News from The Library

By Margaret Woodruff | Contributor

Job Opportunity at Library
Anticipated start Summer/Fall 2016

The Charlotte Library is looking for a dedicated, detail-oriented, enthusiastic high school or college student to work between 5 and 8 hours a week, including Saturdays and evenings. Duties include circulation-desk work, shelving books and project-related tasks. Please stop by the library during open hours to pick up an application or email margaret.charlottelibraryvt@ to receive one electronically. 

Questions? Please contact Margaret Woodruff at the above email address.


STRATEGIC PLANNING: Thanks to the dedicated efforts and energies of the Charlotte Library Strategic Planning Committee, we have reconfirmed the guideposts for the future direction of the library. Based on community feedback from our town-wide survey and community forum, the library pledges to continue to foster community engagement, promote literacy, support life-long learning and, most of all, create a welcoming and inclusive environment where all of this can take place. The full text of the strategic plan is available on our website,, and in hard copy at the library circulation desk. We welcome feedback, so be in touch with your ideas and comments as we move forward. And much appreciation goes to the committee members Mary Ellen Hebert, Dorrice Hammer, Susanna Kahn, Beth Merritt, Cindi Robinson and Jonathan Silverman.

Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m.: Seed Library Table at Green Up Day. Drop off your trash and pick up some seeds for your garden at the same time! The Seed Library table will be located by the compost shed in the CCS parking lot.


Tuesday, May 10, 6 p.m.: Cooking Book Club: “Mother’s Day Menus.” Whether your mother’s cookbook standard was Mastering the Art of French Cooking or The I-Hate-to-Cook Book, meals from our childhood influence our tastes today. In celebration of mothers who cook (from joy or from necessity) we offer up “Mother’s Day Menus” for our May Cooking Book Club. Look through our collection of mom-based cookbooks or select a childhood favorite. Make up your dish and bring to share on Tuesday, May 10 at 6 p.m. You can bring the cookbook, recipe card or memory from your mother’s kitchen to share as well. Registration required, so please call or email the library to sign up.

Wednesday, May 11, 5:30 p.m.: Library Knitters. 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.

Thursday, May 19, 7 p.m.: International Student Forum. The CVU community is fortunate to have had students join its ranks for over 25 years. This year Niels from Denmark, Frederik from Norway and Manuel from Austria are living with families in Shelburne and making the most of their time here. Join us to meet them and learn about EF High School Exchange Year.

Wednesday, May 25, 7 p.m.: Paris Climate Accords: A Conversation with Brian Tokar and Aly Johnson-Kurts. Join these two leaders in the climate justice movement for an evening’s discussion on the Paris Climate Accords, how these are an important step forward in securing a livable future, and how much more needs to be done. Co-sponsored with Transition Town Charlotte.

LIBRARY BOARD: Emily Ferris, Nan Mason, Danielle Menk, Jonathan Silverman and Robert Smith.

Next meeting: May 19, 6 p.m. Please note date change for this meeting.

Trendy Titles @ The Library

Adult Books: Foreign Policy Focus

America’s War for the Greater Middle East, by Andrew J. Bacevich. From the end of World War II until 1980, virtually no American soldiers were killed in action while serving in the Greater Middle East. Since 1990, virtually no American soldiers have been killed in action anywhere else. What caused this shift? Andrew J. Bacevich, one of the country’s most respected voices on foreign affairs, offers an incisive critical history of this ongoing military enterprise—now more than 30 years old and with no end in sight.

Alter Egos: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the Twilight Struggle Over American Power, by Mark Landler. In Alter Egos, veteran New York Times White House correspondent Mark Landler takes us inside the fraught and fascinating relationship between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton—a relationship that has framed the nation’s great debates over war and peace for the past eight years.

Under the Black Flag: At the Frontier of the New Jihad, by Sami Moubayed. In looking at the historical background of ISIS—where it came from, how it evolved, where it stands today and what its aims are for the future—this will provide, for the first time, a fully fledged picture of what lies at the heart of the Islamic State.

Black Flag: The Rise of ISIS, by Joby Warrick. In a thrilling dramatic narrative, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Joby Warrick traces how the strain of militant Islam behind ISIS first arose in a remote Jordanian prison and spread with the unwitting aid of two American presidents. (Winner of 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction)