Revisiting Health Literacy with Jim Hyde

Join Jim Hyde for a discussion on how to tell fact from fiction- and hyperbole from reality- when it comes to understanding health research findings and information. Participants are encouraged to bring questions, concerns, or articles to discuss. Registrants will receive a “cheat sheet” of critical questions to ask when assessing research findings. Jim taught epidemiology and biostatistics at Tufts Medical School for more than 35 years. While at Tufts he helped establish and directed the Tufts Masters Degree program in Health Communication, taught in the MD/MPH joint degree program, and directed several research studies. Prior to Tufts he was the Director of the Division of Preventive Medicine at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Register for Health Literacy here: https://bit.ly/3KPZr7r
A Charlotte Public Library event (Chittenden County.)

Seed Fever Garden Chat

Cold February is Seed Fever time, when we dream impatiently about this year’s food garden and yearn to have our hands on seeds and soil. Want to share your happy anticipation and get tips for finding just the right seeds? Join Seed Library Coordinators Linda Hamilton and Karen Tuininga for conversation about how to choose seeds and where to find varieties well-suited for your garden and your taste buds. Get a sneak-peak at what heritage varieties of vegetables/herbs/edible flowers the Seed Library will offer this year.
Register for Seed Fever here: https://bit.ly/3ojLkxV
A Charlotte Public Library event (Chittenden County.)

Media Literacy Take 2

We’re reviving our conversation from last fall.  There continues to be more opportunities for disinformation, declining trust in established news organizations, and increasing popularity of conspiracy theorists. 
Join us for a conversation on media literacy with Adam Davidson, Chea Waters-Evans, and Jesse Wegman. Adam co-founded Planet Money and has been a staff reporter for the New York Times and the New Yorker. Chea has been reporting in and about Charlotte for over a decade, first with The Citizen and the Shelburne News,then The Charlotte News, and now at The Charlotte Bridge.  Jesse is an editorial board member of the New York Times. 
Register Media Literacy here: https://bit.ly/3H0X4wr
A Charlotte Public Library event (Chittenden County.)

(Zoom) Health Research Literacy With Jim Hyde

10 questions to ask yourself when you see in the media “the research shows that…”
Bring with you an article or clipping from the news, a magazine, or other source and we will discuss and dissect it using the answers to ten simple questions.
Jim taught epidemiology and biostatistics at Tufts for more than 35 years. While at Tufts he helped establish and directed the Tufts Masters Degree program in Health Communication, taught in the MD/MPH joint degree program and directed several research studies. Prior to going to Tufts he was the Director of the Division of Preventive Medicine at the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
Register in advance for the Zoom link: https://bit.ly/31prbOA
A Charlotte Town Library event (Chittenden County.)

Practical Earth Honoring Skills for Everyone

How can we create an ecological civilization without cultivating an ecological psyche first? At its foundation, developing an ecological psyche involves reclaiming and diversifying our sense of relational intimacy. Nutritive and connective, this class is for anyone feeling fatigued or overwhelmed about climate change. Basic earth-honoring skills decentralize humans from the global story and wake us up through joy and relatedness.  Kendra Ward, LAc. is a local traditional Chinese medicine practitioner who teaches and writes about the cultivation of an earth-honoring worldview as it relates to our health, well-being, and sense of deep belonging. You can learn more about her work at kendraward.com. A Charlotte Library event. (Chittenden County.)
Register for this program here: https://bit.ly/3jgvku9.

Climate Action with 350.org

This summer we are seeing the climate crisis getting frighteningly and increasingly severe. Scientists are telling us that the window for preventing runaway climate change is closing fast. We must act boldly now to protect communities today and safeguard a viable future for our children and grandchildren.Share your thoughts and learn what Vermont is doing about the climate crisis. Your voice is needed to ensure we take meaningful and effective action!

Vanessa Rule, co-founder of Mothers Out Front and Better Future Project and 350Massachusetts and now Lead Organizer of 350Vermont will talk about the state’s plan for action, why it is critical for Vermonters to raise their voices and be engaged in the process, and how we can do that. A Charlotte Public Library event. (Chittenden County.)

Join the conversation: https://bit.ly/38nNQdU

Media Literacy: A Conversation with Journalists

Sources of media, from CNN to Reddit, have never been more abundant. Just in our town, residents can read the Charlotte Bridge; the Charlotte News; the Citizen….. plus Front Porch Forum, Facebook and local email groups.
Yet more freedom of information also brings more opportunities for disinformation, declining trust in established news organizations, and increasing popularity of conspiracy theorists.
Join us for a conversation on media literacy with Adam Davidson, Christina Asquith and Jesse Wegman, founders of The Charlotte Bridge, and national journalists. Adam co-founded Planet Money and has been a staff reporter for the New York Times and the New Yorker. Christina reported for newspapers and radio for 20 years before founding her own nonprofit news organization, The Fuller Project. Jesse is an editorial board member of the New York Times.  A Charlotte Library event (Chittenden County.) Register here: https://bit.ly/38bA127

Tales of Cold-Blooded Tails (Virtual)

Reptiles and amphibians have adapted their tails to many different environments! Paddle like tails to swim, whip-like tails for defense, and tails to grip branches to help them thrive. Do snakes have tails? What animals can drop their tails and grow them back? How do some reptiles use their tails in trees? Featuring live animals, this engaging and educational class features animals like chameleons, axolotls, geckos, and more! Join Jason Clevett, resident “reptile expert” on Animal Planet’s SCALED, to learn some tales about reptilian tails! This program will be provided on Zoom, and in order to keep the program safe and friendly for all ages, we are asking families to register in advance. We will send out the link the week of the program.  Recommended for ages 6-12.

Animal Portraits: A Family Friendly Paint & Sip (Virtual)

If you were an animal, what would you be?  Explore your inner beastie in this virtual paint and sip with ADL art teacher Tina Logan. Kits will include all the supplies you need to paint portraits of the animals you love, along with something delicious to munch on and sip. Participants should also find a picture of a pet or an animal that inspires them to help guide their work. Recommended for grades 4 and up, including adults! Register here by June 30th, register participants can pick up kits at Brownell Library starting July 7th. Brownell Library, Essex Junction, VT, Chittenden County.