By Margaret Woodruff, director

The Charlotte Library would like to thank all who contributed ideas, concepts and concerns at the kick-off for our 40 x 2030 Mural Project. You can access information about the project here.

Stop by the library through Aug. 12 to add your thoughts and look for the mural project around town in the coming weeks.

Courtesy photo. People appreciating art in one of the library’s many summer programs.

Courtesy photo. People appreciating art in one of the library’s many summer programs.

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. The emergency management team is supplying cooling center refreshments.

Library programs for all ages

“The Music Man”
Friday, July 29, 2 p.m.
Join the Very Merry Theatre Teen Group for a production of “The Music Man.” The event will be on the library lawn. Please bring low lawn chairs or a blanket, sunscreen and bottled water.

Story time session: What’s it like to be visually impaired?
Monday, Aug. 1, 10 a.m.
Ever wonder what it’s like to have trouble seeing the world around you? Join Stephanie Bissonette from the Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired to understand how some people see differently than you do and try out some of the tools and devices they use. No registration necessary.

Short story selections
Thursday, Aug. 4, 1 p.m.
Join library director Margaret Woodruff via Zoom to share and discuss short stories old and new. The reading list will include a variety of authors, and one or two stories will be featured each session. Copies of the stories are available at the library circulation desk or via email. Register to join the discussion. Co-sponsored by the Charlotte Senior Center.

Grange on the Green: Tournesol
Thursday, Aug. 11, 5:30 p.m.
Join us for live music on the Town Green with French and Italian songs from the ‘30s, swing standards, musette waltzes and Latin too. Bring a picnic supper or grab a take-out dinner from Stone’s Throw or Backyard Bistro to enjoy on the lawn. Blankets recommended. In partnership with the Charlotte Grange.

Library book discussion: “Waiting for Teddy Williams”
Thursday, Aug. 11, 7:30 p.m.
Join the discussion via Zoom of “one of the funniest and most heartfelt baseball stories in recent memory,” according to Publishers Weekly. Howard Frank Mosher returns to Kingdom Common, Vermont, to spin a touching coming-of-age tale in an America that has almost disappeared. From this remote village, noted for its fervent devotion to the Red Sox, comes Ethan “E.A.” Allen, a young man with a chance to change baseball history. Homeschooled, fatherless and living on the wrong side of the tracks, E.A. is haunted by a dark mystery in his family’s past until a drifter named Teddy arrives in his life, determined to teach E.A. everything he knows about baseball.

Filled with an array of rambunctious, memorable characters and brimming with faith, “Waiting for Teddy Williams” reminds us that dreams — no matter how far-fetched — sometimes do come true.
Copies available at the library circulation desk. Register for the Zoom.

Charlie Cart salsa stories
Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2 p.m.
What to do with all of those tomatoes? And onions? And peppers? Join us to explore the many flavors and colors of salsa in this hands-on program, complete with stories and some delicious treats to try and take home. We’ll be using our portable Charlie Cart kitchen and set up wherever the weather takes us, inside or out.

Ongoing programs

Free Little Art Gallery
The smallest art gallery in Charlotte. Come by the circulation desk for a visit. Feel free to take a piece that you like, add a piece of your own artwork, 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. Thank you to Marcia Vogler for her help and inspiration.

Book Chat
Fridays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Join Margaret Friday mornings (no book chat on July 29) 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. Register here.

Library contact information:
Margaret Woodruff, director
Cheryl Sloan, youth services librarian
Susanna Kahn, tech librarian
Phone: 802-425-3864

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