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August 2014
Art Exhibits and Programs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Far from the Tree: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity

ART EXHIBITS

REFLECTIONS OF MY LIFE — A Photography Exhibit
Pickering Room
August 3-31
Reception: Monday, August 4, 1:30-3 pm

Reflections of my Life is an exhibit of photographs taken by adults from Howard Center Developmental Services in a VSA Vermont adult arts education class taught by photographer Dawn O’Connell.

During the 8-week class, students learned about the history of photography, received instruction on camera functions, took pictures in a variety of settings—including the Church Street Marketplace, and explored the use of titles.  This exhibit, which was named by students, includes favorite photographs from those who completed the class.

An opening reception will be held on Monday, August 4th, 1:30 to 3 pm.  Tours will be offered during the August 4 reception.

VSA Vermont’s Adult Arts Education Program features performing/visual arts courses for adults with a variety of disabilities.  Taught by local artists across the state, the classes end with a community celebration of the participants’ creative expression.

PROGRAMS

FFL BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP
Far From the Tree: Parents, Children and the Search for Identity
by Andrew Solomon
Local History Room
Tuesday, August 12, 6:30 pm
Join the discussion of Far From the Tree, a comprehensive and thoughtful book that asks the question: “to what extent should parents accept their children for who they are, and to what extent they should help them become their best selves” The book club is open to all readers. This discussion will be led by Professor Shana Haines from UVM’s College of Education and Social Services.  A limited number of copies of the book are available at the library’s circulation desk.

The Booklist review:
*Starred Review* Solomon, who won the National Book Award for The Noonday Demon (2001), tackles daunting questions involving nature versus nurture, illness versus identity, and how they all affect parenting in his exhaustive but not exhausting exploration of what happens when children bear little resemblance to their parents. He begins by challenging the very concept of human reproduction. We do not reproduce, he asserts, spawning clones. We produce originals. And if we’re really lucky, our offspring will be enough like us or our immediate forebears that we can easily love, nurture, understand, and respect them. But it’s a crapshoot. More often than not, little junior will be born with a long-dormant recessive gene, or she may emerge from the womb with her very own, brand-new identifier—say, deafness, physical deformity, or homosexuality. Years of interviews with families and their unique children culminate in this compassionate compendium. Solomon focuses on the creative and often desperate ways in which families manage to tear down prejudices and preconceived fears and reassemble their lives around the life of a child who alters their view of the world. Most succeed. Some don’t. But the truth Solomon writes about here is as poignant as it is implacable, and he leaves us with a reinvented notion of identity and individual value. --Donna Chavez

UKULELE MELE
Fletcher Room
First and third Sundays: August 3 & 17, 4:30 pm
(“Mele” - Hawaiian word  for song)
Join other Burlington-area Ukulele lovers in a group to learn and play the Ukulele together.  Ages: Adults and kids 10 and up.   Bring your own Uke.

Starting with 2-3 chord songs, simple visual prompts will assist in learning 1 or 2 songs together each session.  PLUS: Once a month we'll have a Ukulele Mele Open Mic from 5:30 – 6:00 pm.  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.

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"
Will not be meeting at the Library until September 7.
For more information, contact Barbara Shatara, Programs & Partnerships, 865.7211.

GERMAN-ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP
Local History Room
First and third Wednesdays of each month: August 6 & 20
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.

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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 August and September, 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 August

Please note: The library will be CLOSED on Friday, August 15, for Bennington Battle Day.

Fizz, Boom, READ! The Fletcher Free Library's 2014 Summer Reading Program continues through August 8th! Visit the Library any time to check-in and talk about reading with our summer volunteers! All hours must be reported by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 8th. Check out our Summer Reading Program flyer for more details. Free. For students entering kindergarten through eighth grade.

Investigation and Creation Stations at the Library all day, every day. Blow your mind with science activities, games and puzzles. Ages 5 & up.

Fizz, Boom Stories with Megan. Mondays, August 4th & 11th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun-filled storytime with picture books and songs that spark young children's curiosity. Ages 3-6 years. *

Creative Tuesdays. August 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th, 10:30-11:45 a.m. Spark your imagination with Legos, recycled materials, and crafts. Free. All ages, under 8 with an adult helper, please. Followed by lunch for everyone 18 & under.

Lunch at the Library! Tuesdays and Thursday, August 5th & 7th, 12:00-12:30 p.m. The Burlington School Food Project invites you to enjoy healthy, nutritious meals at the Library. All children 18 and under from all towns/communities are welcome. FREE!

Gaming for Teens and Adults. Tuesdays in August, 5-7:45 p.m.
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.

"Once on This Island." Wednesday, August 6th, noon. Bring lunch and experience the fabulous Very Merry Theatre teens performing a classic Broadway musical on the Library lawn. Set in the Caribbean, the power of love brings together people of different backgrounds. Ages 5 & up.

Spanish Musical Kids. Thursday, August 7th, 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. She makes learning fun! Free. Ages 1-5 years. Followed by lunch for everyone 18 & under.

Music with Robert. Friday, August 22nd, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along with Robert for great family fun! All ages. *

A Blast of a Party! Wednesday, August 13th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Celebrate a summer of reading and discovery with an evening of wonderful music, watermelon and prizes. All ages. Family and friends welcome!

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

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Youth Programs in September

Please note: The library will be CLOSED on Monday, September 1, for Labor Day.

Stories with Megan. Mondays, September 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun-filled storytime with stories, songs and rhymes. Ages 2-5 years. Free. No preregistration needed. *

Gaming for Teens and Adults. Tuesdays in September, 5-7:45 p.m.
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. Free. No preregistration needed.

Moving & Grooving with Christine. Wednesdays, September 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. Thursdays, September 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th, 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, September 5th, 12th & 19th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along with Robert for great family fun! All ages. Free. No preregistration needed. *

The 2014 Burlington Book Festival at Fletcher Free Library & other downtown venues. September 19-21. Readings, signings, panels, film screenings, book launches, workshops, exhibits, demos, children’s & YA favorites & special events featuring literary luminaries from around the world –and just around the corner! For details and a schedule, visit
www.burlingtonbookfestival.com

VSA Vermont’s Drum Making & Drumming Workshops. Saturday, September 27, 1:00-3:00 p.m. VSA VT is offering two workshops in anticipation of the BOOM VT Drum Festival in October. Enjoy making a drum and learning some basic drumming techniques. Participants will leave with a handmade drum and drumstick, or a shaker for preschoolers. Workshop #1 is for preschoolers and their parents. Workshop #2 is for school age children (1st – 12th grade); parents are welcome. Free. All ages. 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).