Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

thumbnail22Please note that the library will be closed on Monday, January 21 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Consider making it a day of service by participating in a nationwide effort to make it a “day on, not a day off.” MLK Day of Service

Visit ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain for family-friendly programming on diversity, inclusion, and restorative practices throughout the day. Free admission for all!

The University of Vermont hosts keynote speaker Benjamin Jealous as part of the 2019 MLK Celebration, Education & Learning Series on Tuesday, January 22 at 4:00 pm, and is offering additional events throughout the week.

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Wild Nature Speaker Series: The Real Eastern Coyote

lowrescanecaonawesome.jpgSunday, February 3
4:00 pm
Community Room

Learn the true story of the eastern coyote and how an understanding of its mind and ecology can help us live alongside this wild animal. Coyotes are rarely seen, but they live among us and contribute to keeping our forests and fields healthy. Despite the ecological benefits it brings, the coyote is the most persecuted carnivore in North America. Yet, it continues to thrive.

Wild canid ecologist Chris Schadler will discuss coexistence strategies, whether you farm, hike or garden. Chris has 30 years of experience in wolf and coyote research, sheep farming, and teaching. She is the Vermont and New Hampshire representative for Project Coyote.

This is the final program in our Wild Nature Series, which has been made possible with support from the Eddy Foundation.

Event is free and wheelchair accessible.
Light refreshments will be served.

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Weekly Children’s Programs


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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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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Wild Nature Speaker Series: Who Saved the Parks?

Tom-Butler-215x300From Camels Hump to Patagonia: Who Saved the Parks Beloved by Millions?
with Tom Butler
Sunday, January 6, 4:00 pm
Community Room

Join us for a richly illustrated slideshow and inspiring talk with writer and conservationist Tom Butler. Alongside spectacular nature photography, Tom will tell stories of how some of the places that we most treasure came to be protected for the public for all time. From Muir Woods to Camels Hump to the far reaches of Chilean Patagonia, individuals and groups investing their time, influence, and wealth have secured some of Earth’s most extraordinary landscapes as national parks and other protected areas. This tradition of wildlands philanthropy is little known but crucial to safeguarding beauty and wildlife habitat, and providing opportunities for recreation and nature-focused economic development in local communities. A particularly grand example of this conservation tool is the recent success of Tompkins Conservation to protect and expand national parks, work that has secured millions of acres in Chile and Argentina.

A resident of Huntington, Tom Butler is the author or editor of more than a dozen books including Wildlands Philanthropy: The Great American Tradition. He is a founding board member of Northeast Wilderness Trust and currently serves as vice president for conservation advocacy for Tompkins Conservation, a nonprofit that has helped create or expand 13 national parks in South America. In addition to having deep knowledge of global conservation issues, Tom is a dynamic speaker.

Events are free and wheelchair accessible.
Light refreshments will be served.
Programs made possible with support from the Eddy Foundation.

Save the date for the final program in the Wild Nature Speaker Series (first Sunday of the month, 4:00 pm):
The Real Eastern Coyote with Chris Schadler, Sunday, February 3

Download a poster here.

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Hilarious Holiday Movie & Free Pizza

buddy_the_elf_eating_breakfastFriday, December 14
3:30 pm, Community Room

We will be showing a favorite and hilarious holiday classic about a human who is raised by elves. Like most elves, this particular elf-like human named Buddy has a real fondness for all things sweet. There’s a very funny scene where Buddy douses his spaghetti with syrup, sprinkles, mini-marshmallows, M&Ms, and more–and eats it for breakfast. Well, you can try a variation on this idea–Elf Pizza–if you sign up to come to the movie this Friday after school! Call the library at 434-3036, email us at rfl@gmavt.net or stop by the desk. (Registration not required but helps us know how much pizza to get.) Common Sense Media recommends the movie for ages 7 and up.

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