Fletcher Free Library does not endorse the
perspectives and viewpoints of the authors and artists whose work is
represented in our collections or exhibits.
OUR MINDS AND HEARTS-- FOMAH Art Show
Reception: Sunday, August 6, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Writers Reading: Wednesday, August 9, 6:30-8:00 pm
Writers Reading: Saturday, August 26, 3:00 – 4:30 pm
group originated about 4 years ago as the offshoot of a Senior Fitness
class at the Miller Center. Members of the class discovered they had
common interests in the arts. They meet regularly to offer one another
encouragement, inspiration, and feedback. A variety of media are
represented in the show including watercolor and oil painting,
photography, poetry, and jewelry with beads and fiber.
members of the group are Deni Bergne, Julia Boynton, Cynthia Close, Susan
DeClues, Nancy Ellis, Joyce Reddy-Bradbee, Karl Sklar, Claudia Stoeffler,
Lea Terhune, Pam Valance, Mary Western, and Margy and Sandy Zabriskie.
Dorothy Perry is a guest member who will also show her work. Many of the
works are for sale. Some of the artists will donate proceeds of their
sales to the Fletcher Free Library.
There will be
a free reception 2:00-5:00 pm on Sunday, August 6, with art, music, and
refreshments. The show features senior artist Dorothy Perry, a local
Vermont artist who has donated for sale many of her watercolor paintings
for the benefit of the library.
On Wednesday, August 9, 6:30-8:00 pm, and
Saturday, August 26, 3;00-4:30 pm, Cynthia Close and friends will read
from their own recent original works.
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.
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.
Rising Lectures on Bread Traditions and
August – from Europe
September – from Africa
October – from Asia
Late October & Early November – from the Americas
WITH JANE AUSTEN – with Julienne Gehrer
Thursday, August 3, 5-7 pm
A careful study of Jane Austen’s letters by scholar Julienne Gehrer
reveals a woman passionate about many topics, especially food. Join
us for a culinary journey revealing details of the author’s life through
the foods on her plate. See favorite dishes recreated from two
manuscript cookbooks held within the Austen Family Circle. Julienne
Gehrer is the author of In Season: Cooking Fresh from the Kansas City
Farmers’ Market, Love Lore: Symbols, Legends and Recipes for Romance,
and Dining with Jane Austen. This event is co-sponsored by the Vermont
chapter of the Jane Austen
Society of North America. Light refreshments will be
BLACK BREADS DEMO with
Groennfell Meadery's Ricky Kline
Sunday, August 20, 3 pm
Learn basics of making hearty
Viking-style black bread with Ricky Kline. Ricky the Meadmaker is
the head brewer for Groennfell Meadery as well as the head chef for
Colchester's Mead Hall. He will be sharing the history of
Scandinavian black bread and this Viking-era recipe and baking technique.
This event is free and open to all. All ingredients will be provided.
SODA BREAD DEMO
Sunday, August 27, 3 pm
Author, historian and educator, Vince Feeney, shares his family recipe
for Irish Soda Bread. Feeney, author of several books on the Irish in
Vermont, demonstrates how this traditional bread is made and shares its
history over tea and bread. This event is free and open to all. All
ingredients will be provided.
UPON...A TRAIL OF BREAD CRUMBS with Storyteller Tracy Chipman
Thursday, August 31, 3:30 pm
This all ages event leads
listeners along a trail of stories from Scotland and beyond where you are
as likely to run into a Hebridean baker, as a bannock or fairy. Head
home nourished by a feast of stories and a recipe for Scottish scones to
whip up at home.
First & Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
August 5 & 19
Share your own work and learn from others in this supportive writers
group. All ages and experience welcome.
free library book discussion group:
Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo, by Boris Fishman
Wednesday, August 9, 6:30-8 pm
Local History Room
This discussion group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at
6:30 pm. Don’t Let
My Baby Do Rodeo is a novel about the mystery of inheritance and
what exactly it means to belong. Limited free copies of the book are
available for checkout at the Library’s Circulation Desk.
Maya Shulman and
Alex Rubin met in 1992, when she was a Ukrainian exchange student with “a
devil in her head” about becoming a chef instead of a medical worker, and
he was the coddled son of Russian immigrants wanting to toe the water of a
less predictable life.
later, Maya Rubin is a medical worker in suburban New Jersey, and Alex is
his father’s second in the family business. The great dislocation of their
lives is their eight-year-old son, Max—adopted from two teenagers in
Montana despite Alex’s view that “adopted children are second-class.”
At once a
salvation and a mystery to his parents—with whom Max’s biological mother
left the child, with the cryptic exhortation “don’t let my baby do rodeo”—Max
suddenly turns feral, consorting with wild animals, eating grass, and
running away to sit facedown in a river.
Searching for answers, Maya convinces Alex
to embark on a cross-country trip to Montana to track down Max’s birth
parents—the first drive west of New Jersey of their American lives. But it’s
Maya who’s illuminated by the journey, her own erstwhile wildness summoned
for a reckoning by the unsparing landscape, with seismic consequences for
herself and her family.
2nd & 4th Sunday of every month, 4-6 pm
August 13 & 27
(“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.
eclipse lawn party
Monday, August 21, 1:30-3 pm
Don’t miss the celestial event of the year! On Monday, August
21st, a solar eclipse will be visible from all of North America. In
Burlington, we will see a partial eclipse (about 62% covered).
us for a fun and informational party on the library lawn during the 2017
moon pies, ice cream, and sun tea.
the NASA live stream of the total eclipse on a big screen.
more from amateur astronomers and hands-on astronomical experiments from
the Space Science Institute.
Solar Eclipse glasses and Sunoculars for safe viewing.
your own quick, safe & simple pin-hole viewer, with help from
Look Directly at the Sun without proper protection!
note: the safe viewers we have are for sharing at the event--
they are not available as free hand-outs prior to the event.
Street Collide - A College Street Block Party!
Saturday, August 26, 8 am - 5 pm
Free food, live music, and activities for all ages--see a complete
schedule of events and list of participating businesses here.
Fletcher Free Library front lawn: 11 am - 3 pm
Visit the Peter Pan fairy tale tent, and make your own wand.
Make sure to pick up your College Street
Collide Map and get a sticker from the Circulation Desk--you need 5 stickers
from participating organizations and/or businesses on College Street to
enter the raffle for prizes. Rain or Shine.
Every Wednesday, 6:30-8 pm
Pickering Room, 2nd Floor
Administrative Conference Room, 2nd Floor
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.
Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 am
Administrative Conference Room
Spreek je Nederlands? Planning a trip to Amsterdam? Learn
Dutch from a native speaker. Learn basic vocabulary and
grammar. Fluency not required (nor is attendance at every meeting).
LANGUAGE AND CULTURE CLASS
Sundays, 4:30-6 pm
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
CONVERSATION GROUP - "Dimanches"
between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Au revoir until September 10!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP