Vermont’s Natural Communities Program

WWWWednesday, January 29
4:30 pm
Community Room

Authors Liz Thompson, Eric Sorenson, and Bob Zaino will present a fascinating slideshow about Vermont’s natural communities in celebration of the new edition of their book, “Wetland, Woodland, Wildland: A Guide to the Natural Communities of Vermont.”

Books will be for sale after the program, and the authors will be available to sign them. Liz Thompson is Director of Conservation Science at Vermont Land Trust; Eric Sorenson is Natural Community Ecologist for Vermont Fish & Wildlife; and Bob Zaino is State Lands Ecologist for VT Fish & Wildlife.

This event is co-sponsored by the Vermont Land Trust.
Free; wheelchair accessible; all welcome.

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Love Your Library Book Sale

booksale2Friday, February 14
5:30 – 8:30 pm

Saturday, February 15
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Mark your calendar for our annual book sale with tons of books at great prices! There will also be live music and a raffle.

The library is accepting donations of clean, unmarked books through Friday, February 7; please bring to the circulation desk for review.

Volunteers are needed to help make this event a success. Please consider signing up to help at or contact Mary Keller-Butler at

Hosted by the Friends of Richmond Free Library; proceeds fund special acquisitions and programs.

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Art Gallery News

During the month of January we are showing the photography of Jake Levison. Jake has been a lifelong photographer. The photos in this exhibit represent his appreciation for jazz musicians and their music, animals and flowers of this area, and other characters that he has encountered along the way. He always carries a camera with him. “You never know…” Jake has lived in Richmond for 35 years, so far. (Some of his wonderful photos are available for sale — inquire if you’re interested.)Jake 2

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Foyer Display Case

Peacock 1For the month of January Catherine Peacock is sharing her collection of, you got it, peacocks! After marrying in 1977 and taking on the surname Peacock, Catherine began collecting peacocks. Friends and family have also brought her peacock items from all over the world. From earrings to ornaments, we can see the many ways that peacocks can be depicted.

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Book Sale: Live Music Sign Up

The annual Friends of the Richmond Free Library book sale is just around the corner and it’s famous for its great selection and fabulous live music. Would you like to be part of the entertainment?  Sign up here:


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New Playaways in the collection

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We have a great selection of youth and adult Playaways.  If you enjoy listening to books you might want to try one of these all-in-one devices.  No changing discs in your car! If you have never seen a Playaway before and are curious about how they work, ask us for a demonstration.

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Starting this Fall! Tell the Kids. Sign them up……

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Fall Youth Programs Begin After Labor Day

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Fall Youth Programs Our regularly scheduled youth programs will resume after Labor Day.  Program details are below. Weekly youth programs at the Library run September – May and follow the MMUUSD schedule for vacation days and weather closure days.

Baby Laptime This short, active storytime is for our youngest little book lovers and their grown ups. We’ll look at picture books, sing simple songs, do some rhyming and bouncing and sometimes get out the shakers and scarves. Designed for infants and early toddlers.  Join us on Mondays at 10:30 am.

Playgroup with Stories and Songs The good times kick off with songs and shakers around the colorful alphabet rug.  Next up is storytime and snacks (bring your own). Then, the toys and art supplies come out for free play and crafts. Co-sponsored by the Lund Center. Kids from infant – five and their grown ups are invited to join us in the commnity room on Wednesdays from 10 am – noon.

Preschool Storytime This special storytime is for children ages 3 – 5.  We will share picture books, songs, activities and games with a focus on the six pre-reading skills that form a child’s early literacy experience and help set them up for a lifelong love of books and reading. Join us on Fridays at 10:30 am.

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KNIT NITE on Wednesdays

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

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Library is closed January 20, 2020 in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement.


Six-year-old Ruby Bridges was one of the first black children to integrate a New Orleans school in 1960.

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Life on the Other Border


Wednesday, January 22
4:30 pm
Community Room

In her timely new book, Teresa M. Mares explores the intersections of structural vulnerability and food insecurity experienced by migrant farmworkers in the northeastern borderlands of the United States. Through ethnographic portraits of Latinx farmworkers who labor in Vermont’s dairy industry, Mares powerfully illuminates the complex and resilient ways workers sustain themselves and their families while also serving as the backbone of the state’s agricultural economy. In doing so, Life on the Other Border exposes how broader movements for food justice and labor rights play out in the agricultural sector, and powerfully points to the misaligned agriculture and immigration policies impacting our food system today.


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