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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 at this time.

PROGRAMS

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

Workshops:

PIZZA DEMO with ONE Hearth
Sunday, October 1, 4 pm
Library Lawn
Pizza, while not a bread in the traditional sense, has been a staple of the Italian diet since antiquity.  Flatbreads were common in ancient Greece, Egypt, Persia and Italy.  A simple but satisfying meal for laborer and royalty alike.  What we think of as pizza today evolved in the pizzerias of Naples where pizza makers are respected professionals known as pizzaiuolos to differentiate them from chefs or bakers.  Brought to America by Italian immigrants in the 1800s, this Italian dish has become as American, as well, apple pie.  Pizza is an almost seamless union of the new and old worlds.

Take a closer look at pizza with Tucker Levy from ONE Hearth, a mobile, wood-fired oven & catering service.  In this baking demonstration, you’ll learn how to make this traditional flatbread and bake it in the ONE Hearth oven right on the Library lawn.  Ingredients, including toppings will be provided.  Please register for this program, by contacting Barbara Shatara at 802.865.7211 or bshatara@burlingtonvt.gov

Tucker Levy grew up in Weybridge, Vermont is home.  The offspring of talented cooks, he helped out in the kitchen almost as soon as he could take directions. After graduating from Middlebury College with a degree in Environmental Studies & Geology, he spent six months studying abroad in Spain, travelling to Italy, Greece and Turkey which changed his concept of food forever.  He returned to Vermont after a stint at the Boonville Hotel in Mendocino County, a hotel owned and operated by the Schmitt Family, founders of the Napa Valley's prestigious French Laundry.  Along with co-owner and friend Colin Pratt, he started ONE Hearth in 2014.

NEPALI SEL ROTI DEMO with Renuka
Sunday, October 8, 1 pm
Fletcher Room
Families are invited to come together to make Sel Roti, and to learn from Renuka Khadka about her culture and the customs associated with this special Nepali “donut.” Family friendly program recommended for ages 4 and up.

CHAPATIS DEMO with Hetal
Saturday, October 14, 3 pm
Fletcher Room
Chapatis are flatbreads commonly made throughout India and South Asia. They are one of the oldest wheat flour breads.  Hetal Dave is from Gujarat, India. She moved to Vermont in 2007. Gujarat state is known for food and foodies and Hetal is a proud foodie. She loves to cook and eat...especially sharing a meal with friends and family whenever she gets a chance.  Learn more about Gujarati culture and how to make these delicious breads.

BANH MI DEMO with Kim
Saturday, October 21, 4 pm
Fletcher Room
Bánh mì means bread in Vietnamese. In America, Bánh mì is more commonly known as a sandwich.  The bread, similar to a baguette, became part of the Vietnamese diet during the French colonization of Vietnam. Add traditional Vietnamese ingredients (pork, chicken pâté, Vietnamese mayo, vegetables and cilantro) to the bread and you have a sandwich beloved across the globe.  Kim Hoang, originally from Vietnam, will be making Bánh mì, the sandwich. Learn how make this delicious fusion of two distinct cuisines.  Ingredients will be provided.

computer workshops

HTML, Part 1
Wednesday, October 4, 5:30-7 pm
Community Room

Intermediate Excel
Saturday, October 7, 10:30 am - 12 noon
Community Room

Intermediate Word
Tuesday, October 10, 5:30-7 pm
Community Room

HTML, Part 2
Wednesday, October 11, 5:30-7 pm
Community Room

iPhone
Tuesday, October 17, 5:30-7 pm
Community Room

HTML, Part 3
Wednesday, October 18, 5:30-7 pm
Community Room

Intro to Windows
Saturday, October 21, 10:30 am - 12 noon
Community Room

Google Drive
Tuesday, October 24, 5:30-7 pm
Community Room

HTML, Part 4
Wednesday, October 25, 5:30-7 pm
Community Room

PowerPoint
Saturday, October 28, 10:30 am - 12 noon
Community Room

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

poetry Experience
First & Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
October 7 & 21
Pickering Room
Share your own work and learn from others in this supportive writers group. All ages and experience welcome.

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

Fletcher free library book discussion group:
Heat & Light by Jennifer Haigh
Wednesday, October 11, 6:30 pm
Local History Room

Jennifer Haigh has written several novels based in the coal-mining regions of western Pennsylvania.  Heat and Light traces the contemporary challenges of this region after coal mining’s heyday.

