VERMONT READS 2017—Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
The South Burlington Community is invited to participate in a statewide read of Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming for Vermont Reads 2017. This beautiful memoir of the author’s childhood, written in verse, tells the story of a young person finding her voice and examines the strength of family bonds.
A grant from the Vermont Humanities Council has awarded the SBCL 65 copies of Brown Girl Dreaming to share with the public. Copies of the book are available to check out at the Library’s display. The Library, together with SB Mentoring, Pillsbury Manor, and SBHS, is hosting community-wide Vermont Reads events.
Young at Heart Program at SB Senior Center--Lunch and Book Discussion of Brown Girl Dreaming with SBHS students
June date TBA
Frederick Douglass reading
MORNING BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES
Thursday Mornings at 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Senior Community Center in the lower level of the Pines Apartments Building. Please park a distance from the main, front entrance to save parking spaces for the Pines Apartments’ residents. (Usually on the 2nd Thursday of each month).
Come to one or all of these meetings for a friendly and substantive discussion facilitated by Library staff. A limited number of reading copies are available on loan, one month prior to each meeting date. The book selections are well-reviewed fiction titles, offering varied writing styles, subjects, settings, eras and moods, to serve diverse reading preferences. These programs are open to the public, with no library card or registration required. Bring your own beverage if you wish.
- May 11th – My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante
- June 8th – Long Time Coming, Robert Goddard
- July 13th – The Importance of Being Earnest, Oscar Wilde
EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES
Thursday Evenings at 7:00 - 8:15 p.m. in the Library. (Usually on the 4th Thursday of each month, except for the Sept & Nov meetings).
Come to one or all of these meetings for a friendly and substantive discussion over tea, facilitated by Library staff. A limited number of reading copies are available on loan, one month prior to each meeting date. The book selections are well-reviewed fiction titles, offering varied writing styles, subjects, settings, eras and moods, to serve diverse reading preferences. These programs are open to the public, with no library card or registration required.
- April 27th – Etta & Otto and Russell & James, Emma Hooper
- May 25th – Heat and Light, Jennifer Haigh
- June 22nd – Brooklyn, Colm Tóibín
- July 27th – The High Divide , Lin Enger
VERMONT HUMANITIES BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES
B.I.G. (Big, Intense, Good) series: Vermont Humanities Council (VHC) Scholar, Merilyn Burrington, will provide background to Middlemarch, by George Eliot. The three-part discussion of this classic novel will take place on April 12, May 10 and June 14. Copies of Middlemarch are available at the Library. This program is free, open to the public and accessible to those with disabilities.
This program is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Vermont Humanities Council and hosted by the Library.
- May 10th at 6:30 p.m.
- June 14th at 6:30 p.m.
South Burlington state representatives will hold a legislative forum at the Library on the following Mondays. This is an opportunity for citizens to voice their questions, concerns and ideas.
ENGLISH CONVERSATION CLASS
Are you a non-native English speaker who wants to improve your language skills? The South Burlington Community Library is hosting an English Conversation group on Monday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. through May 22. The group is facilitated by an experienced ESL teacher. Participants can practice their English and make new friends in a comfortable, welcoming setting. For more information please call the Library at 652-7080.
The knitters who gather at the Library Wednesday evenings about 6:30 p.m., invite anyone who is interested in knitting or crochet to drop in. Bring your latest project to show other knitters “how to”, or get help with challenging patterns. All skill levels are welcome to attend any week, often or whenever you can. This is a great way to meet knitters of all ages, to add to your know-how, and enjoy the air conditioning! Call the Library in inclement weather to confirm that the club is meeting.
COMING HOME FROM WAR SPEAKER SERIES
Returning Home: From the War in Sudan to Refuge to American Citizenship - Presented by Akol Aguek
Akol Aguek will present on his life story as a minor who was separated from his parents by Sudan Civil War at the age of nine. He spent over a decade in refugee camps in Ethiopia and Kenya before he resettled in Vermont in the summer of 2001 as one of the Lost Boys of Sudan.
