Summer Reading Program
Every summer we join the Vermont Department of Libraries and libraries throughout Vermont and across the country in offering reading program materials around a common theme. This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock!” The summer reading program is for kids of all ages. Beginning Wednesday, June 20 kids can stop by the youth librarian desk on the second floor to register for the club and to pick up their summer reading record.
Register for programs below in person or at email@example.com. Many thanks to the Friends of the Richmond Free Library for supporting our summer programs!
Modern Times Theater
Monday, June 25 at 1:00 pm
The hills are alive with the sound of music in this all-ages puppet production which follows the troubles and travails of puppetry’s favorite loudmouth, Mr. Punch as he sings his way through trouble, adventure, and triumph. Included in the cast are the Bozo Brothers, who delight audiences with their dynamic percussive dance routines. No registration is required for this hilarious show for all ages. This program was made possible with the support of the Vermont Department of Libraries Summer Performer Grant.
Rocks Are Cool
Wednesday, June 27 at 10:30 am
Like treasures of all shapes, colors, and sizes, rocks are fun to look at and collect. We’ll examine various rocks, talk about how they are formed and create a sand jar showing the layers of the earth. Bring your own favorite rocks to show. Please register in advance. Ages 5-10.
Everybody Plays a Drum
Friday, June 29 at 10:30 am
Master drummer, Saragail Benjamin, will bring drums for everyone to play. She’ll teach us to play together, then we’ll drum a story! Dance it! Sing it! Rock it to the moon! Creative, innovative fun for kids of all ages! No registration required. All ages.
Summer Stories and Songs
Mondays July 9, 16 & 23 at 10:30 am
We will share some of the best new and classic picture books available and sing songs with shakers, rhythm sticks and colorful scarves. No registration required. Ages infant-5.
Friday, July 6 at 10:30 am
Join other Lego enthusiasts and build your own corner of one big city. No registration required. Ages 5-12.
Monday, July 9 at 1:00 pm
Upcycle an old library book by making it into art. Make your own book critter with the teachers from Radiate Art Space. Please register in advance. Ages 7-13.
Paint What You Hear
Wednesday, July 11 at 10:30 am
Paint what you hear not what you see! We will listen to a range of classical and contemporary musical styles and express our interpretations on paper with tempura paint. Please register in advance. Ages 5-10.
Beginning Guitar at the Library
Wednesday, July 11 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
This workshop is for any youth with a guitar and an eagerness to get some hands-on learning experience. Local guitar player David Porter will cover the basics such as how to tune a guitar, how to play basic chords, simple picking patterns and practice habits and techniques. Participants should bring their own guitar. Please register in advance. Ages 8–18 (younger children welcome with an adult).
Crankie Show with Rose Diamond
Thursday, July 12 at 1:30 pm
Rose will present songs and stories while she scrolls through hand-drawn illustrations on an old-time crankie box. No registration is required for this interesting program for kids of all ages.
Kids Library Music Jam
Mondays July 16 & 23 from 6:00 – 8:00 pm
This fun music workshop will cover the fundamentals of making music in a group setting. Individual and group instruction will be provided as the group learns to play together utilizing licks, riffs and the “blues scale.” Grab your guitar, bass, sticks, keyboard or horn and come jam along to tunes by well-known artists. Please register in advance. Ages 9-15.
Very Merry Theater presents Cinderella
Tuesday, July 17 at noon at the Volunteers Green
Vermont’s only touring company for actors ages 6 – 15 will present this classic tale. Fun for the whole family. Join us at the Volunteers Green. No registration required. All ages.
Wednesday, July 18 at 10:30 am
Let’s create kindness and cultivate compassion! We will decorate rocks with messages of kindness or joyful images. Then we’ll place the rocks in and around the library for others to find, or offer them to someone who needs inspiration. We’ll read some books, too. Please register in advance. Ages 5-10.
Read to a Dog
Thursdays, July 19 & 26 from 1 – 3 pm
Readers will gain confidence while they enjoy some private story time with Tippy, a certified therapy dog. Kids ages 4 – 12 may sign up for a time slot in advance or just drop by.
Natural Things Sculpture
Friday, July 20 at 10:30 am
Select some interesting natural items and weave them into a one-of-a-kind hanging sculpture with the teachers from Radiate Art Space. Please register in advance. Ages 7-13.
Movie: Black Panther & Ice Cream Sundaes
Tuesday, July 24 at 7:00 pm
When young King T’Challa is drawn into conflict with an old foe he must release Black Panther’s full power. Make your own ice cream sundae to complete the evening! No registration is required to attend this PG-13 film.
Wednesday, July 25 at 10:30 am
We’ll turn recycled bottles, duct tape, stickers and some rice into colorful maracas. Please register in advance for this fun craft program. Ages 5–12.
Introduction to Cartooning
Wednesday, August 1 at 10:30 am
Learn some simple ways to make cartoons with local cartoonist and youth librarian L.J. Kopf. Please register in advance. Ages 5-12.
End of Summer Reading Program Pizza & Popsicle Celebration Party
Friday, August 3 at 11:00 am
Join fellow readers for games and a treasure hunt throughout the library in search of prizes, then celebrate a job well done with pizza and popsicles. Please let us know if you’re coming so we have plenty of pizza.
Bedtime Math: Ask us about the online Bedtime Math program and have elementary aged children pick up a recording sheet and some star stickers at the youth desk on the second floor.
New Guessing Jar at the youth librarian desk on the second floor each week throughout the summer. Guess correctly (or close enough) and win a book!
Art Cart: Look for it on the second floor. Create something unique or choose a puzzle or maze to work on. Available all summer.
Weekly Children’s Programs
We take a break from our regularly scheduled, weekly youth programs during the summer months. These programs include Baby Laptime, Playgroup, Early Bird Math and Yoga Storytime. These programs will resume in September.
A Storytime Outreach Program is offered to Richmond childcare centers and homecare providers. This traveling storytime addresses the six specific early literacy skills that are recommended by the national research council and endorsed by the Vermont Department of Libraries. Call or email the library to find out if your child’s provider participates in this program or to request more information if you are a new provider in town.
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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