By Margaret Woodruff
Library Valentine bags: Just in time for Library Lovers Month, the Friends of the Charlotte Library are selling their Book Lover Valentine Bag. Lake Champlain chocolates and cocoa mix, a festive mug, reader’s journal, library T-shirt, and a blind-date book ready to bring anywhere in our library tote bag. Stop by the library to see our sample or call to reserve one for your Valentine 425-3864. Valentine bags for $35, all proceeds to go the Friends of the Charlotte Library.
On display at the library: Watercolors by Katra Kindar
It’s time for story time: Tuesdays, Feb. 2, 9 and 16.
Preschool Lunch Bunch: Tuesdays 12:15 to 1:15pm. Please bring a packed lunch. For children ages 3 to 5 who can enjoy story time with or without a guardian.
Early Elementary Story Time: Kindergarten and first grade, Tuesdays 3:15 to 4:15pm. Extend the school day enjoying books, songs, poems and crafts. Students ride the blue bus to library. Registration required for both sessions.
Mystery Book Group: Monday, Feb. 8, 10am. The Shadow of the Wind. This historical mystery, set in Barcelona after the Spanish Civil War, follows the trail of disappearing books, mysterious authors and murder. Copies available at the circulation desk.
OneClick Drop-in Sessions: Monday, Feb. 8 through Wednesday, Feb. 10, 10am to 2pm. Start reading ebooks and audiobooks on your mobile device with OneClick Digital; recent publications, classics and even Pimsleur language lessons are available. Our tech librarian, Susanna, walks you through setting up an account, downloading the app and checking out your first book. Bring your smartphone or tablet and any passwords needed to download apps.
*NEW* Cooking Book Club: Tuesday, Feb. 9, 6:30pm. Using the Ottolenghi series of cookbooks, join us to explore cooking as a cultural, historical and delicious culinary activity that gives a sense of time and place. The Ottolenghi books, Plenty, Ottolenghi, Jerusalem and Nopi, will be out at the library tables for you to look through. Once you’ve found a recipe to try, we will make a copy for you and mark that recipe as taken. Bring your prepared dish to the Charlotte Senior Center, share our meal and enjoy the cookbook-to-table experience together.
Library Knitters: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 5:30pm. Join us to knit, chat and compare fiber notes; bring a project or we can provide needles and wool to get you started. Meets every other Wednesday at the Charlotte Library unless otherwise noted.
Getting to Net Zero Energy in Old Houses and New: Wednesday, Feb. 17, 7pm. Vermont has a goal of getting to 90% renewable energy use by 2050. Unrealistic? Not at all. We now have a range of tools to make our homes net zero, which means the building creates as much energy as it uses. Come hear a presentation about how new construction can be built to net zero, and how old housing stock can be transformed from inefficient and leaky to practically fossil fuel-free. Join us for their presentations from Bill Kallock of the Charlotte Energy Committee and Chuck Reiss of the Hinesburg Energy Committee. Discussion to follow, with refreshments provided.
Vacation Program, Potholder Production: Monday, Feb. 22, 10:30am. In celebration of Engineers Week, we’re practicing practicality. Since everyone needs potholders, make a pretty and useful gift for the cookie bakers you know. Registration required.
Book Talk: Tuesday, Feb. 23, 7pm. The Life of Truman Naramore, Civil War Veteran and Entrepreneur. A book-signing with local historian Richard Allen, featuring his book published in November 2015. Co-sponsored with the Charlotte Historical Society.