Artists and Poets Respond to the Climate Crisis

Exhibit: September 1-30
Open House: Sunday, September 19, 4:30-5:45
Poetry & Prose Readings: Sunday, September 19, 6-7
Climate Change Book Display: September 1-30

Don’t miss seeing (and hearing) the works of many area artists curated into this one spectacular, provocative call-to-action show.

Sponsored by Radiate Art Space and Richmond Climate Action Committee

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Celebrate Dragon Day – Saturday, September 18 at 11 am.

On Saturday, September 18 over 100 libraries across Vermont will be participating in the Great Vermont Dragon Egg Hunt and happily, the Richmond Free Library is among them. Join us on the back lawn at 11 am as we celebrate the mighty beast with dragon stories, dragon songs, magical dragon eggs and a hunt for the Great Dragon Egg! We will be using some excavation tools most suited for kids ages 4 and up.

This event is free but is weather dependent. In the event of inclement weather we will be celebrating dragons on a day in the future when the time is right.

Find this blue dragon egg!

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Fall Children’s Programs

STORYTIME AND PLAYGROUP: The good times kick off with stories and songs in the Library Community Room and then it’s outdoor play time with old and new friends. For Storytime, families will spread out in the spacious community room. Adults and children over the age of two will be asked to wear masks. After Storytime we will move outside to the playground for playtime for as long into the fall as weather allows. Once the days are too cold for outside play we will see if a transition to inside playgroup is wise. Co-sponsored by the Library and the Lund Center. Kids from infant – five and their grown ups are invited to join the fun on Wednesdays from 10 am – noon (starts September 1). 

WEDNESDAYS AT 10 AM.

BABY LAPTIME: This short, active storytime is for our youngest little book lovers and their grown ups. We’ll look at picture books, sing simple songs, do some rhyming and bouncing and sometimes get out the shakers and scarves. We will spread out in the library community room and adults will mask up.  This program is designed for infants and early toddlers and starts on September 13.

MONDAYS AT 10:30 AM

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Papermaking with Plants Workshop

Friday, September 10, 3-5 pm
Richmond Free Library (on the lawn)

Join the library and artist Emma Percy to learn to transform raw plant fibers into handmade paper, following a hands-on process that is many centuries old. We will work with locally harvested plants such as nettles and cornhusks to make pulp, and everyone will make several sheets of paper to use on their future creative endeavors.

Free. Registration required. Limited to 18 participants. This is an adult program; interested teens are also welcome. Program will be held outside (no masks required); however, in case of inclement weather, we will use the library’s Community Room and ask folks to mask up.

This workshop is now FULL. To be added to the waitlist, fill out this form: https://forms.gle/QKvrDTSDcCxnYhhd9

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READ and WIN

Champlain Valley Fair – Aug 27 – Sept 5, 2021

Children in grades K – 8 are invited to participate in the Read & Win challenge, a collaboration between the Champlain Valley Fair and Vermont public libraries. Read at least three books over the summer and receive one free admission to the 2021 Fair. The admission ribbon also entitles the bearer to one free ice cream cone from the Dairy Bar. See the librarian at the youth desk for your admission ribbon or for more information.

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August Art Show

For the month of August our walls will feature the paintings of Jericho artist Marcia Rosberg. Her work takes many forms, from traditional landscapes to still life to surreal forest scenes with symbolism and bright colors. She works in oils, acrylics, pastels, watercolor, pencil and collage and is a self-taught artist who has painted all her life.

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August Storywalk

Poor Toad! He’s sad because he never gets any mail. Read the classic story “The Letter,” a Frog and Toad are Friends tale by Arnold Lobel, and find out what Frog is going to do to help cheer up his friend. This shorter Storywalk begins on the back door and takes readers on a reading journey around the back lawn of the library.

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Books That Read Themselves!

VOX Audio/Picture Books for Young Children

VOX Books are slim audio devices that live in beautiful full-size picture  books. The permanently attached VOX Reader transforms an ordinary picture  book into an all-in-one read-along. There’s no need for computers, tablets, or CDs. Children simply push a button to listen and read. We are launching a collection of VOX Books in February and know that children will love them and parents will love occasionally letting someone else read the story. VOX books will circulate just like picture books and will be shelved in a special location in the picture book room. Some of the titles in our starter collection include: Pete the Cat: Crayons Rock! By James Dean; Lulu the One and Only by Lynnette Mawhinney; Going Places by Peter Reynolds; Horse Meets Dog by Elliot Kalan; Inky the Octopus by Erin Guendelsberger and Poor Louie by Tony Fucile.

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