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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, 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 Sweeney
  • 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 Hope Jahren
  • 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




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




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 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday, May 21 at 5:00 to 5:30 p.m.
  • Monday, June 18 at 5:00 to 5:30 p.m.
  • 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.




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..




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 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.

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, 2013)

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 Relations.

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 Public Policy.

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 development.




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 of SunCommon:
“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 the Library.
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 dates:

Monday, April 23rd
Monday, June 4th




Chittenden County based homeschooling group open to any parents who would like to discuss different curriculums and their homeschooling experiences.
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.

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All children under 12 must be
accompanied by a caregiver



Toddler Time for ages 1-3: Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.

Baby Time for nonwalkers: Wednesdays, 10:30 a.m.

Early Preschool Time for ages 2-4: Fridays, 10:30 a.m.

There will be no regular story hours during vacation week -April 23 - 27.

This session of Storytimes ends June 8. We’ll start the summer session on June 26, and end on August 8.


Monday April 23rd at 10:30 a.m. Connecting with Nature – Join us at the Library as Burlington Garden Club Members explore with children in grades K-4. Journey through a seed’s life and gain understanding of the natural world! Garden Club Members help young patrons welcome Spring with two stories -- “The Frightened Frog” and “Save the Seed”, and after stories, will assist children with seed planting. Seeds can be taken home to grow and bloom! Garden Club members will lead the program, and provide supplies and seeds. For ages 5 to 9 with an adult. There is no fee, but space is limited to 15 children. Call 846-4140 or email

Monday-Friday, April 23rd -27th from 2 to 6 p.m. School Vacation Drop in Activities. Join us at the Library for drop-in games, book sharing, and art projects. Play a board game, build with Legos, create black out poetry, build a cardboard house…something new every day! Grades K-4

Saturday, April 28th at 10:30 a.m. “Shh, We Have a Plan” Read-a-loud AND RAFFLE with Kelly! Join us for a special reading of Chris Haughton’s hilarious book. Fill out a raffle ticket to win tickets to a live performance of “Shh. We Have a Plan” at the Flynn Theatre on May 9th. Drawing will be held on April 30th. Read-a-loud program is Free; geared to ages 3-7, and does not require pre-registration






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