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Adult Programs in April

 

 

 

 

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

Thirty-one Days of Paintings Inspired by Mary Oliver’s Poetry
April 4-30
Fletcher Room
Thirty-one paintings inspired by the poetry of Mary Oliver and paintings of chickens A-Z.

Sarah Rosedahl is an artist and recovering software engineer. After working in the high tech industry for 30 years in California and New Orleans, Sarah now lives on a small farm in Vermont where she is inspired by the wildlife and agriculture of the Lake Champlain Islands. Sarah works in watercolor, acrylic and mixed media and especially enjoys painting birds, both wild and domestic.

Sarah is the author and illustrator of “Difficult Chickens” and “Difficult Sheep & Friends” adult coloring books, “Chickens! Illustrated Chicken Breeds A to Z” and “Chickens! Illustrated Chicken Breeds A to Z Coloring Book” and illustrator for Sloggers Chicken Collection and Cowabella rain boots and garden shoes.

Website www.srosedahl.com

PROGRAMS

poetry Experience
First & Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
April 1 & 15
Pickering Room

Computer workshops
Our popular computer classes will be offered again starting in February.  Registration begins after Dec. 30.  Free!  See full descriptions on the Computer Center pagePre-registration is required: Sign up for individual workshops at the Reference Desk (865.7217).

VERMONT PHILOSOPHICAL SOCIETY
First Tuesday of every month, 6-8 pm
April 4
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.

Mayor's Book Group:
Dreamland: The True Tale of America's Opiate Epidemic
by Sam Quinones
Tuesday April 4, 7 pm
Contois Auditorium, City Hall
Guest panelist: author Sam Quinones
Join Mayor Miro Weinberger to discuss the impact of this deepening crisis in Vermont and Chittenden County, and the City's initiatives to address it.

Dreamland reveals the origins of the nation's opioid epidemic-- a narrative that is critical to our understanding as we seek to resolve this corrosive crisis.

Free copies of Dreamland are available at the Fletcher Free Library Circulation Desk, and at the Mayor's Office, courtesy of the UVM Humanities Center.

(Sam Quinones will be giving a free lecture at the UVM Davis Center, too: in the Silver Maple Ballroom on Wednesday, April 5, 3:30 pm.)

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

Guitar Open Mic
Saturday, April 8, 4-6 pm
Pickering Room

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

Fletcher free library book discussion group:
Barkskins, by Annie Proulx
Wednesday, April 12, 6:30-8 pm
Local History Room

UkUlele MELEE
2nd & 4th Sunday of every month, 4-6 pm
April 9 & 23
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.

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
April 5 & 19
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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The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation

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

The Family Portrait Project
May 5-30
Fletcher Room
A school-wide photography project from the Integrated Arts Academy. Each student has a 17 x 22 inch portrait taken with their family, and submits a writing sample about their family to be displayed below the portrait. The project celebrates the rich diversity of IAA families. The exhibit is curated by IAA intern, Christina Bruno.

Strength in Numbers: Art Teachers Annual Art Show
May 8-July 30
Main Reading Room
Strength in Numbers is a group of Vermont art teachers who come together for monthly meetings to support each other in their art making; giving them the purpose they need to engage and persist in art making.

PROGRAMS

poetry Experience
First & Third Saturday of every month, 1-3 pm
May 6 & 20
Pickering Room
Share your own work and learn from others in this supportive writers group. All ages and experience welcome.

Computer workshop: Digital Photo Basics
Saturday, May 6, 10:30 am - noon
Fletcher Room

There is still room to sign up for our final computer workshop of the Spring!  These workshops will  be offered again starting in the Fall.  Free!  See full descriptions on the Computer Center pagePre-registration is required: Sign up for individual workshops at the Reference Desk (865.7217).

CHINESE LANGUAGE AND CULTURE
Every Sunday, 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).

Fletcher free library book discussion group:
American Bible, by Stephen Prothero
Wednesday, May 10, 6:30-8 pm
Local History Room
Check out this monthly discussion group on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:30pm. This month, the group goes looking for America in Stephen Prothero’s, American Bible. Free copies of the book are available for checkout at the library’s circulation desk.

Book Synopsis:
The New York Times bestselling author of Religious Literacy and God Is Not One presents a provocative crash course in the great “American scriptures”—those texts that have both divided and defined our understanding of what it is to be American. Stephen Prothero gives readers an exciting and user-friendly introduction to American cultural history in The American Bible. Highlighting the touchstones of our collective cultural legacy, from Thomas Paine’s Common Sense to Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial; from the speeches of Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, and Ronald Reagan to the novels of Mark Twain and Ayn Rand, and beyond, Prothero’s stirring and provocative handbook peels back the curtain on the inner workings of what makes America tick.

UkUlele MELEE
2nd & 4th Sunday of every month, 4-6 pm
May 14 & 28
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.

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

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.

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, 6:30-8 pm (note new time!)
May 3 & 17
Local History Room

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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

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

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

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Youth Programs in April

Please note: The Picture Book area of the Youth Department will be CLOSED Wednesday, April 19th for carpet installation.

Special Program: Party in Picture Book City! Wednesday, April 26th, 6:00-7:30 p.m. Celebrate our new and improved picture book collection with music and treats while mingling with the people in our neighborhoods! Free. All ages. No preregistration needed.

Stories with Megan. Mondays, April 10th, 17th & 24th, 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, April 4th, 11th & 18th, 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, April 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th, 11:00-11:30. Young yogis explore yoga poses, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques. Free. Ages 2-5 years. No preregistration needed. *

Ukulele Kids! Thursday, April 27th, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Play instruments and dance to traditional children's songs. Free. Ages 0-5 years. No preregistration needed. * NEW program!  

Music with Robert. Fridays, April 14th (cancelled) & 21st, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along with Robert for great family fun! Free. All ages. No preregistration needed. *

Healthy Kids Day. Saturday, April 29th, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. The Fletcher Free Library joins the YMCA to celebrate "Healthy Kids Day" and to get a jump on summer. Enjoy healthy activities at the YMCA's FREE community event! Check out the Fletcher Free Library table to talk about summer reading and enter the Library raffle for a fun prize. All ages. No preregistration needed.

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Youth Programs in May

Please note: The Library will be CLOSED on Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day.

Stories with Megan. Mondays, May 1st, 8th & 15th, 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, May 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th, 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, May 2rd, 10th, 17th & 24th, 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. *

Ukulele Kids! Thursdays, May 11th & 25th, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Play instruments and dance to traditional children's songs. Free. Ages 0-5 years. No preregistration needed. * NEW program!  

Music with Robert. Fridays, May 5th, 12th & 19th, 10:30-11:00 a.m. Sing along with Robert for great family fun! Free. All ages. No preregistration needed. *

Kids' Day! Saturday, May 6th, 9:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The Fletcher Free Library joins Burlington Parks & Recreation to celebrate Kids' Day! Cheer for our library van in the parade down Main STreet at 9:30 a.m. Visit the library's table at Waterfront Park from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and find out about 2017 "Summer Lunch at the Library" and the Fletcher Free Library's summer programming for kids. Be sure to enter our raffle! Free. All ages. 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).