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ART EXHIBITS

FROM OUR MINDS AND HEARTS-- FOMAH Art Show
August 2-30
Fletcher Room
Reception: Sunday, August 6, 2:00 - 5:00 pm
Writers Reading: Wednesday, August 9, 6:30-8:00 pm
Writers Reading: Saturday, August 26, 3:00 – 4:30 pm

FOMAH art group originated about 4 years ago as the offshoot of a Senior Fitness class at the Miller Center. Members of the class discovered they had common interests in the arts. They meet regularly to offer one another encouragement, inspiration, and feedback. A variety of media are represented in the show including watercolor and oil painting, photography, poetry, and jewelry with beads and fiber.

Current members of the group are Deni Bergne, Julia Boynton, Cynthia Close, Susan DeClues, Nancy Ellis, Joyce Reddy-Bradbee, Karl Sklar, Claudia Stoeffler, Lea Terhune, Pam Valance, Mary Western, and Margy and Sandy Zabriskie. Dorothy Perry is a guest member who will also show her work. Many of the works are for sale. Some of the artists will donate proceeds of their sales to the Fletcher Free Library.

There will be a free reception 2:00-5:00 pm on Sunday, August 6, with art, music, and refreshments. The show features senior artist Dorothy Perry, a local Vermont artist who has donated for sale many of her watercolor paintings for the benefit of the library.

On Wednesday, August 9, 6:30-8:00 pm, and Saturday, August 26, 3;00-4:30 pm, Cynthia Close and friends will read from their own recent original works.

PROGRAMS

BURLINGTON RISING: Lectures & Culinary Demonstrations centered on the historical role of bread in human civilization
Brought to you by the Fletcher Free Library, the Vermont Humanities Council and the Friends of the Fletcher Free Library.

Burlington Rising explores bread's connection to cultural identity, the development of cooperative economies and food systems, archaeological artifacts from Africa to New England and the breads brought from across the globe to Vermont through immigration. Burlington Rising provides opportunities for people from a variety of backgrounds to learn from each other; educates our community about the historical foundations of diet and food preparation; and engages multiple generations in activities that build relationships through stories and food preparation.

Burlington Rising Lectures on Bread Traditions and
Culinary Demonstrations:
August – from Europe
September – from Africa 
October – from Asia
Late October & Early November – from the Americas

Lectures:

DINING WITH JANE AUSTEN – with Julienne Gehrer
Thursday, August 3, 5-7 pm
Fletcher Room
A careful study of Jane Austen’s letters by scholar Julienne Gehrer reveals a woman passionate about many topics, especially food.  Join us for a culinary journey revealing details of the author’s life through the foods on her plate. See favorite dishes recreated from two manuscript cookbooks held within the Austen Family Circle.  Julienne Gehrer is the author of In Season: Cooking Fresh from the Kansas City Farmers’ Market, Love Lore: Symbols, Legends and Recipes for Romance, and Dining with Jane Austen. This event is co-sponsored by the Vermont chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North AmericaLight refreshments will be served.

Workshops:

VIKING BLACK BREADS DEMO with Groennfell Meadery's Ricky Kline
Sunday, August 20, 3 pm
Fletcher Room
Learn basics of making hearty Viking-style black bread with Ricky Kline.  Ricky the Meadmaker is the head brewer for Groennfell Meadery as well as the head chef for Colchester's Mead Hall.   He will be sharing the history of Scandinavian black bread and this Viking-era recipe and baking technique.  This event is free and open to all. All ingredients will be provided.

IRISH SODA BREAD DEMO
Sunday, August 27, 3 pm
Fletcher Room
Author, historian and educator, Vince Feeney, shares his family recipe for Irish Soda Bread. Feeney, author of several books on the Irish in Vermont, demonstrates how this traditional bread is made and shares its history over tea and bread. This event is free and open to all. All ingredients will be provided.

ONCE UPON...A TRAIL OF BREAD CRUMBS with Storyteller Tracy Chipman
Thursday, August 31, 3:30 pm
Youth Area
This all ages event leads listeners along a trail of stories from Scotland and beyond where you are as likely to run into a Hebridean baker, as a bannock or fairy.  Head home nourished by a feast of stories and a recipe for Scottish scones to whip up at home.

poetry Experience
First & Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
August 5 & 19
Pickering Room
Share your own work and learn from others in this supportive writers group. All ages and experience welcome.

Fletcher free library book discussion group:
Don't Let My Baby Do Rodeo, by Boris Fishman
Wednesday, August 9, 6:30-8 pm
Local History Room
This discussion group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm. Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo is a novel about the mystery of inheritance and what exactly it means to belong.  Limited free copies of the book are available for checkout at the Library’s Circulation Desk.

Book Synopsis:

Maya Shulman and Alex Rubin met in 1992, when she was a Ukrainian exchange student with “a devil in her head” about becoming a chef instead of a medical worker, and he was the coddled son of Russian immigrants wanting to toe the water of a less predictable life.

Twenty years later, Maya Rubin is a medical worker in suburban New Jersey, and Alex is his father’s second in the family business. The great dislocation of their lives is their eight-year-old son, Max—adopted from two teenagers in Montana despite Alex’s view that “adopted children are second-class.”

At once a salvation and a mystery to his parents—with whom Max’s biological mother left the child, with the cryptic exhortation “don’t let my baby do rodeo”—Max suddenly turns feral, consorting with wild animals, eating grass, and running away to sit facedown in a river.

