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November 2014
Art Exhibits and Programs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ART EXHIBITS

THE POLITICAL CARTOONS OF JANE CLARK BROWN
Pickering Room
November 1 - December 30
RECEPTION: Saturday, November 8, 2-5 pm

Jane Clark Brown was a political cartoonist for The Suburban List, a weekly newspaper in Essex Junction, VT.  Brown’s remarkable political cartoons, dealing with Vermont, national, and worldwide issues, appeared in the paper weekly from October 1968 to November 1975, and numbered about 325 in total.  Her weekly political cartoons won special commendation by the New England Press Association.

Journalists Ruth and Proctor Page owned the Essex Publishing Co, which published The Suburban List. Ruth Page was the editor; Proctor the publisher.

"Though it was years ago, I remember clearly how thrilled I was when Jane Brown, a super artist with a very sharp mind, actually volunteered to provide cartoons for the editorial pages of the Suburban List.  We were a small Vermont weekly up in one corner of Vermont.  Clearly, Jane could have sold her work to much larger papers for more money.  We could only conclude that she really liked our editorials.

We were very critical of President Richard Nixon, though most Americans at that time admired him.  I got a real kick when I discovered that Jane felt about him just as I did.  She did not sell her cartoons to any other paper.  I have never been so flattered in my life!"

--Ruth Page, Editor of the Suburban List in Essex Junction, VT, quoted on September 15, 2014

Jane Clark Brown was born in Burlington on October 3, 1930.  She attended schools in Burlington and graduated from Burlington High School in l948.  She received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Syracuse University in 1953.

Jane’s career as an artist and illustrator spanned more than fifty years. She wrote and illustrated two children’s books, Whonk and Whonk Again (1989) and George Washington’s Ghost (1994). She illustrated four other children’s books, three by Katherine Paterson: The Smallest Cow in the World (1991), Marvin’s Best Christmas Present Ever (1997), and Marvin One Too Many (2001); and one by D.V. Kelleher, Defenders of the Universe (1993). Jane illustrated three books for adults, Hands That Help, by Bertha S. Dodge (1967), Mischief in the Mountains, edited by Walter R. Hard, Jr. and Janet C. Greene (1970), and How to Locate in the Country: Your Personal Guide, by John Gourlie (1973).

HEALING ART, SCULPTURE AND PAINTINGS BY MARTIN BOCK
Main Reading Room
October 1 - January 31
Opening reception:  Friday, December 5, 6:30-8:30 pm

Martin is an author, sculptor, and acupuncturist. He lives in Burlington with his wife, Melly.  This exhibit includes shaman’s objects of power and healing – wands, staffs, ceremonial pieces; and a collection titled Toward Consciousness, Days Before My Birth.

The four-month exhibit will be a centerpiece of the library’s reading room.

PROGRAMS

SF Author Talk
Community Room
Sunday, November 16, 2 pm

Geek Mt. State presents SF authors Pat Esden, Dean Whitlock, and Rachel Carter.  Please join in the discussion of their work.

FLETCHER FREE LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION
Local History Room
Tuesday, November 18, 6:30 pm

Writer Florence McCloud leads the monthly library book discussion of Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories.  The book is the choice for the 2014 Vermont Humanities Council’s Vermont Reads program.  A limited number of free books are available for checkout at the library’s circulation desk.

Book Synopsis:
Set in an exotic landscape peopled by magicians and fantastic talking animals, Salman Rushdie's classic children's novel Haroun and the Sea of Stories inhabits the same imaginative space as The Lord of the Rings, The Alchemist, and The Wizard of Oz.  In this captivating work of fantasy, Haroun sets out on an adventure to restore the poisoned source of the sea of stories.  On the way, he encounters many foes, all intent on draining the sea of all its storytelling powers.

“But although the pyrotechnics here are entertaining in and of themselves, the irresistible force of the novel rests in Rushdie's wholehearted embrace of the fable--its form as well as its significance.”  - Publisher’s Weekly

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, 4:00-5:30 pm
Barbara Shatara, Programs & Partnerships, 865.7211.

GERMAN-ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP
Local History Room
First and third Wednesdays of each month: November 5 & 19
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.

