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

  • Tax Help with AARP Volunteers – Our appointments for the AARP Tax Aide Service are currently full for the year. We can add you to the wait list, but that is dependent on cancellations or additional slots opening up. There are a number of other sites in the area; you can find their contact information here - https://secure.aarp.org/applications/VMISLocator/searchTaxAideLocations.action
  • Food Hub Spring 2017Intervale Food Hub - Burnham Memorial Library is again serving as a pick up location for Food Hub subscriptions! Their food plans provide a wide variety of products from Vermont farms and food makers. Spring baskets will have fresh greens, herbs, sprouts, mushrooms, apples, and more, plus recipes and meal plans to make cooking easy. Sign up for Spring by February 14th! Learn more at www.intervalefoodhub.com/our-food.

Upcoming Programs


  • [insert title here] – Monday, Mar. 6 at 5:30 pm. Let’s create stuff! Soothing background music and brain food while we geek out about stuff. Share your drawings, writings, fan ships, or whatever creative literary artsy thing you do. Teens grades 6-12. Register
  • Teen Tech Week 2017: Be the Source of Change! - It's that time of year where teen librarians across the country celebrate technology and cool maker stuff. This year's programming for teens includes...
    • Ukulele Sing-A-Long – Tuesday, Mar. 7 at 3:30 pm. We’re testing out the music maker kit with ukulele and Rafael Groton. Sing along to your favorite pop songs and even learn a chord or two to play on your own. Feel free to bring a ukulele from home. All teen attendees get first dibs on the wait list for this maker kit with guardian permission. See library staff for details. Teens grades 6-12. Register
    • Game Theory & Design – Wednesday, Mar. 8 at 4 pm. Ever wanted to make your own video game? We're going to code and design and play with Bloxels to make and play our own games. Feel free to bring your own smart device (tablet or phone) to play simultaneously. All teen attendees get first dibs on the wait list for this maker kit with guardian permission. See library staff for details. Teens grades 6-12. Register
    • Scent-sational Chemistry – Friday, Mar. 10 at 4 pm. We’re making bath bombs! Get down and dirty mixing stuff together to make a sweet smelling bath bomb for yourself or someone you love (hint hint your mom). We’ve got lots of scents, some salts, and all the fixings to mix it up. Teens grades 6-12. Register
    • 3D Design – Saturday, Mar. 11 at 1 pm. Let's play with extruders and architecture and making stuff in 3D! We'll hack some toys, create some buttons, and make some cool stuffs with the new 3D pen. All teen attendees get first dibs on the wait list for this maker kit with guardian permission. See library staff for details. Teens grades 6-12. Register
  • FREE Practice Tests - Take a full-length free version of the official tests for practice. Free score report and analysis of answers provided via our partnership with Princeton Review. Call for more details.
  • Anime Club – Friday, Mar. 24 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
  • Teen Escape Room - Escape rooms are all the rage and of course, we had to get in on the fun. Be 'locked in' (not really) a super creepy and highly specialized room (Kelsey's decorating the upstairs) and experience the horror (mildly imagined) and suspense (ok, maybe) of figuring out the puzzles and unlocking everything to escape a Robot Apocalypse! Sign up online, as space is limited! Teens grades 6 & 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.