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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  • Thanksgiving - The Library will be closing at 5 pm on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and will be closed on Thursday and Friday, Nov 26 & 27. The library will be open normally (9 am-3 pm) on Saturday, Nov. 28.
  • The Dungeons & Dragons Nights scheduled for Nov. 25 will not be taking place. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Library Notes
  • Christmas Tree Lighting & Caroling – Sunday, Dec. 6. It’s that time of year again! Gather for crafts, songs, cocoa, cookies, and lights on the tree. At 4 pm, children can make a holiday craft in the library. Around 4:30 pm, we’ll all sing with the Colchester Community Chorus at the Meeting House. The annual tree lighting follows outside around 5 pm. No sign-up required.
  • Gingerbread House Contest – Build a tasty gingerbread or graham cracker structure, and bring it to the library for our annual contest. You can drop off your entry starting Dec. 1; voting starts Dec. 7, but entries are accepted even after voting begins. We’ll display your creations and every entrant will be eligible for a raffled basket of goodies. Gingerbread kits are welcome, and family entries are very much encouraged. Guidelines and entry forms are available here or at the library.
  • Cider & Cookie Week – Dec. 7-11. Stop in for homemade cookies and spiced cider, compliments of library staff!
  • Needle Felting DoveNeedle Felting - Get ready for the Holidays! Join us in the Burnham Room and learn how to needle felt an adorable holiday creation. All supplies are provided, and the class is open to adults 18 and up.
  • Teen (and younger) Tinker Tuesday: Making Gifts – Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 4:30 pm. This month, Teen Tinker invites our younger friends to join us in creating items that could be great holiday gifts. We’re making boxes, jewelry, cards, and other fancy things. Please register to reserve your spot—supplies are limited! For kids & teens of all ages. Register
  • Social Read-a-Thon: Haroun - The VT Humanities Council Vermont Reads book for 2015 is Haroun and the Sea of Stories, by Salman Rushdie. Starting Oct. 1, the library is having what we are calling a Social Read-a-Thon. Share your comments as you read the book!

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.