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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

LIFE IN VERMONT: WORKS BY SHARON RADTKE
January 3-31
Reception: January 21, 1-3 pm
Fletcher Room
Photographs and paintings of the Vermont landscape and wildlife by photographer, Sharon Radtke.

Radtke has lived in Milton, Vermont for almost ten years in a lovely spot called the Pond House. Her backyard has provided plenty of inspiration for her work. She has photographed 42 species of birds and other wildlife. Many are included in this exhibit. Her newest project is the creation of a greeting cards series -Pond House Birds Silhouette Greeting Cards-with a matching calendar for 2018. Radtke is the owner of SharonT Events, LLC and is also adjunct faculty in the Division of Communication and Creative Media at Champlain College.  Read her inspiring story in a recent Milton Independent article.

View a montage of her photos.

PHOTOGRAPHS AND PAINTINGS BY MARTIN BOCK
Mezzanine Balcony
January - March

PROGRAMS

The Greater Burlington Multicultural Resource Center
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. REMEMBRANCE EVENTS:

Actor Luis Gossett Jr. and the Montpelier Gospel Choir
Sunday, January 14, 3:00 pm
Unitarian Universalist Church
*Free tickets are available at the Fletcher Free Library

Panel Discussion:  Race, Crime and the Criminal Justice System
Monday, January 15, Noon
Fletcher Free Library, Main Reading Room
Panelists:

TJ Donovan (Attorney General)

Karen Richards (Executive Director, VT Human Rights Commission)

Henri Sparks (Burlington School District)

Sherwood Smith (UVM)

Tris Coffin (Former US Attorney)

Moderator: Professor Susan Commerford, UVM

computer workshops

Sign up now for workshops starting in February!  The Winter/Spring schedule is posted on our Tech Center page, and you can pick up a flyer at our Tech Center.  Stop by or call (802-865-7217) to register.

poetry Experience
First & Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
January 6 & 20
Pickering Room
Share your own work and learn from others in this supportive writers group. All ages and experience welcome.

COMMUNITY CRAFT NIGHT
Tuesdays, 6-8 pm
Bring your project and enjoy the company of other makers as we stitch, spin, knit, crochet and more at the free weekly event.

UkUlele MELEE
2nd & 4th Sunday of every month, 4-6 pm
January 14 & 28
 
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.

Fletcher free library book discussion group:
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Wednesday, January 10, 6:30 pm
Local History Room

Book synopsis:
Paulo Coelho's masterpiece tells the mystical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure. His quest will lead him to riches far different—and far more satisfying—than he ever imagined. Santiago's journey teaches us about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, of recognizing opportunity and learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, most importantly, to follow our dreams.

Free copies of the book are available for checkout at the library’s circulation desk.  The Library's Book Discussion Group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm!

LANGUAGE PROGRAMS

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

Beginner Level: Weekly class meetings are on hiatus until March-- Beginner English instruction by appointment only.

Intermediate/Advanced Level:
Pickering Room, 2nd Floor

English-language learners of all abilities can practice written and spoken English in either Beginner or Intermediate/Advanced levels of English classes. Grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, idioms and American culture are covered. Classes are drop-in friendly, no registration is required.

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

DUTCH LANGUAGE CLASSES
Saturdays, 10-11:30 am (No class Jan. 6 or 20)
Administrative Conference Room
Spreek je Nederlands?  Planning a trip to Amsterdam?  Interested in learning a new language?  Learn Dutch from a native speaker.  Class covers basic vocabulary and grammar.  Fluency not required (nor is attendance at every meeting).  For more info, contact: Bob van Heeks:
bheeks@yahoo.com

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP - "Dimanches"
Sundays, 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
1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 6:30-8 pm
January 3 & 17
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).

HIGHLIGHTED COMMUNITY PROGRAMS

The New Writers Studio: Writing as a Spiritual Journey
Sundays 2-4 pm
Pickering Room
This weekly gathering seeks to inspire participants to experiment with untold stories as well as new frontiers in any genre. The goals of the Studio are: to generate writing and not worry about the critic, to reach into the vault of memory and to practice using authentic voice, to learn new writing techniques and tools, and to nurture a supportive group that values all writing and participants. Bring a pen, paper or computer.

Facilitated by: Laurie McMillan, writer.  For questions:  writelife1@hotmail.com

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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 in January

Weekly Programs:

Homework Chill-out
Tuesdays 3:00-6:00 pm
Teen Space

Get caught up on homework with snacks, help desk, and take a study break with puzzles, crafts and more!

Makerspace
Wednesdays 2:30-5 pm
Pickering Room
Get your creative on with knitting, button making, circuits and more! Learn something new, get help on your own project, or just hang out! Supplies are available, or bring your own. 

Special Programs:

Storytellers, Unite!
Thursday January 11th 3:30-5:00 pm
Learn storytelling skills and meet with other storytellers! Bring a poem song, spoken word, or performance piece you’re working on, or browse the library for ideas.

Journal Jam
Sunday January 21st 2-4 pm
Admin. Conference Room

Make your own journal, book or diary! Learn how to make a journal out of an old book, collage diary, and more!