Book Synopsis:
Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Haigh returns to the Pennsylvania town at the center of her iconic novel Baker Towers in this ambitious, achingly human story of modern America and the conflicting forces at its heart—a bold, moving drama of hope and desperation, greed and power, big business and small-town families.

Forty years ago, Bakerton coal fueled the country. Then the mines closed, and the town wore away like a bar of soap. Now Bakerton has been granted a surprise third act: it sits squarely atop the Marcellus Shale, a massive deposit of natural gas.

Told through a cast of characters whose lives are increasingly bound by the opposing interests that underpin the national debate, Heat and Light depicts a community blessed and cursed by its natural resources. Soaring and ambitious, it zooms from drill rig to shareholders’ meeting to the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor to the ruined landscape of the “strippins,” haunting reminders of Pennsylvania’s past energy booms. This is a dispatch from a forgotten America—a work of searing moral clarity from one of the finest writers of her generation, a courageous and necessary book.

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:
Lab Girl,
by Hope Jahren-- November 8
At the Existentialist Cafe,
by Sarah Bakewell-- December 13

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.

LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

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

Beginner Level:
Pickering Room, 2nd Floor

Intermediate/Advanced Level:
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
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
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
October 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).

BUSINESS ENGLISH CLASS
Tuesdays from September 26 to October 31, 6:30-8:00 pm
Administrative Conference Room
THIS CLASS IS FULL!
Please Contact Barbara if you are interested in a future class.
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.

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Adult Programs in November

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for
PRINTABLE Burlington Rising Brochure

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 at this time.

PROGRAMS

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:
November – from the Americas

Lecture:

Bread: Famine, Disease, Poison with Jeffrey Hamelman
Tuesday, November 7, 6-8 pm
Historian Jeffrey Hamelman will discuss the influence of bread or lack thereof on the history of the middle ages through the early twentieth century.  Jeffrey Hamelman has been a baker since 1976. He owned a bakery in Brattleboro for many years, and in 1999 began working for the King Arthur Flour Company in Norwich, where for 18 years he was director of the production bakery and taught the professional classes at the King Arthur Baking School.  He is a Certified Master Baker, and has baked and taught in North America, Europe, Africa, South America, Australia, and Asia. He is the author of BREAD: A Baker’s Book of Techniques and Recipes.

Workshops:

SOURbread with Steve
Saturday, November 4, 3-5 pm
Fletcher Room
Enjoy learning an innovative home baking technique of baking bread in an oven within an oven.  Jim Lahey developed this "no knead" bread recipe over a decade ago and it has inspired bread lovers to put their hands in the dough.  A long fermentation followed by baking in a hot cast iron pot will produce breads to admire with a chewy crust and a sour nutty taste.  Easy to make home bread baking is stepping forward within our American bread culture.  Steve Baietti is a retired chef and graduate of the Culinary Institute of America.

CHALLAH BREAD MAKING with Draizy & Menucha
Sunday, November 5, 1:30-3 pm
Fletcher Room
Learn the secrets of Challah braiding!  The traditional Jewish bread is prepared to honor the Sabbath and holidays.  Challah comes in many shapes and forms, (6 braided challah is very popular!) all equally delicious.  We will all practice the recipe as well as braid our very own challah to take home and enjoy.

Draizy Junik and Menucha Raskin have been braiding and baking Challahs for over two decades and they can't wait to show you how you can make it too!  A family-friendly event.

FLOUR TORTILLAS with Mara
Sunday, November 12, 2-4 pm
Fletcher Room
Mara Welton is a home cook who learned and perfected making flour tortillas from her grandmother.  Originally from Colorado, her grandmother's family has ranched in Southern Colorado since the days of Columbus.

computer workshops

Intro to Excel
Wednesday, November 8, 5:30  - 7 pm
Community Room

Intro to  Word
Tuesday, November 14, 5:30-7 pm
Community Room

Informatique Pour Débutant en Français
Computer for Beginners in French

Wednesday, November 15, 5:30-7 pm
Community Room

Intermediate Word
Tuesday, November 28, 5:30-7 pm
Community Room

Intermediate Excel
Wednesday, November 29, 5:30-7 pm
Community Room

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

poetry Experience
First & Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
November 4 & 18
Pickering Room
Share your own work and learn from others in this supportive writers group. All ages and experience welcome.

