Occasional Newsletter….July 20, 2015



FREE Tickets to Craftsbury Chamber Players concerts

Check out two tickets for summer concert event with the Craftsbury Chamber Players.  This Chamber Music Festival is a six week festival performing works of composers of the classical, romantic, 20th century and contemporary period. In their 50th season the Craftsbury Chamber Players Chamber Music Festival is the longest continually running chamber music festival in the country with internationally acclaimed artists. Concerts are held on Wednesdays at the UVM Recital Hall and on Thursdays in Hardwick Town Center.    Contact the library to reserve a concert date.

CRAFT MORNINGS WITH MERRY (ages 4-10) We have a great crafts series happening at the Richmond Free Library this summer. The available spaces for this series usually fill up, but we just had some cancellations and could sign up some children for these programs: July 22 B-b-bubbles, July 29 Bouncy Games, August 5 Sock Puppet Show. To register call 434-3036.


Pizza Fridays!
Fresh, hot homemade pizza is available at the Library on Fridays at noon! The meal is free to kids 18 and younger but registration is appreciated. We don’t like to run out! Call 434-6006 or email occc@gmavt.net to leave your name and how many children will be dining. This delicious program is sponsored by Our Community Cares Camp and ends on August 7th.

Summer Keys:  next in the series:  July 23, 7:30 pm at the Richmond Free Library in the community room.  Virtuoso pianist Annemieke McLane performs the works of Liszt, Schubert, and Grieg.

English Country Dance.  Looking for a little more structured movement?  Join Val Medve on select Mondays at 7-9 pm to participate.  All levels, including beginners, welcome.  Bring smooth soled shoes and a small donation.   July 13, 20 and August 3 and 10.


Every summer the Richmond Free Library and the Vermont Department of Libraries co-sponsor summer reading programs. We have three summer reading clubs: Reading Together for children not yet ready to read on their own, Every Hero Has a Story  for ages 6-12, and Unmask  for teens.  We’ll have a club celebration party in August.  Here’s the scoop:

SWIMMY – PuppeTree’s amazing multimedia (shadow puppets, animation, projections, and music by Debussy) production of Leo Lionni’s classic children’s book.  Tues., July 28 at 1:30. Ages 3-12.

SUPERHERO TRAINING DAY – Sharpen your abilities with strength training, stamina training, and unusual power identification. Fri. July 31 at 10:30. Ages 3-7 (siblings welcome).

FINAL READING CLUB DAY – Last chance to write in your reading records. Wed. Aug. 12.

READING CLUBS CELEBRATION PARTY – For everyone who participated in the summer reading program. Magician extraordinaire Tom Joyce will entertain us with tricks and quips. Thurs. Aug. 13 at 10:30.


July:  Just ten more days to view Rebecca Roose’s cool snowglobe collection in the display case that capture whimsical scenes come from many different states and countries,  offering a glimpse back in time and Bill Kneen’s photographic creations.

Coming in August:Vintage postcards of Richmond from the collection of Maureen Parent in the case.

Aand Tim Goodrich’s photographs of on the walls:

Book Discussions (copies available at the main desk):

August 11, 6 pm:  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Foer.

“Oskar Schell is an inventor, Francophile, tambourine player, Shakespearean actor, jeweler, pacifist. He is nine years old. And he is on an urgent, secret search through the five boroughs of New York to find the lock that fits a mysterious key belonging to his father, who died in the attacks on the World Trade Center.”

Mystery Titles:

July 23, 7 pm:  Strong Poison by Dorothy Sayers

“The classic mystery that first featured Harriet Vane, companion sleuth to the dashing, perennially popular private investigator Lord Peter Wimsey, from the writer widely considered the greatest mystery novelist of the Golden Age.”

August 20, 7 pm: Innocent Blood by P.D. James.

“Adopted as a child into a privileged family, Philippa Palfrey fantasizes that she is the daughter of an aristocrat and a parlor maid. The terrifying truth about her parents and a long-ago murder is only the first in a series of shocking betrayals. Philippa quickly learns that those who delve into the secrets of the past must be on guard when long-buried horrors begin to stir.”

Passes: ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain, Vermont State Day Use Parks, Crafsbury Chamber Players (new!) , Shelburne Museum, and Shelburne Farms.These passes are available for 2 days.  (Late Fines of $5/day are applied.)

