Summer Programs 2022

Youth Summer Reading Program: Every summer the Richmond Free Library joins the Vermont Department of Libraries and libraries across the country in offering youth reading program materials around a common theme. This year’s theme is “Oceans of Possibility” and features the artwork of Sophie Blackall. Registering for and participating in the program is as easy as a visit to the library foyer where simple step-by-step instructions will be available for self-service throughout the summer. The general idea is that kids add their name to the beach-themed bulletin board and pick up their reading log on their first visit, and then return with their ever-growing reading logs throughout the summer to claim their sticker progress markers and a new charm for their necklace or keychain. 

Secret Message Scavenger Hunt: Pick up your secret message decoding sheet any time you’re in the library and hunt for the letters on the walls and amongst the books.  Once you know the secret message, deliver it to the youth desk on the second floor and receive a prize.

Outdoor Arts and Crafts:  Please register in advance for these programs for kids ages 5-10 by calling or emailing the library at  434-3036/ The programs will be at 11 am and will move inside if the day is wet. Duck Tape Piggy Banks: Turn an ordinary container into your own one-of-a-kind piggy bank on July 6;  Fire Breathing Dragon: Together a tube, some streamers and pom poms bring to life a fearsome beast on July 13; Ojos de Dios: Using sticks and colorful yarn weave your own “God’s Eye,” a traditional Mexican yarn craft which symbolizes the power of seeing and understanding things we normally cannot see on July 20;Paint a Puzzle: Equipped with paints and brushes and inspired by the bold colors of summer create your own 36-piece work of puzzle art on July 27. 

Big Book Storytime: We will gather on the library lawn behind the building. Families are asked to bring their own blanket or chairs and snacks if they like.  No registration is necessary. Storytime includes giant books with big, bold pictures, rhymes and songs. The rain location will be the Community Room. Join us on Mondays (July 11, 18, 25) at 11:00 am.

STEAM Fun Under the Sun: Please register in advance for these programs for kids ages 5-10 by calling or emailing the library at  434-3036/ Programs will happen on the Library Lawn unless rain pushes us inside. Wheatgrass Buddy: Join us for some hands-on learning about seeds and design your own wheatgrass buddy. Take your wheatgrass planter home to watch the seeds respond to sun and water.  Friday, July 1 at 1 pm; The Plastic Problem: More than one million seabirds die from plastic pollution every year. Learn more about this problem and how to repurpose “single-use” plastic bags into plastic rope that can be used for a variety of projects–from bracelets to reusable bags.Thursday, July 7 at 11 am; The Amazing Octopus: Famous for their bulbous bodies, bulging eyes, and eight arms with suckers, these “monsters of the sea” are invertebrates, solitary creatures, and highly intelligent. Learn all about them and go home with some shape-shifting slime on Friday, July 22 at 11 am. 

Yoga for Kids: Join certified yoga instructor Kara Rosa for some great yoga moves just for  children. Bring your own yoga mat or a large towel to lay on. No registration is required for this program for ages 5 and up on Tuesday, July 5 at 11 am.

Lego City: 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 for this program for ages 5 and upThursday, July 14 at 1 pm.

StoryWalk® A StoryWalk is an outdoor reading experience that reveals a story page by page as the reader follows the StoryWalk route. There will be a new StoryWalk set up around the library grounds each month this summer. The book for July is “Maisy Goes on Vacation” by Lucy Cousins. 

Take and Make Craft Kits: Stop by the Library foyer to pick up a kit. Inside each kit bag you will find all or most of the parts, and the instructions you’ll need to create something new each week. 

Fall Programs 2022

STORYTIME AND PLAYGROUP: The good times kick off with stories and songs in the Library Community Room and then it’s outdoor play time with old and new friends. For Storytime, families will spread out in the spacious community room. Adults and children over the age of two will be asked to wear masks. After Storytime we will move outside to the playground for playtime for as long into the fall as weather allows. Once the days are too cold for outside play we will see if a transition to inside playgroup is wise. Co-sponsored by the Library and the Lund Center. Kids from infant – five and their grown ups are invited to join the fun on WEDNESDAYS from 10 am – noon. 

BABY LAPTIME: 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. We will spread out in the library community room and adults will mask up.  This program is designed for infants and early toddlers. MONDAYS AT 10:30 AM

See you at the Library!

STEAM Kits (New)

STEAM is the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts,and Mathematics. We have ten different STEAM Kits ready for families to take home that will provide young learners with introductory knowledge and skill building in important subject areas. Kits contain books, toys, games, tools, and instructions. Subjects include: The Universe, Robots and Coding, Money and Math, Food and Nutrition, Yoga, Music and Meditation, Backyard Bird Watching, Electricity, Structural Engineering, and Water Quality. Each kit lists an appropriate age/grade range though most are appropriate for PreK through Grade 3. Look for what’s available in the picture book room.

Launch Pads (New)

We have something new to offer our young patrons. Launchpads are preloaded tablets that are curated with collections of learning apps and videos for young children and are ready to play right off the shelf. The simple, easy-to-use interface is 100% secure, and requires no download time or Wi-Fi. They offer a fun, interactive way for young children to build literacy, math, and life skills and can be used anytime, anywhere. Find them in the picture book room.


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.




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. 


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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.


Young Storytellers Video 2022

After doing a virtual version of our workshop for middle school students with MMCTV last year, we were pleased to again co-host an in-person TV Workshop over February school break at the library and at MMCTV’s new, nearby location. We focused on telling a story in 30 seconds. Here is a link to a public service announcement the workshop produced with the message “The Library is no longer a place for Shhh!” 

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.


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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: 2022-2023

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 2022-2023


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.