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September 2014
Art Exhibits and Programs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ART EXHIBITS

GENERATIONS OF PRIDE
Pickering Room
September 7-28, 2014
Reception: Friday, September 12, 4-6 pm
The Vermont Queer Archives from the Pride Center of Vermont presents, "Generations of Pride."  This exhibit traces the history of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community Pride celebrations in Vermont from 1983 to the present.  Materials on display include posters, banners, buttons and other ephemera that reflect a diverse and vibrant LGBTQ community.  The collection recently acquired documents pivotal to the legal battle for civil unions and marriage equality in Vermont; these will be available for viewing for the first time ever in an exhibition setting.

PROGRAMS

FLETCHER FREE LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION
Local History Room
Wednesday, September 9, 6 pm
Peter Burns explores the personalities and intrigue in the court of Henry VIII found in Man Booker Prize winner Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel.  Join this monthly book discussion on the second Tuesday of each month.  Free copies of the book are available for checkout at the library’s circulation desk.

Book Synopsis:  England in the 1520s is a heartbeat from disaster.  If the king dies without a male heir, the country could be destroyed by civil war.  Henry VIII wants to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn.  The pope and most of Europe opposes him.  Into this impasse steps Thomas Cromwell: a wholly original man, a charmer and a bully, both idealist and opportunist, astute in reading people, and implacable in his ambition.  But Henry is volatile: one day tender, one day murderous.  Cromwell helps him break the opposition, but what will be the price of his triumph?

FRIENDS OF THE FLETCHER FREE LIBRARY FALL BOOK SALE
Community Room
September 17-21
Wednesday: 3:00 – 7:30 pm
Thursday - Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday: noon – 5:30 pm
The Friends of the Fletcher Free Library have collected thousands of good books to sell at reasonable prices.  We have fiction sorted alphabetically, non-fiction sorted by category, young adult, youth and children's books.  In addition, this sale contains special collections of music, art and foreign language books, along with CDs, DVDs, VHS tapes, and some specially priced gift books.  Please plan on stopping in and buying some books – and, as always, the more we sell, the more we can help the library.  Great browsing and great prices!

BURLINGTON BOOK FESTIVAL
Throughout the Library
September 18-21
Library Director Rubi Simon and the staff of the Fletcher Free are thrilled to be hosting the Burlington Book Festival in its milestone 10th anniversary year.  Featuring literary luminaries from around the world and just around the corner, it will be held at the Library and at other downtown venues.  Once considered quiet spaces for reading and research, libraries have become an essential resource in community life, exemplifying vibrant public institutions.  What better way to celebrate the Festival’s 10th anniversary than to hold this great event in the historic space of the Fletcher Free Library!

Director Simon has this to say about the upcoming festival:
“In the current environment of ever-changing technologies, shifting economies and increasing information overload, I often ask myself ‘What makes a public library great’?  I am convinced events like the Burlington Book Festival embody the great things libraries are doing for their communities; continuously striving to enrich lives and foster a love of literacy in all its forms.  I extend genuine thanks to the Festival’s Planning Committee.  They have worked tirelessly to prepare for this great event. I also thank Rick Kisonak for bringing our partnership to fruition.  We also thank you, the Burlington community, for helping us foster the love of reading and lifelong learning.  The Fletcher Free hopes you will enjoy the 2014 Festival’s fantastic range of writers and workshops!”

Click here for the Book Festival and related events schedule.

PLEASE NOTE:
There will be limited access to Library resources during the Festival.

Friday, September 19:
  Computer Center closes at 2 pm
  Library closes at 4 pm

Saturday and Sunday:
  The Computer Center and Reference Desk will be closed.

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"
Starting up again September 7!
Local History Room
Sundays, 4:00-5:30 pm
PLEASE NOTE: Due to the Book Festival at the Library, the SEPTEMBER 21 meeting will be at Panera Bread on Church Street. For more information, contact Barbara Shatara, Programs & Partnerships, 865.7211.

GERMAN-ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP
Local History Room
First and third Wednesdays of each month: September 3 & 17
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 September and October, 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 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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Youth Programs in October

Please note: The library will be CLOSED on Monday, October 14th for Columbus Day.

Stories with Megan. Mondays, October 20th & 27th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun-filled storytime with stories, songs and rhymes. Ages 2-5 years. Free. No preregistration needed. *

Creative Tuesdays. October 7th, 21st & 27th, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Join us and use your imagination to be creative with recycled materials. Free. All ages, under 10 with an adult helper, please. No preregistration needed.

Special Creative Tuesdays Event: Welcome Back, Big Guy! October 14th, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Join artist Melinda White-Bronson to celebrate Big Guy's return to the Fletcher Free Library. Enjoy an opportunity to create with paper mache. Free. Ages 6 & under should be accompanied by an adult. No preregistration needed.

Gaming for Teens and Adults. Tuesdays in October, 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.

Moving & Grooving with Christine. Wednesdays, October 1st, 15th & 22nd, 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.

Special Costume Party Moving & Grooving. Wednesday, October 29th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Dress those tots in their cutest costumes and join the fun as DJ Christine spins rockin' seasonal sounds. Free. Ages 2-5 years, but all ages welcome! No preregistration needed.

Spanish Musical Kids. Thursdays, October 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th, 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, October 10th & 24th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along with Robert for great family fun! All ages. Free. No preregistration needed. *

John Dewey Day! Saturday, October 18th. Celebrate the birthday of the influential Philosopher/Educator John Dewey, who was born in 1859 in Burlington, VT! Paper mask making 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, parade down Church Street 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. 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).