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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Schedule Notes


  • Our Author Talk with Mary Fillmore (June 26) and Keva Building Challenge (June 30) were incorrectly listed as taking place at the Colchester High School in Seven Days (our fault). Both will take place here at the library; we apologize for any inconvenience.
  • The library will be closed on Tuesday, July 4 for Independence Day.

Library Notes

  • Summer Programs & Reading - Registration for our summer programs is now open! Sign up at our program registration page, and kids and teens can join our summer reading program here.
  • Intervale Summer 2017Intervale Food Hub - Burnham Library hosts weekly pick ups for Intervale Food Hub local food subscriptions! It’s not too late to sign up for summer, to enjoy weekly deliveries of delicious local veggies, berries, eggs, bread, cheese, meat and more. Pick up here Wednesdays from 4-7 pm. