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January 2017
Art Exhibits and Programs

 

 

The Fletcher Free Library does not endorse the perspectives and viewpoints of the authors and artists whose work is represented in our collections or exhibits.

ART EXHIBITS

None

PROGRAMS

VERMONT PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
First Tuesday of every month, 6-8 pm
January 3
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.

GAMING FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Tuesdays, 5-7:45 pm
Pickering Room

poetry Experience
First & Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
January 7 & 21
Pickering Room

CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
Every Sunday (except Jan. 1), 4:30-6 pm
Community Room

Short Story Megaphone
Every Sunday from 1-2pm
Fletcher Room
This is a Stories Out Loud series, taking place once a week, in which a speaker reads aloud one or two short stories written by a favorite short story writer.  Each week we would read a story by a different author. This idea comes in part from the New Yorker's fiction podcast, which might act as a rough template.  The most foundational goal of this series is to share engaging and challenging literature with more members of our community—with the belief that many folks want to read more stories but often feel daunted by all that's out there.

UkUlele MELEE
2nd & 4th Sunday of every month, 4-6 pm
January 8 & 22
Fletcher Room
(“Mele” - Hawaiian word  for song)
Join other Burlington-area Ukulele lovers in a group to learn and play the Ukulele together.  Starting with 2-3 chord songs, simple visual prompts will assist in learning 1 or 2 songs together each session.  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.

Ages: Adults and kids 10 and up.  Bring your own Uke.

FFL BOOK CLUB:
Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins, by John Gurche
Wednesday, January 11, 6:30 pm
Local History Room
What did earlier humans really look like? What was life like for them, millions of years ago? How do we know? In this book, internationally renowned paleoartist John Gurche describes the extraordinary process by which he creates forensically accurate and hauntingly realistic representations of our ancient human ancestors.

Inspired by a lifelong fascination with all things prehistoric, and gifted with a unique artistic vision, Gurche has studied fossil remains, comparative ape and human anatomy, and forensic reconstruction for over three decades. His artworks appear in world-class museums and publications ranging from National Geographic to the journal Science, and he is widely known for his contributions to Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park and a number of acclaimed television specials. For the Smithsonian Institution’s groundbreaking David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins, opened in 2010, Gurche created fifteen sculptures representing six million years of human history. In Shaping Humanity he relates how he worked with a team of scientists to depict human evolution in sculpture for the new hall. He reveals the debates and brainstorming that surround these often controversial depictions, and along the way he enriches our awareness of the various paths of human evolution and humanity’s stunning uniqueness in the history of life on Earth.

FEEL BETTER! with Anya Raven Hunter, MSW, LICSW

Mindful Eating
January 11, 6:30-7:30 pm
Fletcher Room

 Loving Kindness
January 18, 6:30-7:30 pm
Fletcher Room

Anxiety - What It Is and What You Can Do About It
January 25, 6:30-7:30 pm
Fletcher Room

(see February program listings for one more FEEL BETTER! program)

Slow & Curious Book Club
Sundays, January 15 & 29, 1-2 pm
Pickering Room
Are you a young adult with a passion for reading and sharing interesting books? Are you available on Sunday afternoons? Please join us for this new reading group. Potential reading material and topics include: short fiction, investigative journalism, Pulitzer Prize reading lists, National Book Award lists, environmental history, gender/relationships/sexuality, etc. What are your favorite authors, journalists, or topics? Bring your ideas to this new, collaborative, stimulating group!

classical music Hip cats
Wednesday, January 18, 5-7 pm
Fletcher Room
Come listen and play music on nylon string guitars in a friendly environment. There will be solo, duet and trio performances by local guitar musicians, professional and amateurs. All levels of skills and styles are welcome.

Computer workshops
Our popular computer classes will be offered again starting in February.  Registration begins after Dec. 30.  Free!  See full descriptions on the Computer Center pagePre-registration is required: Sign up for individual workshops at the Reference Desk (865.7217).

ELL  PROGRAMS

ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES
Every Wednesday, 6:30-8 pm

Beginner Level:
Pickering Room, 2nd Floor

Intermediate/Advanced Level:
Administrative Conference Room, 2nd Floor

For more information, contact Barbara Shatara, FFL Programming Department, 865.7211.

CONVERSATION GROUPS

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP - "Dimanches"
Every Sunday (except Jan. 1), 4-5:30 pm
Local History Room
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 details contact Steve Norman at stevenorman@fastmail.fm

GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP
First and Third Wednesday of every month, 6-7:30 pm
January 4 & 18
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).

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February 2016

 

The Fletcher Free Library does not endorse the perspectives and viewpoints of the authors and artists whose work is represented in our collections or exhibits.

ART EXHIBITS

None

PROGRAMS

Exploring human origins: What Does it Mean to be Human?
A smithsonian institution exhibition
February 18 - March 17

Opening reception:
Wednesday, February 22, 5:30 pm

Explore the web site!

The Fletcher Free Library has been selected nationwide as one of 19 public libraries to host a Smithsonian exhibition.

Exploring Human Origins: What Does it Mean to be Human? is a traveling exhibition organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the American Library Association Public Programs Office.  This project was made possible through the support of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation and support from the Peter Buck Human Origins Fund.

Through panels, interactive kiosks, interactive displays, and videos, the exhibition invites audiences to explore milestones in the evolutionary journey of becoming human — from walking upright, creating technology and eating new foods, to brain enlargement and the development of symbolic language and complex societies — advancements that define the unique position of humans in the history of life.

Fletcher Free Library Book Discussion:
Absence of Mind by Marulynne Robinson
Wednesday, February 8, 6:30 pm
Local History Room
Join this monthly book discussion on the second Wednesday of each month.  Free copies of the book are available for checkout at the library’s circulation desk.

Book Synopsis:
In this ambitious book, acclaimed writer Marilynne Robinson applies her
astute intellect to some of the most vexing topics in the history of
human thought—science, religion, and consciousness. Crafted with the
same care and insight as her award-winning novels, Absence of Mind
challenges postmodern atheists who crusade against religion under the
banner of science.

Educator Workshop
Wednesday, February 22, 10 am - 2 pm
Fletcher Room
Dr. Briana Pobiner, who leads the Human Origins Program's education and outreach efforts, and Dr. Connie Bertka, will present a 2-4 hour workshop on human evolution for science educators.  The workshop is for classroom teachers; science, nature center, and museum educators; homeschoolers; and other local educators.  It will feature exploration and hands-on practice in presenting the Human Origins Program resources provided for each community.  These resources include a set of five early human skull casts; classroom-tested, high-school Biology teaching supplements on "What Does It Mean to Be Human?", and a teacher resource on cultural and religious sensitivity strategies.  Registration required.

Opening Reception and Science Talk, by Dr. Rick Potts
Wednesday, February 22, 5:30 pm
Main Reading Room and Fletcher Room
Join us for a Prehistoric-themed opening reception with faculty from the Smithsonian Institution.  Afterwards, Dr. Rick Potts will give a lecture for the general public about the latest research in human evolution and an overview of exhibition themes and messages.

Private Tour of Exhibit for Clergy Leaders
Dr. Connie Bertka and Dr. Jim Miller, from the Smithsonian's Broader Impacts Committee
Thursday, February 23,  2 pm

Community Conversation with Smithsonian staff
Thursday, February 23, 6 pm
Fletcher Room
A community conversation on the topic titled "What Does Human Evolution Mean to You? A Community Conversation," led by BSIC co-chairs Drs. Connie Bertka and Jim Miller.

The discomfort felt by many people about evolution, particularly at the point where science and religion converge, has resulted in a lack of opportunities for the public to reflect on findings in human origins research and how these discoveries relate to people's personal understanding of the world and their place in it.  This program will offer that opportunity and address a popular misconception that there is an inherent conflict between science and religion in the area of human origins.  The BSIC has developed the Primer on Science, Religion, Evolution, and Creationism, a document that promotes a respectful, welcoming, and insightful public conversation on a topic audiences often see as troubling or prefer to avoid.
The primer may be found online - click here

"Genomics: Insights into Our Differences and Similarities"
by Dr. Deborah Leonard, Chair and Professor, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, UVM College of Medicine
Tuesday, February 28, 6 pm
Fletcher Room

FEEL BETTER!  with Anya Raven Hunter, MSW, LICSW
Stress - What It Is and What You Can Do About It 
Wednesday, February 1, 6:30-7:30 pm
Fletcher Room

poetry Experience
First & Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
February 4 & 18
Pickering Room

Computer workshops
Our popular computer classes will be offered again starting in February.  Registration begins after Dec. 30.  Free!  See full descriptions on the Computer Center pagePre-registration is required: Sign up for individual workshops at the Reference Desk (865.7217).

VERMONT PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
First Tuesday of every month, 6-8 pm
February 7
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.

GAMING FOR TEENS & ADULTS
Tuesdays, 5-7:45 pm
Pickering Room

CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
Every Sunday, 4:30-6 pm
Community Room

Short Story Megaphone
Sundays, February 5, 12 & 19, 1-2 pm
Fletcher Room
This is a Stories Out Loud series, taking place once a week, in which a speaker reads aloud one or two short stories written by a favorite short story writer.  Each week we would read a story by a different author. This idea comes in part from the New Yorker's fiction podcast, which might act as a rough template.  The most foundational goal of this series is to share engaging and challenging literature with more members of our community—with the belief that many folks want to read more stories but often feel daunted by all that's out there.

UkUlele MELEE
2nd & 4th Sunday of every month, 4-6 pm
February 12 & 26
Fletcher Room
(“Mele” - Hawaiian word  for song)
Join other Burlington-area Ukulele lovers in a group to learn and play the Ukulele together.  Starting with 2-3 chord songs, simple visual prompts will assist in learning 1 or 2 songs together each session.  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.

Ages: Adults and kids 10 and up.  Bring your own Uke.

FFL BOOK CLUB:
Wednesday, February 8
Local History Room

Slow & Curious Book Club
Sundays, February 12 & 26, 1-2 pm
Pickering Room
Are you a young adult with a passion for reading and sharing interesting books? Are you available on Sunday afternoons? Please join us for this new reading group. Potential reading material and topics include: short fiction, investigative journalism, Pulitzer Prize reading lists, National Book Award lists, environmental history, gender/relationships/sexuality, etc. What are your favorite authors, journalists, or topics? Bring your ideas to this new, collaborative, stimulating group!

classical music Hip cats
Wednesday, February 15, 5-7 pm
Fletcher Room
Come listen and play music on nylon string guitars in a friendly environment. There will be solo, duet and trio performances by local guitar musicians, professional and amateurs. All levels of skills and styles are welcome.

ELL  PROGRAMS

ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES
Every Wednesday, 6:30-8 pm  (Except: NO classes on Feb. 22)

Beginner Level:
Pickering Room, 2nd Floor

Intermediate/Advanced Level:
Administrative Conference Room, 2nd Floor

For more information, contact Barbara Shatara, FFL Programming Department, 865.7211.

CONVERSATION GROUPS

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP - "Dimanches"
Every Sunday, 4-5:30 pm
Local History Room
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 details contact Steve Norman at stevenorman@fastmail.fm

GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP
First and Third Wednesday of every month, 6-7:30 pm
February 1 & 15
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).

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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 Shatara, Programs & Partnerships Librarian Fletcher Free Library, 235 College Street, Burlington, VT 05401.  Phone: 802-865-7211.  Email: bshatara@burlingtonvt.gov

 

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 Programs

For more info about Teens & Tweens,
check out the Teen Space.

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Youth Programs in January

Please note: The library will be CLOSED on Sunday, January 1st for New Year's Day and on Monday, January 16th for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Stories with Megan. Mondays, January 2nd, 9th & 23rd, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun-filled storytime with with stories, songs and rhymes! Free. Ages 2-5. No preregistration needed. *

Spanish Musical Kids. Tuesdays, January 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st, 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.  

Yoga for Kids. Wednesdays, January 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th, 11:00-11:30. Calling all young yogis! Explore yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques with your child. Learn from yoga instructors Anna Gephardt from Let's Grow Kids and Melissa Nutting from Evolution Prenatal & Family Yoga Center. Free. Ages 2-5 years. No preregistration needed. * Sponsored by Fletcher Free Library and Let's Grow Kids.

DinoMan Dinosaurs! Friday, January 6th, 3:45-4:#0 p.m. "With magic, merry mayhem and magnificent props, DinoMan will take you on a trip through the Mesozoic era." How do we know dinosaurs were here? What is a fossil? This program will be a fun and informative events leading up to an exciting exhibit at the Fletcher Free Library in February: Smithsonian's "Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?" Recommended for ages 5 & up, but all ages welcome.

Music with Robert. Fridays, January 6th, 13th & 20th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along with Robert for great family fun! Free. All ages. No preregistration needed. *

"Join Hands in Peace and Friendship" Craft Station. Saturday and Sunday, January 14th & 15th, all day both days. In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day we will have a book display and an open craft table where kids can make a "friendship hand" to be joined with others and displayed in the Library. Let's see how far we can make it go! Free. Recommended for ages 5 & up. No preregistration needed.

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Youth Programs in February

Please note: The library will be CLOSED on Monday, February 20th for Presidents' Day.

Stories with Megan. Mondays, February 6th, 13th & 27th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun-filled storytime with with stories, songs and rhymes! Free. Ages 2-5. No preregistration needed. *

Spanish Musical Kids. Tuesdays, February 7th, 14th & 21st, 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.  

Yoga for Kids. Wednesdays, Feburary 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd, 11:00-11:30. Calling all young yogis! Explore yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques with your child. Learn from yoga instructors Anna Gephardt from Let's Grow Kids and Melissa Nutting from Evolution Prenatal & Family Yoga Center. Free. Ages 2-5 years. No preregistration needed. *  

Music with Robert. Fridays, February 3rd, 10th & 17th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along with Robert for great family fun! Free. All ages. No preregistration needed. *

Special Exhibition! Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human? Saturday, February 18th through Friday, March 17th. Experience an outstanding opportunity to learn from this Smithsonian traveling exhibition hosted by the Fletcher Free Library. Developed by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History and the American Library Association. Visit the exhibition during library hours or schedule a school tour: http://tinyurl.com/FFLEHOstreg. Contact Barbara Shatara or Rebecca Goldberg for more information: bshatara@burlingtonvt.gov or rgoldberg@burlingtonvt.gov. Recommended for adults and students grade 2 and up, but all are welcome.

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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).