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
More details about the program are available at

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Speaker: Noah Perlut, Associate Professor of Environmental Studies,                    University of New  England
Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM-8:00 PM
Location: Richmond Free Library, Bridge St., Richmond, VT

Noah Perlut has studied grassland birds in the Champlain Valley for over a decade. Many grassland birds such as Bobolinks demonstrate remarkable site fidelity, returning to breed in fields not far from where they were born. Noah has discovered the “family” stories about these birds and their challenges to share with farmers and the general public. This educational process enhances the commitment of farmers and the general public to sustainable agriculture and sustainable birds alike.

This program is free and open to the public. Parking is available on site, at the Volunteer Green and on Depot Street (1 block away).

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June Book Club

The Signature of all Things by Elizabeth Gilbert                                                                      Tuesday, June 16 at 6 pm.

A glorious, sweeping novel of desire, ambition, and the thirst for knowledge, from the # 1 New York Times bestselling author of Eat, Pray, Love and Committed


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May Mystery Book Club

Thursday, May 21 at 7 pm.

Learning to Swim by Sara Henry – When she sees what looks like a child tumbling from a ferry into frigid Lake Champlain, Troy Chance dives in without thinking. When she gets the child to shore she discovers that his name is Paul, he speaks only French—and no one seems to be looking for him.



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Do More Than “Friend” the Library – Become a Friend

Friends of Richmond Free Library

The Friends of Richmond Free Library are a group of volunteers whose purpose is to:

  • Encourage community support of the library and staff;
  • Raise money to underwrite special purchases for the library as well as the summer reading program and its workshops, art classes, and special programs.

The Friends of RFL meet twice a year and always welcome new members!


Co-Presidents of the Friends of the Richmond Free Library: Mary Keller-Butler at /434-3619 – – Karen Tufano at /434-7357

Thank you for your support!

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Save money on your next visit to the Echo Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington, VT.

The library has a pass available for Richmond patrons to borrow which will allow for $ 4 per person admission up to 4 people. The pass may be signed out for a two-day time period.  The museum is open 10-5 daily.


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We can turn your electronic waste into new books!

You may have something we want: used inkjet cartridges, cell phones, and small electronics. We’d love to recycle those for you. Through our trusted greening partner Funding Factory, we can turn your recyclables into cash for books.

Will you recycle with us? It’s easy and 100% free. We earn through the value of your used recyclables.

Look for the convenient recycling boxes just inside the Library lobby.

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