Our entryway is festive with three holiday baskets filled with books (and chocolate!). The adult and teen baskets also have Kindle Fire HDs, and the child basket has a large stuffed animal (a schnauzer). Buy one—or a dozen—raffle tickets to support the library! Tickets are $1 each, 6 for $5, or 12 for $10. With each ticket, you choose to enter for a chance to win the adult, teen, or child basket. Be sure to stop by and enter before Monday, December 19, when we will draw the winners.
Thanks go out to the ninety-two community artists who decorated and returned a winter mitten for our walls during the month of December. Come check out the cozy, festive mitten show and if you have a mitten in the show, search the walls until you find yours!
Giving Opportunities to Benefit Local Families
Looking for a way to give to families in need this season? There are several opportunities to do just that here at the library.
- Find a Giving Tree on the main floor, where you choose an ornament tag stating the gift desired (many of the requests are clothing items, such as pants), purchase that gift for the child, and return the unwrapped gift to us by Dec. 13th. The Christmas Giving Tree Project helps make the season brighter for children in Richmond, Jonesville, Bolton, and Huntington.
- Friend to Friend, a new community service group run by local teens, is sponsoring a winter clothing drive. You can drop coats, boots, mittens, warm socks, and other winter items in the bin in our entrance to benefit the Refugee Resettlement Program VT.
- In the foyer, find a Toys for Kids bin where you can place new, unwrapped toys.
A coloring event for adults and teens – December 14, 6 – 8 pm
We’ll provide the coloring pages, coloring supplies, hot drinks, refreshments and light music; all the things needed to promote relaxation and a temporary slow-down during the busy holiday season.
Both the fiction and mystery titles are now available at the library. Come pick up a copy today, and join a discussion in December!
Under the Udala Trees by Chinelo Okparanta
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 6:30 pm
Ijeoma comes of age as her nation does; born before independence, she is eleven when civil war breaks out in the young republic of Nigeria. Sent away to safety, she meets another displaced child and they, star-crossed, fall in love. They are from different ethnic communities. They are also both girls. When their love is discovered, Ijeoma learns that she will have to hide this part of herself. But there is a cost to living inside a lie.
Okparanta’s Under the Udala Trees uses one woman’s lifetime to examine the ways in which Nigerians continue to struggle toward selfhood. Even as their nation contends with and recovers from the effects of war and division, Nigerian lives are also wrecked and lost from taboo and prejudice. This story offers a glimmer of hope—a future where a woman might just be able to shape her life around truth and love.
Mystery Book Club
Murder in Foggy Bottom by Margaret Truman
Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 7 pm
Once it was a swamp. Now Foggy Bottom is swimming with real-estate sharks. When a man is found stabbed to death in this trendy D.C. neighborhood, it is major news. But within forty-eight hours the nation is gripped by a fear that leaves this comparatively small crime in the dark.
Three passenger planes are shot out of the sky. Everywhere—in law enforcement, in the media, and in the most secret realms of government—men and women scramble to find out who shot hand-held missiles at the planes, and why. It is a search that reaches from Moscow to the Pacific Northwest, putting some people’s lives in jeopardy and turning others lives inside out. But no one can guess the truth: that the epicenter of the terrorist outbreak is Washington D.C. . . . and a dead man behind a park bench in a place called Foggy Bottom.
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.