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.
  • May 18 - Closed for Annual Vermont Library Association Conference
  • May 24 - Closed from 12-2:30 pm
  • May 30 - Closed for Memorial Day
Library Notes
  • VT Online Library - Did you know that patrons can access a wide range of resources through the Vermont Online Library? This month, we focus on Powerspeak Languages, which helps you to learn a new language. Through a combination of lessons and activities, Powerspeak explains word choice and grammar, as well as audio examples for pronunciation. Languages include Spanish, French, German, Italian, Russian, Mandarin, Japanese, Korean, and English as a Second language. For more information, take a look at our website or stop by the library. You can find more information here.
Upcoming Programs
  • Practice SAT Exams – A quick reminder: the SAT Practice Exam this Saturday (April 30) takes place at the library, rather than down the street. The test starts at 9 am. The tests start at 9 am, and generally lasts about four hours; bring snacks, and be prepared to be here a while. Registration closed as of April 25, and our next exam is scheduled for July 13.
  • Books & Bites at Junior’s – Tuesday, May 9 at 6 pm. New location! Join us for food and a book discussion. This month, we’ll meet at Junior’s Italian in Colchester (85 South Park Drive). We’ll be reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan. Please sign up on our website. Register
  • The 5th WaveTeen Movie Night - Friday, May 13 at 6 pm. It's Friday the 13th and obviously we need to make some good karma and not walk under ladders etc. Watching a movie seems pretty safe and unsuperstitious. We’ll be watching The 5th Wave with popcorn and beverages. Plus comfy seating. Potential shenanigans like sardines and dance breaks. Teenage humans only in grades 6-12. Sign up online - Kelsey needs at least 3 people to make this happen! (Poster © Sony Pictures) Register
  • Perennial Plant Swap – Saturday, May 14 at 10 am in the library courtyard. Bring a plant in a labeled container and see what your neighbors bring to exchange! Swapping starts precisely at 10:00 am. Please, no Orange Daylilies/Ditch Lilies.
  • Cheesemaking – Monday, May 16, from 6-7:30 pm. Learn how to make cheese with experienced artisan cheesemaker Christine McMillian! While you make delicious mozzarella and ricotta you will learn about the history and chemistry of cheesemaking. A hands-on class with samples to enjoy. There is limited space, and you can register at our website. Open to adults 18 and up. Register
  • Teen Tinker Tuesday: Spring Snow Globes - Tuesday, May 17 at 4 pm. Teen Tinker is making snow globes! There's glitter and tiny figurines and glue and water and turning things upside down. What could possible go wrong?! Join us and experiment (again) with this super weird craft! Teens grades 6-12. Register
  • Louise Penny Bus Trip - Saturday, June 18. The library is putting together a bus trip to the Eastern Townships of Quebec, visiting the places that inspired the world of Penny's Three Pines. Cost is $40 per person (which covers transportation), due at time of registration, and the trip is open to Colchester residents; those from other towns may be put on a waiting list, in case additional seats become available. For more information, stop by the library.
  • Lake MonstersLake Monsters - Join us for Burnham Memorial Library night at Centennial Field with the Vermont Lake Monsters. Friday, July 22 is library night - half of the proceeds will be donated to the library! Tickets are $6, the gates open at 6 pm, and the game starts at 7:05 pm. The Lake Monsters (an Oakland A's affiliate) will be playing the Hudson Valley Renegades (a Tampa Bay Rays affiliate). Take a look at the full flyer here (PDF), or order tickets online. Support the library, and catch a great game - we hope to see you there!
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.