Two Songs & a Story: A Short Storytime

gorilla-with-book-1Here is a link to our latest storytime with Miss Wendy. With just two songs and one story it is short but sweet.




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.



December Take and Make Craft Bags

The December take and make craft kits include all the supplies necessary for kids to make a framed masterpiece suitable for gift giving. Stop by the library foyer during pick up hours to get a free bag for your little person between Dec. 7 and Dec. 23 while supplies last. The craft is most appropriate for kids ages 4 – 8. You will also find themed coloring sheets and mazes in the foyer. Help yourself!


Holiday Storytime Video 2020

If your child enjoyed outdoor storytime at the library this fall, you can share our special holiday storytime video ( )   with them. Miss Wendy and Miss Jennifer as well as Big Gorilla share stories and songs of the season.

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Vermont Homeschooling/Schooling from Home Resources

homeschooling-1Whether 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

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


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. 

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!

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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.

Vermont Golden Dome Book Award

Vermont students have spoken: The new name for the middle-grade book award is the Vermont Golden Dome Book Award.  An amazing committee of students, librarians, teachers, and VTLIB board member/staff who guided the process.  Congratulations to the students at Dothan Brook School for submitting the winning entry!

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Dorothy Canfield Fisher Book Award (Now known as the Golden Dome Book Award!!)

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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 Books 2020 – 2021 Master List

Video of 2020 – 2021 DCF Book List

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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