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Programs for All Ages

Make Music Day
Wednesday, June 21, 6-8 pm
As part of an annual international celebration called Make Music Day, musicians in Burlington, VT, and Chattanooga, TN, will jam using a high-performance videoconferencing technology that enables real-time, simultaneous, live musical collaboration across long distances.

Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, Make Music Day is now held on the same day in more than 750 cities in 120 countries. For the second year in a row, Big Heavy World, in partnership with Burlington Telecom, Fletcher Free Library, Advance Music Center and sponsored by BTV Ignite, will connect with musicians at the Chattanooga Public Library via the LOLA System.

LOLA, is the name for a LOw LAtency Audio Visual Streaming System that has been installed by BTV Ignite at the Fletcher Free Library. Far from “ordinary” videoconferencing, it uses specialized devices to give musicians, separated by great distance, the experience of performing together in the same room. LOLA runs on a special 100 gigabit Ethernet technology called Internet2 and was developed to enable collaborative live performances, master classes, and remote auditions in the performing arts.

“LOLA is one of the most exciting tools used for Arts & Humanities Initiatives around the country. The partnerships formed with museums, performing arts centers, and libraries are fostering relationships that could not have previously existed. Connecting across great distances offers exposure to new cultures and shared passions. That’s incredibly powerful.”
– Mary Danko, Director, Fletcher Free Library


Adult Programs in June

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

Strength in Numbers: Art Teachers Annual Art Show
May 8-July 30
Main Reading Room
Strength in Numbers is a group of Vermont art teachers who come together for monthly meetings to support each other in their art making; giving them the purpose they need to engage and persist in art making.

PROGRAMS

poetry Experience
First & Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
June 3 & 17
Pickering Room
Share your own work and learn from others in this supportive writers group. All ages and experience welcome.

DUTCH CONVERSATION GROUP -- NEW!
Saturday, June 3, 10:30-11:30am
Administrative Conference Room, 2nd Floor

CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE CLASS
Sundays, 4:30-6 pm
Community Room

Fletcher free library book discussion group:
Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, by Arlie Russell Hochschild
Wednesday, June 14, 6:30-8 pm
Local History Room
Check out this monthly discussion group on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. Free copies of the book are available for checkout at the library’s circulation desk.

Book Synopsis:
The New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and God Is Not One presents a provocative crash course in the great “American scriptures”—those texts that have both divided and defined our understanding of what it is to be American. Stephen Prothero gives readers an exciting and user-friendly introduction to American cultural history in The American Bible. Highlighting the touchstones of our collective cultural legacy, from Thomas Paine’s Common Sense to Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial; from the speeches of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan to the novels of Mark Twain and Ayn Rand, and beyond, Prothero’s stirring and provocative handbook peels back the curtain on the inner workings of what makes America tick.

UkUlele MELEE
2nd & 4th Sunday of every month, 4-6 pm
June 11 & 25
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.

ELL  PROGRAMS

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

Beginner Level:
Pickering Room, 2nd Floor (EXCEPT: cancelled on June 21)

Intermediate/Advanced Level:
Administrative Conference 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.

CONVERSATION GROUPS

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP - "Dimanches"
No meetings between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Au revoir until September 10!
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, 6:30-8 pm (note new time!)
June 7 & 21
Local History Room

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Adult Programs in July

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commonwealth

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

Strength in Numbers: Art Teachers Annual Art Show
May 8-July 30
Main Reading Room
Strength in Numbers is a group of Vermont art teachers who come together for monthly meetings to support each other in their art making; giving them the purpose they need to engage and persist in art making.

PROGRAMS

poetry Experience
First & Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
July 1 & 15
Pickering Room
Share your own work and learn from others in this supportive writers group. All ages and experience welcome.

DUTCH CONVERSATION GROUP
Saturdays, 10:30-noon
Local History Room

CITIZENSHIP CLASS
Sundays, July 16, 23 & 30, 2:30-6 pm 
Pickering Room

CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE CLASS
Sundays, 4:30-6 pm
Community Room

Fletcher free library book discussion group:
Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett
Wednesday, July 12, 6:30-8 pm
Local History Room
Check out this monthly discussion group on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. Free copies of the book are available for checkout at the library’s circulation desk.

UkUlele MELEE
2nd & 4th Sunday of every month, 4-6 pm
July 9 & 23
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.

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

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.

CONVERSATION GROUPS

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP - "Dimanches"
No meetings between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  Au revoir until September 10!
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, 6:30-8 pm (note new time!)
July 5 & 19
Local History Room

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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

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

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

Summer MegaMix!

Read, Innovate & Create
at the Fletcher Free Library this summer!

Click HERE for the Summer MegaMix program schedule. 

Click HERE to sign up on line, or at the Library starting June 19. 

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Summer
MegaMix!

Early Learners:

Read, Learn, Sing, Play & Share with your preschooler at the Fletcher Free Library this summer!

Click HERE for the Summer MegaMix program schedule.

Click HERE to sign up on line, or at the Library starting
June 19. 

K-5th Graders:

Read, Explore, Play, Learn & Share at the Fletcher Free Library this summer!

Click HERE for the Summer MegaMix program schedule.

Click HERE to sign up on line, or at the Library starting
June 19. 

Youth Programs in June

A World of Stories with Megan. Monday, June 26th, 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, June 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.

Yoga for Kids. Wednesdays, June 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th, 11:00-11:30. Calling all young yogis! Explore yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. 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. *

SPECIAL! Kids Sharing Stories. VT PBS Kids Writing Contest: Storytime Party. Wednesday, June 7th, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Enjoy an evening of celebration as local contest participants read their stories. Free. All ages. No preregistration needed.

Ukulele Kids! Thursdays, June 8th & 22nd, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Play instruments and dance to traditional children's songs. Free. Ages 0-5 years. No preregistration needed. *

Family Music Time. Fridays, June 9th & 16th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along for great family fun! Free. All ages. No preregistration needed. *

SPECIAL! "BUILD A BETTER WORLD" Summer MegaMix @ FFL. Begins Monday, June 19th! Sign up to read and learn something every day this summer, play the MegaMix Game, share with Library staff and receive a free t-shirt. Free for all children: Early Learning (Preschool-K) and Youth (K-5).
     Tinkering Tuesdays. June 27th, 10:30 a.m. Activate your brain with hands-on STEAM-type projects. Free. Ages 8 & up. Preregistration preferred: 865-7216.*
     Lunch at the Library. Tuesdays & Thursdays, beginning June 27th, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Enjoy a nutritious meal at the Library. Free. Ages 18 & under. No preregistration.
     Marko the Magician. Wednesday, June 28th, 1:00 p.m. Expect to have Marko blow your mind with his "Magic of Books!" Free. Ages 5 & up. No preregistration.

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Youth Programs in July

SPECIAL! "BUILD A BETTER WORLD" Summer MegaMix @ FFL continues! Sign up to read and learn something every day this summer, play the MegaMix Game, share with Library staff and receive a free t-shirt. Free for all children: Early Learning (Preschool-K) and Youth (K-5).

A World of Stories with Megan. Mondays, July 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun-filled storytime with with stories, songs and rhymes! Free. Ages 2-5. No preregistration needed. *

Tinkering Tuesdays. July 11th, 18th & 25th, 10:30 a.m-noon. Activate your brain & creative energy with hands-on STEAM-type projects. Tinker with electrical circuits, gears, pulleys & more. Ages 8 & up. Preregistration preferred: 865-7216. [Followed by lunch for everyone 18 & under.] *

Lunch at the Library. Every Tuesday & Thursday, June 27th through August 3rd, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Burlington School Food Project invites you to enjoy nutritious meals at the Library. All children ages 18 & under from all towns & communities are welcome.

Spanish Musical Kids. Tuesdays, July 11th, 18th & 25th, 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. [Followed by lunch for everyone 18 & under.]

Yoga for Kids. Wednesdays, July 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th, 11:00-11:30. Calling all young yogis! Explore yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. 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. *

Girls Code @ FFL. Wednesdays, July 12th, 19th & 26th, 11:00 a.m.-noon. Learn beginner computer science principles. This program is designed to develop digital literacy & encourage young women to explore computer science as a career. Girls ages 8-12. Preregistration required: 865-7216. Participants must be available for all three dates.

Building Bridges. Thursdays, July 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th, 10:30-noon. Explore the principles of engineering, bridge design & bettering the world around us through creative building fun. Ages 8 & up. Preregistration preferred: 865-7216. [Followed by lunch for everyone 18 & under.]

Extreme Book Giveaway. Thursday, July 13th, 1:00-2:00 p.m. Be captivated by interactive stories performed by a Children's Literacy Foundation (CLiF) storyteller & take home your very own new book! Recommended for ages 5-10 (all welcome).

Family Music Time. Fridays, July 7th & 14th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along for great family fun! Free. All ages. No preregistration needed. *

Trad Camp Showcase. Wednesday, July 26th, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Join Young Tradition Vermont's summer Trad Camp for songs, tunes & dances. Performers include Pete Sutherland, Brian Perkins, Oliver Scanlon & others. All ages. [Followed by lunch for everyone 18 & under.]

Baseball Lovers Meet the Lake Monsters. Wednesday, July 26th. Call the library for time. Learn about the world of VT professional baseball from the players themselves. Ages 5 & up. Call for information: 865-7216.

Ukulele Kids! Thursdays, July 20th & 27th, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Play instruments and dance to traditional children's songs. Free. Ages 0-5 years. No preregistration needed. [Followed by lunch for everyone 18 & under.] *

Cardboard Box Parade. Thursday, July 20th, 1:00-3:00 pm. Parade down Church Street with Library staff for this wild & fun annual Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront event. Come in costume as a better world builder or wear your Summer MegaMix t-shirt. Meet Library staff at the top of Church STreet at 1:00 p.m. to march to City Hall Park. All ages.

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Youth Programs in August

SPECIAL! "BUILD A BETTER WORLD" Summer MegaMix @ FFL continues through August 2nd! Sign up to read and learn something every day this summer, play the MegaMix Game, share with Library staff and receive a free t-shirt. Free for all children: Early Learning (Preschool-K) and Youth (K-5).

A World of Stories with Megan. Monday, August 7th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun-filled storytime with with stories, songs and rhymes! Free. Ages 2-5. No preregistration needed. *

Lunch at the Library. Every Tuesday & Thursday, June 27th through August 3rd, 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The Burlington School Food Project invites you to enjoy nutritious meals at the Library. All children ages 18 & under from all towns & communities are welcome.

Spanish Musical Kids. Tuesdays, August 1st, 8th & 29th, 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. [Followed by lunch for everyone 18 & under.]

Summer MegaMix Carnival. Wednesday, August 2nd, 6:00-7:20. Celebrate a summer of exploration and learning at a carnival on the Library lawn. Enjoy face painting, a building contest, music, watermelon & more. All ages. Family & friends welcome!

Yoga for Kids. Wednesdays, August 2nd, 9th, 23rd & 30th, 11:00-11:30. Calling all young yogis! Explore yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. 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. *

Family Music Time. Fridays, August 11th & 18th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along for great family fun! Free. All ages. No preregistration needed. *

Ukulele Kids! Thursdays, August 10th & 17th, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Play instruments and dance to traditional children's songs. Free. Ages 0-5 years. No preregistration needed. [Followed by lunch for everyone 18 & under.] *

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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).