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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

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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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 & Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
October 1 & 15
Pickering Room

VERMONT PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
First Tuesday of every month, 6-8 pm
October 4
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

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).

Intermediate Excel
Saturday, October 1, 10:30-noon
Community Room

Intermediate Word
Saturday, October 15, 10:30-noon
Community Room

Intro to Facebook for Seniors (50+)
Monday, October 17, 3-4:30 pm
Community Room

Digital Photo Basics
Saturday, October 22, 10:30-noon
Community Room

Introduction to PowerPoint
Saturday, October 29, 10:30-noon
Community Room

Guitar open mic
Second Saturday of every month, 4:30-5:30 pm
October 8
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.

POETRY READING:
Chloe Viner
Wednesday, October 12, 6-7 pm
Pickering Room
Chloe Viner reads from her third book, 27 Apples.

eARTH TONES: A Reading and discussion series
Mean Spirit, by Linda Hogan
Monday, October 10, 1:00 pm

The Great Work, by Thomas Berry
Monday, October 24, 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.  October's discussions are led by Florence McCloud.

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)

UkUlele MELEE
2nd & 4th Sunday of every month, 4-6 pm
October 9 & 23
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:
The Turner House, by Angela Flornoy

Wednesday, October 12, 6:30-8 pm
Local History Room

Book Synopsis:
The Turners have lived on Yarrow Street for over fifty years. Their house has seen thirteen children grown and gone—and some returned; it has seen the arrival of grandchildren, the fall of Detroit’s East Side, the loss of a father.  The house still stands despite abandoned lots, an embattled city, and the inevitable shift outward to the suburbs.  But now, as ailing matriarch Viola finds herself forced to leave her home and move in with her eldest son, the family discovers that the house is worth just a tenth of its mortgage.  The Turner children are called home to decide its fate and to reckon with how each of their pasts haunt—and shape—their family’s future.  The Turner House brings us a colorful, complicated brood full of love and pride, sacrifice and unlikely inheritances. It's a striking examination of the price we pay for our dreams and futures, and the ways in which our families bring us home.
"In this assured and memorable novel, [Flournoy] provides the feeling of knowing a family from the inside out, as we would wish to know our own."
--The New York Times Book Review

AUTHOR TALK:
Kara Richardson Whitely, author of Gorge
Tuesday, October 25, 6:30 pm
Fletcher Room
Don’t judge a girl by her blubber.  Kara Richardson Whitely has hiked Mount Kilimanjaro three times while weighing as much as 300 pounds. Why three times?  Because sometimes that’s what it takes to get over something.  Gorge, her inspiring and empowering book about the experience, was published by Seal Press in Spring 2015.  It has been called one of "Five Fabulous, Possibly Life-Changing Books" by Redbook magazine.  Backpacker magazine said Kara's story as a plus-size adventurer is "as inspiring as it is refreshing."  The New York Times Sunday Book Review said, in Gorge, Kara "writes accessibly and frankly about her struggles with both Kilimanjaro and her self-image... This detailed account of her travails will give confidence not only to hesitant would-be mountaineers but to those, like her, whose biggest hurdle is 'to learn to be O.K. with who I was.'"  Kara, who is also a motivational public speaker, Weight Watchers "Happy Trails" blogger and American Hiking Society ambassador, has written for Self, Everyday with Rachael Ray and Runner’s World magazines. She was recently featured on Oprah’s Lifeclass, Good Morning America, an Outside magazine "127 Defining Moments" finalist and has been written about in Redbook, American Hiker and Weight Watchers magazines.

ELL  PROGRAMS

ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES
Every Wednesday, 6-8 pm
Note new times!

Beginner Level:
Pickering Room, 2nd Floor

Intermediate/Advanced Level:
Administrative Conference Room, 2nd Floor

For more information, contact Barbara Shatara, FFL Programming Department, 865.7211.

CONVERSATION GROUPS

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP - "Dimanches"
Every Sunday, 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
First and Third Wednesday of every month, 6:30-8 pm
Note time change!
October 5 & 19
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 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 in September

Teen Time!
Wednesdays & Fridays, 3:00-6:00 pm
Teen Space & Pickering Room
Looking for a place to relax, study, create, or meet-up after school?  Join us for Teen Time! drop-in hours. Featuring tabletop and Xbox One gaming, snacks, & mini-maker activities! (Ages 12 to 18)

Free Tutoring Services
Saturdays, 11:00-3:00pm
Teen Space

Need some help teasing out equations, quadratics, essay writing, or another subject entirely? Join trained students from the Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (ACPHS) as part of the America Reads Program & receive free one-on-one and small group tutoring services. (Ages 12 to 18)

Join the Teen Advisory Board

Why join?

  • Make awesome happen at your library!

  • Brainstorm & plan your kind of library programs, help select what books, movies, & more you’d like to see in the Teen Space, all while earning community service hours!  SAS: snacks always served!

Fantastic! How do I become a member?

Visit http://fletcherfreeteenspace.weebly.com/ and apply online, or contact Lisa, Teen Librarian, by visiting the Teen Space or via email at: fletcherfreeteen@gmail.com. (Ages 12 to 18)

For more info about Teens & Tweens,
check out the Teen Space.

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Teen Programs in October

Teen Time!
Wednesdays & Fridays, 3:00-6:00 pm
Teen Space & Pickering Room
Looking for a place to relax, study, create, or meet-up after school?  Join us for Teen Time! drop-in hours. Featuring tabletop and Xbox One gaming, snacks, & mini-maker activities! (Ages 12 to 18)

Free Tutoring Services
Saturdays, 11:00-3:00pm
Teen Space

Need some help teasing out equations, quadratics, essay writing, or another subject entirely? Join trained students from the Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (ACPHS) as part of the America Reads Program & receive free one-on-one and small group tutoring services. (Ages 12 to 18)

For more info about Teens & Tweens,
check out the Teen Space.

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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. * 

Little BOOM VT! Wednesday, September 28th, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Explore the world of drumming through stories and rhythms with VSA VT teaching artist Rebecca Mack! 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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Youth Programs in October

Please note: The library will be CLOSED on Monday, October 10th in observance of Columbus Day.

BOOM VT! Sunday, October 16th, 1:00-4:00 p.m. VSA Vermont's fourth annual drum festival! Enjoy a number of workshop choices, from drum-making to drumming instruction to an art project to lectures on drumming genres. Join a community drumming circle with professional drummers and all attendees. Everyone can drum! For more information: vsavt.org. Free. all ages and abilities. No preregistration needed. 

Stories with Megan. Mondays, October 3rd, 17th, 24th & 31st, 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, October 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th, 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, October 6th, 13th & 27th, 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, October 7th, 14th & 21st, 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).