Coming soon!

Teen Advisory Board Meeting
Time and Date TBA

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Youth Programs in January

Please note: The Library will be CLOSED on Monday, January 1st for New Year's Day and on Monday, January 15th for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

"Spike" the Puppet Teaches Poison Prevention. Monday, January 8th, 11:00 a.m. Join us for an engaging child poison prevention program that offers children and adults safety tips. Enjoy a puppet show and the short video "Spike's Poison Prevention Adventure," starring Spike the porcupine. Fun games and activities for all sponsored by the Northern New England Poison Center. Free. Recommended for ages 3 and up. No preregistration needed.

Stories with Megan. Mondays, January 22nd & 29th, 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, January 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th, 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. January 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th, 3:15-4:45 p.m. Join us and use your imagination to be creative with recycled materials! Create with Lego© on January 9th! Free. All ages, under 8 with an adult helper, please. No preregistration needed. *

Yoga for Kids. Wednesdays, January 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st, 11:00-11:30. Young yogis explore yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques with yoga instructor Melissa Nutting from Evolution Prenatal & Family Yoga Center. Free. Ages 2-5 years. No preregistration needed. *

Babytime. Thursdays, January 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, 10:15-10:45 a.m. Explore books, rhymes and songs specially selected for tiny tots, followed by time to play and chat with other babies and their caregivers. Free. For infants through pre-walkers. No preregistration needed. *

Ukulele Kids! Thursdays, January 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Join Joe and his ukulele to sing and play to traditional children's songs.  Free. Ages 0-5 years. No preregistration needed. *

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

NEW! Groovaroo! Fridays, January 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th, 10:00-10:45 a.m. Moms, dad and caregivers: join us for a beginner dance class led by certified babywearing dance teacher Kadina. Look forward to bonding with you baby and new friends/dance buddies while enjoying some groovy, soulful dancing. If you are pregnant, have a squishy baby (at least 6 weeks old) or a toddler, this class is for you. Previous dance experience is NOT necessary. NOTE: Please wear comfortable exercise clothes and shoes, bring water, and a baby carrier. Free. For more info please visit www.littleartsyfaces.com.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover. Is your stuffie ready for an adventure? Bring your stuffie to the Library for a pajama storytime on Saturday, January 20th at 5:00 p.m.; to join other stuffies being left to explore the Library after-hours! Pick up your stuffie on Sunday, January 21st between noon and 1:00 p.m., and watch a slideshow of wonderful nighttime adventure! Free. Recommended for ages 3-6. No preregistration needed.

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Youth Programs in February

Please note: The Library will be CLOSED on Monday, February 19th for Presidents' Day.

Weekly Programs:

MONDAYS

Stories with Megan. Mondays, February 5th, 12th & 26th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun-filled storytime with stories, songs and rhymes! Free. Ages 2-5. No preregistration needed. *

TUESDAYS

Spanish Musical Kids. Tuesdays, February 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. February 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th, 3:15-4:45 p.m. Join us and use your imagination to be creative with recycled materials! Create with Lego© on February 6th! Free. All ages, under 8 with an adult helper, please. No preregistration needed. *

WEDNESDAYS

Yoga for Kids. Wednesdays, February 7th, 14th & 21st, 11:00-11:30. Young yogis explore yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques with yoga instructor Melissa Nutting from Evolution Prenatal & Family Yoga Center. Free. Ages 2-5 years. No preregistration needed. *

THURSDAYS

Babytime. Thursdays, February 1st, 8th & 22nd, 10:15-10:45 a.m. Explore books, rhymes and songs specially selected for tiny tots, followed by time to play and chat with other babies and their caregivers. Free. For infants through pre-walkers. No preregistration needed. *

Ukulele Kids! Thursdays, February 8th & 22nd, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Join Joe and his ukulele to sing and play to traditional children's songs.  Free. Ages 0-5 years. No preregistration needed. *

FRIDAYS

Music with Robert. Fridays, February 2nd, 9th & 16th, 11:00 a.m.-11:30 (NEW TIME!) Sing along with Robert for great family fun! Free. All ages. No preregistration needed. *

NEW! Groovaroo! Fridays, February 2nd, 9th, 16th & 23rd, 10:00-10:45 a.m. Moms, dad and caregivers: join us for a beginner dance class led by certified babywearing dance teacher Kadina. Look forward to bonding with you baby and new friends/dance buddies while enjoying some groovy, soulful dancing. If you are pregnant, have a squishy baby (at least 6 weeks old) or a toddler, this class is for you. Previous dance experience is NOT necessary. NOTE: Please wear comfortable exercise clothes and shoes, bring water, and a baby carrier. Free. For more info please visit www.littleartsyfaces.com. *

School Vacation Week Programs:

Quarto Tournament! Wednesday, February 28th, 1:30-3:00 p.m. Hae fun learning a game that may be new to you while using your deductive reasoning skills. Free. Ages 8 & up. Preregistration preferred: 802-865-7216 or rgoldberg@burlingtonvt.gov

 

*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).


 

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