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May 2015
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ART EXHIBITS

Burlington Then and Now: 150 Years a City
Through May 31
Fletcher Room

What did the “Queen City of New England” actually look like when it was officially incorporated as a City 150 years ago?  What buildings survive from the 1860s and what buildings from that era are no longer standing?  This “then and now” exhibit of historic Burlington photographs from the 1860s, displayed alongside contemporary photographs captured from the same vantage points, reveals the history of our City’s built environment- what it once looked like and how it has transformed over the past 150 years.

Most of the historic images in this exhibit are stereo views designed to be viewed through a device known as a stereoscope.  Stereo views are a pair of images arranged side-by-side which depict the same scene and create the illusion of a 3D image when seen through the prismatic lens of the stereoscope.  “South from Battery, Burlington, VT” is an example of how these stereo views would have looked as a double image. These view cards were an extremely popular application of mid to late-nineteenth century photography; they allowed people to literally experience the world in depth.  Many of the stereo views in this exhibit were taken by photographer Adin French Styles, who worked in Burlington from about 1865 to 1871 and published a series of stereo images known as “Green Mountain Scenery: 200 Stereoscopic and Card Views from all parts of Vermont.”

This exhibit which was displayed in the Metropolitan Gallery by BCA in February and March now moves to the library.  Credits: Britta Fenniman Tonn, Paul Reynolds of Paul Reynolds Photography, Angie Mae Lizotte, Christopher Burns, Prudence Doherty, Unitarian Universalist Church, UVM Development & Alumni Relations, UVM Special Collections.

One Year: Works by Livvy Arau-McSweeney
May 1 - June 14
Reception: Sunday, May 3, 3-5 pm
Pickering Room

Livvy Arau-McSweeney was born in Barcelona, Spain but now lives in Burlington and is a senior at Burlington High School. This show is a sample of the work she’s been creating since moving to Vermont two years ago including paintings and photography.

Artist Statement:
Through digital photography I’ve been working on a concentration that represents the mystery that abandoned places evoke and the stories they hide. I’ve been able to experience, and then portray through my work, the many different feelings these places create. Sometimes they emit calmness or mystery and other times chaos or discomfort. My studio art practice is highly influenced by my love of narrative; I enjoy creating work that represents a fraction of a story or poses a question and leaves the rest up to the viewer. As a young artist, I am at a point where I am open to trying new things; I am still at a learning stage, which allows me to consider all kinds of media and themes instead of concentrating on just one.

PROGRAMS

VERMONT PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
Tuesday, May 5, 6:30 pm
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.

READY, SET, SOW – Gardening Workshop
Tuesday, May 12, 5:45 pm

As dandelions start to bloom, gardeners know it is time to start the garden!  In this class, sponsored by Gardener’s Supply, learn which seeds to start right out in the garden and which to start inside.  We will explore different techniques for direct sowing and transplanting.  This class will focus on what is going on in your garden during the first 6 weeks.  Lisa Coven from Gardener’s Supply will demystify fertilizers, compost and mulch.  After discussing how to get started on your garden, we will talk about succession planting and making sure your harvest lasts all season long.

Fletcher Free Library Book Discussion:
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Tuesday, May 12, 6:30 pm
Local History Room

The May book discussion is on Christina Baker Kline’s novel Orphan Train.  The book follows two young women in two different centuries cast into a world of uncertainty.

Book synopsis:
Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran regularly from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by luck or chance. Would they be adopted by a kind and loving family, or would they face a childhood and adolescence of hard labor and servitude?

As a young Irish immigrant, Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, Vivian leads a quiet, peaceful existence on the coast of Maine, the memories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur. But in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past.

Seventeen-year-old Molly Ayer knows that a community-service position helping an elderly widow clean out her attic is the only thing keeping her out of juvenile hall. But as Molly helps Vivian sort through her keepsakes and possessions, she discovers that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they appear. A Penobscot Indian who has spent her youth in and out of foster homes, Molly is also an outsider being raised by strangers, and she, too, has unanswered questions about the past.