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Summer Keys II – Piano Recitals


Piano Recitals with Annemieke McLane
Thursdays at 7:30
July 9 – “J.S. Bach”
July 16 – “Jonquille Duo with Jeremiah McLane”
July 23 – “Liszt, Schubert, Grieg”
July 30 – “Nature Calls”

Donations Welcome

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Museum & Park Passes Available – Check Them Out!


ECHO LAKE AQUARIUM & SCIENCE CENTER Pass will allow for $ 4 per person admission up to 4 people.  The museum is open 10-5 daily. http://www.echovermont.org/

STATE PARK DAY USE Pass will allow for free entry into any Vermont State Park Day Use Area (up to 8 people in one vehicle) Day Use Areas Open 10 am – Sunset.  More info available at http://www.vtstateparks.com

STATE HISTORIC SITES Pass is good for free entry into any Vermont State Historic Site (up to 8 people in one vehicle) More info available at http://historicsites.vermont.gov/

SHELBURNE MUSEUM Pass allows for free family admission.  For more information go to https://shelburnemuseum.org/

SHELBURNE FARMS Pass is good for free family admission to the Walking Trails and Children’s Farmyard. Excludes Property Tours.  Family admission is for up to 2 adults and children.  http://www.shelburnefarms.org/

BIRDS OF VERMONT MUSEUM Pass will allow for free admission for one immediate family.  Valid from May 1 to October 31. Not valid for special events. http://www.birdsofvermont.org/

 All passes may be signed out for a two-day time period and carry a $ 5.00 a day late fee.

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We have three summer reading clubs: Reading Together for children not yet ready to read on their own, Every Hero Has a Story for ages 6-12, and Unmask for teens. Every time (but not more than once a day) a child writes a book title in his/her reading record he/she can fill out a raffle ticket for entry into the reading club raffle to win our summer mascot, Rrrralph, the dog. Rrrralph can be seen keeping watch over the reading records until August 13, the day of our reading Club Celebration Party and the day his new owner will be drawn.

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Vermont Libraries — make the journey!

Explore Vermont’s libraries with The Vermont Library Association’s Passport to Vermont Libraries. Make your first stop the Richmond Free Library and pick up your passport!

This summer from June first to September first, ninety-nine Vermont public and academic libraries will be handing out passports and encouraging everyone to visit some of Vermont’s unique, beautiful and creative libraries.

– The Alice M. Ward Memorial Library in Canaan, the northern-most stagecoach stop on a route from Franklin, NH to Montreal, Canada
– The Brookfield Free Public Library, the oldest continually operating library in Vermont
– The Windsor Public Library with its active seed lending library

“One of my favorite things about Vermont is the huge number of different libraries all over the state. Nearly very town has a cool library somewhere in it” says VLA president and second generation librarian Virgil Fuller, director of Chelsea Public Library. “We want to share our love of libraries with all Vermonters.”

Local libraries will offer passport stamps and small prizes. Three winners statewide (adult, young adult, child) will receive Vermont Library Ambassador awards for visitingpassport the most libraries and a copy of the classic book on Vermont’s libraries Where the Books Are, a book about the history and architecture of Vermont’s public libraries by Pat Belding.

Visitors are encouraged to post pictures and stories on the VLAs facebook page http://facebook.com/vermontpassport
More details about the program are available at http://vermontlibraries.org/passport

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Learn something new today!

Universal Class - Leading Provider of Continuing Education

Why not learn something new today? UniversalClass™ offers hundreds of free online classes taught by dedicated instructors sharing their knowledge on almost any imaginable topic, from Accounting and Arts and Photography to Web Design and Wedding Planning. Connect to vtonlinelib.org, enter Richmond, choose Universal Class and get registered with your library barcode (enter in all caps.) Or just click on the image above.

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Follow along with the trustee meetings at http://rfltrustees.wordpress.com.

Interested in reserving the community room? Our meeting room is available for classes, concerts (we have a grand piano!), parties, etc. For events that are free and open to the public, there is no charge; however, ALL events require a completed space use agreement form before approval.

Vermont Public Libraries provide access to high quality online courses for all library users. Begin exploring these courses by entering your patron barcode (found on the back of your card), but replace the initial “P” with a “2” here.

The Vermont Online Library offers a wide range electronic information databases on a variety of topics for all age levels, for generalists as well as specialists. For more information, visit vtonlinelib.org.

What is a library worth? Find out at the Maine State Library’s web site maine.gov/msl.

Audio books and eBooks are available for patrons to download at listenupvermont.org. Simply click on the “sign in” link on their homepage, select “Richmond Free Library” from the menu that appears, and use your library barcode number to sign in.

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