You can now check out a moisture meter from the Richmond Library. The meter was provided to the library for free thanks to a new program from the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation’s Air Quality & Climate Division and the Vermont Department of Libraries.
Borrowers can use the small hand-held meter to test firewood at home to make sure it is dry enough to burn safely and efficiently. Burning firewood that has not been dried properly makes it more expensive to heat a home and causes poor air quality.
“Making sure that your firewood is sufficiently dry protects you and your family’s health and cuts down on the amount of money you’ll spend on firewood. Checking the moisture content in your wood is an important step in making sure firewood is cut, stored and aged properly. Seasoned wood burns hotter and reduces fuel consumption,” said Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Peter Walke.
It is recommended to only burn wood with a moisture content of 20 percent or less. If moisture levels are higher than 20 percent, firewood does not burn as efficiently, which produces more smoke and harmful emissions. Poor air quality from wood smoke increases people’s exposure to fine particulate matter and several toxic air pollutants that may trigger adverse cardiac and respiratory effects.
We have so many new junior and young adult books from the past year currently available, the shelves are in danger of collapsing. Help lighten the load. Even the newest “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” has been on the shelf for a couple of weeks! If you don’t know what to request and your child is not giving you much to go on, just let us know one or two books that they have enjoyed in the past and we’ll work with that. Call 434-3036 or email email@example.com for an awesome bundle of books for every kid in your household.
Halloween StoryWalk at the Volunteers Green this Week
Follow the story “Room on the Broom” by Julia Donaldson as it unfolds page by page along the River Trail at Volunteers Green. To add to the fun, large artwork depicting characters and objects from the book also appears along the trail and really brings the story to life. You might find a magic wand or a witch’s cauldron or perhaps even a swamp monster. If you plan on attending “Halloween on the Green” on Halloween day make a stroll down the trail part of your fun. If you have other plans on Halloween, plan your visit to the “Room on the Broom” StoryWalk some other time this week. This fun Halloween activity is brought to you by the Library and Radiate Art Space and will be set up October 27 through October 31.
Rebecca Mueller, Richmond Free Library Director, and Stacey Symanowicz, Huntington Public Library Co-Director, present titles found in their libraries. They’ll introduce readers to a variety of books: old and new, fiction and non-fiction, past and current award winners, favorite series, and perhaps a movie or two. There will be time set aside to let participants share what they’ve discovered, too! This series of chats is being sponsored by the two libraries and the Community Senior Center.