Aguek is currently an International Student Advisor and Designated School Official at the University of Vermont. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Director and Coordinator of Transfer Admissions at the same institution. Aguek holds a Masters’ Degree in Government from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government; and another Masters’ Degree in Business from University of Vermont’s Grossman School of Business; and a Bachelors’ Degree in Economics and Political Science from University of Vermont’s College of Arts and Sciences. He got his elementary and high school education in Ethiopia and Kenya before resettling in the United States in the summer of 2001. The Coming Home from War speaker series is sponsored in part by the Vermont Humanities Council.
Thursday, May 11th at 7:00 pm
Returning Home: Purple Hearts Reunited
Major Zachariah Fike, a combat-wounded veteran and active-duty Army National Guard officer, founded the non-profit Purple Hearts Reunited in 2012. It is the only organization in the country returning lost or stolen medals to veterans and military families at no cost. To date, Purple Hearts Reunited has been able to locate and return medals to over 200 military families. Major Fike will speak about his experiences returning what is often the last tangible piece of a veteran to his or her family. Refreshments will be served. This is the final program in the monthly Coming Home from War speaker series.
Thursday, June 15th at 7:00 p.m.
TEA AT TWO
Great Public Gardens with Charlotte Albers
Join us on a visual tour of top gardens across North America and come see the beauty they offer. Local designer Charlotte Albers will highlight her favorites, including the Coastal Maine Botanic Garden, the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., Millennium Park in Chicago, the Montreal Botanic Garden, and Meijer Garden and Sculpture Park in Michigan. This is armchair travel at its best and will help beat the winter blues!
(Rescheduled from a previous date)
Friday, May 19th at 2:00 p.m.
Adam Boyce: Because I Loved the Daffodil
Adam Boyce will sign copies and talk about his book "Because I Loved the Daffodil," a compilation of the writings of his late paternal grandmother, Mildred F. Boyce of Williamstown, VT (1884-1965). Her poems, articles, letters, and diary entries bring the reader to a quieter place.
(Rescheduled from a previous date)
Tuesday, May 30th at 2:00 p.m.
GREAT DECISIONS SERIES
Great Decisions is the name shared by a national civic-education program and publication of the Foreign Policy Association. Patrons are encouraged to read the corresponding chapter in the Great Decisions Briefing Book prior to the discussion. Roger Bourassa and Patrick Buffet will be the moderators. Join us for one or all of the discussions.
Conflict in the South China Sea
The South China Sea is a locus of competing territorial claims, and China its most vocal claimant. Beijing’s interest has intensified disputes with other countries in the region in recent years, especially since China has increased its naval presence. Despite rising international pressure, including an unfavorable ruling by the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea, China staunchly defends its policies in the region. Preventing tensions from boiling over is a matter of careful diplomacy.
May 4th at 6:30 p.m.
U.S. Foreign Policy and Petroleum
What is the effect of U.S. petroleum security on foreign policy? For 45 years, the country has alternated between periods of energy security and insecurity, sometimes able to wield petroleum as a useful instrument of foreign policy, sometimes not. Despite the so-called “energy revolution,” the U.S. today is by no means disentangled from foreign dependence and global trends. In order to be successful, policymakers must recognize both petroleum security circumstances and patterns in the relationship between petroleum and foreign policy.
June 1st at 6:30 p.m.
Latin America’s Political Pendulum
The pendulum of Latin American politics is swinging rightward once again. Yet as the “pink tide” recedes, the forces of change have more to do with socioeconomics than ideology. Dramatic economic and political crises have coincided in countries like Brazil and Venezuela. Still, the final result for Latin America may be the emergence of centrist, pragmatic modes of governance, and with them, opportunities for the U.S. to improve relations. The new administration must look beyond the neoliberal model of the 1990s, and develop an approach to relations fit for the 21st century.
September 7th at 6:30 p.m.
Prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan
Major internal conflict has plagued Afghanistan for four decades. The U.S., for its part, has conducted military operations in the country nearly continuously since 9/11. Today, war with the Taliban persists, and tensions between the U.S. and Pakistan have gradually deteriorated. As his time in office drew to a close, President Obama limited further withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan. The incoming administration has a choice: will it maintain the status quo, completely reverse the Obama administration drawdown or withdraw completely? Does the U.S. face a no win situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan?
