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October 2014
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ART EXHIBITS

CHASING ITALY'S BEAUTY:  A PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT
Pickering Room
October 1-30
RECEPTION:  Wednesday, October 1, 5-7:30 pm
Photographer Anzi Jacobs presents 28 vibrant images in a solo, Canon 5D digital photography exhibit of Northwest Italy's landscapes and townscapes.  Featured on Hahnemuhle textured rag paper are people in their environments, such as cliffside villages, vineyards and harbors.

HEALING ART, SCULPTURE AND PAINTINGS BY MARTIN BOCK
Main Reading Room
October 1 - January 31
Opening reception:  Friday, November 7, 6:00 pm
Martin is an author, sculptor, and acupuncturist. He lives in Burlington with his wife, Melly.  This exhibit includes shaman’s objects of power and healing – wands, staffs, ceremonial pieces; and a collection titled Toward Consciousness, Days Before My Birth.

The four-month exhibit will be a centerpiece of the library’s reading room.  Join us for an after-hours First Friday reception on November 7th.

PROGRAMS

POETRY EXPERIENCE
Saturdays, October 4 & 18, 1:00-3:00 pm
Pickering Room
The Poetry Experience is an all-ages writing/sharing circle open to all community participants generally held on 1st and 3rd Saturdays from 1 to 3 pm.  Through imaginative prompts and interactive word exploration we inspire, encourage and support budding and experienced writers to create and share their work.  The Poetry Experience was co-founded by mother and son, Randee and Rajnii Eddins, in 1998 in Seattle, Washington.  It boasts such former members such as Laura Piece Kelley-Jahn (1st Def Jam Poet from Seattle, Washington) as well as Ben Haggerty (aka Macklemore).  The goal is to provide an inclusively safe place to be vulnerable and playful with words in a warm and positively affirming environment.  PE has been in effect here in Burlington for nearly 2 years.  Feel welcome to attend and spread the word to teachers, students and anyone interested in creative self-expression.

CELEBRATING NATIONAL HISPANIC HISTORY MONTH AND CUBA'S CULTURAL DAY
Fletcher Room
Thursday, October 9, 12 noon
Radio show host, Toni Basanta, provides a sampler of music and culture from across the Americas and the Caribbean in honor of National Hispanic History Month.  In addition, there will be music from some of Cuba’s finest artists for Cuba's Cultural Day celebrated nationwide on October 20th.  Light regional refreshments provided.

BEHIND THE NOBEL PRIZE: AN EXPLOSIVE PATH TO PEACE
Fletcher Room
Friday, October 10, 7 pm
On the morning of October 10, The Norwegian Nobel Committee will bestow this year’s Peace Prize on one of 278 candidates, the highest number of nominations in the history of the award.  That evening, Vermont author Hugh Coyle will reveal the award’s controversial origins in “Behind the Nobel Prize,” a multimedia presentation built around his research for a historical novel on the subject.

The Nobel Peace Prize remains one of the most respected yet disputed awards around the globe. “Behind the Nobel Prize” follows the life of Alfred Nobel, from his deadly work in the explosives industry to his longtime friendship with best-selling author Bertha von Suttner, whose persistent idealism inspired him to include the Peace Prize in his last will and testament.  Suttner, the first woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize, drew crowds around the world to hear her steadfast calls for disarmament in the years leading up to World War I.

A short discussion of past and current recipients of the Peace Prize will follow the presentation.

A graduate of the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, Hugh Coyle’s prose and poetry have appeared in The Boston Review, New England Review, Green Mountains Review, Vermont magazine, among other journals and publications.  His work has won the Heekin Award for Fiction and a Pushcart Prize.  He has served for many years on the admissions board of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and was previously the administrative director of the Bread Loaf School of English.

FLETCHER FREE LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION
Local History Room
Tuesday, October 14, 6:30 pm
The monthly library book discussion group meets to discuss Wallace Stegner’s Crossing to Safety.  A limited number of free books are available for checkout at the library’s circulation desk.

Book Synopsis:
Called a “magnificently crafted story . . . brimming with wisdom” by Howard Frank Mosher in The Washington Post Book World, Crossing to Safety has, since its publication in 1987, established itself as one of the greatest and most cherished American novels of the twentieth century. Tracing the lives, loves, and aspirations of two couples who move between Vermont and Wisconsin, it is a work of quiet majesty, deep compassion, and powerful insight into the alchemy of friendship and marriage.

SUZY WIZOWATY BOOK LAUNCH
Fletcher Room
October 14, 6-7:30 pm
Readers who liked Suzi Wizowaty’s first adult novel, The Round Barn (Hardscrabble/UPNE, 2002), are invited to celebrate the publication of her second adult novel, The Return of Jason Green  (Fomite).  Reading, book signing, and refreshments.  Books available for sale at 10% off.