Moving between contemporary Maine and Depression-era Minnesota, Orphan Train is a powerful tale of upheaval and resilience, second chances, and unexpected friendship.

FILM & PANEL DISCUSSION:
DOCUMENTARY ON THE CRIMEAN TATARS
Saturday, May 16, 2 pm
Fletcher Room

Son of Crimea: Struggle of A People will be shown, followed by a discussion with Crimean Tatars living in the Burlington area.

Movie synopsis:
The Soviet government exiled the Crimean Tatars from their historic homeland in 1944. Accused of cooperation with the occupying Nazi forces during World War II, they were sent to Central Asia and the Urals. This documentary tells the story of Crimean Tatars' long and arduous campaign to return to their homeland without recourse to violence. Mustafa Jemilev (also known as Mustafa Kirimoglu or Dzhemilev), was merely six months old at the time of the deportation. At a young age, he came into contact with nationalist movement activists and devoted his life to this ideal, eventually becoming a symbolic name in his people's struggle for repatriation. A Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Jemilev is one of the most important human rights activists in the former Soviet Union. He served six prison terms, spending over 15 years in the Soviet GULAG, and survived the longest hunger strike in the history of human rights.

How to Get Ready to Hear Your “Call” with Jim Koehneke
Tuesday, May 5, 6:30-7:30 pm
Community Room

Wednesday, May 6, 6:30-7:30 pm
Fletcher Room

Tuesday May 12, 6:30–7:30 pm
Community Room

Wednesday, May 13, 6:30–7:30 pm
Fletcher Room

For more than twenty years, Jim Koehneke, MA has coached individuals to more joyfully and creatively express themselves in their careers and life.  This series of programs will help clarify your strengths, passions, and purpose to guide you in developing a new heartfelt vision; develop intentions aligned with your authentic Soul Purpose or Life Calling; and learn how best to achieve your vision.  To learn more please call or email Jim at 802-857-5641 or jim@loveyourworktoday.com

ELL  PROGRAMS

ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm
Beginner Level: Administrative Conference Room
Intermediate/Advanced Level: Pickering Room, 2nd Floor

For more information, contact Barbara Shatara, Programs & Partnerships, 865.7211.

CONVERSATION GROUPS

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP - "Dimanches"
Sundays, 4:00-5:30 pm
Local History Room

Parlez-vous français?  On your way to Paris or Quebec City?  Practice speaking French in a welcoming environment for all levels of proficiency.  Meet fellow francophones at these weekly drop-in discussions.

For more information, contact Barbara Shatara, Programs & Partnerships, 865.7211.

GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP
First and third Wednesdays of each month: May 6 & 20
6:30-8:30 pm
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).

For more information, contact Barbara Shatara, Programs & Partnerships, 865.7211.

RUSSIAN – A CLASS FOR BEGINNERS
On Summer Break starting Wed., May 27!

Free Russian classes taught by a native speaker.  These weekly lessons will have you говоря России in no time!

For more information, contact Barbara Shatara, Programs & Partnerships, 865.7211.

Intermediate/Advanced Spanish Conversation Group
Sunday, May 10, 2:30 pm
Community Room

Join Spanish instructor Maigualida Gomez for 90 minutes of conversation en Español on the 2nd Sunday of each month.  Best for those with intermediate to advanced profieciency.

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June 2015
Art Exhibits and Programs
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ART EXHIBITS

One Year: Works by Livvy Arau-McSweeney
May 1 - June 14
Pickering Room

Livvy Arau-McSweeney was born in Barcelona, Spain but now lives in Burlington and is a senior at Burlington High School. This show is a sample of the work she’s been creating since moving to Vermont two years ago including paintings and photography.

Artist Statement:
Through digital photography I’ve been working on a concentration that represents the mystery that abandoned places evoke and the stories they hide. I’ve been able to experience, and then portray through my work, the many different feelings these places create. Sometimes they emit calmness or mystery and other times chaos or discomfort. My studio art practice is highly influenced by my love of narrative; I enjoy creating work that represents a fraction of a story or poses a question and leaves the rest up to the viewer. As a young artist, I am at a point where I am open to trying new things; I am still at a learning stage, which allows me to consider all kinds of media and themes instead of concentrating on just one.