October 5th at 6:30 p.m.
Nuclear nonproliferation was a top priority for the Obama administration. While the Iran Deal was a diplomatic victory toward this end, major threats persist from both state and non-state actors. Countries like North Korea, Russia, and India and Pakistan continue to challenge nonproliferation efforts. The possibility that terrorists will carry out an attack using a “dirty bomb,” made from captured nuclear materials, looks increasingly real. In a fractious world, which way forward for U.S. nuclear security policy?
November 2nd at 6:30 p.m.
MONEY SMART WEEK: ASK THE CITY PROPERTY ASSESSOR
The City of South Burlington Property Assessor will be available to answer questions regarding the property assessment process as well as the tax implications. Terms such as Grand List, Real Value, State Payment, Homestead Tax Rate, Non-Homestead Tax Rate, etc. will be discussed. Please bring any and all questions to the meeting, located in the South Burlington Community Library.
Thursday, April 27th at 2:00 p.m.
A LITERARY FEAST
Love to read? Love to eat? Love to cook?
Join us for a book-related feast on Wednesday, May 3rd, the initial session of our SBCL cookbook group.
Come to the Circulation Desk and choose a recipe from The Book Group Cookbook, by Judy Gelman and Vicki Levy Krupp, and bring your dish to the meeting. We will all taste the dishes and talk about what inspired us to make them. Maybe you can create apple puffs (page 258) like those that Mrs. Garth bakes in George Eliot’s Middlemarch? Or perhaps you want to slow-cook some Ethiopian doro wot (page 82), the chicken curry that a doctor craves in Abraham Verghese’s Cutting for Stone?
Whatever your cooking choice, come to our May 3rd meeting so that we can decide together how best to carry out future cookbook meetings. Should we continue the literary theme? Should we focus instead on “The Best Cookbooks of All Time”? Should we cook dishes from the very latest cookbooks? Or should we do something entirely different? Come share your dish and your ideas!
Wednesday, May 3rd at 6:30 p.m.
WARM WEATHER SAFETY TIPS
Spring, summer, and fall is a great time to be outdoors! Walk, run, hike, and play! Enjoy the sunshine and fresh air with our warm weather safety tips. Join the Chittenden County Medical Reserve Corps to learn about plants, bugs, sunshine and the heat in Vermont. Know what to pack for outdoor adventures. Be aware of the signs and symptoms of exposure to these bugs and plants as well as overexposure to the sun’s rays. Presented by the Chittenden County Medical Reserve Corps
Thursday, May 4th at 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
HISTORY OF BELLY DANCE
Shimmies, Sand, and Song - A Brief Interactive History of Belly Dance
Taught by Alaia: Belly Dance is a modern term that encompasses a wide range of dance styles that originated in the Middle East. While many people now think of bellydancers as solely stage performers or sensual dancers, the history of the dance is much more complex. This class aims to dispel the myths and unpack some of that history, across several cultures and millennia. Come learn the story, and pick up some fun new dance moves! This is a family-friendly class, open to participants age 10 and older. Class size is limited, please register to guarantee your spot by calling 652-7080.
Saturday, May 6th at 1:00 p.m.
AN AFTERNOON OF POETRY WITH FRIENDS
Autumn's Yard is a new collection of poems by Vermont poet, Anne Averyt, in which she looks out her back door and sees not only nature but the humanity in us all. She invites her readers to sit with her and hear the flutter of a leaf falling, share the leaping joy of spring, listen to the lonely sob of night.
Anne Averyt lives in South Burlington, VT. She is a poet, author of books published by Random House and EP Dutton, and a commentator on Vermont Public Radio. Her poetry has appeared in journals, including 580 split, Third Wednesday, Counterpoint, Riverlit, the Aurorean, and Best of Burlington Writers Workshop, 2014, 2015, 2017.
Wednesday, June 21st at 2:00 p.m.