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January 2016
Art Exhibits and Programs
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sellout

 

 

 

The Guest Room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Curiosity: How to Unleash Creativity and Encourage Lifelong Wondering

ART EXHIBITS

Najawa: A Story of Palestine
Mezzanine Balcony
January 5 - March 31
"Najawa: A Story of Palestine" by artist Michelle Sayles is a 45' long "Street Comic" that tells the story of a Palestinian woman's life in a decade snapshots. Sayles collaborated in the development of the story with another local artist and educator, Jen Berger, and from Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel in the creation of the narrative.

PROGRAMS

VERMONT PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
First Tuesday of every month, 6:00 pm
January 5
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.

This month’s guest lecturer is UVM Professor Tyler Doggett on food ethics.

POETRY EXPERIENCE
First and Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
January 6 & 30
Pickering Room
Rajnii Eddins facilitates this poetry and spoken word workshop. Gain confidence with your writing, learn from and support others and experience the joy of poetry.

Vermont Health Connect Open Enrollment Event
Tuesday, January 12, 5-8 pm
Community Room
Get free in-person information and support enrolling in health insurance coverage from a Vermont Health Connect Navigator.  Two out of three Vermonters are eligible for financial subsidies when they apply.  Contact navigator@cvoeo.org or 860-1417 x115 for more information about this event or free Navigator services.

A Travelers Guide to the Civil Rights Movement with a screening of Faces in the Water
Tuesday, January 12, 6:30 pm
Fletcher Room
Author of A Traveler's Guide to the Civil Rights Movement, Jim Carrier will talk about his book and screen his film Faces In the Water: The Martyrs of the Civil Rights Memorial.  Part guidebook, part civil rights primer, A Traveler's Guide to the Civil Rights Movement covers the years 1954 to 1965 as well as the vast, underappreciated black history from which our modern civil rights movement began.  Carrier is an award-winning journalist and author of ten books. He has written for National Geographic, SAIL, and The New York Times. From 1999-2001, he worked for Morris Dees at the Southern Poverty Law Center, where he created and developed their Web site. He recently moved to Vermont from Montgomery, Alabama.

Fletcher Free Library Book Discussion:
The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Wednesday, January 13, 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:
A biting satire about a young man's isolated upbringing and the race trial that sends him to the Supreme Court, Paul Beatty's The Sellout showcases a comic genius at the top of his game. It challenges the sacred tenets of the United States Constitution, urban life, the civil rights movement, the father-son relationship, and the holy grail of racial equality―the black Chinese restaurant.  Named one of the best books of 2015 by The New York Times Book Review and The Wall Street Journal.

Chris Bohjalian: The Guest Room Rock-n-Roll Book Tour!
Thursday, January 21, 6:30 pm
Main Reading Room
Chris Bohjalian will give a presentation on his new novel, The Guest Room.  A captivating, chilling story about shame and scandal, The Guest Room is a riveting novel from one of our greatest storytellers.

ABOUT THE BOOK: When Kristin Chapman agrees to let her husband, Richard, host his brother’s bachelor party, she expects a certain amount of debauchery. She brings their young daughter to Manhattan for the evening, leaving her Westchester home to the men and their hired entertainment. What she does not expect is this: bacchanalian drunkenness, her husband sharing a dangerously intimate moment in the guest room, and two women stabbing and killing their Russian bodyguards before driving off into the night. In the aftermath, Kristin and Richard’s life rapidly spirals into nightmare. The police throw them out of their home, now a crime scene, Richard’s investment banking firm puts him on indefinite leave, and Kristin is unsure if she can forgive her husband for the moment he shared with a dark-haired girl in the guest room. But the dark-haired girl, Alexandra, faces a much graver danger. In one breathless, violent night, she is free, running to escape the police who will arrest her and the gangsters who will kill her in a heartbeat.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:  Chris Bohjalian is the author of eighteen books, including Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands, The Sandcastle Girls, Skeletons at the Feast, The Double Bind, and Midwives. His novel Midwives was a number one New York Times bestseller and a selection of Oprah’s Book Club. His work has been translated into more than thirty languages, and three of his novels have become movies (Secrets of Eden, Midwives, and Past the Bleachers). He lives in Vermont with his wife and daughter. Visit him at www.chrisbohjalian.com or on Facebook.

Ukelele MELEE
2nd & 4th Sunday of every month, 4-6 pm
January 24
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.

BOOK LAUNCH:
Erik Shonstrom and Wild Curiosity: how to unleash creativity and encourage lifelong wondering
Thursday, January 28, 6:30 pm
Main Reading Room
Erik Shonstrom is the author of Wild Curiosity: how to unleash creativity and encourage lifelong wondering, published by Rowman & Littlefield. Wild Curiosity explores the relationship between curiosity and learning, and examines ways in which curiosity can be mobilized in and out of school. Erik has written for The Essay Daily, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Education Week, and Children & Nature Network.

cOMPUTER WORKSHP:
Introduction to Windows
Saturday, January 30, 10:30 am - noon
Community Room
Click here for description and complete Spring schedule!
Reservations required: Please call the Reference Desk at 865.7217

Chinese Language Class
Every Saturday, 10 am --ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Pickering Room
Instructor Jin Li teaches beginning Chinese each Saturday.

