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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.

INBOUND: WORKS BY THE ARTIST GUAPO
August 3-28, 2015
Pickering Room
Occasionally, the works of an artist seem to open up new directions in thought while offering us a release from an assortment of binding threads, as will be the case this August with "INBOUND" the astonishingly beautiful graphical score on display by Guapo.

Though the powerfully purposeful twenty piece spectacle occupies just the Pickering Room the intriguing arrangement seems to dance around the viewer until they are seeing from upon an open threshold where both bird song and the cool shade are near.

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 Summer Break!

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!

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 and Programs to be posted...

...PROGRAM PREVIEW:

BOOK LAUNCH & TALK ON HISTORIC BURLINGTON:
Vince Feeney and Burlington: A History of Vermont’s Queen City
Saturday, September 12 at 10:30pm
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.

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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 July and August, 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 July

"Every Hero Has a Story." The Fletcher Free Library's 2015 Summer Reading Program begins Monday, June 15th and continues through August 8th! Visit the Library to sign up and being your summer reading!  For children in preschool through 8th grade.

Lunch at the Library! Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, June 23rd - August 5th, 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.

Activity Stations start Saturday, June 20th, and run all day, every day. Energize your creative mind with activities, games and puzzles at Hero Headquarters! Free. Ages 5 & up. No preregistration needed.

"Robin Hood & Maid Marian" on the Library Lawn. Wednesday, July 1st, Noon-1:00 p.m. Enjoy Very Merry Theatre's musical adventures in Greenwood Forest with free bagged lunches for kids. Free. Ages 5 & up. No preregistration needed.

Spanish Musical Kids. Thursdays, July 2nd, 9th & 16th, 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.

Yoga for Kids. Sundays, July 5th & 19th, 1:00-1:45 p.m. Young yogis come together and explore the beauty of new beginnings with instructors Dave and Danae. Free. Ages 3-6 with parents and caregivers. No preregistration needed. 

Heroes Meet at 'Stories with Megan.' Mondays, July 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun-filled storytime with Megan and her community hero visitors. Free. Ages 3-6. No preregistration needed.

Library Chess Club. Mondays, July 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Chess, an ancient game of elegance and depth, is played around the world by people of all ages. Come test your skills and improve your game with chess aficionado Alan Gottesman. All skill levels, including aboslute beginners, are welcome. Ages 9-13.

Read to a Dog. Tuesdays, July 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th, 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Wednesdays, July 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd (cancelled) & 29th, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; & Sundays, July 12th, 19th & 26th, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Be a hero! Read to a kid-loving dog registered with Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Free. Ages 5 & up. No preregistration needed.

Tinkering Tuesdays. July 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Use your brain and creative energy to experiment with hands-on STEM-type projects, to tinker with electrical circuits, gears, pulleys and more. Free. Ages 8 & up. Please stop by or call the library to preregister: 865-7216. Followed by lunch for everyone 18 & under.

Playmobile at the Library! Wednesdays, July 8th & 22nd, 10:00 a.m.-noon. The Playmobile is coming to Fletcher Free Library! Meet the Burlington Parks & Rec staff and play games and play games on the Library lawn. Free. All ages. Followed by lunch for everyone 18 & under.

Lake Monsters Power Players. Thursday, July 9th, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Meet mighty baseball heroes from the Vermont Lake Monsters, Minor League baseball team. Players share books, answer questions and sign autographs. Free. Ages 5 & up. Followed by lunch for everyone 18 & under.

Marvelous Music with Robert. Fridays, July 10th, 17th & 24th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along with the library's very own musical hero, Robert Resnik! Free. All Ages. No preregistration needed.

"The Patchwork Girl of Oz" on the Library lawn. Wednesday, July 15th, noon-1:00 pm. Enjoy Very Merry Theatre's delightful new musical adaptation based on an Oz story by L. Frank Baum with free bagged lunches for kids. Free. Ages 5 & up. No preregistration needed.

Super Hero Parade. Thursday, July 16th, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Choose an awesome storybook hero and decorate yourself or a cardboard box and join in the fun with the library for the Burlington Parks & Recreation parade. Meet at the top of Church Street at 1:00 p.m. March to City Hall Park for a super event! Free. All ages. No preregistration needed.

POWerful Books Giveaway. Thursday, July 23rd, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Listen to exciting stories told by a Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF) storyteller, and choose brand new books to take home and keep! Free. Recommended for ages 5-8, but all are welcome. Please stop by or call the library to preregister: 865-7216. Followed by lunch for everyone 18 & under.

Terrific Trad Camp Showcase. Wednesday, July 29th, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Young Tradition Vermont presents campers and instructors from its summer Trad Camp with songs, tunes and dances. Special guest performers include Jeremiah McLane and Yann Falquet. Free. All ages. No preregistration needed.

Animal Superheroes. Thursday, July 30th, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Author and wildlife investigator Laurel Neme shares stories about both extraordinary animals, like Fu Manchu the orangutan who outsmarts his zookeeper, and the extraordinary people who have dedicated their lives to helping them.

Gaming for Teens and Adults. Tuesdays in July, 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.

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

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Youth Programs in August

"Every Hero Has a Story." The Fletcher Free Library's 2015 Summer Reading Program continues through August 8th! Visit the Library to sign up and being your summer reading!  For children in preschool through 8th grade.

Lunch at the Library! Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays, June 23rd - August 5th, 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.

Read to a Dog. Tuesday, August 4th, 12:30-1:30 p.m.; Wednesday, August 5th, 10:30-11:30 a.m.; & Sundays, August 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th, 2:00-3:00 p.m. Be a hero! Read to a kid-loving dog registered with Therapy Dogs of Vermont. Free. Ages 5 & up. No preregistration needed.

Yoga for Kids. Sundays, August 2nd & 16th, 1:00-1:45 p.m. Young yogis come together and explore the beauty of new beginnings with instructors Dave and Danae. Free. Ages 3-6 with parents and caregivers. No preregistration needed. 

Heroes Meet at 'Stories with Megan.' Monday August 3rd, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun-filled storytime with Megan and her community hero visitors. Free. Ages 3-6. No preregistration needed.

Library Chess Club. Mondays, August 3rd & 10th, 2:00-4:00 p.m. Chess, an ancient game of elegance and depth, is played around the world by people of all ages. Come test your skills and improve your game with chess aficionado Alan Gottesman. All skill levels, including aboslute beginners, are welcome. Ages 9-13.

Gaming for Teens and Adults. Tuesdays in August, 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.

"The Sound of Music" on the Library lawn. Wednesday, August 5th, noon-1:00 p.m. Enjoy Very Merry Theatre's performance of a classic musical with free bagged lunches for kids. Ages 5 & up.

Marvelous Music with Robert. Fridays, August 7th & 14th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along with the library's very own musical hero, Robert Resnik! Free. All Ages. No preregistration needed.

Last day to report hours read! Saturday, August 8th by 3:00 p.m. at the library or online.

A Blast of a Party! Wednesday, August 12th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Celebrate a summer of a heroic reading with an incredible evening of music, watermelon and prizes. All ages. Family and friends welcome!

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).