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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Highlighted Program

  • Vermont Lake Monsters – Friday, Aug. 18 at 11:30 am. Remember, the Lake Monsters will be here today! Players from the Vermont Lake Monsters will read great stories and sign your memorabilia. It sounds like Champ will be joining us as well! For all ages. Register
  • Solar Eclipse Online Viewing Event - Monday, Aug. 21 from 1:30 -3:30 pm. Don't have glasses? We'll be streaming the NASA feed of the eclipse in the Burnham Room. The eclipse will peak around 2:30 in Vermont. Stop on by!

    Unfortunately, we did not receive any glasses for the eclipse, and we don't currently have solid recommendations for where you might find them. Remember that looking at the sun for any amount of time is exceedingly dangerous, and can cause permanent damage to your eyes. You can find a wide range of information on the eclipse (including safety) at this link -
    Here are links to information from NASA:

Schedule Notes


  • Drop-In Yoga - Our yoga program will not take place on Tuesday, Aug. 22. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Trustees Meeting - The Library Trustees Meeting for August has been moved to Thursday, Aug. 24.

Upcoming Programs

  • First Time Kindergarteners – Monday, Aug. 21, and 28 at 10:30 am. Meet other children (and their parents!) who are heading to kindergarten in the fall. Stories, activities and a chance to share your thoughts. Everybody leaves with a free book! Come to one session or to all three.
  • Summer Sketching Outdoors - Monday, Aug. 21 at 6 pm (at Sam Mazza’s) Join Penny Cunningham and Lisa Liotta for three one hour sessions of outdoor sketching and painting in beautiful Colchester at three off-site locations. Some materials provided, or feel free to bring your own. This will be a relaxed group and we welcome all levels of artistic experience. Register
  • Read to Willy Wonka the Volunteer Therapy Dog – Tuesday, Aug. 22 & 29 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!
  • Anime Club – Friday, Aug. 25 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
  • Antiques Appraisals - Saturday, Aug. 26 from 12:30-2 pm. Join professional antique dealer, auctioneer and appraiser Brian Bittner and full-time appraiser Lori Scotnicki. With special interest and experience in works of art, painting, and sculpture, early American accessories and Folk Art, vintage and antique pocket and wristwatches and other estate jewelry, old silver, and old photographs from Daguerreotypes to WWII snapshots. Register
  • Adult Book Discussion – Tuesday, Aug. 29 at 1 pm. Join our afternoon book group! We read a wide range of books, and the discussion is led by a Library staff member. This month, we’ll be reading The Girls by Emma Cline. Copies of the book are available for checkout.
  • “Guy Reads” Book Group – Thursday, Aug. 31 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 month, we'll discuss Spook by Mary Roach.

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.