PROGRAMS & EVENTS FOR ADULTS
BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES
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’
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, January 11th
at 10:30 a.m. -
Etta and Otto and Russell and
James by Emma Hooper
- Thursday, February 8th at
10:30 a.m. - The
Nest by Cynthia D'Apprix
- Thursday, March 8th at 10:30
a.m. - A Gentleman in Moscow
by Amor Towles
- Thursday, April 12th at 10:30
a.m. - Lab Girl by
- Thursday, May 10th at 10:30
a.m. - Pachinko by
Min Jin Lee
- Thursday, June 14th at 10:30
a.m. - Glass Houses
by Louise Penny
BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES
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, January 25th at
6:30 p.m. - The High Divide
by Lin Enger
- Thursday, February 22nd at
6:30 p.m. - A Man Called Ove
by Fredrik Backman
- Thursday, March 22nd at 6:30
p.m. - Pachinko
by Min Jin Lee
- Thursday, April 26th at 6:30
p.m. - The Boys in the Boat by
Daniel James Brown
- Thursday, May 24th at 6:30
p.m. - Station Eleven
by Emily St. John Mandel
- Thursday, June 28th at 6:30
p.m. - The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck
HUMANITIES COUNCIL BOOK
SAVE THESE DATES: Wednesday,
April 11th, Wednesday, May 9th and Wednesday,
June 13th at 6:30 pm
B.I.G.—Big, Intense Good
with popular VHC Scholar Merilyn Burrington.
Three-part, in-depth study of
Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony
Trollope. Books will be available to borrow
for the season one month in advance of
the first meeting.
Service Rendered and Midnight Jewelers
invite all ages to create their own piece
of jewelry. Pre-registration is required.
- Monday, April 16 at 5:00 to
- Monday, May 21 at 5:00 to
- Monday, June 18 at 5:00 to
- Thursday, July 19 at 5:00
to 5:30 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 Monday 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 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.
POETRY HAPPY HOUR
Join Library staff to celebrate National
Poetry Month. Bring your own or a favorite
poet's work to read alound. Delicious
refreshments will be served..
THE COOKBOOK CLUB
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
- Thursday, June 8th - Spice:
Flavors of the Eastern Mediterranean
by Ana Sortun.
- Wednesday, July 5th -
Jerusalem by Yotam
Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi
- Wednesday, August 2nd –
The London Cookbook
by Aleksandra Crapanzano
- Wednesday, September 6th
- Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Vol. 1 by Julia Child
- Wednesday, October 4th
- The Italian Country Table by
Lynne Rossetto Kasper
- Wednesday, November 1st
- The Silver Palate by Julee
Rosso and Sheila Lukins.
- Wednesday, December 6th at
6:15 p.m. - Cooking with
Shelburne Farms by Melissa Pasanen.
Joint meeting at Shelburne Town Offices,
5420 Shelburne Road, Meeting Room
- Wednesday, January 3rd at
6:00 p.m. - The Best Recipes
in the World by Mark Bittman
- Wednesday, February 7th at
6:00 p.m. - Istanbul &
Beyond: Exploring the Diverse Cuisines
of Turkey by Robyn Eckhardt postponed
- Wednesday, March 7th at 6:00
p.m. -Istanbul & Beyond:
Exploring the Diverse Cuisines of Turkey
by Robyn Eckhardt
- Wednesday, April 4th at 6:00
p.m. - Unforgettable: The
Bold Flavors of Paula Wolfert's Renegade
Life by Emily Kaiser Thelin
- Wednesday, May 2nd at 6:00
p.m. - King Solomon’s
Table by Joan Nathan.
- Wednesday, June 6th at 6:00
p.m. - Deep Run Roots:
Stories and Recipes From My Corner of
the South by Vivian Howard.
A Moderated Discussion Group on Important
Global Issues at the South Burlington
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.
February 1st at 6:30 p.m.
“The Waning of Pax Americana?”
by Carla Norrlof, Associate Professor
at the University of Toronto. Her research
interests are international political
economy and great power politics.
March 1st at 6:30 p.m.
“Russia’s Foreign Policy,”
by Allen C. Lynch, Professor of Politics
at the University of Virginia and author
of numerous books and articles on Russian
foreign and domestic policy, including
Vladimir Putin and Russian Statecraft
(Potomac Books, 2011: Chinese translation,
April 5th at 6:00 p.m.
“China and America: The New Geopolitical
Equation,” by David M. Lampton,
Hyman Professor and Director of China
Studies at Johns Hopkins University—SAIS
in Washington, DC. He is current Chairman
of the Asia Foundation and past president
of the National Committee on U.S.-China
May 3rd at 6:00 p.m.
“Media and Foreign Policy,”
by Susan D. Moeller, Professor of Media
and International Affairs at the University
of Maryland, College Park, and the director
of the International Center for Media
& the Public Agenda (ICMPA), a research
center that bridges the Philip Merrill
College of Journalism and the School of
June 7th at 6:00 p.m.
“Turkey: Partner in Crisis,”
by Omer Taspinar, a professor at the National
War College and a non-resident senior
fellow of the Brookings Institution. His
research focuses on the Middle East, Europe,
Muslim minorities in the West, radicalization
and global political economy.
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
SPEAKING – HOW TO STRESS LESS
Join Public Speaking Coach Leora Dowling
and learn to change your mindset, eliminate
counterproductive patterns, and employ
proven techniques to conquer fear—and
deliver your best presentation ever!
Tuesday, May 8th at 6:30 p.m.
Solar Energy workshop with Carrie Fenn
“The Benefits of Solar: Our Planet,
Your Money, Save Both!”
How does solar work? How is it paid for?
What can you save? Learn about solar policy
in our state, its impact on public health,
the economy, and other benefits. Someone
will be on hand to do a home’s viability
check for those interested!
Tuesday, May 15th at 6:30 p.m.
Jeremiah McLane and Timothy Cummings
Known as Wheezer & Squeezer, Jeremiah
McLane and Timothy Cummings are a one-of-a-kind
Vermont-based duo who share music rooted
in the traditional dance repertoire of
Northwestern Europe. Masters of the piano
accordion and quieter, bellows-blown bagpipes,
they create a beguiling, and at times
orchestral, blend which utterly subverts
the common stereotypes of their Old World
instruments. McLane and Cummings most
often draw from an 'Auld Alliance' repertoire
that includes bourrées from central
France, the hanter dro from Brittany,
triple-time hornpipes from the Scottish
Border region, and compelling originals
reflecting these influences. Their performances
are unified by their zeal and musical
craftsmanship, and punctuated with brief
commentary on the music and their instruments.
This Library concert will be held in the
Green Mountain Room in City Hall. Refreshments
to follow, courtesy of the Friends of
Sunday, April 15th at 2 p.m.
Join state Representatives Ann Pugh,
Helen Head, Maida Townsend, and Martin
LaLonde, 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. on the following
Monday, April 23rd
Monday, June 4th
Chittenden County based homeschooling
group open to any parents who would like
to discuss different curriculums and their
Monday, April 9th at 6:00 p.m.
Monday, May 14th at 6:00 p.m.
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.