Drag Queen Story Hour

Saturday, September 23
12:30 pm

Stories followed by Q & A. Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children and families. DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood. Kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish. Emoji Nightmare and Nikki Champagne, two of Vermont’s favorite drag queens, will delight audience members of all ages as they share stories focused on individuality, activism, gender, creativity, expression, and social responsibility. More info on the Facebook event page or for more on DQSH, visit DragQueenStoryHour.org.

Posted in Library Services

Insights Into Early Chittenden County History

Wednesday, September 20, 7:00pm
Archaeologist Brennan Gauthier will present documentary evidence on various aspects of Chittenden County and the remarkably rich and diverse archaeological heritage that spans almost 13,000 years of human history. Come hear about the earliest human inhabitants of the area, campsites used by Paleo-Indians, 12th century Native American farming sites, and some of the animals that roamed here–including mammoths and mastodons. This event is part of Vermont Archaeology Month.

Posted in Library Services

The Art of Cathy Stevens Pratt

During the month of September we will have the work of  Vermont artist Cathy Stevens Pratt both on the walls and in the foyer display case. She works in a multitude of media such as acrylic paint, watercolor, ink, scratchboard and digital, to name a few. Her art ranges from whimsical to realistic. She works from her house on a hill next to a window that pulls her imagination out into the gorgeous woods. She adores cats, mermaids, trees, beads, fiber and chocolate. Oh, and frogs and peepers!

Posted in Library Services

Join Us for Storytime

With the beginning of the school year, the library is starting back up its weekly programs for young children on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. NEW this fall: Yoga Storytime on the Fourth Friday of the month!

Baby Laptime (Ages 0-2)
Mondays: 10:30 am, Sept.-May

Richmond Playgroup and Storytime (Ages 0-4)
Wednesdays: 8:45 am (Storytime @ 10:00 am), Sept.-June

Early Bird Math Storytime (Ages 2-5)
First Three Fridays of the Month: 11:00 am, Sept.-May

Yoga Storytime (Ages 2-5)
Fourth Friday of the Month: 11:00 am, Sept.-May

Find more information about these programs on our Youth Services page.

Click here for a printable pdf poster.

Posted in Library Services

Passport to Vermont Libraries

Did you visit Vermont’s libraries? Bring your passport into the library between September 1-20 and let us count your stamps! We will submit your tally to the Vermont Library Association. Four patrons statewide–an adult, young adult, child, and one “wild card”–will receive Vermont Library Ambassador Awards for visiting the most libraries. You can keep your Passport!

Prize winners will be announced at the Passport to Vermont Libraries Celebration on Saturday, September 30 at 1:00 pm at the Ainsworth Public Library in Williamstown. Come share stories about the libraries you visited this summer and enjoy a party!


Posted in Library Services

September Mystery Book Group

Pick up a copy of the next mystery book club selection at the library and join the discussion on Thursday, September 21 at 7:00 pm in the mezzanine.

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, Or On the Segregation of the Queen
by Laurie R. King

The first book in the Mary Russell series, here King presents the initial meeting between fifteen-year-old Mary Russell, the young Jewish-American protagonist, and Sherlock Homes, which leads to a collaboration between the two.

“Imagine Sherlock Holmes retiring to a Sussex farm but keeping his hand in by occasionally investigating cases for the British government…. Then picture Holmes, walking on the Sussex Downs, literally stumbling across a 15-year-old girl whose brilliant intellect, caustic wit, egotistical personality, and gift for detail rival Holmes’ own.”

“King’s novel is civilized, ingenious and engrossing. Best of all, it has heart.”
—Times Literary Review

Posted in Library Services

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.

Posted in Library Services

Kids + Community Access TV = Creativity

Check out this fun video that local students made in collaboration with Mt. Mansfield Community Television and the library. Thanks go out to Hannah and Ella Agran, Lauren O’Malley, Zoe Rosen, and Ethan Shelden for participating, and to Angelike Contis of MMCTV for producing the video, which was submitted to the Vermont Access Network statewide video challenge competition.

The Crazy Quiz Show: A Short Film from Mt. Mansfield Community TV on Vimeo.

Posted in Library Services