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  • EARLY CLOSING - 5 p.m.

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Saturday, December 8

  • Corey Gottfried in Concert - 1:00 p.m. (City Hall) Sponsored by the Friends of the Library

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Wednesday, December 19

Monday, December 24

  • EARLY CLOSING - 5 p.m.

Tuesday, December 25


Monday, December 31

  • EARLY CLOSING - 5 p.m.

Tuesday, January 1


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Monday, February 25

Monday, March 25

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Monday, May 20




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.

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 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.

  • Thursday,September 13th at 10:30 a.m. - Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
  • Thursday, October 11th at 10:30 a.m. - Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan
  • Thursday, November 8th at 10:30 a.m. - The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce




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 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. 

  • Thursday, September 27th at 6:30 p.m. - A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  • Thursday, October 25th - Educated by Tara Westover
  • Thursday, November 29th - Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury




African American Experience: South to North - Discussions led by Merilyn Burrington
This program is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s “Democracy and the Informed Citizen” Initiative, administered by the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The initiative seeks to deepen the public’s knowledge and appreciation of the vital connections between democracy, the humanities, journalism, and an informed citizenry. Books available on loan in advance. Free, open to the public, and accessible to people with disabilities.
A Vermont Humanities Council Reading & Discussion series hosted by South Burlington Public Library

  • Wednesday, September 12th at 6:30 p.m. - Black Boy by Richard Wright
  • Wednesday, October 10th at 6:30 p.m. - Cane by Jean Tomme
  • Wednesday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m. - In My Father’s House by Ernest J. Gaines
  • Wednesday, December 12th at 6:30 p.m. - The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson




George Longenecker will read from his recent book, Star Route, with poems from Vermont and around the world. “An excellent and moving collection,” writes the novelist Marge Piercy. Chard deNiord, Poet Laureate of Vermont, says “Longenecker writes as both stargazer and Earthling, shifting back and forth in his local chronicles between cosmic wonder and immense particulars.” The book is published by Main Street Rag. Feel free to bring a lunch!
Wednesday, September 19th at noon

Advanced Care Directive Lunch and Learn Workshop. Join staff from Taking Steps Vermont to consider the questions, “Who’s Your Person—What’s Your Plan” regarding end-of-life care. Presented by Taking Steps Vermont.
Wednesday, October 10th at noon

Come hear Montpelier lawyer and author Bernie Lambek read from his recent novel, Uncivil Liberties. In this debut legal drama, a Vermont attorney defends the First Amendment in two cases, one of which involves the heartbreaking death of a high schooler. An engaging, thought-provoking read!
Wednesday, November 14th at noon





William Edelglass, The History of the Concept of Race
The first European to divide the peoples of the world into distinct races, in the seventeenth century, claimed that the Sami people of northern Scandinavia were one of four races on earth; Native Americans, Europeans, South Asians, and North Africans together were considered a second race. Join us for this Vermont Humanities Council event featuring Professor William Edelglass. Professor Edelglass will trace the intellectual history of the concept of race in the West, from its prehistory to today.
Saturday, September 8th at 10 a.m.

Jane Beck, Catching People’s Stories
Jane Beck has used the recorded interview as her major source of material for exhibits, media and written materials throughout her career. This technique puts the focus on people, personal history, family stories, experiences, values and attitudes-ordinary people often doing extraordinary things. This is a reflective talk on why people tell stories, what they mean to an individual, and examples of how they are used.
Wednesday, October 17th at 6:30 p.m.




VOTING SYSTEM SECURITY - a presentation by Jim Condos, Vermont's Secretary of State. Come learn about election integrity and voter confidence in Vermont! Part of the Champlain Valley Chapter of the Vermont League of Women Voters Civic Engagement Speaker Series.
Thursday, September 20th at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, November 15th at 6:30 p.m.





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 Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m.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 846-4140.

There will be no group on September 25, October 2 & October 9.



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.




This will be an energizing and grounding Vinyasa class to music, taught by Rowan Beck of Rowan’s Rituals, with DJ Love Doctor Catherine Hamilton spinning vinyl. Free and open to the public - children, teens, and adults all welcome! Please sign up in advance by calling 846-4140 or emailing
Wednesday, October 17th, 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.




Technology for Tomorrow is back this fall! Workshops will be on select Monday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Join us to become acquainted with Gmail, get your bookworm on with a Goodreads tutorial, make connections on LinkedIn, become wiki savvy on Wikipedia, fill up your cup with TED Talks, and start dreaming of your winter get away with an introduction to Airbnb. Please let us know you are coming! Call 846-4140, email or stop by the Library.

