115 Ferry Rd, Charlotte

802-425-3864 (Mon. & Wed.: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Tues., Thurs. & Fri: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat.: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Sun.: Closed)

69 Ballards Corner, Hinesburg

802-482-2878 (Mon. & Sat.: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tues.-Fri: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sun.: Closed)

News from Charlotte Library

Library closed to Feb. 17

Every day at the library brings a new project, from exterior siding to interior painting. As some of this construction requires closing, the library will be closed to Feb. 17 to allow for demolition and flooring work. The library welcomes everyone to the new space Tuesday, Feb. 18. Access to adult collections will be limited and the stacks will be closed at some points.

Library Expansion Updates

• The library driveway and original entrance are permanently closed.

• Patrons may enter the library via the library porch door, either from the north entrance (sidewalk under construction) or across the Town Green.

• The book drop box is located in front of Town Hall. Please stop there to return all materials when library is closed for the day.

• A pick-up table will be set up inside Town Hall. Call to let us know what you are looking for and the library staff is happy to put books and other items there for pick up.

Library Book Discussion Group

“The Animal One Thousand Miles Long”

Thursday, Feb. 13, 7:30 p.m.

The phrase “an animal a thousand miles long,” attributed to Aristotle, refers to a sprawling body that cannot be seen in its entirety from a single angle, a thing too vast and complicated to be knowable as a whole. For Leath Tonino, the animal a thousand miles long is the landscape of his native Vermont. Tonino grew up along the shores of Lake Champlain, situated between Vermont’s Green Mountains and New York’s Adirondacks. His career as a nature and travel writer has taken him across the country, but he always turns his eye back on his home state. “All along,” he writes, “I’ve been exploring various parts of the animal, trying to make a prose map of its body—not to understand it in a conclusive or definitive way but rather to celebrate it, to hint at its possibilities.”

“I Live in the Land of Apples”

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m.

Join author Joanna Easton as she reads from her memoir “I Live in the Land of Apples.” Easton has lived in Charlotte since 1982, raising two children, and currently is living in East Charlotte. Compelled to make sense of her life’s mysteries, her memoir outlines the detective work, joys and struggles involved in the understanding of that life, following a zigzag path from questions to epiphanies, through study and onto some semblance of sovereignty. As a photographer and a poet, her keen experience began early and lingers still, guided by an inner compass developed to field loneliness and difference. Original poems bring a lyrical flow to a more or less linear timeline. Easton’s education and career as an educational therapist adds the crispness of science; motherhood, gardening and yoga soften the edges, while physicality and energy add fire to the adventure.

Men’s Book Group: ”The Gift of Rain”

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 7 p.m.

Set in Penang, 1939, this book presents a story of betrayal, barbaric cruelty, steadfast courage and enduring love. The recipient of extraordinary acclaim from critics and the bookselling community, Tan Twan Eng’s debut novel casts a powerful spell. Set during the tumult of World War II, on the lush Malayan island of Penang, “The Gift of Rain” tells a riveting and poignant tale about a young man caught in the tangle of wartime loyalties and deceits.

Baby & Family Time

Tuesdays, 9 a.m.

Music, stories and play time with babies and toddlers.

Preschool Story Time

Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.

Stories, songs and crafts for children ages 3 to 5.

After School Story Time

Kindergarten-First Grade

Tuesdays, 2:15 p.m.

Registration required.

For more information about these and all library programs and activities, visit www.charlottepubliclibrary.org.

News from Carpenter-Carse Library

Works of art in wool

Hinesburg resident Davey DeGraff’s hooked-rug “paintings” are on display in the community room throughout February.

Valentine Cookie Craft Party

Friday, Feb. 14, 3-4:15 p.m.

Make a Valentine cookie house to give to someone you love or enjoy later with your family. Open to kids 6+. Sign up ahead of time, email jen@carpentercarse.org or call 482-2878 to reserve your spot.

Saturday Storytime

Saturday, Feb. 15, 10-10:30 a.m.

Children ages 0-5 and their caregivers gather for stories, songs and games, followed by free play and snacks. All are welcome, free.

Color Your Way to Calm: Adult Coloring

Wednesday, Feb. 19, 10:30 a.m.-noon

Coloring sheets, art supplies and tea will be provided.

February Break Movie

Tuesday, Feb. 25 1 p.m.

Join us for a family friendly, newly-released animated movie, friends and snacks. All ages welcome. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Check website for more details.

Hands and Needles

Mondays, 10 a.m. – noon.

Join handcrafting enthusiasts for a morning of creativity and conversation. Bring an in-progress project – quilting, knitting, embroidery, etc. Free and open to the public.

Youngster Story Time

Tuesday, Feb. 18, 9:30 – 10 a.m.

Story time for children ages 5 and under, and their caregivers. Gather for stories, songs and games, followed by free play and snacks. All are welcome.

Youngster Movement and Music

Thursday, Feb. 20, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Get ready to move: Friends of Families hosts this program at the library. Come enjoy songs and movement games geared for ages 3 and under, and their caregivers (older siblings welcome). All are welcome. Free.

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