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

Fletcher free library book discussion group:
Lab Girl by Jahren Hope
Wednesday, November 8, 6:30-8 pm
Local History Room

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:
At the Existentialist Cafe,
by Sarah Bakewell-- December 13

LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

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

Beginner Level:
Pickering Room, 2nd Floor

Intermediate/Advanced Level:
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
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
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
November 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 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 October

Please note: The Library will be CLOSED on Monday, October 9th for Columbus Day.

**Check out our NEW programs!

Let's Grow Kids "Kids Out Loud" Song for a Strong Vermont! Sunday, October 1, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Join FFL Youth Staff and participate in a flash mob. Meet at the Hood Plant, 187 S. Winooski Ave, Burlington, to parade up Church Street! Featuring local musicians and drummers... and YOU! Free. All ages. No preregistration needed. Info: www.letsgrowkids.org

Stories with Megan. Mondays, October 2nd, 16th, 23rd & 30th, 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 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th, 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.]

**Creative Tuesdays. October 3rd, 10th, 17th & 31st, 3:00-4:00 p.m. Join us and use your imagination to be creative with recycled materials! October 3rd: Create with Legos©! October 10: Young Chefs Apron Craft: a special Creative Tuesdays Burlington Rising program for kids. Decorate and take home your own apron to use when you are cooking or baking. Free. All ages, under 8 with an adult helper, please. No preregistration needed. *

Yoga for Kids. Wednesdays, October 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th, 11:00-11:30. Young yogis explore yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques with yoga instructor Melissa Nutting from Evolution Prenatal & Family Yoga Center. Free. Ages 2-5 years. No preregistration needed. *

**Babytime. Thursdays, October 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th, 10:15-10:45 a.m. Explore books, rhymes and songs specially selected for tiny tots, followed by time to play and chat with other babies and their caregivers. Free. For infants through pre-walkers. No preregistration needed. *

Ukulele Kids! Thursdays, October 12th & 26th, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Join Joe and his ukulele to sing and play to traditional children's songs.  Free. Ages 0-5 years. No preregistration needed. *

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Youth Programs in November

Please note: The Library will be CLOSED on Friday, November 10th for Veteran's Day, and on Thursday, November 23rd for Thanksgiving.

Burlington Rising: Learn the Secrets of Challah Braiding! Sunday, November 5th, 1:30 p.m. The traditional Jewish bread is prepared to honor the Sabbath and holidays. We will practice the recipe as well as braid our very own Challah to take home and enjoy. Draizy Junik and Menucha Raskin have been braiding and baking Challahs for over two decades and they can't wait to show you how you can make it too! Free. All ages. No preregistration needed.

Stories with Megan. Mondays, November 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th, 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, November 7th, 14th & 28th, 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.]

NEW! Creative Tuesdays. November 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Join us and use your imagination to be creative with recycled materials! Create with Lego© on November 7th! Free. All ages, under 8 with an adult helper, please. No preregistration needed. *

Yoga for Kids. Wednesdays, November 1st, 8th, 15th & 29th, 11:00-11:30. Young yogis explore yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques with yoga instructor Melissa Nutting from Evolution Prenatal & Family Yoga Center. Free. Ages 2-5 years. No preregistration needed. *

NEW! Babytime. Thursdays, November 2nd, 9th & 30th, 10:15-10:45 a.m. Explore books, rhymes and songs specially selected for tiny tots, followed by time to play and chat with other babies and their caregivers. Free. For infants through pre-walkers. No preregistration needed. *

Ukulele Kids! Thursdays, November 16th & 30th, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Join Joe and his ukulele to sing and play to traditional children's songs.  Free. Ages 0-5 years. No preregistration needed. *

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

Our Books for Children Gift Campaign begins November 6th and continues through December 10th! Share the joy of reading! The Fletcher Free Library invites community members to participate in the 27th Annual "Books for Children Gift Campaign," which provides Burlington preschoolers with new, quality books during the holiday season. For more information please stop by the Library, downtown Burlington bookstore Crow Bookshop or Phoenix Books, call the Youth Desk: 802-865-7216 or email cdemarais@burlingtonvt.gov.

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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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