2017 marks the 15th year of the Vermont Reads program, in which the Vermont Humanities Council invites citizens across the state to read the same book and participate in community activities related to the book’s themes. This year the book is Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson. This beautiful memoir of the author’s childhood is written in verse. It tells the story of a young person finding her voice and examining the strength of family bonds while growing up African American in the 1960s and 1970s. Children and adults alike will enjoy the authenticity of this memoir. There are free copies of the book available at the Richmond Free Library and the community is invited to join us for a discussion of the book at the library on Tuesday, February 21 at 7 pm.
All ages are welcome at the community book discussion of Brown Girl Dreaming.
Please come to the Annual Friends of Richmond Free Library LOVE YOUR LIBRARY Book Sale!
Friday, February 17: 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Saturday, February 18: 9 am – 3 pm
In addition to tons of used books for sale, we will once again have live music, a bake sale, and a raffle with many incredible local prizes.
We need help with setting up, working at the sale, and baking. Please consider signing up through the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0544a5a722a13-book
The library is accepting donations. Please bring your clean, gently used books to the library circulation desk. The book sale is our largest fundraiser of the year, and we rely on your donations to make it a success!
Mark your calendars, and see you in February!
Over the past 30 years, Dolores Carter has cross-stitched designs ranging from flowers in pots, to children and mothers, to intricate holiday scenes. Find her larger pieces on the library walls, and her holiday cards and ornaments in the display case. The detail of the designs is impressive; some of the images look like paintings. Stop by through the month of January to see Dolores’s work.
Both the fiction and mystery titles are now available at the library. Come pick up a copy today, and join a discussion in January!
The Silent Sister by Diane Chamberlain
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 6:30 pm
Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager. Now, over twenty years later, her father has passed away and she’s in North Carolina cleaning out his house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. But why exactly was she on the run all those years ago, and what secrets are being kept now? As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family. Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her newfound reality, in this engrossing mystery from international bestselling author Diane Chamberlain.
Mystery Book Club
Smoke by Donald E. Westlake
Thursday, January 19, 2017 at 7 pm
Due to a foiled burglary in a high-tech lab doing research for cigarette manufacturers, Freddie Noon, the thief, is now invisible. This condition has clear-cut advantages for a man in Freddie’s profession, but now everybody wants a glimpse of Freddie. But Freddie doesn’t dare show his face, his shadow, anything. Because Freddie Noon has gotten a taste of invisibility–and he can’t quit now. Author Donald E. Westlake (1933-2008) was one of the most prolific and talented writers of American crime fiction.
Join 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.
Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking. (Photo by Julian Wasser//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images)
Please note the library is closed on Monday, January 16 for Martin Luther King Day. The King Center notes that “the King Holiday is a time when the nation pauses to remember Dr. King’s life and work, but also to honor his legacy by making the holiday a day of community service: a day on, not a day off.” So take time to reflect, read or listen to Martin Luther King’s words, participate in an event, or do community service.
Burlington Free Press article: Burlington, VT events and speakers
The Meaning of the King Holiday by Coretta Scott King
Read the “I Have a Dream” speech
Watch the “I Have a Dream” speech on YouTube
CNN article: The Greatest MLK Speeches You Never Heard