RUSSIAN – A CLASS FOR BEGINNERS
Community Room
Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm

RUSSIAN CONVERSATION CLUB FOR EVERYONE
CANCELLED

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December 2014
Art Exhibits and Programs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ART EXHIBITS

THE POLITICAL CARTOONS OF JANE CLARK BROWN
Pickering Room
November 1 - December 30
RECEPTION: Saturday, November 8, 2-5 pm

Jane Clark Brown was a political cartoonist for The Suburban List, a weekly newspaper in Essex Junction, VT.  Brown’s remarkable political cartoons, dealing with Vermont, national, and worldwide issues, appeared in the paper weekly from October 1968 to November 1975, and numbered about 325 in total.  Her weekly political cartoons won special commendation by the New England Press Association.

Journalists Ruth and Proctor Page owned the Essex Publishing Co, which published The Suburban List. Ruth Page was the editor; Proctor the publisher.

"Though it was years ago, I remember clearly how thrilled I was when Jane Brown, a super artist with a very sharp mind, actually volunteered to provide cartoons for the editorial pages of the Suburban List.  We were a small Vermont weekly up in one corner of Vermont.  Clearly, Jane could have sold her work to much larger papers for more money.  We could only conclude that she really liked our editorials.

We were very critical of President Richard Nixon, though most Americans at that time admired him.  I got a real kick when I discovered that Jane felt about him just as I did.  She did not sell her cartoons to any other paper.  I have never been so flattered in my life!"

--Ruth Page, Editor of the Suburban List in Essex Junction, VT, quoted on September 15, 2014

Jane Clark Brown was born in Burlington on October 3, 1930.  She attended schools in Burlington and graduated from Burlington High School in l948.  She received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Syracuse University in 1953.

Jane’s career as an artist and illustrator spanned more than fifty years. She wrote and illustrated two children’s books, Whonk and Whonk Again (1989) and George Washington’s Ghost (1994). She illustrated four other children’s books, three by Katherine Paterson: The Smallest Cow in the World (1991), Marvin’s Best Christmas Present Ever (1997), and Marvin One Too Many (2001); and one by D.V. Kelleher, Defenders of the Universe (1993). Jane illustrated three books for adults, Hands That Help, by Bertha S. Dodge (1967), Mischief in the Mountains, edited by Walter R. Hard, Jr. and Janet C. Greene (1970), and How to Locate in the Country: Your Personal Guide, by John Gourlie (1973).

HEALING ART, SCULPTURE AND PAINTINGS BY MARTIN BOCK
Main Reading Room
October 1 - January 31
Opening reception:  Friday, December 5, 6:30-8:30 pm

Martin is an author, sculptor, and acupuncturist. He lives in Burlington with his wife, Melly.  This exhibit includes shaman’s objects of power and healing – wands, staffs, ceremonial pieces; and a collection titled Toward Consciousness, Days Before My Birth.

The four-month exhibit will be a centerpiece of the library’s reading room.

PROGRAMS

FLETCHER FREE LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION:
GONE GIRL
Local History Room
Tuesday, December 9, 6:30 pm

Gone Girl is one of those books you just can’t put down or wait to talk about.  Join fellow readers for a discussion of Gillian Flynn’s psychological thriller and compare to the film version.  Florence McCloud will facilitate.

About the book:
Marriage can be a real killer. One of the most critically-acclaimed suspense writers of our time, New York Times bestseller Gillian Flynn, takes that statement to its darkest place in this masterpiece about a marriage gone terribly, terribly wrong.  As The Washington Post proclaimed, her work “draws you in and keeps you reading with the force of a pure but nasty addiction.”  Gone Girl’s toxic mix of sharp-edged wit with deliciously chilling prose creates a nerve-fraying thriller that confounds you at every turn.

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, 4:00-5:30 pm
Barbara Shatara, Programs & Partnerships, 865.7211.

GERMAN-ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP
Local History Room
First and third Wednesdays of each month: November 5 & 19
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.

RUSSIAN – A CLASS FOR BEGINNERS
Community Room
Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm

RUSSIAN CONVERSATION CLUB FOR EVERYONE
CANCELLED

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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 November and December, 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 November

Please note: The library will be CLOSED on Tuesday, November 11th for Veterans' Day, and on Thursday, November 27th for Thanksgiving.

Free Reading Help at the Library! The American Youth Literacy Foundation is providing free reading support tutoring for students in first through fifth grades, or middle schoolers new to reading. For information, or to sign up, please contact the Fletcher Free Library Youth Desk: 865-7216.

