Weekly Children’s Programs
Baby Laptime – Mondays at 10:30 am: 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. Designed for infants and early toddlers.
Playgroup with Stories and Music – Wednesdays 10 am – Noon: The good times kick off with songs and shakers around the colorful alphabet rug. Next up is storytime and snacks (bring your own). Then, the toys and art supplies come out for free play and crafts. Co-sponsored by the Lund Center. Kids from infant – five and their grown ups are invited to join us in the commnity room.
Preschool Storytime – Fridays at 10:30 am: This special storytime is for children ages three to five. We will share picture books, songs, activities and games with a focus on the six pre-reading skills that form a child’s early literacy experience and help set them up for a lifelong love of books and reading.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to sign up.
Weekly programs at the Library run from September through May and follow the MMUUSD schedule for vacation days and weather closure days.
Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award
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.
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.
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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