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August 2015
Art Exhibits and Programs
 

 

ART EXHIBITS

Magoos abstracts
August 1- August 30
Mezzanine Balcony
Abstract art from the creatively twisted mind of Pete Bartlett. Held over for another month.

PROGRAMS

VERMONT PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
Tuesday, August 4, 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.

Fletcher Free Library Book Discussion:
A Beauty  by Connie Gault
Tuesday, August 11 at 6:30 pm
Local History Room
Join other avid readers for the library’s monthly book discussions.  In August, the group discusses Canadian author, Connie Gault’s novel set on the Saskatchewan prairie, A Beauty.

Book synopsis:
In a drought-ridden Saskatchewan of the 1930s, self-possessed, enigmatic Elena Huhtala finds herself living alone, a young Finnish woman in a community of Swedes in the small village of Trevna.  Her mother has been dead for many years, and her father, burdened by the hardships of drought, has disappeared, and the eighteen-year-old is an object of pity and charity in her community.  But when a stranger shows up at a country dance, Elena needs only one look and one dance before jumping into his Lincoln Roadster, leaving the town and its shocked inhabitants behind.  What follows is a trip through the prairie towns, their dusty streets, shabby hotel rooms, surrounded by dry fields that stretch out vastly, waiting for rain.  Elena's journey uncovers the individual stories of an unforgettable group of people, all of whom are in one way or another affected by her seductive yet innocent presence.  At the center is Ruth, a girl whose life becomes changed in unexpected ways.  She and the girl Elena, distanced and apart, form a strange bond that will come to haunt the decades for them both.  Written in luminous prose, threaded through with a sardonic wit and deep wisdoms, A Beauty is at one time lyrical and tough, moving and mysterious, a captivating tale of a woman who, without intending to, touches many lives, and sometimes alters them forever.

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

GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP
On Break until October!

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.

Intermediate/Advanced Spanish Conversation Group
On Summer Break!

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.

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

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP - "Dimanches"
On Summer Break!  Will return:
Sunday, September 13, 4:00 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.

RUSSIAN – A CLASS FOR BEGINNERS
On Summer Break!

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.

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September 2015
Art Exhibits and Programs
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ART EXHIBITS

STRENGTH IN NUMBERS: EXPLORING MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES
September 5- December 30
Mezzanine Balcony
Strength in Numbers is a group of 18 Vermont art teachers who meet monthly to share their artwork and support each other in the constant struggle to balance work, family, and art making.

This show represents our challenge to keep learning and growing in our experience with materials and techniques.

Artists included in this show are Dorsey Hogg, Krista Connolly, Barb Crandall, Dee Christie, Alice Tragesar, Dodi Gomez, Carol Crosby, Lisa Bird, Julienne Bradshaw, Ann Joppe-Mercure, Jenn Volansky, and Tina Logan.

PROGRAMS

VERMONT PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
Tuesday, September 1, 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.

Fletcher Free Library Book Discussion:
The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
Tuesday, September 8, 6:30 pm
Local History Room
Join other avid readers for the library’s monthly book discussions.

Book synopsis:
It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants,  life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

For with the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the 'clerk class', the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. And as passions mount and frustration gathers, no one can foresee just how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be.

This is vintage Sarah Waters: beautifully described with excruciating tension, real tenderness, believable characters, and surprises. It is above all a wonderful, compelling story.

BOOK LAUNCH & TALK ON HISTORIC BURLINGTON:
Vince Feeney and Burlington: A History of Vermont's Queen City
Saturday, September 12, 10:30 am
Fletcher Room
Author and Historian, Vince Feeney launches his newest book and takes us back through the history of Burlington and the personalities that helped build the Queen City.  Followed by a book signing.  Feeney is the author of Finnigans, slaters, and stonepeggers : a history of the Irish in Vermont and The Great Falls on Onion River : a history of Winooski, Vermont.

AUTHOR TALK:
Jeffrey Beerworth on Historic Crimes and Justice in Burlington, Vermont
Saturday, September 12, 1:00 pm
Fletcher Room
As Burlington grew into a city out of wilderness, more citizens meant more opportunities for crime. Horse thefts, murders and drunken brawls swamped the young and prosperous city. Those misdeeds inspired the first officers of what would become the Burlington Police Department to serve and protect. Step behind the scenes of the Griwold murder case, the Mad Riot of 1898 and the murder of Officer James McGrath. Glimpse the dangers of police work and the shared human experiences of the city’s officers and the citizens they serve. Burlington Police Department detective Jeff Beerworth explores the nature of crime and justice in the Queen City.

