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

  • Oct. 3 - Please be aware that there was a typo in the most recent issue of the Colchester Sun, which listed Craft for Kids and Mah Jongg as taking place on Oct. 3; both programs will actually be taking place on Oct. 10. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Library Notes

  • EEE Pass - EEE (Education & Enrichment for Everyone) is a lifelong learning organization that presents lectures each fall and spring. The library recently received a donated pass for EEE that admits 2 adults free to a lecture. Patrons who are Colchester residents can reserve a lecture, first come first served (limit of one slot per family). Sessions take place on Fridays from 2-3 pm, and run from Sept. 9-Dec. 2. They take place at the Faith United Methodist Church in S. Burlington. For more information, give us a call, or check out EEEVermont.org.

Upcoming Programs


  • One-on-One Tutoring – Mondays from 6-8 pm, Wednesdays from 4-8 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.
  • Read to Willy Wonka the Chocolate Lab – Tuesday, Oct. 11 & 25 at 4 pm. Willy's schedule has changed, starting in October. Now he'll be visiting every other Tuesday!
    Sign up to read to our 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!
  • Pumpkin FeltingNeedle Felting Pumpkins - Learn how to needle felt a cute pumpkin. All materials provided. Sign up below:
    • Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 2-3:30 pm - Register
    • Monday, Oct. 17 from 6:30-7:45 pm - Register
  • Teen Tinker Tuesday: Knotty Bookmarks – Tuesday, Oct. 11 at 4 pm. Learn different ways to twist and turn and loop and pull string to make really nifty knots. There are heart knots and square knots and circle knots and Celtic knots and knotted knots etc. Teens grades 6-12. Register
  • Anime Club – Friday, Oct. 14 & 28 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.
  • Practice SAT Exam – Saturday, Oct. 15 at 9 am. BurnhamYA partners with The Princeton Review to offer you a FREE practice test. Sign up in-person or online at least a week before to reserve your spot! The test generally lasts about four hours; bring snacks, and be prepared to be here a while. Open to all who sign up, high school students and college applicants recommended. Takes place at Our Lady of Grace church (784 Main St.), just down the street. Register
  • “Guy Reads” Book Group – Thursday, Oct. 27 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 The True History of the Kelly Gang by Peter Carey. Register
  • Halloween Party – Saturday, Oct. 29 at 2 pm. The annual Halloween Party is back! Trick or treat around the library and collect some interesting themed goodies. There will be Halloween stories, crafts, snacks, dancing, and goodies to take home. Wear your best costume for a mini parade around the grounds with your librarians. All ages welcome. 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.