By Margaret Woodruff, director

Looking to extend your reading horizons?

Summer reading bingo might be the start of that journey. Pick up a copy of the library’s summer bingo card and get started.

The library welcomes your suggestions for additional titles and genres. Score a bingo and enter a chance to win a Flying Pig gift certificate, a library tote bag or a Cookie Love gift certificate.

Hiking challenge
If you’d like to walk and talk books, pick up a Hiking Challenge Checklist and maps at the Charlotte Library and get moving.

You can also view many of the trails or on the town of Charlotte website.

Want to get the latest information about our new books? Sign up for the library e-newsletter.

Town cooling centers
The Charlotte Library and the Charlotte Senior Center are designated cooling centers with air-conditioned facilities where you can cool down during hot weather. Community cooling centers help provide temporary relief and are especially helpful when the National Weather Service issues a heat advisory or excessive heat warning.

During a heat advisory or excessive heat warning, notices will be placed in Front Porch Forum in addition to notices on social media and the library and senior center websites.

Plastic Free July
Take the challenge for a day, a week or a lifetime. Join millions of people reducing their plastic waste. Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution — so we can have cleaner streets, oceans and communities. Pick up a Plastic Free July calendar at the library circulation desk to get started.

Summer reading
Details are available on the library website or on our print calendar available here.

Preschool free play
Mondays, 10 a.m., July 11-25
Play in the preschool years enables children to explore and make sense of the world around them, as well as to use and develop their imagination and creativity. Exploring the sensory table, sorting, playing with blocks, play dough … these are a few of the open-ended projects planned for Monday morning play-based learning on the Charlotte Library porch. Ages 3 and 4.

Family game night
Mondays, 5:30 p.m., July 11-25
Try your hand at cornball or bocce or share your Pokemon successes and gaming fun during this family time. Indoors and out. No registration required.

Summer story time
Tuesdays, 10 a.m., July 12-26
Join us on the Charlotte Library porch for summertime stories, crafts and activities. No registration required for ages 5 and over.

Adult programs

Friends of the Library Book Sale
Sunday, July 17, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
A mini version of the traditional book sale, taking advantage of our beautiful new porch and program room. Come to browse, buy, enjoy lu•lu’s ice cream, take a tour of the Quinlan Schoolhouse and, don’t forget, take part in our 2030 mural project.

Mural on sustainable community
Sunday, July 17, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Join participants contributing to a mural project planning for our sustainable community’s best prospects. State statute requires a reduction of 40 percent emissions by the year 2030. What will that mean for Charlotte? What positive impact could this bring to make our community even stronger and more welcoming? This is a great chance for Charlotters of all ages to explore new ideas and indulge in some creative thinking and thoughtful creation. Meet under the tent on the town green. Stay for a half hour or half the day to design Charlotte’s landscape of the future.

Mystery book group: Murder on Brittany Shores
Monday, July 18, 10 a.m.
Ten miles off the coast of Brittany lie the fabled Glénan Islands. Boasting sparkling white sands and crystal-clear waters, they seem perfectly idyllic, until one day in May, three bodies wash up on shore. At first glance the deaths appear accidental, but as the identities of the victims come to light, Commissaire Dupin is pulled back into action for a case of what seems to be cold-blooded murder in the book by Jean-Luc Bannlec. Copies available at the library circulation desk.

Ongoing programs

Free Little Art Gallery
Come by the circulation desk for a visit to the smallest art gallery in Charlotte. Feel free to take a piece that you like, add a piece of artwork of your own or both. All media is welcome as long as it fits inside. Use your own materials or pick up the April Take & Make for supplies to make your own masterpiece.

Book chat
Fridays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Join Margaret Friday mornings on Zoom to discuss new books, old books and books we might have missed. Each week, Margaret selects a theme and highlights related titles from the library collection. Please register.

Library contact information:
Margaret Woodruff, director
Cheryl Sloan, youth services librarian
Susanna Kahn, tech librarian
Phone: 802.425.3864

The Charlotte Library Board of Trustees meets the first Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. with the exception of August. For information about agenda and Zoom access, please contact the library director.

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