2021 Summer Reading Program

Every summer we join the Vermont Department of Libraries and libraries across the country in offering reading program materials around a common theme. This year’s theme was Tails and Tales. The summer reading program for kids of all ages concluded on Friday, July 30 with a pizza and ice cream celebration. Nice job summer readers!

Start in the front of the building and then read your way around to the back yard!
June: Sam Who Never Forgets by Eve Rice
July: Pip and Posy: The New Friend by Axel Scheffler
August: Frog and Toad: The Letter by Arnold Lobel


Two Songs and A Story: A Short Storytime

Here are links to our latest storytimes with Miss Wendy. With just two songs and one story they are short but sweet.


(NEW) Books That Read Themselves! – VOX Books Are Here

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.



Book Bundles

How about something new to read to your child at bedtime?  It’s so easy to get a bundle of age-appropriate books for your household. Just call or email and tell us what you want. We have so many great board books, picture books, early readers and junior fiction titles covering important kid topics such as: pirates, princesses, trucks, ballerinas, dinosaurs and unicorns, oh and using the potty!   We’re glad to provide book suggestions to grown-ups, too!


Storytime in a Bag

We’ve made storytime at your house easier than ever. We have put together eight themed Storytime Bags. Each Storytime Bag contains books, songs, rhymes and a craft/activity. Themes include: Pets; Gardens; Counting; Things that Go; Friends; Seasons: Silly Books and Camping.  Request one of the bags today by calling or emailing. 


Here are some links to some great children’s authors and other celebrities reading aloud from fabulous picture books:

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The Big List of Children’s Book Writers Doing Virtual Read Alouds & Activities

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Scholastic Learn at Home Daily activities and learning packages for Pre-K to high school.

Additional resources for at-home learning:

Common Sense Media has created a new platform with schedule plans, science, social studies, reading and writing, life skills and much more for Grades PK-12: Wide Open School

Google Arts & Culture has all kinds of explorations, tours, global culture information, and more.

Scholastic Story Starters is a fun way to get the creative writing juices flowing.


Vermont Homeschooling/Schooling from Home Resources


Whether you are choosing to school your children at home and provide your own curriculum and activities or your children are enrolled in the school district’s online school option, you might benefit from many of the resources below.

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Young Storytellers Video 2021

Every year for a few days during their school winter break, middle school students are invited to join us for a video/filmmakers workshop which is cosponsored by the library and MMCTV. This year our challenges were great as we needed to meet remotely, but the kids rose to the challenge and created many collaborative videos from afar, some of them quite funny as you will see from this short sample of their work.

Young Storytellers Video 2020

Enjoy this creative video created by the kids who participated in the Young Storytellers Video Workshop in February 2020. The workshop was cosponsored by The Richmond Free Library and MMCTV.

Students bring Guy de Maupassant’s classic short story The Necklace to life.


Two Really Good Picture Books

Here are two picture book recommendations from Youth Librarian, Wendy de Forest. This was recorded over Skype by MMCTV on March 31, 2020.

Book Nook 1: Picture Book Recommendations


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Storytimes are not currently happening due to Covid-19.

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 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.


The Vermont Golden Dome Book Award: 2021-2022

The Vermont Golden Dome Book Award formerly called 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 25 nominees. It is recommended that students read at least five of the year’s nominated titles before voting. Click on the list below to see what books are on the list for 2021-2022.


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.