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May 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

POETRY EXPERIENCE
First and Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
May 7 & 21
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
May 3
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.

Guitar open mic
Second Saturday of every month, 4:30-5:30 pm
May 14
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
May 8 & 22
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

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
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
May 4 & 18
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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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

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
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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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 April

Stories with Megan. Mondays, April 18th & 25th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun-filled storytime with stories, songs, and rhymes. Free. Ages 2-5. No preregistration needed. *

Spanish Musical Kids. Tuesdays, April 5th, 12th & 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.  

Creative Tuesdays. April 5th, 12th & 26th, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Join us and use your imagination to be creative with recycled materials.  Create with Legos on April 2nd! Free. All ages, under 8 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.

Word Play for Kids. Thursdays, April 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Experience playing with words through stories, nursery rhymes, finger plays and simple art projects. We know that children's language skills grow when they experience a wide variety of verbal interactions. Join professional storyteller Peter Burns for this engaging new early learning program for parents, guardians and preschoolers as he models the kinds of verbal interactions that children love. Free. Ages 3-4 years. No preregistration needed. *

Homeschoolers Geography Fair. Thursday, April 14th, 10:00 a.m-12:00 noon. Experience the world with local homeschoolers who will share with you the geography topics they each have chosen to explore. Free. Ages 5 & up. No preregistration.

Music with Robert. Fridays, April 1st, 8th & 15th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along with Robert for great family fun! Free. All Ages. No preregistration needed. *

GOOGLE EXPEDITIONS
Friday, April 29, 1-5 pm
Local History Room
Join in on Google’s innovative pilot program for students, educators, and learners of all ages: Google Expeditions!  Google’s Expeditions Pioneer Program is a virtual reality platform that tours learners on virtual fieldtrips almost anywhere in the world.  Learn more about this amazing, immersive experience here.  Ages 7+.  Drop-in and explore!

Type-In & Author Skype
Saturday, April 30, 10-1:30 pm
Main Reading Room
Calling all typewriter enthusiasts young and old!  Click, clack the hours away at the Fletcher Free Type-In.

10 am-- Typewriter Petting Zoo: Open session for viewing, typing, and sharing (all ages).

10:30 am-- Click Clack for You, Too! A reading of Doreen Cronin’s Click, Clack Moo and a letter writing activity (on typewriters!) (children’s event).

11:15 am-- A brief history of typewriters with personal stories (all ages).

11:45 am-- Typing contest and Typewriter Petting Zoo (all ages).

1-1:30 pm-- Video conference with Richard Polt, author of The Typewriter Revolution (all ages).

Healthy Kids Day. Saturday, April 30th, 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 talk about summer reading and enter the Library raffle for a fun prize. All ages. No preregistration needed.

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Youth Programs in May

Please note:  the Library will be CLOSED on Monday, May 30th for Memorial Day.

Stories with Megan. Mondays, May 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun-filled storytime with stories, songs, and rhymes. Free. Ages 2-5. No preregistration needed. *

Spanish Musical Kids. Tuesdays, May 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st, 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.  

Creative Tuesdays. May 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Join us and use your imagination to be creative with recycled materials.  Create with Legos on May 3rd! Free. All ages, under 8 with an adult helper, please. No preregistration needed.

Gaming for Teens and Adults. Tuesdays in May, 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.

Word Play for Kids. Thursdays, May 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Experience playing with words through stories, nursery rhymes, finger plays and simple art projects. We know that children's language skills grow when they experience a wide variety of verbal interactions. Join professional storyteller Peter Burns for this engaging new early learning program for parents, guardians and preschoolers as he models the kinds of verbal interactions that children love. Free. Ages 3-4 years. No preregistration needed. *

Kids' Day. Saturday, May 7th, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Fletcher Free Library joins Burlington Parks & Recreation to celebrate Kids' Day! Cheer for our library van in the parade down Main Street at 9:30 a.m. Visit the library's table at Waterfront Park from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and find out about our 2016 Summer Reading Program and "Lunch at the Library!" Be sure to enter our raffle! 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).