Jeff Beerworth lives in Northern Vermont with his wife and three children. He graduated from Montserrat College of Art in 2003. He has worked as a police officer with the Burlington Police Department since 2007, and is currently assigned to the detective bureau. Jeff’s love of history and interest in how social, cultural and political issues affect police work in Burlington have lead him to write this book in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Burlington Police Department.

AUTHOR TALK:
My Ongoing Love Affair with the Appalachian Trail with Jennifer Pharr Davis
Wednesday, September 23, 7:00 pm
Fletcher Room

In 2011, Jennifer covered the 2,181-mile Appalachian Trail in forty-six days, eleven hours, and twenty minutes, maintaining a remarkable average of 47 miles per day.  She was the fastest person (male or female) to accomplish this feat until this July when Scott Jurek bested her time by 3 hours and 13 minutes.

Jennifer is the author of five books, including the hiking memoirs Becoming Odyssa and Called Again.  She also founded and runs the Blue Ridge Hiking Company, guiding service.

Co-sponsors for this event are Burlington Parks & Recreation, the Green Mountain-Burlington Chapter, Vermont Outdoors Woman and the UVM Outing Club.

AUTHOR TALK:
Grand Canyon with Helen Hossley
Wednesday, September 30, 6:00 pm
Fletcher Room
Join us for an armchair hike through some of America's most beautiful landscapes - the southwest. Former National Park Ranger, Helen Hossley will lead us through Grand Canyon National Park and the Havasupai Indian Reservation to explore the turquoise waterfalls of the region.

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

GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP
On Break until October!

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.

Intermediate/Advanced Spanish Conversation Group
Wednesday, September 26, 6-7:30 pm
Local History 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.

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

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP - "Dimanches"
Back from Summer Break:
Sunday, September 13, 4:00 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.

RUSSIAN – A CLASS FOR BEGINNERS
On Summer Break!

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.

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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 September and October, 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 September

Please note: The library will be CLOSED on Monday, September 7th for Labor Day.

Stories with Megan. Mondays, September 14th, 21st & 28th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun-filled storytime with stories, songs and rhymes. Free. Ages 2-5. No preregistration needed. *

Spanish Musical Kids. *NEW DAY!* Tuesdays, September 15th, 22nd & 29th, 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.  

Little BOOM VT. Wednesdays, September 2nd, 9th, 16th & 30th, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Experience and explore the world of drumming through stories and rhythms. An interactive, inclusive program provided by the Library's partnership with VSA Vermont: the State Organization on Arts and Disability. All children and their families welcome. Free. Ages 1-5. No preregistration needed.

Music with Robert. Fridays, September 4th, 11th & 18th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along with Robert for great family fun! Free. All Ages. No preregistration needed. *

Gaming for Teens and Adults. Tuesdays in September, 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.

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Youth Programs in October

Please note: The library will be CLOSED on Monday, October 12th for Columbus Day.

BOOM VT! Sunday, October 4th, 1:00-5:00 p.m. VSA Vermont's third annual drum festival! Enjoy a number of workshop choices, from drum-making to drumming instruction to an art project to lectures on drumming genres. Join a community drumming circle with professional drummers and all attendees. Everyon can drum! For more information: vsavt.org. Free. All ages and abilities. No preregistration needed. *

Stories with Megan. Mondays, October 5th, 19th & 26th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun-filled storytime with stories, songs and rhymes. Free. Ages 2-5. No preregistration needed. *

Spanish Musical Kids. Tuesdays, October 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th, 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.  

Creative Tuesdays. October 6th, 13th & 20th, 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 October, 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.

Music with Robert. Fridays, October 2nd, 9th & 16th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along with Robert for great family fun! Free. All Ages. No preregistration needed. *

John Dewey Day! Saturday, October 17th. Celebrate the birthday of the influential philospher/educator John Dewey, who was born in 1859 in Burlington, VT! Paper mask-making 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, parade down Church Street 12:00-1:00 p.m. Free. All ages. No preregistration needed.

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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).