Burnham Memorial Library

The Burnham Memorial Library welcomes people of all ages to enrich their lives through books, audio-visual materials and programs. The library will provide materials for life-long learning and assistance in using information resources, with an emphasis on early literacy in children. Colchester residents will look to the Library as a place that is attractive and welcoming, with an atmosphere that inspires them to learn, grow, and become better citizens.
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Schedule Notes


  • Book Club - Our Wednesday Evening Book Club will not take place on Dec. 6. We are hoping to reschedule.

Upcoming Programs

  • Gingerbread/Graham Cracker House Contest – You can drop off your entry starting Dec. 1; voting starts Dec. 8, but entries are accepted even after voting begins. Build a tasty structure, and bring it to the library for our annual contest. We’ll display your creations, and every entrant will be eligible for a raffled basket of goodies. Patrons will also get to vote on their favorites. Gingerbread kits and family/team entries are welcome. Guidelines and entry forms are available here (PDF format).
  • Cider & Cookie Week – Dec. 4-8. Stop in for homemade cookies and spiced cider, compliments of library staff.
  • Needle Felting Holiday Ornaments – Learn how to needle felt holiday ornaments. All materials provided.
    • Tuesday, Dec. 5 from 2-3:30 pm - Register
    • Monday, Dec. 11 from 6:30-7:45 pm - Register
  • Read to Willy Wonka the Volunteer Therapy Dog – Tuesday, Dec. 5 & 19 at 4:15 pm. Sign up to read to our volunteer certified therapy dog. If you’re not yet reading, an adult will read to you while you and Willy Wonka sit back and enjoy the stories. Call to sign up!
  • Teen Craft Time: String Art! – Thursday, Dec. 7 at 4 pm. Starting to wonder what might make a good holiday gift? Need to spiff up your space as the weather gets colder? How about some nifty wall art made of nothing but string and nails? That’s right – we’re doing string art! Teens grades 6-12. Register
  • Anime Club – Friday, Dec. 8 at 4:30 pm. Kon'nichiwa anime and manga fans! We’re watching shows, eating delicious Japanese inspired creations, and geeking out with kawaii crafts because we can. Bring likeminded friends and Tanoshimimasu! Teens grades             6 -12. Register
  • Cooking the Books – Thursday, Dec. 14 at 1 pm. Each season we will pick a different cookbook, or novel that features several recipes. Participants will sign up to make a recipe, and to bring it the day of the meeting. Staff will make a copy of your recipe. This season, we’ll be choosing recipes from The Perfect Cookie.
  • “Guy Reads” Book Group – Thursday, Dec. 14 at 6 pm. Do you like reading non-fiction, science fiction, or action novels? Then join us at Groennfell Meadery (856 Hercules Drive) to enjoy some good books and better drinks. Everyone is welcome, regardless of gender. This time, we’ll be reading Central Station by Lavie Tidhar.
  • One-on-One Tutoring - Tutoring is back! Tuesdays from 4:30-6 pm, Wednesdays from 5-8 pm, Saturdays from 9 am-3 pm. Students from the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Colchester campus) tutor students in reading, math, and science at the library. The program is focused on grades 1-6, but tutoring is available in other grades for certain subjects. There is no fee for this service. Call us at 264-5660 to sign up.

Borrowing Policies

  • Any Vermont resident may register for free borrowing privileges.
  • Circulation Periods:
    • 3 weeks - Books
    • 2 weeks - New books, audio/video materials, and e-Readers
    • 1 week - Periodicals and passes
  • Borrowers are financially responsible for damaged and lost library materials.
  • There are only overdue fines on VHS Tapes, DVDs, e-readers, and passes.
  • Items may be reserved or renewed at the library, by phone, or through the online catalog, unless the item is on hold for another patron.
  • The library has book drops located at Town Hall (781 Blakely Road), and at the Rite-Aid near the Price Chopper (1184 Prim Road).

Library Services


  • We participate in Vermont's inter-library loan system - read more about it here.
  • The library is part of the Homecard system, enabling Colchester residents to borrow directly from other participating Chittenden County libraries.
  • Computers, printers, and a scanner are available for Internet access, email, and working with documents.
  • The library has public Wi-Fi for those with their own laptops or other devices.
  • We offer access to the Vermont Online Library - a collection of online research databases with materials for all ages.
  • The library has a selection of large print books and current magazines.
  • The library receives the Burlington Free Press and the New York Times (Daily), and the Colchester Sun and Seven Days (weekly).
  • Audiobooks, e-Readers, videos, DVDs, music CDs, and Playaways are available for checkout.
  • We have a public meeting space which can be used by community groups - call for information or availability.
  • The library has a public photocopier; we also have a fax machine available for outgoing calls.
  • The library has space for local artists to exhibit their work, and display cases for exhibits of interest for both adults and children.
  • The library offers programs for all ages.
  • The library is accessible to those with physical disabilities.