ELL  PROGRAMS

ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES
Beginner Level:
Every Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 pm
Pickering Room, 2nd Floor

Intermediate/Advanced Level:
Every Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 pm
Administrative Conference Room, 2nd Floor

For more information, contact Barbara Shatara, Programs & Partnerships, 865.7211.

CONVERSATION GROUPS

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP - "Dimanches"
Every Sunday, 4:00 pm
Local History Room
For all levels!  Practice your French language skills and meet up with other Francophiles.

GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP
First and Third Wednesday of every month, 6-7:30 pm
January 6 & 20
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).

RUSSIAN
Every Wednesday, starting January 20
6:00-6:45 - Beginner level
6:45-7:30 - Intermediate level
Community Room
Учитесь говорить по-русски.  Learn to speak Russian.  Two levels this year!

Spanish Conversation Group - Intermediate/Advanced
Fourth Wednesday of every month, 6-7:30 pm
January 27
Local History Room
Join Spanish instructor Maigualida Gomez for 90 minutes of conversation en Español on the 4th Wednesday of each month.  Best for those with intermediate to advanced proficiency.

For more information about Conversation Groups, contact Barbara Shatara, Programs & Partnerships, 865.7211.

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February 2016
Art Exhibits and Programs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ART EXHIBITS

Najawa: A Story of Palestine
Mezzanine Balcony
January 5 - March 31
"Najawa: A Story of Palestine" by artist Michelle Sayles is a 45' long "Street Comic" that tells the story of a Palestinian woman's life in a decade snapshots. Sayles collaborated in the development of the story with another local artist and educator, Jen Berger, and from Vermonters for a Just Peace in Palestine/Israel in the creation of the narrative.

PROGRAMS

VERMONT PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
First Tuesday of every month, 6:00 pm
February 2
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.

cOMPUTER WORKSHPS:
Intro to Word
Saturday, February 6, 10:30 am - noon

Intro to Excel
Saturday, February 13, 10:30 am - noon

Intermediate Excel
Saturday, February 20, 10:30 am - noon

Intro to Facebook for Seniors (50+)
Monday, February 22, 3:00 -4:30 pm

Intermediate Word
Saturday, February 27, 10:30 am - noon

All Workshops are held in the Community Room
Click here for description and complete Spring schedule!
Reservations required: Please call the Reference Desk at 865.7217

POETRY EXPERIENCE
First and Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
February 6 & 20
Pickering Room
Rajnii Eddins facilitates this poetry and spoken word workshop. Gain confidence with your writing, learn from and support others and experience the joy of poetry.

Fletcher Free Library Book Discussion:
So You Have Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
Wednesday, February 10, 6:30 pm
Local History Room

Join this monthly book discussion on the second Wednesday of each month.  Peter Burns leads discussion of British-writer Jon Ronson’s So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed. Free copies of the book are available for checkout at the Library’s Circulation Desk.

Book synopsis:
For the past three years, Jon Ronson has traveled the world meeting recipients of high-profile public shamings. The shamed are people like us - people who, say, made a joke on social media that came out badly, or made a mistake at work. Once their transgression is revealed, collective outrage circles with the force of a hurricane and the next thing they know they're being torn apart by an angry mob, jeered at, demonized, sometimes even fired from their job.

Simultaneously powerful and hilarious in the way only Jon Ronson can be, So You've Been Publicly Shamed is a deeply honest book about modern life, full of eye-opening truths about the escalating war on human flaws - and the very scary part we all play in it.

Film Screening and Concert:
The Librarian and the Banjo
Tuesday, February 9, 6:30 pm
Fletcher Room
Writer and filmmaker, Jim Carrier discusses his film about Dena Epstein, a music librarian, whose trailblazing scholarship was the first to take on the old myths about the banjo and prove its African-American origins and West African roots.

The film features interviews with the late Dena Epstein, academics, banjo historians and musicians including the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Bela Fleck, Tony Trischka and Eric Weissberg. The soundtrack, from dozens of banjo players, includes music on gourd akontings, minstrel instruments and bluegrass banjos. Among featured artists are Stephen Wade, Sule Greg Wilson and Pura Fe.

Jim Carrier will be joined after the film by Pete Sutherland, a well-known Vermont old-time banjo and fiddle musician, and Rick Ceballos, a musician and instrument collector who will play several of his banjos.  They will demonstrate the musical history of the banjo from its African ancestors, through minstrelsy, its classic period, the old-time/folk period, to the modern bluegrass picking style. The audience will even be invited to sing along on a couple of tunes.

