Coming Up at the RFL



Read to a Dog
Thurs. July 13, 20 & 27 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
Tippy is a Certified Therapy Dog. Why read to Tippy?  Because Tippy is friendly and cute and she will love anyone who reads her a story.  Readers will gain confidence while they enjoy some private story time with Tippy. Tippy will gain praise and adoration.
Sign up for a slot in advance or just drop by. Ages 4 – 12.

Egg-static with Birds of Vermont Museum
Tues. July 25 at 1:00 pm.
Why do birds lay eggs? How do bird eggs compare and contrast with the eggs of other animals? Explore the different conditions eggs must overcome and what adaptations promote egg survival. Participants will color their own egg to take home.
Please register in advance. Ages 5 – 10.

Build a Birdhouse
Fri. July 28 at 10:30 am.

Birds need homes too! Make a birdhouse from recycled materials. Each child will decorate their own birdhouse to take home. While we’re creating, we just might read some books about our feathered friends!
Please register in advance. Ages 5 – 10.

Perler Bead Crafts
Fri. Aug. 4 at 10:30 am.
Have you tried Perler beads? By placing small colored beads onto plastic molds, all kinds of shapes, patterns, and designs are possible. Make a heart or star, a truck, a Star Wars character, or just a really cool design. An adult will fuse the beads with an iron, and everyone will go home with their creation.
Please register in advance. Ages 5 – 12.

End of Summer Reading Program Pizza & Popsicle Celebration
Fri. August 11 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.
Join fellow readers for games and a treasure hunt throughout the library in search of prizes, then celebrate a job well done with pizza and popsicles.
Please register in advance. For kids who read books over the summer.




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July (Mostly) Fiction Book Group

The School of Essential Ingredients
by Erica Bauermeister

“Reminiscent of Chocolat and Like Water for Chocolate, a gorgeously written novel about life, love, and the magic of food.”  –Goodreads

The School of Essential Ingredients follows the lives of eight students who gather in Lillian’s restaurant every Monday night for cooking class. It soon becomes clear, however, that each one seeks a recipe for something beyond the kitchen.

Pick up a copy at the library and join the discussion–at Stone Corral brewery this month! Questions? Contact Dawn Decker at 802-349-5404 or

Discussion: Tuesday, July 18
6:00 pm @ Stone Corral

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July Mystery Book Group

Did you know that the author of the Winnie-the-Pooh books also wrote a crime mystery?  Published in 1922, it was Milne’s only mystery novel. Stop by the library to borrow a copy of this “locked room” whodunnit, and join the discussion in July!

The Red House Mystery
by A. A. Milne

Thursday, July 20
Library Mezzanine
7:00 pm

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Passport to Vermont Libraries

Love libraries? Pick up a Passport to Vermont Libraries here at the Richmond Library, and see how many libraries across the state you can visit this summer!

Sponsored by the Vermont Library Association, the 3rd annual Passport to Vermont Libraries program encourages Vermonters and visitors alike to visit some of Vermont’s unique, beautiful and creative libraries.  The Richmond Library is one of 118 Vermont public and academic libraries handing out passports this year.

From now to September 1, participants can get stamps for their passports at all Vermont libraries. Some libraries are offering small prizes, and four patrons statewide–an adult, young adult, child, and one “wild card”–will receive Vermont Library Ambassador Awards for visiting the most libraries.

Not sure where to start your travels? Start with one of the 22 other HomeCard Libraries that will honor your Richmond library card. When you pick up your passport, we can give you a HomeCard directory, too.

Learn more and find a map of Vermont libraries.

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June & July Wall Art

NancyJune & July Art Show Richmond resident Nancy Sandblom is sharing her grandmother Lucile Judge Firey’s landscape and portrait works in watercolor and oil. Luce passed away in 2004, but she painted throughout her life and taught art history at American University and Mt. Vernon College.

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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.

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Did you know?

Kristen Hayden-West, Chair of the Library Board of Trustees, presented this brief but informative slide show at town meeting.  There wasn’t sufficient time to mention all of the Library’s services, but here’s a nice overview: Check Out the Richmond Free Library

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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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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Rated PG-13)

Friday, July 7 at 8:30 pm.


Join us on the Richmond Free Library’s back lawn for this imaginative film set in a magical world before the era of Harry Potter. The wizarding community is under threat of discovery in the wake of something mysterious and destructive wreaking havoc in 1926 New York City.

In addition we will be screening the short, fun video that local students made in collaboration with Mt. Mansfield Community Television and the library, and submitted to the Vermont Access Network statewide video challenge competition which resulted in FIRST PRIZE in the state!!! (The Library will be presented with their winnings. $100) Make your own ice cream sundaes will complete the evening. Bring your own chair and/or blanket to sit on. (If it rains or is otherwise inclement, we’ll move inside to the community room.)


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Butterflies: Habits and Habitats with Jerry Schneider

monarchThurs. July 6 at 1:30 pm.

This beautiful slide presentation will introduce children to Eastern butterflies and the importance of creating and maintaining their habitat. After the show, children will create their own butterfly T-shirt using a combination of fabric dye spray, plants and butterfly cutouts. Space is limited. Please register in advance. Ages 5 – 12.

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