September 15 2017

Latest Library News: A Note from the New Director, Banned Books Week, The Music of Politics

The following is a release from the Burlington Public Library: 


A Note from Michael Wick

As the new Director of the Burlington Public Library I just wanted to say thanks to all for being so incredibly welcoming during my first week.  I was previously the Assistant Director and so know well the great support our library receives from the Town, its residents, local non-profits and the business community.  I look forward to working with all of the wonderful librarians to bring the same top-notch services you’re used to receiving as well as adding to them.  If you would like to reach out with a concern or question, please don’t hesitate to contact me at 781-505-4990 or by email at  Thank you and I look forward to seeing you in our library soon!


Donate Books Now!

If you’d like to donate books during the month of October, please note that donations will only be accepted on:  Tuesday, October 10, 1 – 4:00 PM & Saturday, October 21, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.  To drop off your donations during the collection dates, please deliver at the rear of the building.  Thank you for all of your donations to the library!


Banned Books Week

September 24-30, 2017 is Banned Books Week. Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted for removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. Banned Books Week highlights the value of free and open access to information.  The Burlington Public Library is celebrating our freedom to read with a Banned Books Display featuring books that have been challenged from 2013-2016 and earlier. Our display includes a list of reasons why these books are challenged. You’ll see many of your favorites on display.


The Library visits the Farmer’s Market

Don't miss the Burlington Public Library at the Farmer's Market on Thursday, September 28 beginning at 3:30 PM. As part of National Library Card Sign-Up Month, Shelly and Nicole will be signing people up for new cards. A Burlington Library card gives you access to free books, movies, music and more. If you prefer to check out items digitally, stop by and Shelley will show you how to download library apps. You can also pick up a flyer for our upcoming fall events. There's something for everyone at the library.


Adult Programs


Troubadours and Troublemakers: The Music and Politics of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan – Thursday, September 21, 7-8:30 pm The music and lyrics of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Bob Dylan provide a map to follow the social and economic conditions of America as they evolve from the Great  Depression to World War II, McCarthyism, the Civil Rights movement and the 1950s folk revival and then to

the social and political conditions of the 60s. Using recorded music, film clips and still images, Kevin Comtois will take you on an American journey through history and geography with three of the greatest protest

singers of the twentieth Century. An educational and entertaining program for adults, sponsored by the FOBPL. Admission is free and light refreshments are served.


Foreign Affairs Discussion Group – Thursdays starting September 28, 10:30 am – 12 pm  The Library will again host the extremely popular 8-week discussion series focusing on U.S. Foreign Policy, led by Dr. Craig Brandt, a retired naval officer and experienced group leader, beginning September 28. Those who register in advance will receive background readings by email: call the Library at 781-505-4985, or sign up on the library calendar. Discussion topics and readings will be posted to the Library website.


Last Thursday Book Discussion Group – Thursday, September 28, 7-8:30 pm  The Library's Evening Book Discussion Group will gather in McIntire Meeting Room on the first floor to discuss  'A Man Called Ove' by Fredrik Backman.  Discussion will be led by Barb Parmet.  Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk.

Fall Storytimes


Baby Storytime - Fridays at 11 am  For caregivers with children ages birth-18 months. Delight and stimulate your baby’s senses with books, songs, toys and puppets! Build brain power!

Toddler Storytime - Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 10:30am   For caregivers with children 18-36 months. Interact with your toddler to nurture a love of books. Be active with music and movement!


Preschool Storytime - Wednesdays at 11am & Fridays at 1pm   For caregivers with children ages 3-6 years. Help your preschooler get ready to read. Enjoy stories together and build language skills!


Pajama Storytime - Tuesdays at 7pm (No Storytime October 31)    For caregivers with children ages 3-7. Bring your favorite stuffed animal & blanket, and snuggle in for some evening storytime fun!


Story & Craft - Mondays:  September 18, October 16, November 20, & December 11  -  Toddlers at 10:30 and Preschoolers at 11:30 am  Join us for a story and craft based on the tale! No registration required.

Other Programs


Teen Lounge -Friday, September 22 and 29, 2:30-4:30 pm  Play some games, enjoy some snacks, and unwind with your friends!


Preschool Fun and Games-Monday, September 25, 1-2 pm Join Mary for games that build your bodies and your brains.


Tween Movie:  The Long Haul (Newest Wimpy Kid)-Monday, September 25, 6:30-8 pm Enjoy popcorn and a movie with us! For Grades 4-8


After School Story and Craft- Wednesday, September 27, 3:30-4:15 pm  Listen to a longer story then do a challenging craft based on the tale. For Grades K-3


Did You Know?

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Library Card Sign-up Month, a national observance that was launched in 1987 to ensure every child obtain a library card and use it. Since then, thousands of public and school libraries join each fall in a national effort to ensure every child does just that.


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