Celebration of National Student Poet Alexandra Contreras-Montesano

National Student Poet
Alexandra Contreras-Montesano

Wednesday, September 26
4:30 – 5:30 pm
RFL Community Room

Join the Vermont Department of Libraries to celebrate the achievement of Burlington High School senior Alexandra Contreras-Montesano, one of only five American students selected in 2018 for the prestigious National Student Poets Program.

As a National Student Poet, Alexandra serves as a “literary ambassador” in Vermont and throughout the Northeast, inspiring other young people to express themselves and change their community through writing and poetry. After a brief introduction to the program, Alexandra will read her poetry and speak about her experiences as a young poet in Vermont.

All are welcome to attend this celebration of a remarkable young Vermonter.
Contact Jennifer Johnson (jennifer.johnson@vermont.gov) with any questions.

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Vermont’s Creative Economy

Vermont’s Creative Economy:
A Panel Discussion

Wednesday, September 26
2:30 – 4:00 pm
RFL Community Room

Join the Vermont Department of Libraries for a discussion on our Creative Economy with representatives from the Vermont Arts Council, the Vermont Humanities Council, and the Vermont Authors project.

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Weekly Children’s Programs Begin After Labor Day


Baby Laptime  – Mondays at 10:30 am.
This 30-minute program is for our youngest visitors. Adults interact with their little person through simple stories, songs, rhymes, bounces and wiggles that are sure to bring out the smiles and giggles. Baby Laptime is designed for infants through age 2 and runs September through May. Join us on Mondays at 10:30 am.

Playgroup with Stories and Music – Wednesdays 10 am – Noon
The morning begins at 10 am with songs, stories and a simple snack (bring your own) on the alphabet rug. Around 10:30 am we’ll get out the toys for free play with friends in the library’s sunny and spacious Community Room. We have gross motor and fine motor toys, puzzles and activities for infants through preschool age children. Join us on Wednesdays, September through May.

Movers and Shakers Storytime – Fridays at 10:30 am.
Frequent exposure to picture books not only entertain and delight children but also strengthens their vocabulary and their ability to make sense of the world. We’ll share fantastic new and classic picture books and work some early literacy magic into a child’s day. We’ll couple stories with simple songs and activities for some interactive moving and shaking. Toddlers and Preschoolers and their caregivers are welcome. September through May.

Storytime Outreach Visits to Richmond Childcare Providers This outreach program brings storytime out into the community. Children and caregivers enjoy stories and music making with a focus on the early literacy skills necessary for strong reading readiness upon entering school. Bins of library books are dropped off and picked up every few weeks. If you operate a childcare business in Richmond and have not participated in this program in the past, contact Wendy at 434-3036 or rfl@gmavt.net for more information and to sign up.

Weekly programs at the Library follow the CESU school district schedule for vacation days and weather closure days.
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Katherine Paterson Talk Available

Were you hoping to come to Katherine Paterson’s recent talk at the library, but couldn’t make it? You’re in luck! Mt. Mansfield Community TV recorded her speech and you can watch it on Vimeo. Audience members were moved and inspired by her words; now you can listen to her thoughts via the video.

Copies of Bread and Roses, Too are available at the library if you’d like to read the Vermont Reads book for 2018.

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Kids Animation Video

The library and Mt. Mansfield Community TV teamed up to offer an animation workshop for middle schoolers over the February break. Eight kids learned about various animation techniques and had a ton of fun. Check out their super cool creations!

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KNIT NITE on Wednesdays

kniting_a_stockingJoin other knitters in the Mezzanine Lounge at the Richmond Free Library on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 for social and skill exchange. All levels, any handcraft (crochet, tatting, needlepoint, etc.) welcome.

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Art Show: Hidden Gems Unveiled

Wednesday, September 19
5:00 – 6:45 PM  Exhibit opens for preview and silent bidding
7:00 – 8:00 PM  Local artist Julie McGowan discusses Walsh’s artwork

Thursday, September 20
10:00 AM – 8 PM  Artwork on display for silent bidding

Noted architect and artist Harold Vandervoort Walsh died at age 95 at his retirement home in Richmond, Vermont, leaving behind a large collection of his artwork. His daughter Winifred Walsh Doane donated more than 125 pieces to the Community Senior Center, which will conduct a silent auction of the paintings on September 19-20, commemorating the artist’s September 20 birthdate.

Local artist Julie J. McGowan, a contemporary Hudson River School and Luminist oil painter, will present an overview of Harold Vandervoort Walsh’s career on the evening of September 19. Dr. McGowan has lectured on art and art history in the US and internationally.

More information:
Community Senior Center event page
Facebook Opening Talk event page
Facebook Art Show event page

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