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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Library Notes

  • Radio - Our What is Amateur Radio program scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 23 has been canceled.
  • Tutoring - One-on-One Tutoring will not take place on Saturday, Sep. 23.
  • Yoga - Our Drop-In Yoga program will not take place on Tuesday, Sep. 26 or Oct. 3. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Library Notes

  • Poetry Walk - We'd like to share a video produced by Heritage Auto Group about the Poetry Walk at Niquette Bay State Park. As you may already know, the walk is a collaboration between the park and our library. It features a rotating series of poems throughout the summer season, as well as a reflection journal, and is in its third year of operation. The video is a part of Heritage's series on state parks in Vermont. You can see all of their videos here.

  • Postcard Display - The next time you stop in at the library, take a look at our new display! Entitled "Greetings from Vermont", it's a collection of postcards and photographs depicting life and landmarks of early 20th century Vermont. This large number of postcards were collected over a lifetime by Elsie Skinner Dutton, and have been shared by her grand-niece, Myra Gauthier. You can also see our photos on Facebook.

Upcoming Programs

  • 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.
  • Anime Club - Fridays 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.
  • Read to Willy Wonka the Volunteer Therapy Dog – Tuesday, Sept. 26, Oct. 10 & 24 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!
  • Makernoon! – Monday, Oct. 2 from 3-5:30 pm. We’re launching our first collection of checkout-able maker kits! Wondering what you can do with a maker kit? Not sure how to HOMAGO with your favorite iSTEAM maker skills? This is your chance to mess around with the kits and find out! Drop in and explore the Video Game Design Kit, Music Maker Kit, and 3D Design Kit. Makers 5-18 years old and their adults. Register
  • Needle Felting Pumpkins – Learn how to needle felt a cute pumpkin. All materials provided.
    • Tuesday, Oct. 10 from 2-3:30 pm - Register
    • Monday, Oct. 16 from 6:30-7:45 pm - Register
  • Early Literacy STEM Skills for Childcare Providers - Tuesday, Oct. 10 from 6:30-8 pm. The Vermont Department of Libraries received a National Leadership Grant for Libraries award from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to expand the Vermont Early Literacy Initiative (VELI). We have now entered Year Two! The second year of this three-year project will focus on "Building". We would again like to share the training we received with the childcare providers in our community. Please join us to learn how and why building, engineering and other STEAM concepts are so important for pre-school aged children. There will be giveaways to help providers incorporate these concepts into their programs. Participants will receive credit from Vermont Northern Lights. Refreshments will be served. Register
  • Teen Craft Time! – Thursday, Oct. 12 at 4 pm. Headphones getting tangled in your bag? Want to spiff up an old pair with some new color? We’ve got string and beads and glittery goodies to DIY your own headphone wraps. Bring a pair of earbuds to decorate! (We have spares if you need a set). Sign up online! Teens grades 6-12. Register
  • Junior Hogwarts Breakout Day – Friday, Oct. 20. Sessions at 10 am, 11:30 am, 1 pm, and 2:30 pm for kids, and 4:30 pm for teens. Greetings muggles and their families! Burnham Library is proud to present Junior Hogwarts Breakout day whereupon we shall immerse ourselves in the world of the esteemed Mr. Harry Potter and assist the Hogwarts staff in acquiring a most important missing item. Sign up with your friends and family members to solve the clues and complete this mysterious escape room style caper!

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.