After School Homework Help. For middle schoolers at the Miller Center: 130 Gosse Court, Burlington. America Reads students from the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Services (Colchester campus) tutor students in reading, math and science. Monday - Thursday, 4:00-5:30 p.m. FREE. For more information call the Library Youth Desk: 865-7216.

Stories with Megan. At the Library: Mondays, November 10th, 17th & 24th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. At the Miller Community Center (130 Gosse Court, Burlington): Tuesdays, November 18th & 25th. Enjoy a fun-filled storytime with stories, songs and rhymes. Ages 2-5 years. Free. No preregistration needed. *

Creative Tuesdays. November 4th, 18th & 25th, 3:00-4:30 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 November, 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.

Moving & Grooving with Christine. Wednesdays, November 5th & 19th, 11:00-11:30 a.m.  Move to the rhythms of great old Rock ‘n’ Roll and World Beat music! Recommended for ages 2-5 years, but everyone is welcome. Free. No preregistration needed.

Spanish Musical Kids. Thursdays, November 6th, 13th & 20th, 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, November 14th & 21st, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along with Robert for great family fun! All ages. Free. No preregistration needed. *  

Books for Children Gift Campaign, November 10th through December 10th. Share the joy of reading! The Fletcher Free Library invites community members to participate in the 24th Annual "Books for Children Gift Campaign," which provides Burlington preschoolers with new, quality books during the holiday season. Please stop by the Library or downtown Burlington bookstores Crow Bookshop or Phoenix Books for more information. Please deliver the books to the library by Wednesday, December 10th. The Fletcher Free Library is pleased to partner with the Vermont Children's Trust Foundation's "Polar Express" adventure for this campaign.  For more information, call the Youth Desk: 865-7216 or email Rebecca: rgoldberg@burlingtonvt.gov.

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

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Youth Programs in December

Please note: The library will be CLOSED on Thursday, December 25th for Christmas Day.

Stories with Megan. At the Library: Mondays, December 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd, 11:00-11:30 a.m. At the Miller Community Center (130 Gosse Court, Burlington): Tuesdays, December 2nd, 9th & 16th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun-filled storytime with stories, songs and rhymes. Ages 2-5 years. Free. No preregistration needed. *

Free Reading Help at the Library! The American Youth Literacy Foundation is providing free reading support tutoring for students in first through fifth grades, or middle schoolers new to reading. For information, or to sign up, please contact the Fletcher Free Library Youth Desk: 865-7216.

After School Homework Help. For middle schoolers at the Miller Center: 130 Gosse Court, Burlington. America Reads students from the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Services (Colchester campus) tutor students in reading, math and science. Monday - Thursday, 4:00-5:30 p.m. FREE. For more information call the Library Youth Desk: 865-7216.

Creative Tuesdays. December 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd, 3:00-4:30 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 December, 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.

Moving & Grooving with Christine. Wednesdays, December 3rd, 10th & 17th, 11:00-11:30 a.m.  Move to the rhythms of great old Rock ‘n’ Roll and World Beat music! Recommended for ages 2-5 years, but everyone is welcome. Free. No preregistration needed.

Spanish Musical Kids & Latin Lunch.  Hola amigos! Vengan a cantar y aprender! Come share Constancia's love of Spanish with Latin American songs and games. Stay for Latin potluck lunch. Ages 1-5 years. Free. No preregistration needed. Check with the Youth Desk for dates in December: 865-7216.

Music with Robert. Fridays, December 5th, 12th & 19th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along with Robert for great family fun! All ages. Free. No preregistration needed. *  

Books for Children Gift Campaign, continues through December 10th. Share the joy of reading! The Fletcher Free Library invites community members to participate in the 24th Annual "Books for Children Gift Campaign," which provides Burlington preschoolers with new, quality books during the holiday season. Please stop by the Library or downtown Burlington bookstores Crow Bookshop or Phoenix Books for more information. Please deliver the books to the library by Wednesday, December 10th. The Fletcher Free Library is pleased to partner with the Vermont Children's Trust Foundation's "Polar Express" adventure for this campaign.  For more information, call the Youth Desk: 865-7216 or email Rebecca: rgoldberg@burlingtonvt.gov.

A Solstice Craft. Saturday, December 20th, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Celebrate the return of the sun! Come to our open craft table and learn how to transform a clear glass jar into a colorful "stained glass" candleholder. Materials and instruction provided, but feel free to bring your own clean, de-labeled glass jar. Free. Ages 5 & up. 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).