Holiday Happenings at the Library

holiday photoHoliday Books: Our great selection of over a hundred and fifty children’s holiday books are out on display in the youth room for the month of December. Cozy up with your favorite little person, a cup of hot cocoa and a copy of The Night Before Christmas, The Grinch or whichever is your favorite. We have titles that celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, the Solstice, Kwanzaa, and just a good ole fashioned winter day.

Free Coffee and Tea: Warm yourself with a hot cup of coffee or tea during the holiday season. The beverage table is to the left of the circulation desk on the ground floor. Help yourself and sip while you browse.

sweatersHoliday Sweater Coloring Show: Thank you to the many young (and not so young) artists who decorated a cut out sweater for our walls. We have red sweaters, reindeer sweaters, painted sweaters, snowman sweaters, pom pom sweaters and sweaters with stickers, buttons and stars. Hanging together on the walls they make a bright and merry sight indeed. If you decorated a sweater come find yours on the wall and admire those of your friends and neighbors. All entries will be on display throughout the month of December.

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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 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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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 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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Wild Nature Speaker Series: Born to Rewild

john-davis-1Born to Rewild–East and West
with John Davis
Sunday, December 2, 4:00 pm
Community Room

Outdoor adventurer and conservationist John Davis will show Born to Rewild, a short film about his amazing 5,000-mile, human-powered (bike, hike, horseback and paddle) exploration of the Western Wildway, and talk about what he discovered and how the lessons of that trek apply to the East. John set out on this epic conservation adventure from Mexico to British Columbia to experience the land as wildlife experience it and found a landscape that is fraught with barriers, but which is also being miraculously stitched back together. John will also talk about his 7,600-mile trek on foot, bicycle, and boat through the proposed Eastern Wildway, and highlight some rewilding opportunities for our region–in particular, the need to restore catamounts. Formerly a resident of Huntington, VT, now living across the lake in the Adirondack Park, John Davis is the editor of the website Rewilding Earth and the author of Split Rock Wildway: Scouting the Adirondack Park’s Most Diverse Wildlife Corridor.

The Wild Nature Speaker Series takes place at the library on the first Sunday of the month at 4:00 pm in November, December, January, and February.

Save the date for future programs:
From Camels Hump to Patagonia: Who Saved the Parks Beloved by Millions? with Tom Butler, Sunday, January 6
The Real Eastern Coyote with Chris Schadler, Sunday, February 3

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

Download a poster here.

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November Art & Display Case

IMG_0622William Stelzer (1903-2003) was a self-taught inventor, designer, and artist. Born in Switzerland, Stelzer came to the United States in 1923 at age 20. Without formal training, he decided to become an engineer and eventually held over 220 patents in his name; the power brake was his most important invention.

Stelzer enjoyed gardening, fishing, and painting. His lively, colorful work is surrealistic and sometimes abstract. Stelzer’s art was included in several shows during his lifetime and his paintings are now shared among his children and grandchildren. His paintings are on display in the library through the month of November.

William Stelzer is the grandfather of Jennifer Esser, who works here at the Richmond Library.

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