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2019 Summer Reading Program
Once again we will be joining libraries all over the country in offering a fun and encouraging reading program for youth ages four to twelve. This year’s theme is A UNIVERSE OF STORIES. Stop by the library to register for the program and pick up a flyer detailing all of the events happening this summer (or refer to this page often).  Many thanks to the Friends of the Richmond Free Library for underwriting our summer activities!


owlVINS – Owls and their Calls
Did you know that not all owls hoot? This first-hand encounter includes live owls, and will present the defining characteristics and life adaptations of a nocturnal predator on the wing. Join us and the Vermont Institute of Natural Science on Friday, June 21 at 10:30 am.

The Flea Circus!
Ed Popielarczyk’s flea circus is a great show from days gone by. It is an entire big top circus in miniature! The audience will be thrilled and amazed with Ed’s trained fleas. A few of the circus feats they do are the trapeze, high wire, high dive into a pool of water, and getting shot out of a cannon!  This fun and unique event will be on Monday, June 24 at 10:30 am.

moon_reading copySummer Breakout – Save the Moon!
Work with others in the group to follow directions, think critically and creatively in order to solve puzzles, and open locked boxes to release the moon and save the day. Ages 5-10 should register in advance for this action-packed program on Friday, June 28 at 1 pm.

Flying Fish Project
Help Richmond celebrate the Year of the Salmon by painting your own fabric windsock! We will write a short poem to express with words and designs on our windsocks. Our flying fish will hang along the river trail at the Volunteers Green during the month of September. Youth ages 6 – 12 please register in advance for this collaborative program with Radiate on Wednesday, June 26 at 1 pm and/or Friday, July 19 at 10:30 am.

Summer Stories and Songs
We will read some of the best new and classic picture books available at the library and sing songs with shakers, sticks and scarves. The program is appropriate for Infants – 5 years and their grown ups. No registration is required. Join us for any or all sessions on Mondays, July 8, 15 and 22 at 10:30 am.

Fairbanks Museum Planetarium
What’s Up? Enter this cool portable dome and view adult-bannerthe night sky as it appears this summer, featuring constellations, planets and the Moon. No registration required. Ages 5 and up are invited to join us on Tuesday, July 30 at 2 pm.

Family Dance & Drum
Join local music teacher and musician Joanna May for this interactive music, dance and drumming program. No registration required. Ages 4 and up are invited to join us on Friday, July 12 at 10:30 am.

Very Merry Theater presents “Frozen”
Vermont’s only touring company for actors ages 6 – 15 will present this original musical.  Fun for the whole family. No registration required. All ages are invited to join us on the Library lawn (rear of building) on Tuesday, July 16 at Noon.

Underwater Robots go to Space
Professionals from Greensea Systems, a company right here in Richmond, will explain how their technology used for underwater exploration might soon be going into space. No registration required. Ages 6–12 are invited to join us on Tuesday, July 23 at 1 pm.

ice creamMovie: WALL-E & Ice Cream Sundaes
After hundreds of years alone on trashed and uninhabited Earth, WALL-E (short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter: Earth-Class) discovers a new purpose in life when he meets a sleek search robot named EVE. Make your own yummy ice cream sundaes to complete the evening! The movie is rated G. No registration required for this fun evening on Wednesday, July 24 at 7 pm.

Lego City
Join other Lego enthusiasts, and build your own corner of one big city. Our Lego city will be on display for the rest of the month. No registration required for ages 5–12. Join the fun on Thursday, July 25 at 2 pm.

May the Force Be With You
We’ll start out by using the force of static electricity to move paper confetti, then design our own lightsabers to take home. We’ll share some space stories, too. Ages 6–10 please register in advance so we have plenty of supplies on hand for this fun program on Friday, July 26 at 10:30 am.

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Fun with Arts & Crafts on Wednesdays at 10:30 am.

Please register in advance.

July 3: Perler Beads – We’ll place small colored beads carefully placed in patterns on plastic molds fuse together resulting in unique creations.

July 10: Dreamcatchers – Weave a web to let good dreams pass through and catch bad ones, based on a Native American cultural tradition.

July 17: Comics – Learn how to make three and four panel comic strips like Peanuts, Foxtrot, Garfield, etc.

July 24: Funflowers – Vincent Van Gogh painted sunflowers. We will make Funflowers… fantasy flowers created by our imaginations.

July 31: Universe Jars Create your own special universe in a jar using glow in the dark paint.

End of Summer Reading Program: Pizza & Popsicle Celebration Join fellow readers in celebration of a job well done with pizza and popsicles. Participants should bring their reading records. We will also work as a group with Richmond artist Kathryn Wysockey Johnson to create some original art for the youth room walls based on the summer reading theme, A Universe of Stories. Please register in advance so we know how much pizza to order. This celebration for kids who participated in the summer reading program is on Friday, August 2 at 11 am.

Weekly Children’s Programs

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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.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book AwardDorothy Canfield Fisher award logo

The Dorothy Canfield Fisher (DCF) Book Award was created to honor excellence in children’s literature. Each year since 1957, Vermont students in grades four through eight have selected their favorite book from a list of 30 nominees. It is recommended that students read at least five of the year’s nominated titles before voting.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award Master List 2019-2020

Check out Dorothy’s List, Vermont Public Radio’s book club for kids! VPR highlights books nominated for the DCF Children’s Book Award. They visit schools and libraries where the book is being read, check out how young readers are interacting with the book and relay students’ questions to the author.

Baby Books

The library dedicates a picture book to all new Richmond babies. Families with new babies are invited to an annual Baby Social where they can see their child’s book, meet other new parents, and enjoy some food. Usually this event is held in March for babies born in the previous calendar year. Each baby is honored with a new picture book placed in the library collection bearing a front page plaque with their name and birthday. Want to know which book is dedicated to your child? We can look up special baby books dating back to the year 1997, when we began this program.

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