News from the Charlotte Library

By: Margaret Woodruff | Contributor


Wednesdays, beginning March 2, 3:15 p.m.: TinkerBelles, Season 2: Our STEAM gals (and guys) will work with a doctor, river scientist, electrician, wind engineer and cryptologist during the six-week program introducing the working world of women in STEM careers. For 3rd – 5th graders. Registration required.  Call 425-3864 or email


Preschool Lunch Bunch, Tuesdays, 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.  Please bring a packed lunch. For children ages 3 to 5 who can enjoy story time with or without a guardian. Registration required.

Early Elementary Story Time (kindergarten and 1st grade), Tuesdays 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.  Extend the school day enjoying books, songs, poems and crafts.  Students ride the blue bus to library. Registration required.

Monday, March 14, 10 a.m.: Mystery Book Group: Death of a Red Heroine. “Set a decade ago in Shanghai, this political mystery offers a peek into the tightly sealed, often crooked world of post-Tiananmen Square China.”  Join us for coffee and conversation about this Chinese mystery by Qiu Xiaolong. Copies available at the circulation desk.

Monday, March 14, 1:30 p.m.: iPhone Tips & Tricks. Get the most out of your iPhone in this hands-on workshop. Tech Librarian, Susanna Kahn, will show you helpful apps, search and organization techniques, quick ways to connect to Wi-Fi, camera and photo tips, battery-saving tricks and more! Please bring your iPhone and your Apple ID information. Co-sponsored with the Charlotte Senior Center, this event meets at the Senior Center. Please call 425-6345 to register.

Wednesday, March 16, at 7 p.m.: The iConnected Parent: Staying Close to Your Kids in College (and Beyond) While Letting Them Grow Up. Looking for guidance about communicating with children in this world of instant interactions? Barbara Hofer, Professor of Psychology at Middlebury College, shares insight from her book and work with adolescents and families. Copies of the book available at the circulation desk for checkout.

Mondays, beginning March 21, 1 p.m.: Being Mortal Book Discussion. Part one of our discussion, covering Chapters 1 and 2. Copies available at the circulation desk for checkout. Meets at Charlotte Senior Center.

Tuesday, March 29, 7 p.m.: The Hummingbird, Last Rites & Hospice Care.  Author and advocate Stephen Kiernan discusses this key topic in contemporary health care. Copies of both books available for checkout at the circulation desk.

Thursday, March 31, 7 p.m.: Introduction to Great Decisions. We’re organizing a group to learn about and discuss the key issues of the day: Middle East alliances, the rise of ISIS, the Kurds, Migration, the Koreas, the United Nations, U.S. and Cuba, and climate change.  A reading guide and accompanying video presentations are supplied by the Foreign Policy Association so no expertise necessary! Each week features a different topic for conversation facilitated by Vince Crockenberg and Jim Hyde. If you’ve got an interest or experience in one of the topics and would be willing to share your knowledge, please contact Margaret at the library, 425-3864.  Program is free, and materials are available at the circulation desk.