MORNING 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’ 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.
- The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Thursday, September 14th at 10:30 a.m.
EVENING 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.
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Thursday, September 28th at 7:00 p.m.
VERMONT HUMANITIES COUNCIL BOOK DISCUSSION SERIES
Hosted by the South Burlington Community Library
"Family Histories: A Reading and Discussion Series" - Led by VHC Scholar Merilyn Burrington
Second Wednesdays in September, October, and November
The Pulitzer-prize winning novels in this series examine not only relationships, but the ways difficult chapters of a family's past are revealed by the passing of time.
- Beloved by Toni Morrison
Wednesday, September 13th at 6:30 p.m.
- A Summons to Memphis by Peter Taylor
Wednesday, October 11th at 6:30 p.m.
- Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
Wednesday, November 8th at 6:30 p.m.
Free, open to the public, and accessible to those with disabilities. Books available on loan in advance at the South Burlington Community Library. For more information get in touch at (802) 652-7080 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 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.
GREAT DECISIONS SERIES
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 published annually by the Foreign Policy Association prior to attending each session. These are available for purchase at the library for $25, and there is also a reader's copy available for in-library use at no charge.
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.
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 at 6:30 p.m.
- 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