Free Lectures/Events at 1:00 p.m. — All ages are welcome
Weekly Wednesday presentation will be online Zoom meetings. No registration is necessary. All ages are welcome. There is no fee.
A link to the Zoom meeting will be provided below the description on the day before the event and on the Home page. On the Wednesday of the event, use the Zoom link or information to join the meeting.
12/09: WRAPPING UP a GOOD READ with Library Director Margaret Woodruff
Join us for an online book show-and-tell session, just in time for the holidays. Staff from the Charlotte Library share their favorite selections for all ages. Books available to purchase at the Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne.
Meeting ID: 895 5683 5290
12/16: CURBING ACROSS AMERICA with Norm Riggs
Come hear about Norm’s adventures of the summer of ‘64 – when he was painting house numbers on curbs across the USA. “Seeing new places, meeting new people, fascinating the neighborhood kids, earning spending money for the fall. Perfect. No competition. Americans were friendly, trusting, and generous (weren’t they?) What could go wrong?”
Norm retired in 2006 from Iowa State University, where he worked as a rural community development specialist.
12/23: SHAKESPEARE: MYTHS & MYSTERIES with Brian Bock
How well do we really know the Bard of Avon, and why is he so popular now? At the time of his death in 1616, three other playwrights were arguably more esteemed and popular. Many of his plays were cobbled together when the First Folio was printed in 1623 — which incorporated incomplete scripts from actors and notes scribbled by audience members. We’ll explore Shakespeare’s life and works, exploring the myths and falsehoods.
Brian prefers comedies over tragedies — and loves the Utah Shakespeare Festival in Cedar City. Alas, he cannot recite soliloquies when asked, but he can strike an impressive pose with sword (imaginary) when challenged to a duel.
Recorded Talks and Resources
11/18: IS AMERICA’S OLDEST ASIAN SECURITY ALLIANCE ENDING? with David Rosenberg
A crisis is brewing between the U.S. and the Philippines: President Duterte sees that U.S. influence in the region is waning, while China is becoming more aggressive. He is concerned that the U.S. is not living up to its end of the Mutual Defense Treaty between the two countries and is charting a slow, but steady, course away from the U.S. — and toward China. Are there any options for averting the end of America’s oldest strategic alliance in Asia?
David Rosenberg is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at Middlebury College and an international specialist in this area.
11/11: TURBULENCE: WHAT CAN WE DO ABOUT IT? with Steve Gross
To say the least, we live in turbulent times. COVID-19, the struggle for racial equity, and a volatile political environment are just some of the forces we are dealing with as a society, as individuals, and in our families. This talk will help you better understand the nature of turbulent change and steps you can take to respond effectively to it.
Steven Jay Gross is Professor Emeritus at Temple University.
11/4: LONG AGO in CHARLOTTE: TRAIN DEPOT & WEST CHARLOTTE VILLAGE with Jenny Cole
Take a photo tour Charlotte’s West Village and train depot in the early 1900s. Adding a few more details and stories of longtime Charlotte residents will bring this enterprising village to life. People in the audience are invited to share their own memories. Co-sponsored by the Charlotte Library, Charlotte Historical Society and local historians.