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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  • Drop-In Yoga will not be taking place on Tuesday, Oct. 25. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Library Notes

  • 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.
  • Chilton's Library Online – Did you know that patrons can access Chilton's Library of automobile repair resources online? Use your library card to login, and find procedures, diagrams, photos, and more. Whether you've got a 2015 Subaru Outback, a 1990 Ford F-150, or a 1975 MG, Chilton's can help. Find out more here.
  • Intervale Fall PosterIntervale Food Hub - The library is again serving as a drop-off for Intervale! Their food is sourced from over thirty Vermont farmers and food makers. Subscription options include the Vermont Vegetable and Omnivore Packages, artisan bread, cheddar cheese, pasture raised eggs, chicken, and pork, grass fed beef, and Wild Alaskan fish. For more information or to sign up, please visit their website.

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 - Monday, Oct. 17 from 6:30-7:45 pm. Learn how to needle felt a cute pumpkin. All materials provided. Register
  • Anime Club – Friday, Oct. 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. 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
  • Yarn Bomb Episode 2 – Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 4 pm. The yarn pieces need stitching together to do the second pole! Volunteers and helpers of all ages who can wield a crochet hook are welcome. We’ll be outside, so dress warm and be prepared for hot chocolate to celebrate when we’re done. Register
  • Teen Tinker Tuesday: Bath Bombs – Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 4 pm. Get a head start on your holiday gifting and make one for a friend, or a few for yourself, or both. We’re mixing, molding and scenting our own unique bath bombs. Sign up to reserve your spot and ingredients! Teens grades 6-12. Register
  • Anime Club – Friday, Nov. 18 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

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.