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Weekly Children’s Programs

Weekly programs at the Library run from September through May and follow the MMUUSD schedule for vacation days and weather closure days.

STORYTIME/PLAYGROUP

The good times kick off with stories and action songs in the Library Community Room and then the toys come out for free play with friends new and old. 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. This program is designed for infants and early toddlers. Mondays at 10:30 am.

HORA DE CUENTO (SPANISH STORYTIME)

Are you interested in hearing some great stories in Spanish? Join Spanish speaker, Chichi Barrett for thirty minutes of picture book stories and rhymes. This program is a great introduction to Spanish for young children and a nice way for parents of older children placed in the Spanish Immersion Program to hear the language. Join us in the Community Room at 10:30 am on the third Friday of every month. The fall programs will be held on September 16, October 21, November 18, and December 16.

Special Items to Borrow

VOX BOOKS

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.

STEAM KITS

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.

PLAYAWAYS

A Playaway is a small all-in-one, pre-loaded audio device that gives users the portability and freedom to take their audiobook anywhere they want to go. No connectivity or downloads needed. We have a wide selection of youth Playaways which are perfect for car trips, quiet time or anytime a good story is welcome.

STORYTIME BAGS

We’ve made storytime at your house easier than ever. We have put together ten themed Storytime Bags. Each Storytime Bag contains books, songs, rhymes and a sheet of stickers to keep. Themes include: Pets and Other Animals; Farms and Gardens; Letters and Numbers; Things that Go; Friends and Family; Seasons and Weather; Magical Cratures; Diversity and Inclusion; Silly Books and The Great Outdoors. Request one of the bags today by calling or emailing. 

LAUNCH PADS

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.

Golden Dome Book Award

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. Check out the special “Golden Dome” shelf in the YA Room to see which titles are currently available.

See what books are on the list for 2022-2023.

Lego Club

We have loads of Legos. Periodically we offer five-week sessions of after-school Lego Club.  Lego enthusiasts work together or separately to build amazing projects. No Registration is necessary, just come play! Watch the NEWS section of this website for information regarding upcoming or in-progress sessions of Lego Club.

THE NEXT LEGO CLUB SESSION WILL BE ON TUESDAYS, NOVEMBER 1, 8, 15, 22 AND 29 from 3:00 - 4:00 pm.

Baby Books and Baby Brunch

The library dedicates a picture book to all new Richmond babies. Each spring families with new babies are invited to the annual Baby Brunch where they can enjoy tasty muffins, and meet other new parents and their child’s future classmates. 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.

Storytime Outreach 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 (802) 434-3036 or wendy@richmondvt.gov for more information and to sign up.