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 “Build a Better World!” The summer reading program is for kids of all ages. Here’s how it works….

Beginning Wednesday, June 21:

  1. Stop by the youth librarian desk on the second floor to register for the club and to pick up your summer reading record.
  3. Record the books that you read in your reading record.
  4. Bring your reading record with you each time you come to the library.  Show it to the youth librarian for a sticker and a raffle ticket to be entered into a drawing for a grand prize. The more times you bring your reading record to the library, the more chances you have to win.
  5. Join us on August 11 at 11:00 am for the celebration party, featuring games, a treasure hunt, prizes, pizza and popsicles.

Look for a new GUESSING JAR 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.

Mon. June 26 at 10:30 am.
With magic, merry mayhem, and magnificent, life-size, inflatable dinosaurs, Dinoman will take us on a trip to the Mesozoic era. How do we know dinosaurs were here?  Come find out. This program is fun and informative for all ages.
No registration required. Ages 4 – 12.

Butterflies: Habits and Habitats with Jerry Schneider
Thurs. July 6 at 1:30 pm.
This beautiful slide presentation will introduce children to Eastern butterflies and the importance of creating and maintaining their habitat. After the show, children will create their own butterfly T-shirt using a combination of fabric dye spray, plants and butterfly cutouts.
Please register in advance. Ages 5 – 12.

Down, Dog. Down! (Yoga for Kids)
Fri. July 7 at 10:30 am.
Stretch your body like a dog, roar like a lion, hop like a frog! We’ll have fun doing animal yoga poses and discovering how we can move our bodies.  We’ll have time for relaxing and listening to a story, too.
No registration required. Ages 3 – 7.

Outdoor Movie (Fantastic Beasts) & Ice Cream Sundaes
Fri. July 7 at dusk.
Join us for this imaginative film set in a magical world before the era of Harry Potter. The wizarding community is under threat of discovery in the wake of something mysterious and destructive wreaking havoc in 1926 New York  City. Make your own ice cream sundae to complete the evening!
No registration required. All ages (Rated PG-13).

Music for the Young at Heart
Mon. July 10 at 10:30 am.
Joanna May, a local teacher with the popular music program Music Together, will lead singing and music making with familiar tunes, new songs, movements and rhythm instruments.
No registration required. Ages Infant – 8.

Lego City
Tues. July 11 at 1:00 pm.
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. Ages 5 – 12.

Read to a Dog
Thurs. July 13, 20 & 27 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm.
Tippy is a Certified Therapy Dog. Why read to Tippy?  Because Tippy is friendly and cute and she will love anyone who reads her a story.  Readers will gain confidence while they enjoy some private story time with Tippy. Tippy will gain praise and adoration.
Sign up for a slot in advance or just drop by. Ages 4 – 12.

Whose Garden is it?
Fri. July 14 at 10:30 am.
We might think it is our garden, but without the many creatures that go to work every day out in the world, our gardens just wouldn’t thrive.  Who are these creatures and how can we keep them happy? Each child will plant and go home with their own little garden.
Please register in advance. Ages 5 – 10.

Mother Goose Rhymes & Songs
Mon. July 17 & 24 at 10:30 am.
Hey diddle diddle, we’ll sing songs and riddles.  Revisit all your old favorites and learn some new rhymes and bounces to recite with your little one.
No registration required. Ages Infant – 4.

Very Merry Theater presents “ You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown ”
Tues. July 18 at Noon.

(At the Volunteers Green)
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.

Egg-static with Birds of Vermont Museum
Tues. July 25 at 1:00 pm.
Why do birds lay eggs? How do bird eggs compare and contrast with the eggs of other animals? Explore the different conditions eggs must overcome and what adaptations promote egg survival. Participants will color their own egg to take home.
Please register in advance. Ages 5 – 10.

Build a Birdhouse
Fri. July 28 at 10:30 am.

Birds need homes too! Make a birdhouse from recycled materials. Each child will decorate their own birdhouse to take home. While we’re creating, we just might read some books about our feathered friends!
Please register in advance. Ages 5 – 10.

Perler Bead Crafts
Fri. Aug. 4 at 10:30 am.
Have you tried Perler beads? By placing small colored beads onto plastic molds, all kinds of shapes, patterns, and designs are possible. Make a heart or star, a truck, a Star Wars character, or just a really cool design. An adult will fuse the beads with an iron, and everyone will go home with their creation.
Please register in advance. Ages 5 – 12.

End of Summer Reading Program Pizza & Popsicle Celebration
Fri. August 11 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.
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 register in advance. For kids who read books over the summer.


The Richmond Free Library is teaming up with Radiate Art Space, located right across the parking lot from the library, to offer this creative, hands-on, book-meets-art summer program.

Richmond Free Library Summer Art Program
Wednesdays at 10:30 am
Please register in advance. Ages 5 – 10.

Session # 1—June 28
The Book: Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy
The Art: Spread art and make someone’s day! Printing with natural materials, you will make four pieces of art complete with a short  inspirational message  such as “smile” or “joy.” You will then be invited to give these creations to random people in our community throughout the rest of the day.

Session # 2—July 5
The Book: Only One You by Linda Krantz
The Art: Let your own unique personality shine through by creating pet rocks. Use paint markers to create your one-of-a-kind fish inspired by the story.

Session # 3—July 12 ** NOTE This program has been moved to Session # 6 on August 2
The Book: Sky Color by Peter Reynolds
The Art: See the world differently by using watercolors to paint a sky in various shades (without blue). Using a mask-off technique, birch trees will be revealed for a woodland scene.

Session # 4—July 19
The Book: Follow the Moon Home by Philippe Cousteau
The Art: Create your own turtle to ‘rescue’ by weaving a multi-colored shell on a simple frame. Cute and colorful.

Session # 5—July 26
The Book: Something From Nothing by Phoebe Gilman
The Art: Re-cycle and re-purpose trash (the cardboard tube from a toilet paper roll, buttons, plastic caps, etc.) into a fun creature.

Session # 6—August 2 ** NOTE This program has been moved to Session # 3 on July 12
The Book: We’re All Wonders by R.J. Palacio
The Art:
Really look at the world around you and celebrate unique faces everywhere. Supplied with lots of google eyes, you’ll have the chance to search out unique faces in your environment and “google-eye bomb” Richmond.


Weekly Children’s Programs

Please note: Storytimes and baby laptime are suspended for summer. These programs will resume in the fall!

story timeNo one ever regrets taking their child to storytime. We offer three weekly programs for young children. Choose the one that’s right for your child and schedule. While the programs are planned with the ages listed in mind, older and younger children are always welcome. No registration is required.

  • Baby Laptime.  This short storytime is for babies ages 0 – 24 months and their grownups. We will share the magic of stories, songs, rhymes, bounces and fingerplays designed to introduce these youngest children to color, sounds, fine motor skills, and body movement. Join the fun on Mondays at 10:30 am.
  • Storytime.  This storytime is for children age 2 – 5. One of the best things you can do for you child is introduce them to the wonderful world of books. We’ll share excellent picture books both new and old as well as the classics at this storytime on Wednesdays at 10:30 am.
  • Early Bird Math Storytime.  This storytime is for children ages 2 – 5. We will explore numbers, shapes, patterns and sets through books, songs, rhymes and games.  This  fun, interactive storytime happens in the community room every Friday at 11 am.
  • Storytime Outreach Program 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 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 2017-2018

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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