GOOD GRIEF:  AUTHOR ELLEN STIMSON
Fletcher Room
Wednesday, October 22, 7 pm
Author Ellen Stimson returns with a new memoir, following her popular Mud Season, "How one woman's dream of moving to Vermont, raising children, chickens and sheep, and running the old country store pretty much led to one calamity after another".

Now, having settled the family in Vermont’s rich muddy soil, they are faced with new challenges of raising kids in the paradise of this very small, very rural town.  Good Grief tells the tales of the hopes and dreams of parents just trying to do their best—and not always succeeding. Imagine being the mom of the kid who peed on his teacher’s chair . . . On. Purpose. Now imagine the governor asking you about it!

Ellen Stimson’s irrepressible optimism and good humor prevail as she, her two husbands, their three kids, and various much-loved pets face down real life, and even death and grieving, with good humor intact.

Book sales and signing to follow event.  As part of Ellen Stimson’s book tour, win a Weekend Getaway for Two: three nights and four days at the historic, luxury Equinox Resort in glorious Manchester, Vermont.  To enter, purchase a book at the event or from Phoenix Books and receive the entry form.  Write a paragraph or two about how humor helped you or someone you know grieve the loss of a loved one.  Don’t worry about producing a polished piece of writing that is publication ready--simply write from the heart.

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"
Local History Room
Sundays, 4:00-5:30 pm
For more information, contact Barbara Shatara, Programs & Partnerships, 865.7211.

GERMAN-ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP
Local History Room
First and third Wednesdays of each month: October 1 & 15
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.

RUSSIAN – A CLASS FOR BEGINNERS
Community Room
Weekly starting Wednesday, October 8, 6-7:30 pm

RUSSIAN CONVERSATION CLUB FOR EVERYONE
(Check at Main Desk for location)
Weekly starting Saturday, October 11, 2-3 pm
Learn the Russian language from native speaker Alie Yuldasheva and practice with other students.

A literature event outside the library:
VT Distinguished Writers' Series: Win Smith
When Tuesday, Oc
tober 14, 2014 - 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Where New England Federal Credit Union
            141 Harvest Lane
            Williston, VT
Win Smith’s Catching Lightning in a Bottle: How Merrill Lynch Revolutionized the Financial World, published in 2013, is the first comprehensive account of the company that revolutionized investing. This acclaimed book traces Merrill Lynch’s impact from the day Win Smith’s father, Winthrop H. Smith and Charlie Merrill opened the legendary stock brokerage in 1914 to the final shareholder meeting in 2008. Smith also weaves in remarkable personal observations and experiences, providing insight into the fascinating characters, unique talents, and personal struggles of many of Merrill's leaders over the years.
Smith resigned in 2001. Today he is President of Sugarbush Resort in Warren, Vermont, and director of four financial firms in the U.S. and Canada.
  Seating is Limited.
Please sign up at nefcu.com or by calling 802-879-8790.
http://www.nefcu.com/event/vt-distinguished-writers-series-win-smith.html

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November 2014
Art Exhibits and Programs

 

ART EXHIBITS

THE POLITICAL CARTOONS OF JANE CLARK BROWN
Pickering Room
November 1 - December 30
RECEPTION: Saturday, November 8, 2-5 pm
Jane Clark Brown was a political cartoonist for The Suburban List, a weekly newspaper in Essex Junction, VT.  Brown’s remarkable political cartoons, dealing with Vermont, national, and worldwide issues, appeared in the paper weekly from October 1968 to November 1975, and numbered about 325 in total.  Her weekly political cartoons won special commendation by the New England Press Association.

Journalists Ruth and Proctor Page owned the Essex Publishing Co, which published The Suburban List. Ruth Page was the editor; Proctor the publisher.

"Though it was years ago, I remember clearly how thrilled I was when Jane Brown, a super artist with a very sharp mind, actually volunteered to provide cartoons for the editorial pages of the Suburban List.  We were a small Vermont weekly up in one corner of Vermont.  Clearly, Jane could have sold her work to much larger papers for more money.  We could only conclude that she really liked our editorials.

We were very critical of President Richard Nixon, though most Americans at that time admired him.  I got a real kick when I discovered that Jane felt about him just as I did.  She did not sell her cartoons to any other paper.  I have never been so flattered in my life!"

--Ruth Page, Editor of the Suburban List in Essex Junction, VT, quoted on September 15, 2014

Jane Clark Brown was born in Burlington on October 3, 1930.  She attended schools in Burlington and graduated from Burlington High School in l948.  She received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from Syracuse University in 1953.