Guitar Open Mic
Saturday, February 13, 4:30-5:30 pm
Pickering Room
Come join the guitar open mic, a forum to listen and play music on nylon string guitars in a friendly environment. All levels of skills and styles are welcome. There will be solo, duet and trio performances by local guitar musicians, professional and amateurs. We look forward to meeting you and hearing you play.  Bring your guitar!

Ukelele MELEE
2nd & 4th Sunday of every month, 4-6 pm
February 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.

Chinese Language Class
Every Saturday, 10 am --ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Pickering Room
Instructor Jin Li teaches beginning Chinese each Saturday.

ELL  PROGRAMS

ENGLISH LANGUAGE CLASSES
Beginner Level:
Every Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 pm
Pickering Room, 2nd Floor

Intermediate/Advanced Level:
Every Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 pm
Administrative Conference Room, 2nd Floor

For more information, contact Barbara Shatara, Programs & Partnerships, 865.7211.

CONVERSATION GROUPS

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP - "Dimanches"
Every Sunday, 4:00 pm
Local History Room
For all levels!  Practice your French language skills and meet up with other Francophiles.

GERMAN CONVERSATION GROUP
First and Third Wednesday of every month, 6-7:30 pm
February 3 & 17
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).

RUSSIAN
Every Wednesday 
6:00-6:45 - Beginner level
6:45-7:30 - Intermediate level
Community Room
Учитесь говорить по-русски.  Learn to speak Russian.  Two levels this year!

Spanish Conversation Group - Intermediate/Advanced
Fourth Wednesday of every month, 6-7:30 pm
February 24
Local History Room
Join Spanish instructor Maigualida Gomez for 90 minutes of conversation en Español on the 4th Wednesday of each month.  Best for those with intermediate to advanced proficiency.

For more information about Conversation Groups, 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 January and February, 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 February

Please note: The library will be CLOSED on Monday, February 15th for Presidents' Day. 

Stories with Megan. Mondays, February 1st, 8th, 22nd & 29th, 11:00-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a fun-filled storytime with songs, rhymes and stories that feature African American authors and illustrators. Free. Ages 2-5. No preregistration needed. *

Spanish Musical Kids. Tuesdays, February 2nd, 9th & 16th, 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 2nd, 9th & 16th, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Join us for arts & crafts incorporating traditional African American techniques on February 9th & 16th. Create with Legos on February 2nd! Free. All ages, under 8 with an adult helper, please. No preregistration needed.

Gaming for Teens and Adults. Tuesdays in February, 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.

The Librarian and the Banjo. Film Screening, Discussion and Concert! Tuesday, February 9th, 6:30 p.m. Meet writer and filmmaker Jim Carrier and enjoy his film about Dena Epstein, a music librarian whose trailblazing scholarship was the first to take on the old myths about the banjo and prove its African American origins and West African roots. Experience music on gourd akontings, minstrel instruments and bluegrass banjos. Jim Carrier will be joined after the film by Pete Sutherland, a well-known Vermont banjo and fiddle musician, and Rick Ceballos, a musician and instrument collector. Through their music we will celebrate the musical history of the banjo from its African ancestors to the modern bluegrass style. You can even sing along! Free. Ages 8 & up. No preregistration needed.

Music with Robert. Fridays, February 5th, 12th & 19th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along with Robert for great family fun! Free. All Ages. No preregistration needed. *

School Vacation "Maker Space" Week, February 22nd-26th: Call the Fletcher Free Library at (802) 865-7216 to check on vacation week programs, including Toy Hacking, e-Origami and Lego Building. Free!

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Youth Programs in March

Please note: The library will be CLOSED on Tuesday, March 1 for Town Meeting Day. 

Stories with Megan. Mondays, March 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th, 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, March 8th, 15th, 22nd & 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.  

Creative Tuesdays. March 8th, 15th, 22nd & 29th, 3:00-5:00 p.m. Join us and use your imagination to be creative with recycled materials.  Create with Legos on March 8th! Free. All ages, under 8 with an adult helper, please. No preregistration needed.

Gaming for Teens and Adults. Tuesdays in March, 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.

Music with Robert. Fridays, March 4th, 11th & 18th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along with Robert for great family fun! Free. All Ages. No preregistration needed. *

Burlington Irish Heritage Festival Children's Programs. Saturday, March 12th: Instrument Petting Zoo, 10:00-11:00 a.m. and 12:00-1:00 p.m. Handle and play traditional Irish musical instruments. Children's Crafts, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon. Make a traditional Irish craft to take home. Free. For more information: www.burlingtonirishheritage.org.

6th Annual Seed Swap. Saturday, March 19th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Celebrate the upcoming gardening season! Bring your own non-GMO seeds to share and exchange. Swap gardening stories and tips, as well as seeds. A plant-and-take seed starting activity for kids (and adults) will also be offered. This is a FREE community event presented by the Vermont Community Garden Network and local gardening groups. All ages. No preregistration needed.

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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).