Library Closed Presidents’ Day

FreeVector-President-WashingtonPlease note that the library will be closed on Monday, February 18, in observance of Presidents’ Day.

“The basis of our political systems is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government. But the Constitution which at any time exists, till changed by an explicit and authentic act of the whole people, is sacredly obligatory upon all.” —George Washington, 1796 Farewell Address

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Annual Book Sale Feb. 15 & 16

Book-Sale-BannerLove Your Library Book Sale
Friday, February 15
5:30 – 8:30 pm
Saturday, February 16
9 am – 3 pm

Please come by to browse, buy, and support the library! In addition to tons of books at great prices, there will be live music and a raffle.

We are accepting donations of clean, unmarked books through Friday, February 8. Please bring to the circulation desk for review.

Volunteers are needed to make the sale a success! Sign up here or contact Mary Keller-Butler at 434-3619 or

The sale is hosted by the Friends of the Richmond Free Library, and proceeds fund special acquisitions and programs.

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Video Workshop for Middle Schoolers

marchbookcover091218Young Storytellers Video Workshop
February 25 – 27, 2019
9 am – Noon

Students aged 10-14 can register for this free, hands-on workshop co-sponsored by the library and Mt. Mansfield Community TV. Participants will explore storytelling techniques and create videos featuring the 2019 Vermont Reads book, the graphic novel March: Book One.

The first of a trilogy written by civil rights icon John Lewis, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and graphic artist Nate Powell, the book tells of Lewis’s childhood in rural Alabama, his desire as a young man to be a preacher, his life-changing interactions with Martin Luther King, Jr., and the nonviolent sit-ins he joined at lunch counters in Nashville.

For more information or to register, contact the library at 434-3036 or

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New Passes: Skiing, History, More!

In addition to the popular passes offering discounts or free entry to ECHO, Shelburne Museum, and more, we now have some new passes available to Richmond patrons!  Just stop by the library to check out a pass for a two-day loan period.

Sleepy Hollow Inn Ski & Bike Center:  Passholder receives a $3 discount for each family member (up to two adults and two children) on any day or half-day pass. May be used for a skiing or snowshoeing pass (or for a biking or hiking pass in season). Visit Sleepy Hollow’s website for information about rates and current conditions.

Catamount Outdoor Family Center: Passholder receives a $3 discount for each family member (up to two adults and two children) on any day or half-day pass. May be used for a skiing/ snowshoeing or fat biking pass (or for a biking/ hiking pass in season). Visit the Catamount Center’s website for information about rates and current conditions.

Vermont History Museum and Vermont History Center: Pass admits one person or family to either the Vermont History Museum in downtown Montpelier or the Vermont Heritage Galleries in Barre. Visit the Vermont Historical Society’s website for more info.

Education & Enrichment for Everyone: EEE’s Spring 2019 programs are on Fridays in February, March, and April from 2:00-3:00 pm at Faith United Methodist Church in South Burlington. Lecture topics include immigration issues, Vermont on film, the Treaty of Versailles, prison reform, modernist architecture in Vermont, the Supreme Court, owls of Vermont, and more. Pass admits two adults to one lecture each semester. For more information and to view the full series, visit EEE’s website.

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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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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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