Jane’s career as an artist and illustrator spanned more than fifty years. She wrote and illustrated two children’s books, Whonk and Whonk Again (1989) and George Washington’s Ghost (1994). She illustrated four other children’s books, three by Katherine Paterson: The Smallest Cow in the World (1991), Marvin’s Best Christmas Present Ever (1997), and Marvin One Too Many (2001); and one by D.V. Kelleher, Defenders of the Universe (1993). Jane illustrated three books for adults, Hands That Help, by Bertha S. Dodge (1967), Mischief in the Mountains, edited by Walter R. Hard, Jr. and Janet C. Greene (1970), and How to Locate in the Country: Your Personal Guide, by John Gourlie (1973).

HEALING ART, SCULPTURE AND PAINTINGS BY MARTIN BOCK
Main Reading Room
October 1 - January 31
Opening reception:  Friday, November 7, 6:00 pm
Martin is an author, sculptor, and acupuncturist. He lives in Burlington with his wife, Melly.  This exhibit includes shaman’s objects of power and healing – wands, staffs, ceremonial pieces; and a collection titled Toward Consciousness, Days Before My Birth.

The four-month exhibit will be a centerpiece of the library’s reading room.  Join us for an after-hours First Friday reception on November 7th.

PROGRAMS

FLETCHER FREE LIBRARY BOOK DISCUSSION
Local History Room
Tuesday, November 18, 6:30 pm

Writer Florence McCloud leads the monthly library book discussion of Salman Rushdie’s Haroun and the Sea of Stories.  The book is the choice for the 2014 Vermont Humanities Council’s Vermont Reads program.  A limited number of free books are available for checkout at the library’s circulation desk.

Book Synopsis:
Set in an exotic landscape peopled by magicians and fantastic talking animals, Salman Rushdie's classic children's novel Haroun and the Sea of Stories inhabits the same imaginative space as The Lord of the Rings, The Alchemist, and The Wizard of Oz.  In this captivating work of fantasy, Haroun sets out on an adventure to restore the poisoned source of the sea of stories.  On the way, he encounters many foes, all intent on draining the sea of all its storytelling powers.

“But although the pyrotechnics here are entertaining in and of themselves, the irresistible force of the novel rests in Rushdie's wholehearted embrace of the fable--its form as well as its significance.”  - Publisher’s Weekly

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"
Local History Room
Sundays, 4:00-5:30 pm
For more information, contact Barbara Shatara, Programs & Partnerships, 865.7211.

GERMAN-ENGLISH CONVERSATION GROUP
Local History Room
First and third Wednesdays of each month: November 5 & 19
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.

RUSSIAN – A CLASS FOR BEGINNERS
Community Room
Wednesdays, 6-7:30 pm

RUSSIAN CONVERSATION CLUB FOR EVERYONE
(Check at Main Desk for location)
Saturdays, 2-3 pm
Learn the Russian language from native speaker Alie Yuldasheva and practice with other students.

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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 October and November, 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 October

Please note: The library will be CLOSED on Monday, October 13th for Columbus Day and on Monday, October 27th for staff training.

Stories with Megan. Mondays, October 20th & 27th (cancelled), 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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Youth Programs in November

Please note: The library will be CLOSED on Tuesday, November 11th for Veterans' Day, and on Thursday, November 27th for Thanksgiving.

Free Reading Help at the Library! The American Youth Literacy Foundation is providing free reading support tutoring for students in first through fifth grades, or middle schoolers new to reading. For information, or to sign up, please contact the Fletcher Free Library Youth Desk: 865-7216.

After School Homework Help. For middle schoolers at the Miller Center: 130 Gosse Court, Burlington. America Reads students from the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Services (Colchester campus) tutor students in reading, math and science. Monday - Thursday, 4:00-5:30 p.m. FREE. For more information call the Library Youth Desk: 865-7216.

Stories with Megan. Mondays, November 10th, 17th & 24th, 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. November 4th, 18th & 25th, 3:00-4:30 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.

Gaming for Teens and Adults. Tuesdays in November, 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, November 5th & 19th, 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, November 6th, 13th & 20th, 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, November 14th & 21st, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along with Robert for great family fun! All ages. Free. No preregistration needed. *  

Books for Children Gift Campaign, November 10th through December 10th. Share the joy of reading! The Fletcher Free Library invites community members to participate in the 24th Annual "Books for Children Gift Campaign," which provides Burlington preschoolers with new, quality books during the holiday season. Please stop by the Library or downtown Burlington bookstores Crow Bookshop or Phoenix Books for more information. Please deliver the books to the library by Wednesday, December 10th. The Fletcher Free Library is pleased to partner with the Vermont Children's Trust Foundation's "Polar Express" adventure for this campaign.  For more information, call the Youth Desk: 865-7216 or email Rebecca: rgoldberg@burlingtonvt.gov.

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).