During the month of March, come to Saturday Storytime and Playgroup! This mud season bring your little one to this fun Saturday morning gathering of friends new and old in our sunny, spacious community room. The morning will begin at 10:30 am with stories. Free play with toys, games, puzzles and activities continues until noon. Appropriate for children age 12 months to 5 years. Five-week session begins on Saturday, March 2 and ends on March 30.
Also during the month of March, we have Lego Club! We’ll supply the Legos, kids supply the ideas, the ingenuity and the dexterity. This four-week, after-school club is appropriate for kids age 4-12 and will run every Wednesday from 3:00-4:00 pm during March. No registration is necessary.
The library will be closed on Tuesday, March 5 for Town Meeting Day. Visit the Town of Richmond website to view the town report and a sample ballot. Town meeting begins at 9:00 am at Camels Hump Middle School, and polls are open at Camels Hump Middle School from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
For the past three years we have participated in the Vermont Humanities Council program Vermont Reads with great success, bringing people of all ages together to read, discuss, learn and create. The 2019 book is the graphic novel March: Book One, the first in a trilogy by civil rights icon John Lewis in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Ayden and graphic artist Nate Powell. It tells the story of Lewis’s coming of age in rural Alabama and early life of civic activism. Lewis, who was greatly inspired and influenced by Martin Luther King Jr., is considered one of the big six leaders of the civil rights movement and an early adopter of the nonviolent protest tactics that were instrumental in the desegregation of the South. Lewis has served in the US Congress since 1987. Thanks to a grant from the Vermont Humanities Council we have many copies of March: Book One on hand to distribute to the community. Come by and pick up a copy.
We are thrilled to be working with the Peace and Justice Center to bring three dynamic programs to the Richmond community, each of them designed to explore the themes in March and increase participants’ working knowledge of nonviolent activism. These programs are free and open to the general public. Call or email the library for more information or to register. Registration is not required but is appreciated.
Learning Nonviolence: The Children’s March Enjoy a simple soup and bread meal at the library followed by a program for families. Participants will watch and discuss excerpts from Mighty Times: The Children’s March, a film about the 1963 actions in Birmingham to learn about Kingian Nonviolence and the power of working together to take on big problems as a whole community. Appropriate for age 8 through adult. Join us on Friday, March 15, 5:30-7:30 pm in the community room. Bring your own bowl and spoon.
Learning Nonviolence: Lunch Counter Sit-In This interactive theatrical event is a simulation of the year 1960. An African American college student is conducting a training session for people interested in joining a sit-in to protest racial segregation. The student speaks about protests and coaches members of the audience in the philosophy and tactics of nonviolent action. Appropriate for age 10 through adult. Join us on Thursday, April 11, 7-8 pm in the community room.
Learning Nonviolence: Activism 101 Participants will learn aspects of Kingian Nonviolence, build knowledge of successful nonviolent campaigns, explore how their own identities impact this work, and engage in role play. Designed to help unlock ways to work towards social justice and peace without perpetuating cycles of violence. Appropriate for age 14 through adult. Join us on Tuesday, May 7, 7-9 pm in the community room.
Learn more about Vermont Reads 2019.
Please 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