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December 2016
Art Exhibits and Programs

 

 

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

Photography by James Gero
Mezzanine Balcony
Through December

PROGRAMS

VERMONT PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
First Tuesday of every month, 6-8 pm
December 6
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.

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

poetry Experience
First & Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
December 3 & 17
Pickering Room

CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
Every Sunday, 4:30-6 pm
Community Room

Computer workshops
Our popular computer classes will be offered again this Fall.  Free!  See full descriptions on the Computer Center pagePre-registration is required: Sign up for individual workshops at the Reference Desk (865.7217).

Digital Photo Basics
Saturday, December 3, 10:30-noon
Community Room

Intro to FaceBook for Seniors (50+)
Monday, December 5, RESCHEDULED TO DECEMBER 12, 3-4:30 pm
Pickering Room

Intro to PowerPoint
Saturday, December 10, 10:30-noon
Community Room

Intermediate  Word
Saturday, December 17, 10:30-noon
Community Room

CYBER SAFETY PRESENTATION
Champlain College students focus on how to be safe online
Saturday, December 10, 1-2 pm
Community Room
In today's world of rapidly advancing technology it is easy to get lost. What is a Phishing attack?  Why do I need security?  How do I ensure my security?  This presentation will address these issues and more in order to strengthen your understanding of the technology in use around you.  In addition to presenting information useful for everyone, the presentation will also address security, tips and tricks, how to keep children safe while using technology, and will provide resources to help you learn even more about any of the subjects that interest you.

Guitar open mic
Second Saturday of every month, 4:30-5:30 pm
December 10
Pickering Room
Come listen and play music on nylon string guitars in a friendly environment. There will be solo, duet and trio performances by local guitar musicians, professional and amateurs. All levels of skills and styles are welcome.

UkUlele MELEE
2nd & 4th Sunday of every month, 4-6 pm
December 11 (Library Closed December 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.

FFL Book discussion group:
Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins, by John Gurche
Wednesday, December 14, 6:30-8 pm
Local History Room

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

For more information, contact Barbara Shatara, FFL Programming Department, 865.7211.

CONVERSATION GROUPS

FRENCH CONVERSATION GROUP - "Dimanches"
Every Sunday, 4-5:30 pm
Local History Room
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, 6-7:30 pm
December 7 & 21
Local History Room
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).

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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 in November

Teen Time!
Tuesdays & Wednesdays, 3-5 pm
Pickering Room
Looking for a place to relax, study, create, or meet-up after school?  Join us for Teen Time! drop-in hours. Featuring tabletop and Xbox One gaming, snacks, & mini-maker activities! (Ages 12 to 18.)

Tutoring for teens
Tuesdays, 5-8 pm
Teen Space

Need some help teasing out equations, quadratics, essay writing, or another subject entirely? Join trained students from the Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (ACPHS) as part of the America Reads Program & receive free one-on-one and small group tutoring services. (Ages 12 to 18.)

Film Premiere
Friday, November 18,Harry Potter enthusiasts, the time has arrived for a whole new set of characters and fascinations!  Prepare to explore a new era of J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world.  Join old friends and new for a group outing to the film premier of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.  Permission slip required.
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Evening showing--exact film time will be released on 11/15. Check back on the Teen Space website for updates and/or follow us on Twitter & Instagram: @fflteenspace.

Writing Workshop & Author Talk
Saturday, November 19, 10:00 am
Join acclaimed author of The Revealers, Doug Wilhelm, and our friends at the Young Writers Project and uncover the “three secrets” of unlocking each phase of the writing process. (All ages.)

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

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Youth Programs in December

Please note: The library will be CLOSED on Sunday, December 25th for Christmas Day.

Stories with Megan. Mondays, December 5th, 12th & 19th, 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, December 6th & 13th, 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.  

Music with Robert. Fridays, December 2nd, 9th & 16th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along with Robert for great family fun! Free. All ages. No preregistration needed. *

Our Books for Children Gift Campaign continues through December 12! Share the joy of reading! The Fletcher Free Library invites community members to participate in the 26th Annual "Books for Children Gift Campaign," which provides Burlington preschoolers with new, quality books during the holiday season. For more information please stop by the Library, downtown Burlington bookstores Crow Bookshop or Phoenix Books, call the Youth Desk: 802-865-7216 or email FFLbooksforchildren@gmail.com.

A Solstice Craft. Saturday, December 17th, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Celebrate the return of the sun! Come to our open craft table and learn how to transform a clear glass jar into a colorful "stained glass" candleholder. Materials and instruction provided, but feel free to bring your own clean, de-labeled glass jar. Free. Ages 5 & up. No preregistration needed.

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Youth Programs in January

Please note: The library will be CLOSED on Sunday, January 1st for New Year's Day and on Monday, January 16th for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Stories with Megan. Mondays, January 2nd, 9th & 23rd, 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, January 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th & 31st, 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, January 4th, 11th, 18th & 25th, 11:00-11:30. Calling all young yogis! Explore yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques with your child. 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. * Sponsored by Fletcher Free Library and Let's Grow Kids.

DinoMan Dinosaurs! Friday, January 6th, 3:45-4:#0 p.m. "With magic, merry mayhem and magnificent props, DinoMan will take you on a trip through the Mesozoic era." How do we know dinosaurs were here? What is a fossil? This program will be a fun and informative events leading up to an exciting exhibit at the Fletcher Free Library in February: Smithsonian's "Exploring Human Origins: What Does It Mean to Be Human?" Recommended for ages 5 & up, but all ages welcome.

Music with Robert. Fridays, January 6th, 13th & 20th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along with Robert for great family fun! Free. All ages. No preregistration needed. *

"Join Hands in Peace and Friendship" Craft Station. Saturday and Sunday, January 14th & 15th, all day both days. In celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day we will have a book display and an open craft table where kids can make a "friendship hand" to be joined with others and displayed in the Library. Let's see how far we can make it go! Free. Recommended for ages 5 & up. 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).