Fletcher Free Library does not endorse the
perspectives and viewpoints of the authors and artists whose work is
represented in our collections or exhibits.
by James Gero
First & Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
October 1 & 15
First Tuesday of every month, 6-8 pm
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.
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.
FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Tuesdays, 5-7:45 pm
Our popular computer classes will be offered again this Fall.
Free! See full descriptions on the Computer
Center page. Pre-registration is required: Sign
up for individual workshops at the Reference Desk (865.7217).
Saturday, October 1, 10:30-noon
Saturday, October 15, 10:30-noon
to Facebook for Seniors (50+)
Monday, October 17, 3-4:30 pm
Saturday, October 22, 10:30-noon
Saturday, October 29, 10:30-noon
Second Saturday of every month, 4:30-5:30 pm
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.
Wednesday, October 12, 6-7 pm
Chloe Viner reads from her third book, 27 Apples.
TONES: A Reading and discussion
Mean Spirit, by Linda Hogan
Monday, October 10, 1:00 pm
Great Work, by Thomas Berry
Monday, October 24, 1:00 pm
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
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)
2nd & 4th Sunday of every month, 4-6 pm
October 9 & 23
(“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.
Book Discussion Group:
The Turner House,
by Angela Flornoy
Wednesday, October 12, 6:30-8 pm POSTPONED
UNTIL OCTOBER 19:
Administrative Conference Room, 6:30-8 pm
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
--The New York Times Book Review
Richardson Whitely, author of Gorge
Tuesday, October 25, 6:30
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
Tuesday, October 25,
Rabies is a fatal viral disease
that mainly affects wildlife (especially raccoons, foxes, bats, skunks and
woodchucks), but can infect domestic animals and humans. The virus can
spread through the bite of – or contact with – saliva from an infected
animal. Rabies vaccine given soon after exposure is highly effective at
preventing illness. However, once the signs and symptoms of rabies start
to appear, there is no treatment, and the disease is almost always fatal.
Come learn more about general rabies
information and how rabies is affecting Vermont in the talk Rabies 101.
Every Wednesday, 6-8 pm
Pickering Room, 2nd Floor
Administrative Conference Room, 2nd Floor
For more information,
contact Barbara Shatara, FFL Programming Department, 865.7211.
CONVERSATION GROUP - "Dimanches"
Every Sunday, 4-5:30
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 email@example.com
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).