town Meeting Day.

ChildLight Yoga for Kids at the Fletcher Free Library. Sundays, March 1st & 15th, 1:00-1:45 p.m. Young yogis come together and explore the beauty of new beginnings.  ChildLight Yoga promotes happy, healthy, resilient kids!  Instructor Emily is pursuing her ChildLight Yoga certification.  Free.  Recommended for ages 3-6. No preregistration needed. Parents and caregivers welcome!  For details, call 802-865-7216.

Stories with Megan. At the Library: Mondays, March 2nd, 9th, 23rd & 30th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. At the Miller Community Center (130 Gosse Court, Burlington): Fridays, March 6th, 13th & 20th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun-filled storytime with stories, songs and rhymes. Ages 2-5 years. Free. No preregistration needed. *

After School Homework Help and Free Reading Tutoring at the Library and the Miller Community Center (130 Gosse Court, Burlington). For information please contact the Fletcher Free Library Youth Desk: 865-7216.

Creative Tuesdays. March 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Join us and use your imagination to be creative with recycled materials.  Create with Legos on the first Tuesday of each month! Free. All ages, under 10 with an adult helper, please. No preregistration needed.

Gaming for Teens and Adults. Tuesdays in March, 5-7:45 p.m.
802MTG partners with the Fletcher Free Library to bring free, weekly Magic The Gathering and other tabletop games to the community.  All skill levels and formats are welcome, as well as beginners looking to learn. Participants under age 13 may attend with an adult or parental permission. Free. No preregistration needed.

Moving & Grooving with Christine. Wednesdays, March 4th, 11th & 18th, 11:00-11:30 a.m.  Move to the rhythms of great old Rock ‘n’ Roll and World Beat music! Recommended for ages 2-5 years, but everyone is welcome. Free. No preregistration needed.

Spanish Musical Kids & Potluck Latin Lunch. Thursdays, March 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th, 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Hola amigos! Vengan a cantar y aprender! Come share Constancia's love of Spanish with Latin American songs and games. Bring food to share and stay for a Latin potluck lunch. Ages 1-5 years. Free. No preregistration needed. 

Music with Robert. Fridays, March 6th, 13th & 20th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along with Robert for great family fun! All ages. Free. No preregistration needed. *  

Celebrate Spring! Wednesday, March 25th, 11:00 a.m. An early learning enrichment program for all to learn about the Jewish holiday of Passover. Enjoy stories and an activity with Rabbi Tobie Weisman, Director of PJ Library in Vermont. Ages 2-5 years, but all are welcome. No preregistration needed.

Join our "Jam" to Keep Burlington Kids Hunger Free this Summer! Saturday, March 28th, 7:00-10:00 p.m. Dance to live music by 'Manjo Jam' at a fundraiser organized and hosted by the Fletcher Free Library and Burlington's Summer Meals Coalition. Tickets can be purchased through FlynnTix for $50 plus applicable fees. Contact the Library for more information: (802) 865-7216 or rgoldberg@burlingtonvt.gov

Check out our Kids Blog: www.fletcherkids.blogspot.com!

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Youth Programs in April

Stories with Megan. At the Library: Mondays, April 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. At the Miller Community Center (130 Gosse Court, Burlington): Fridays, April 3rd, 10th & 17th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun-filled storytime with stories, songs and rhymes. Ages 2-5 years. Free. No preregistration needed. *

Creative Tuesdays. April 7th, 14th & 28th, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Join us and use your imagination to be creative with recycled materials.  Create with Legos© on the first Tuesday of each month! Create with Legos© on the first Tuesday of each month! Create with Legos© on the first Tuesday of each month! Create with Legos© on the first Tuesday of each month! Free. All ages, under 10 with an adult helper, please. No preregistration needed.

Gaming for Teens and Adults. Tuesdays in April, 5-7:45 p.m.
802MTG partners with the Fletcher Free Library to bring free, weekly Magic The Gathering and other tabletop games to the community.  All skill levels and formats are welcome, as well as beginners looking to learn. Participants under age 13 may attend with an adult or parental permission. Free. No preregistration needed.

ChildLight Yoga for Kids. Wednesdays, April 1st & 15th, 2:00-2:45 p.m. ChildLight instructor Emily promotes healthy, happy, resilient kids through yoga. Free. Ages 4-8 years No preregistration needed. Parents and caregivers welcome!

Moving & Grooving with Christine. Wednesdays, April 8th, 15th & 22nd, 11:00-11:30 a.m.  Move to the rhythms of great old Rock ‘n’ Roll and World Beat music! Recommended for ages 2-5 years, but everyone is welcome. Free. No preregistration needed.

Spanish Musical Kids. Thursdays, April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th, 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Hola amigos! Vengan a cantar y aprender! Come share Constancia's love of Spanish with Latin American songs and games. Ages 1-5 years. Free. No preregistration needed. 

Music with Robert. Fridays, April 3rd, 10th & 17th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along with Robert for great family fun! All ages. Free. No preregistration needed. *  

Lego© Creations! Tuesday, April 21st, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Create a Lego© masterpiece for display at the Library. Free. Ages 4 & up. No preregistration needed.

Celebrate Poetry with Vermont's Jerry Johnson. Wednesday, April 22nd, 4:30-5:30 p.m. A not-to-be-missed event with this Northeast Kingdom author of two celebrated books: Up the Creek Without a Saddle and Noah's Song. Jerry will read from his poems set to music by Jon Gailmor and Pete Sutherland. All are welcome, children and adults! Come join the fun! No preregistration needed.

Healthy Kids Day. Saturday, April 25, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The Fletcher Free Library joins the YMCA to celebrate "Healthy Kids Day" and to get a jump on summer. Enjoy healthy activities at the YMCA's FREE community event! Check out the Fletcher Free Library table to talk about summer reading and enter the Library raffle for a fun prize. All ages. No pregistration needed.

After School Homework Help and Free Reading Tutoring at the Library and the Miller Community Center (130 Gosse Court, Burlington). For information please contact the Fletcher Free Library Youth Desk: 865-7216.

Check out our Kids Blog: www.fletcherkids.blogspot.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).