Wild Nature Speaker Series: Celebrating Our Ancient Forests

Join us at the library on the first Sunday of the month at 4:00 pm in November, December, January, and February for a series of speakers who will talk about the natural world and inspire us to enjoy and protect it.

Celebrating Our Ancient Forests Through Words and Action
with Joan Maloof
Sunday, November 4, 4:00 pm
Community Room

As someone who has probably visited more US old-growth forests than anyone alive today, Joan Maloof will discuss what remains of these never-logged forests and what makes them so special–including the latest scientific findings. She’ll also tell us about the successful expansion of the Old-Growth Forest Network, an organization she founded to ensure that each county in the US will preserve at least one forest open to the public. In addition, Maloof will discuss her writing process and how each of her books was ‘born.’ Maloof, a Professor Emeritus at Salisbury University in Maryland, is the author of four books about forests: Teaching the Trees: Lessons from the Forest; Among the Ancients: Adventures in the Eastern Old-Growth Forests; Nature’s Temples: The Complex World of Old-Growth Forests; and The Living Forest: A Visual Journey into the Heart of the Forest. Please join us for this discussion of special forests and how they might be saved for the next generation.

Save the date for future programs:
Born to Rewild–East and West with John Davis, Sunday, December 2
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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A Shakespearean Halloween


The Champlain Consort: A Shakespearean Halloween
One-hour concert, free admission:

7:00 PM, Saturday, October 20, 2018

Champlain consort

The Champlain Consort performs Medieval, Renaissance, and Elizabethan music on period instruments. The members of the Consort combine different types of instruments in “broken consort” tradition to recreate the distinctive sound of English and European Medieval and Renaissance music. This program includes a variety of Renaissance works. Featured are works referenced or thought to have been used in Shakespeare’s plays as well as works on the theme of Halloween.

Instruments you will hear in this program are: seven sizes of recorder (sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, bass, great bass, and contra-bass), tenor and bass sackbut, cornetto, bass viola da gamba, alto crumhorn, bass cornamuse, alto kortholt, and percussion (tambourine, Renaissance drum, goat’s toenails, and frogs).

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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 rfl@gmavt.net 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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Kids Animation Video

The library and Mt. Mansfield Community TV teamed up to offer an animation workshop for middle schoolers over the February break. Eight kids learned about various animation techniques and had a ton of fun. Check out their super cool creations!

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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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Northern Third Piano Quartet

northern third

Sunday, October 21 at 3 pm.

Northern Third Piano Quartet featuring Sofia Hirsch, violin; Elizabeth Reid, Viola; John Dunlop, Cello; Alison Bruce Cerutti, Piano will be performing works by Erik Nielsen, Robert Schumann, Arvo Part and Faure.  Suggested Donation is $ 20/ $ 10 Under 18 and limited means.

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(Mostly) Fiction Book Group

Zorro: A Novel
by Isabel Allende
Tuesday, October 9
6:00 pm, Mezzanine

A swashbuckling adventure story, Zorro reveals the history behind the legendary masked man. Born in southern California in the late eighteenth century, Diego de la Vega is a child of two worlds. His father is an aristocratic Spanish military man turned landowner, his mother a Shoshone warrior. Spanning the globe from California to Barcelona—the New World and the Old—Zorro celebrates the birth of a great hero and legend.

Chilean writer Isabel Allende has been called “the world’s most widely read Spanish-language author.”

All are welcome to pick up a copy at the library and join the discussion in October.

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