PROGRAMS

VERMONT PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
Tuesday, June 2, 6:30 pm
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.

Friends of the Fletcher Free Library
Super Summer Book Sale
Saturday, June 6, 10:00-5:00
Sunday, June 7, 12:00-5:00

JUNE!  Summer officially begins AND the The Friends of the Fletcher Free Library celebrate with an annual rite of the season:

To encourage lots of summer reading for readers of all ages, the Friends will be offering a great collection of hardcover and paperback books for adults and children, as well as music CDs to meet your summer needs at unbelievably low prices.  We’re also sponsoring a Food Drive for the Burlington Food Shelf as part of the event.  Bring in a food donation (canned or boxed) and choose a free book.  Bring more than one food item…and get even more books!  Support your community; support your reading pleasure.

Fletcher Free Library Book Discussion:
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Tuesday, June 9, 6:30 pm
Local History Room

Join other avid readers for the library’s monthly book discussions.  In June, Florence McCloud will lead the award-winning All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.  Among the book’s many awards, it won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Book synopsis:
Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure.

Doerr’s gorgeous combination of soaring imagination with observation is electric. Deftly interweaving the lives of Marie-Laure and Werner, Doerr illuminates the ways, against all odds, people try to be good to one another.

Extending the Season – Gardening Workshop
Tuesday, June 23, 5:45 pm
Fletcher Room

Few gardeners are content with the length of their growing season. In the far North, there's barely enough time to ripen tomatoes or melons. The good news is that by using a few simple season-extending techniques and plant-protection devices, you can shield your plants from extremes of weather, and stretch your gardening season by a few months. Lisa Coven from Gardener’s Supply will talk about succession planting and making sure your harvest lasts all season long.

The Friends of the Fletcher Free Library will be selling a variety of gardening books at this event.  Everyone who attends or "likes" this event on the Friends of the Fletcher Free Library Facebook Page will receive a raffle ticket for a $30.00 Gardener’s Supply gift certificate!

ELL  PROGRAMS

ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30 pm
Beginner Level: Administrative Conference Room
Intermediate/Advanced Level: Pickering Room, 2nd Floor

For more information, contact Barbara Shatara, Programs & Partnerships, 865.7211.

CONVERSATION GROUPS

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP - "Dimanches"
Sundays, 4:00-5:30 pm
Local History Room

Parlez-vous français?  On your way to Paris or Quebec City?  Practice speaking French in a welcoming environment for all levels of proficiency.  Meet fellow francophones at these weekly drop-in discussions.

For more information, contact Barbara Shatara, Programs & Partnerships, 865.7211.

GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP
First and third Wednesdays of each month: June 3 & 17
6:30-8:30 pm
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).

For more information, contact Barbara Shatara, Programs & Partnerships, 865.7211.

RUSSIAN – A CLASS FOR BEGINNERS
On Summer Break starting Wed., May 27!

Free Russian classes taught by a native speaker.  These weekly lessons will have you говоря России in no time!

For more information, contact Barbara Shatara, Programs & Partnerships, 865.7211.

Intermediate/Advanced Spanish Conversation Group
Sundays, June 14 & 28, 2:30 pm
Community Room

Join Spanish instructor Maigualida Gomez for 90 minutes of conversation en Español on the 2nd Sunday of each month.  Best for those with intermediate to advanced profieciency.

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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).

 


Teen Information

Gaming for Teens and Adults
Pickering Room
Tuesdays in May and June, 5-7:45 pm

802MTG is excited to partner up 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. No preregistration needed.

