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. The group will be facilitated by an experienced ESL teacher. There will be no classes during the month of August.
Participants can practice their English and make new friends in a comfortable, welcoming setting. For more information please call the Library at 652-7080.
CLASSICAL ENCOUNTERS WITH THE GREEN MOUNTAIN CHAMBER MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sunday, July 14th at 2:00 p.m.: The Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival prepares young musicians on the verge of professional careers to become advocates for classical chamber music by its Classical Encounters initiative, a series of outreach performances by our finest emerging artists in non-traditional venues. Essential to these outreach presentations are informal talks from all the performers, who are given extensive coaching to introduce themselves and their work. An unsolicited letter to Seven Days described a Classical Encounters performance in glowing terms: "The musicianship was full blown and resonant with a sophistication beyond the young years of the players. The Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival deserves a standing ovation for instituting these outreach concerts." (A. Salzman, July 29, 2009).
Classical Encounters will be hosted at the South Burlington Community Library on Sunday, July 14th at 2:00 p.m. Bring the family and enjoy listening to these talented young musicians.
GREAT DECISIONS DISCUSSION SERIES
“Great Decisions is the name shared by a national civic-education program and publication of the Foreign Policy Association. Published annually, the Great Decisions briefing book highlights eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans today. Great Decisions provides background information, current data, and policy options for each of the eight issues and serves as the focal text for discussion groups that take place all over the country since 1954.” Please call the Library if you would like to join the group. All participants will read the corresponding chapter in the Great Decisions Briefing Book prior to the discussion. The Great Decisions Briefing books may be ordered for purchase through the Library or checked out. Thandi Bergfalk, Roger Bourassa, and Patrick Buffet will be the moderators. Join us for one or all of the discussions.
September 5th at 6:30 p.m. – Iran: Suspicion and a troubled history have blighted U.S.-Iranian relations for three decades. How can the United States and Iran move forward? Is the existence of Iran’s nuclear program an insurmountable obstacle?
October 3rd at 6:30 p.m. - China in Africa: What interests govern China’s engagement in Africa? Should China’s growing emphasis on political ties and natural resource extraction inform U.S. relations with African nations?
November 7th at 6:30 p.m. - Threat assessment: How can the United States address the challenges of a weak economy, homegrown terrorism and nuclear proliferation? What threats and opportunities are presented by the ascendancy of China and by regime change in the Middle East?
Have you always wanted to learn how to knit? Do you need help in
finishing a project? All levels of knitters are welcome - this class is for beginners and for more
experienced knitters who want help with their ongoing knitting
projects. Kathy Talbert, Instructor.
Every Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m.
*NEW OPTIONS FOR BOOK DISCUSSION PARTICIPANTS
Have you been missing out on participating in the Library’s book discussion programs because a Large Print edition of the selected title has not been published? Did you know that you can enlarge the print on an electronic book in order to better view it? The Library now has a variety of reading options for you to try. You may borrow an easy to use CD player with an audio book on compact disc (for a few of the book discussion program titles), or borrow an electronic book reading device with most of the book discussion titles already on it. Also, the “Listen Up Vermont” database is available for downloading audio or e-books to your own reading devices (computer, tablet or smart phone). The catalog of choices on “Listen Up Vermont” includes several of our book discussion titles, along with many more titles. Contact Barb Ziemann, Public Services Librarian, to inquire about how to make any of these options work for you…and we hope to see you soon at one of the Library’s book discussion meetings!
MORNING BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES *
Please join other readers in cordial and invigorating explorations of thought provoking literature. Library staff have selected a medley of highly regarded titles and will guide the meeting. Participants have stated that they enjoy discovering authors whom they never tried reading before, and have deepened their appreciation of familiar classics.
The discussions are held on the second week of each month, on Thursdays, at 10:30 a.m. in The Senior Center at The Pines Apartments, 7 Aspen Drive, in South Burlington. Participants of all ages are welcome. A limited number of copies of each title are available at the Library one month prior to each meeting.
- July 11th – The Awakening by Kate Chopin
EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES *
You are warmly invited to participate with other book lovers in friendly and stimulating discussions of quality literature. Library staff have selected well reviewed titles with appeal to diverse reading preferences. Staff will facilitate the meetings by briefly providing context for each book. Attendees report that they enjoy reading in genres that are new to them, and discovering meaning by collectively generating interpretations of the authors’ works.
The meetings are held on the fourth week of each month except November, on Thursdays, at 7:00 p.m. in the Library. A limited number of copies of each title are available at the Library one month prior to each meeting. A dessert and beverage will be provided.
- June 27th – The Painted Veil by Somerset Maugham
- July 25th – How it All Began by Penelope Lively
The Library wishes to thank each of the private donors who generously contributed to the purchase of multiple book discussion copies. These books will be available on loan to participants in the Thursday morning and evening book discussion meetings, and later to other individual borrowers and local book groups.