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April 2014
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ART EXHIBITS

No new Art Exhibits in April

PROGRAMS

CODE FOR BTV HACK NIGHTS
Fletcher Room
Tuesdays, April 1 & April 29, 5:30 pm
Participate in the Code for BTV Hack Nights. Learn more about the Code for BTV project.  Past participants will continue working on the civic hacking projects that are actively being developed and/or maintained.  There is no need to register or RSVP to attend.  Check out http://codeforbtv.org/events/2014/04/01/hack-night/

POETIC METHODS OF MEMORIZATION: A WORKSHOP TO INCREASE BRAIN HEALTH BY LEARNING POETRY BY HEART
Fletcher Room
Wednesday, April 2, 6 pm
April is poetry month.  Celebrate poetry and improve your memory at the same time.  Bring a favorite poem or select one at the workshop.  Free and open to all ages.  Learning to memorize a poem is a great team building tool, increases self-confidence and improves comfort with public speaking.  Workshop includes selection of poems and tips for how to memorize.

Contact: Ginger Lambert for more information about the workshop at ginger54@sover.net

“A memorized poem is a great work of art that you own forever,
a priceless piece of cultural capital.”  ~Adam Foulds, Poet

COMMUNITY CINEMA: Medora
Fletcher Room
A once-booming rural community with a thriving middle class has seen its factories and farms close as the population dwindles.  A deeply personal look at small-town life, Medora follows a down-but-not-out varsity basketball team as its struggles to compete parallel the town’s own fight for survival.

Community Cinema is a national civic engagement initiative featuring free screenings of films from the Emmy Award-winning PBS series Independent Lens followed by a panel discussion with professionals in the field.  In 100 cities and online, community members come together to learn, discuss, and get involved in key social issues of our time.

FILM SCREENING & DISCUSION:
Voices Across the Divide with Dr. Alice Rothschild 
Fletcher Room
Wednesday, April 9, 6:00 pm
Dr. Rothchild will present Voices Across the Divide followed by audience discussion.  Sponsored by
Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel.  For more information, contact Kathy Shapiro at shapiro.kathy@gmail.com

IN PRAISE OF IMAGINATION: POEMS IN THEIR SPRING WARDROBES
Burlington Poets Celebrate National Poetry Month
Community Room 
Wednesday, April 9, 7-9 pm
Poets Anna Blackmer, Alison Moncrief Bromage, Sue Burton, Judy Chalmer, Marylen Grigas, Florence McCloud, Angela Patten, Emily Skoler read their recent work.

UKULELE MELE
Fletcher Room
(“Mele” - Hawaiian word  for song)
Join other Burlington-area Ukulele lovers in a group to learn and play the Ukulele together.  Ages: Adults and kids 10 and up.   Bring your own Uke.

Starting with 2-3 chord songs, simple visual prompts will assist in learning 1 or 2 songs together each session.  PLUS: Once a month we'll have a Ukulele Mele Open Mic from 5:30 – 6:00 pm.  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.

FFL BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP:
Half Of A Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Adichie
Tuesday, April 15, 6:30 pm
Local History Room
Join the Fletcher Free Book Club for a discussion of award-winning author Chimamanda Adichie’s third novel Half of a Yellow Sun.

A haunting novel from a writer heralded by The Washington Post Book World as “the 21st-century daughter of Chinua Achebe,” Half of a Yellow Sun recreates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in Nigeria, and the chilling violence that followed. Published in 2006, Half of A Yellow Sun garnered numerous accolades and was awarded the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2007.

AUTHOR TALK: David C. Rettew, MD
Personality Trait or Psychiatric Symptom? The Links Between Temperament and Mental Illness
Fletcher Room
Wednesday, April 16 at 6:00pm
What defines the boundary between a psychiatric illness and a personality or temperament trait? When does activity become hyperactivity or shyness become an anxiety disorder?  Dr. David Rettew from the University of Vermont College of Medicine discusses his new book Child Temperament: New Thinking About the Boundary Between Traits and Illness.   Ask questions, participate in a discussion, and get a signed discounted copy of the book

Written in a straightforward style, Child Temperament: New Thinking About the Boundary Between Traits and Illness, presents essential information on the intersection of child temperament and psychiatric disorders and what caregivers can do in response.  Dr. Rettew, a Harvard Medical School trained child psychiatrist, imparts the latest knowledge and strategies to assist parents, clinicians, and teachers in guiding children with particular temperamental tendencies away from more problematic trajectories, and towards improved health and wellness.

AUTHOR TALK:
Bestselling novelist and environmental activist Mike Bond on Elephants and the Ivory Trade
Fletcher Room
Earth Day 2014 (April 22) 7:00-8:30 pm
Vermont Council on World Affairs & THE Fletcher Free Library present author Mike Bond discussing the ivory trade, the dire plight of the elephants, and his new novel, The Last Savanna.

At present poaching rates, African and Asian elephants are estimated to become extinct by 2025.  Animal and environmental activist Mike Bond is working hard to get out the message before it’s too late.  Through his socially conscious new thriller, The Last Savanna (Mandevilla Press), Bond fights to raise awareness about the very real possibility that our grandchildren will never share the earth with a living elephant—unless we do something to change that.  Published in January 2014, the book is based on his real-life experiences helping to fight elephant poachers in Africa.

The Last Savanna is an unflinching look at the beauty and violence of Africa, the horror of the slaughter of the great beasts, the delicate balance of tribal life, the growth of terrorism and the timeless landscape. Its insights into how elephant poaching and drug sales are used to fund Islamic terrorist activities by Al Qaeda offshoots like Al-Shabaab are shockingly relevant and little known. And, as Bond points out, “at the heart of the book is the truth that preserving East African wildlife is the best way to fight fundamentalism. The animals are not only essential to the environment; they fuel tourism, which in turn fuels the economy.” 

MIKE BOND has been called the “master of the existential thriller” by the BBC and “one of the 21st century’s most exciting authors” by the Washington Times. A bestselling novelist, environmental activist, advisor to U.S. and foreign governments, international energy expert, war and human rights correspondent, and award-winning poet, he’s lived and worked in many remote, dangerous parts of the world, including thirty countries on six continents.

ESL  PROGRAMS

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

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

CONVERSATION GROUPS

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

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

GERMAN-ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP
Local History Room
First and third Wednesdays of each month: April 2 & 16
6:30-8:30 pm

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.

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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

Magic The Gathering
Pickering Room
Tuesdays in January, 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@ci.burlington.vt.us

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

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Youth Programs in April

Stories for Preschoolers. Mondays, April 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun-filled preschool program with stories, songs and rhymes. Free. Ages 2-5 years. No preregistration needed. *

Creative Tuesdays. April 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Join us and use your imagination to be creative with recycled materials. Free. All ages, under 10 with an adult helper, please. No preregistration needed.

Gaming for Teens and Adults. Tuesdays in April, 5:00-7:45 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. Free. Youth ages 13 and under must be accompanied by a legal guardian or have parental permission to attend. No preregistration needed.

Homework Help. Tuesdays, 4:30-7:30 p.m. and Sundays 12:00-4:30 p.m. America Reads students from the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Colchester campus) tutor individuals or small groups in reading, math and science at the library. Stop by the Fletcher Free Library or call the Youth Desk for more information: 865-7216. Free. Recommended for students in first through eighth grade. No preregistration needed.

Moving & Grooving with Christine. Wednesdays, April 9th, 23rd & 30th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Move to the rhythms of great old Rock 'n' Roll and World Beat music. Free. Recommended for ages 2-5 years, but everyone is welcome! No preregistration needed.

Spanish Musical Kids. Thursdays, April 3rd & 17th, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Hola amigos! Come share Constancia's love of Spanish with Latin American songs and games. Constancia Gomez is a native Argentinian, experience Spanish teacher, and certified instructor of Music Together. She makes learning fun! Free. Ages 1-5 years. No preregstration needed.

Music with Robert. Fridays, April 11th, 18th & 25th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along with Robert for great family fun! Free. All ages. *

Lego© Creations! Thursday April 24th, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Create a Lego© masterpiece for display at the library. Free. Ages 5 & up. No preregistration needed.

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

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Youth Programs in May

Please note: The Library will be CLOSED on Monday, May 26th for Memorial Day.

Creative Tuesdays. May 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Join us and use your imagination to be creative with recycled materials. Free. All ages, under 10 with an adult helper, please. No preregistration needed.

Gaming for Teens and Adults. Tuesdays in May, 5:00-7:45 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. Free. Youth ages 13 and under must be accompanied by a legal guardian or have parental permission to attend. No preregistration needed.

Moving & Grooving with Christine. Wednesdays, May 7th, 14th & 21st, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Move to the rhythms of great old Rock 'n' Roll and World Beat music. Free. Recommended for ages 2-5 years, but everyone is welcome! No preregistration needed.

Spanish Musical Kids. Thursdays, May 1st & 15th, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Hola amigos! Come share Constancia's love of Spanish with Latin American songs and games. Constancia Gomez is a native Argentinian, experience Spanish teacher, and certified instructor of Music Together. She makes learning fun! Free. Ages 1-5 years. No preregstration needed.

Music with Robert. Fridays, May 2nd, 8th & 16th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along with Robert for great family fun! Free. All ages. *

Healthy Kids Day at the Y! Saturday May 3, 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The Fletcher Free Library joins the YMCA to celebrate “Healthy Kids Day” and to get a jump on summer. Enjoy healthy activities, entertainment and food at the YMCA’s FREE community event! Check out he Fletcher Free Library table to talk about summer reading and enter the Library raffle for a fun prize. Stop by the Library any time to see our collection of Youth books on nutrition, healthy eating, and exercise to help you keep your mind and body strong. Appropriate for children of all ages. No preregistration needed.

Kids’ Day! Saturday, May 10, 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 us at the library’s activity booth at Battery Park from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to sign up early for “Fizz, Boom, Read,” our 2014 Summer Reading Program. Enjoy crafting bookmarks and entering our reading raffle!  Free. All ages. 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).