May Newsletter

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May/June Art Show – Deana Allgaier

On the walls for May and June you will find the work of watercolor artist Deana Allgaier, a resident of Huntington, Vermont. She is a self-taught artist by night and a trained chef and registered dietitian by day. She loves to create, whether it’s with paint or with food, and is inspired by things she finds and observes in and around her home in Vermont. She has been exploring with different color palettes and lately has been drawn to painting abstract landscapes, still life, and local buildings. You can find more of her work on her website ( or visit her art studio in the Fuller Building next to the post office in Huntington.

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Library Commits to Sustainability

The Richmond Free Library has enrolled in the Sustainable Library Initiative’s Certification Program, which empowers libraries to be leaders in “triple bottom line” sustainability. Our goal is to create a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable library and community in the face of the climate crisis and biodiversity crisis. By joining the program, the library is committing to work toward embedding the concepts of triple bottom line sustainability into our policies and practices. We’ll be using the lenses of environmental impact, economic feasibility, and social equity to assess our current practices and work through comprehensive “action items” in twelve categories such as Energy, Materials, Collective Impact, and Resilience Planning.

Richmond is part of a cohort of nine libraries that are working together to achieve certification over the next two years as the Vermont Library Association’s Sustainable Libraries Working Group. The other libraries are Brownell, Carpenter-Carse, Charlotte, Lincoln, Norman Williams, Pettee Memorial, Quechee, and Windsor Public Library. The working group’s efforts are being supported by the Sustainable Future Fund of the Vermont Community Foundation. The Richmond Library looks forward to collaborating with other Vermont libraries and our community to build a more sustainable future.

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Big Baby Party!

After not being able to hold our annual Baby Brunch for a couple of years we are going to welcome Richmond’s newest residents and future readers born in 2019, 2020 and 2021 to the library for a great big baby party! Invitations went out to all known families but if you welcomed a little person to your Richmond household within this time frame and did not receive an invitation, please come. Come meet fellow parents and families. Select a special library book to dedicate to your child and enjoy refreshments and playtime. Knowing that some of the “babies” are big kids now we’ll have toys for all ages! Siblings are welcome.

This drop-in event on Saturday, April 30 is from 10 am – noon and is sponsored by the library and Lund.

RSVP to the library (434-3036/

Baby Brunch 2018
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The Library is no longer a place for Shhhhh!


We were pleased to again co-host an in-person TV Workshop for middle schoolers over February school break at the library and at MMCTV’s new, nearby location. We focused on telling a story in 30 seconds and created many short videos using live action and animation.

Here is a link to a public service announcement the workshop produced with the message “The Library is no longer a place for Shhhh!” 

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Lego Display in Foyer Display Case – March/April 2022

This Star Wars universe was created by Marcus and Lucy Eaton, Sam Butterfield, and Enoch, Adele, and Meg Freebern.  Can you identify Yoda’s hut, the Jedi Temple, the Senate building on Coruscant, Amidala’s palace on Naboo, the Gungan City, a bunker on Hoth, and Mos Eisley on Tatooine? 

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Youth STEAM Kits (New)

STEAM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts,and Mathematics. We have ten different STEAM Kits ready for families to take home that will provide young learners with introductory knowledge and skill building in important subject areas.  Kits contain books, toys, games, tools, and instructions. Subjects include: The Universe, Robots and Coding, Money and Math, Food and Nutrition, Yoga, Music and Meditation, Backyard Bird Watching, Electricity, Structural Engineering, and Water Quality. Each kit lists an appropriate age/grade range though most are appropriate for PreK through Grade 3. Look for what’s available in the picture book room.

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We have something new to offer our young patrons. Launchpads are preloaded tablets that are curated with collections of learning apps and videos for young children and are ready to play right off the shelf. The simple, easy-to-use interface is 100% secure, and requires no download time or Wi-Fi. They offer a fun, interactive way for young children to build literacy, math, and life skills and can be used anytime, anywhere. Find them in the picture book room.

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Iyengar Yoga at the Library

Sundays, 10-11:30 AM(Starts February 6)

Join Rebecca Weisman, Director of the Iyengar Yoga Center of Vermont, for a winter series of Iyengar Yoga at the Richmond Library. The Iyengar approach to yoga is a dynamic, systematic, and thoughtful method to understanding the workings of the body through foundational poses (asanas), breathing (pranayama), anatomy, and yoga philosophy. Whether you are a brand new student, a returning practitioner, or looking to deepen your knowledge of yoga, Iyengar Yoga is a perfect way to learn poses from the ground up through principles of alignment and intelligent movement. We will start with the basics and build from there, learning to work safely with injuries, limitations, and taking the time to understand each pose before moving on. We will use props creatively to build confidence and stability and to aid in opening the body and releasing tension.  Certified Iyengar teachers are highly trained and ready to assist you in a variety of modifications to help tailor your practice to your needs. Questions? Feel free to reach out— I’d love to chat!

Advanced registration is required for the series or for a single class. Classes are offered sliding scale/by donation and all proceeds will go to benefit Our Community Cares Camp, a non-profit offering summer food service and enrichment camps for local youth. We request all participants be fully vaccinated and wear a mask during the class. 
*Please note there will be no class on February 20th and 27th
For more info or to register visit:

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