BOOK REQUESTS
Teens, did you know that you can request books from the Fletcher Free Library to be delivered to your school?  Contact the Edmunds Middle School, Hunt Middle School or Burlington High School librarians OR Rebecca Goldberg at rgoldberg@burlingtonvt.gov

Check out the Teen Page: http://www.fletcherfree.org/teens.html

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Youth Programs in May

Join our "Jam" to Keep Burlington Kids Hunger-Free this Summer! Saturday, May 30th, 7:00-10:00 p.m. Dance to live music by Mango Jam at a fundraiser organized and hosted by the Fletcher Free Library and Burlington's Summer Meals Coalition. Please call the Library for more information regarding the purchase of $25.00 tickets at (802) 865-7216 or contact rgoldberg@burlingtonvt.gov.

Kids Yoga. Sundays, May 3rd & 17th, 1:00-1:45 p.m. Young yogis come together and explore the beauty of new beginnings with ChildLight certified instructor Emily. Free. Recommended for ages 3-6 years. No preregistration needed. Parents and caregivers welcome! For details, call 865-7216.

Stories with Megan. At the Library: Mondays, May 4th, 11th & 18th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. At the Miller Community Center (130 Gosse Court, Burlington): Fridays, May 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun-filled storytime with stories, songs and rhymes. Ages 2-5 years. Free. No preregistration needed. *

Creative Tuesdays. May 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Join us and use your imagination to be creative with recycled materials. Create with Legos© on the first Tuesday of each month! Free. All ages. Under 10 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.

Spanish Musical Kids. Thursdays, May 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th, 10:30-11:15 a.m.  Hola amigos! Vengan a cantar y aprender! Come share Constancia's love of Spanish with Latin American songs and games. Ages 1-5 years. Free. No preregistration needed. 

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

Kids' Day! Saturday, May 9th, 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 3:00 p.m. and find out about "Every Hero has a Story," our 2015 Summer Reading Program and "Lunch at the Library!" Be sure to enter our raffle! Free. All ages. No preregistration needed. 

Check out our Kids Blog: www.fletcherkids.blogspot.com!

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Youth Programs in June

VT Public Television Young Writer's Contest Evening of Stories. Wednesday, June 3rd, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy stories written and read aloud by local young writers. Free. Ages 5 & up. No preregistration needed.

Kids' Yoga. Sundays, June 7th & 21st, 1:00-1:45 p.m. Young yogis come together and explore the beauty of new beginnings with ChildLight certified instructor Emily. Free. Ages 3-6 with parents and caregivers. No preregistration needed. 

Gaming for Teens and Adults. Tuesdays in June, 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.

Spanish Musical Kids. Thursdays, June 11th, 18th & 25th, 11:00-11:45 a.m.  Hola amigos! Vengan a cantar y aprender! Come share Constancia's love of Spanish with Latin American songs and games. Ages 1-5 years. Free. No preregistration needed. Followed by lunch for everyone 18 & under.

"Every Hero Has a Story." The Fletcher Free Library's 2015 Summer Reading Program begins Monday, June 15th! Visit the Library to sign up and being your summer reading! Listed here is a preview of activities scheduled for June. Watch for our Summer Reading Program flyer for more details. Free. For children in preschool through 8th grade.
    - Mayor Miro Powers Up Summer Reading! Monday, June 15th, 1:00-2:00 p.m. All ages.
    - Fantastic Faces! (Face Painting) Monday, June 15th, 1:00-5:00 pm. All ages.
     - Heroes Meet at 'Stories with Megan.' Mondays, June 22nd & 29th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Ages 3-6.
     -Library Chess Club. Mondays, June 22nd & 29th, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Ages 9-13.
     - Read to a Dog. Tuesdays, June 23rd & 30th, 12:30-1:30 p.m. & Wednesdays, June 17th & 24th, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 5 & up.
     - Tell Your Own Story with Comics! Tuesdays, June 23rd, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 7 & up.
     - Super Storyteller Peter. Thursday, June 25th, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Ages 4 & up.
     - Activity Stations start Saturday, June 20th, and run all day, every day. Ages 5 & up.

Lunch at the Library! Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, June 23rd, 24th, 25th & 30th, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Burlington School Food Project invites you to enjoy nutritious meals at the Library. All children 18 & under from all towns & communities are welcome! Free. No preregistration needed.

Check out our Kids Blog: www.fletcherkids.blogspot.com!

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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).