Searching for answers, Maya convinces Alex to embark on a cross-country trip to Montana to track down Max’s birth parents—the first drive west of New Jersey of their American lives. But it’s Maya who’s illuminated by the journey, her own erstwhile wildness summoned for a reckoning by the unsparing landscape, with seismic consequences for herself and her family.

UkUlele MELEE
2nd & 4th Sunday of every month, 4-6 pm
August 13 & 27
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.

solar eclipse lawn party
Monday, August 21, 1:30-3 pm
Library Lawn
Don’t miss the celestial event of the year!  On Monday, August 21st, a solar eclipse will be visible from all of North America.  In Burlington, we will see a partial eclipse (about 62% covered).

Join us for a fun and informational party on the library lawn during the 2017 eclipse--

  • Free moon pies, ice cream, and sun tea.

  • Watch the NASA live stream of the total eclipse on a big screen.

  • Learn more from amateur astronomers and hands-on astronomical experiments from the Space Science Institute.

  • Share Solar Eclipse glasses and Sunoculars for safe viewing.

  • Make your own quick, safe & simple pin-hole viewer, with help from Library staff.

NEVER Look Directly at the Sun without proper protection!

Please note: the safe viewers we have are for sharing at the event-- they are not available as free hand-outs prior to the event.

A NASA@Your Library event.

College Street Collide - A College Street Block Party!
Saturday, August 26, 8 am - 5 pm
Free food, live music, and activities for all ages--see a complete schedule of events and list of participating businesses here.

Wand-making, Fletcher Free Library front lawn: 11 am - 3 pm
Visit the Peter Pan fairy tale tent, and make your own wand.

Make sure to pick up your College Street Collide Map and get a sticker from the Circulation Desk--you need 5 stickers from participating organizations and/or businesses on College Street to enter the raffle for prizes.  Rain or Shine.

LANGUAGE 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.

DUTCH CONVERSATION GROUP
Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 am
Administrative Conference Room
Spreek je Nederlands?  Planning a trip to Amsterdam?  Learn Dutch from a native speaker.  Learn basic vocabulary and grammar.  Fluency not required (nor is attendance at every meeting).

CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE CLASS
Sundays, 4:30-6 pm
Community Room
你會說中文嗎. Learn the language from a native speaker.  Join the group and practice Chinese vocabulary and grammar for conversation and learn more about Chinese culture.  Fluency not required (nor is attendance at every meeting).

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
No meetings in August

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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

New Teen Librarian coming soon!
Stay Tuned for updates...

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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 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. *

ONCE UPON...A TRAIL OF BREAD CRUMBS with Storyteller Tracy Chipman. Thursday, August 31st, 3:30 p.m. This all ages event leads listeners along a trail of stories from Scotland and beyond where you are as likely to run into a Hebridean baker, as a bannock or fairy.  Head home nourished by a feast of stories and a recipe for Scottish scones to whip up at home.

Family Music Time. Fridays, August 11th & 18th, (Cancelled on the 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. *

SPECIAL: Solar Eclipse Lawn Party. Monday, August 21, 1:30-3 p.m. Don’t miss the celestial event of the year!  On Monday, August 21st, a solar eclipse will be visible from all of North America.  In Burlington, we will see a partial eclipse (about 62% covered).

Join us for a fun and informational party on the library lawn during the 2017 eclipse--

  • Free moon pies, ice cream, and sun tea.

  • Watch the NASA live stream of the total eclipse.

  • Learn more from amateur astronomers and hands-on astronomical experiments from the Space Science Institute.

  • Free Solar Eclipse glasses and Sunoculars for safe viewing!  NEVER Look Directly at the Sun without proper protection!

A NASA@Your Library event.

 

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Youth Programs in September

Stories with Megan. Monday, September 11th & 18th, 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, September 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th, 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, September 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th, 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. *

PRIDE Week Family Storytimes. Wednesday, September 6th, 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, September 9th, 11:00 a.m. Join folks from Outright Vermont for special storytimes to celebrate Pride Vermont. Free. No preregistration needed. Recommended for ages 2-5 and their caregivers, but all ages are welcome.

Ukulele Kids! Thursdays, September 14th & 28th, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Play instruments and dance to traditional children's songs. Free. Ages 0-5 years. No preregistration needed. *

GroovaRoo. Friday, September 15, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Moms, dads & caregivers: joins us for a beginner dance class led by certified baby-wearing dance teacher Kadina. Look forward to bonding with your 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 an approved baby carrier. Free. No preregistration needed. For more info please visit www.littleartsyfaces.com.

Let's Grow Kids Song & Dance. Sunday, September 17th, 2:00 p.m.  Learn the song and dance for the “Kids Out Loud”-Flash Mob & Concert event in October. Co-sponsored event by the Fletcher Free Library and Let’s Grow Kids. For more information: www.letsgrowkids.org. Free. All ages welcome.

Vermont Fairy Tale Festival, Sherburne Memorial Library, Killington, VT. Saturday, September 23rd, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Rain or shine. Nineteen libraries will each present a different fairy tale--the Fletcher Free is presenting Peter Pan!  Kids and families can visit each tale, learn the story and make something to take home.  Admission to the event is a non-perishable item for the food bank or an item for the humane society.  There will be craft vendors, Viking fighters, and two artists in residence to help participants create flower fairies, as well as amazing storytellers performing throughout the day. Sponsors: Casella Waste Management and the Greater Killington Women’s Club.

For more information, see the complete description on the Sherburne Memorial Library web site, or call 802.422.9765, or email vtfairytale@gmail.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).


 

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