Burnham Memorial Library

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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


  • Tutoring - One-on-One Tutoring will take place this Saturday (Dec. 10), from 9 am-3 pm.
    The program is focused on grades 1-6, but tutoring is available in other grades for certain subjects. If you haven't already signed up, call us to schedule a session.

Library Notes

  • Downloadable Ebook/Audiobook Users - Attention! Starting Dec. 1, you'll need to enter a PIN (really, a password) when you login to the system. If you already have access to your library account online (to renew or place holds), then it's the same password; if not, stop by or call us at 264-5660 to get your account setup. Also be aware, patrons whose accounts are expired or restricted will not be able to login. Contact us for help to resolve either of those situations.
  • Lending Periods - As of Nov. 23, the library has adjusted the lending periods for many of our items; owing to a long-standing issue in our software, there was a discrepancy between the checkout periods and our intended policies. Ask us the next time you checkout for more details.
  • Colchester Food Shelf - The Library serves as a collection point for the Food Shelf. They are seeking all non-perishable foods, especially items like peanut butter, soup, pasta and sauce, macaroni and cheese, canned fruit, cereal, and bottled juice. They are also looking for personal care products, and cat food.
  • Holiday Gift Baskets - At this time each year, Burnham Memorial Library participates in collecting books for Colchester-Milton Rotary Club’s Holiday Gift Basket Project. In this, the 42nd year, Rotary hopes to send over 120 baskets to families in need. These baskets include books for children. We’re collecting new books for children from pre-K to 12th grade. A bin labeled for collection purposes is located in the lobby of your child’s local school. We will be collecting donations of new books until Friday, December 9th. Thank you for all your help!

Upcoming Programs


  • Gingerbread/Graham Cracker House Contest – You can drop off your entry starting Dec. 1; voting starts Dec. 7, 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 at the library or at this link (PDF).
  • Felted Holiday Ornament Needle Felting Holiday Ornaments – Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 2-3:30 pm, and Monday, Dec. 12 from 6:30-7:45 pm. Learn how to needle felt holiday ornaments. All materials provided.
    • Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 2-3:30 pm - Register
    • Monday, Dec. 12 from 6:30-7:45 pm - Register
  • Teen Tinker Tuesday: Finger Knitting and More – Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 4 pm. This month we’re going to spread some holiday cheer with handmade warmth. Learn a fiber skill, like knitting, crocheting, finger knitting, or loom knitting and make something warm for someone in need. We’ll donate all of our creations to the Vermont Refugee Resettlement Program—imagine moving here having never seen snow! Donations of handmade items accepted until 12/20/16. Teens grades 6-12. Register
  • Anime Club – Friday, Dec. 16 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! Sign up online or send Kelsey a message so she knows how much food to buy…ramen anyone? Teens grades 6 -12. Register
  • GMBA Reader’s Club – Monday, Dec. 19 at 5:30 pm. The Green Mountain Book Award is Vermont’s state book award for high school students. Each month, we’ll read and review one of the 15 nominees as a potential winner for the year! Teens grades 9-12. Teens in grades 6-8 are welcome to come with parent permission. The GMBA list is intended for high school students and younger teens may have more interest in the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award book club, which meets the first Wednesday of the month. This month is a Holiday Book Bonanza! We’re reading basically everything, plus FREE books to take home! Basically, we’re having a mini party for book readers. Teens grades 6-12. Register

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.