  • Monday, September 10th @ 10:30 a.m. – Gmail: In this workshop you will learn how to use Gmail. Attendees will learn how to send, view, and organize emails in Gmail.
  • Monday, September 24th @ 10:30 a.m. – Goodreads: Goodreads is a booklovers website and is available as an App. In this workshop you will learn how to find books, manage your reading lists, and participate in reviews.
  • Monday, October 15th @ 10:30 a.m. – LinkedIn: Make professional connections on LinkedIn. In this workshop you will learn how to create an account, add information about yourself, and update your profile.
  • Monday, October 29th @ 10:30 a.m. – Wikipedia: In this workshop you will learn about Wikipedia. You will learn how to search within Wikipedia and how to find sources and references. You will also learn how to edit articles within Wikipedia.
  • Monday, November 5th @ 10:30 a.m. – TED: TED talks are short enriching talks that are all about sharing interesting ideas. You will learn how to use the TED website, search for TED talks on specific topics, scroll through trending TED talks, and much more!
  • Monday, November 19th @ 10:30 a.m. - Airbnb: The Airbnb website is worldwide travel website that offers interesting and unique travel experiences. In this workshop you will learn how to search for accommodations. You will also learn how to make reservations for homes and experiences.





Love to eat? Love to cook?
Join us for a monthly cookbook feast!
Each month will feature a different cookbook. We’ll eat the prepared dishes and talk about what inspired us to make them.
Pick your recipe and sign up at the Circulation Desk. Program led by William Wargo
Dinner and discussion

  • Wednesday, September 5th at 6:00 p.m. - Feast: Food of the Islamic World by Anissa Helou
  • Wednesday, October 3rd at 6:00 p.m. - Feast: Food of the Islamic World by Anissa Helou
  • Wednesday, November 7 at 6:00 p.m. - Martha Stewart’s Hors D’Oeuvres Handbook by Martha Stewart





A Moderated Discussion Group on Important Global Issues at the South Burlington Library.

Great Decisions is the name shared by a national civic-education program and publication of the Foreign Policy Association. Participants are encouraged to read a briefing book prior to attending each session. These are available to purchase at the library at a cost of $25 per workbook, which covers all eight topics for the calendar year. There is also a reader’s copy available for in-library use at no charge. Discussions take place at 6:30 pm on the first Thursday of the months of February, March, April, May, and June, as well as in September, October, and November. The group does not meet during the months of July and August.

September 6th at 6:00 p.m.
“U.S. Global Engagement & the Military,” by Gordon Adams, a Professor Emeritus of International Relations at the School of International Service, American University, and a Distinguished Fellow at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC.

October 4th at 6:00 p.m.
“South Africa’s Fragile Democracy,” by Sean Jacobs, Associate Professor of International Affairs at the New School in New York City. A native of Cape Town, he previously worked as a political researcher at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa and held fellowships at Harvard and New York University. He founded the website “Africa is a Country.”

November 1st at 6:00 p.m.
“Global Health: Progress and Challenges,” by Joshua Michaud, Associate Director for Global Health Policy at the Kaiser Family Foundation, and Adjunct Lecturer at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, where he teaches courses on global health and development.




Join state Representatives Ann Pugh, Maida Townsend, Martin LaLonde and the Representative-elect for Chittenden 7-3 along with Senator Michael Sirotkin and moderator Vince Bolduc as we talk about what's being debated in the Statehouse this year. Come to listen and share ideas on a wide range of topics of interest to friends and neighbors. 6:30 to 8:00 p.m

  • Monday, November 26th
  • Monday, January 28th
  • Monday, February 25th
  • Monday, March 25th
  • Monday, April 22th
  • Monday, May 20th


The Library is ADA accessible and the Library will make every attempt to accommodate persons with special needs; patrons are asked to call in advance if special services are required.

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  • Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. - TODDLER TIME: crawlers/toddlers/walkers - ages 12 months to 30 months
  • Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. - BABY TIME: Non-mobile Infants - birth to 12 months


Monday, October 29th 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
For ages 3-7
Join us for stories, songs and games that celebrate the SPOOKY season! An interactive and “not-too-scary” storytime will be followed by ghostly games and a sinister snack! Appropriate for ages 3 to 7 with an adult caregiver. Please pre-register! Costumes are optional!

Monday, December 17th 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

For ages 3-7


At the Library starting September 4th through October 25th
What is a Good Kid-Citizen? Try our scavenger hunt, and see if you qualify! Answer questions about South Burlington and complete tasks related to its History, Media, and Government through the month of October. Earn points in order to attend a celebratory dinner with special invited guests! Information and forms available on September 4th at the South Burlington Public Library.

*All children under 12 must be accompanied by a caregiver*

For other programs and classes, check the South Burlington Recreation & Parks web site



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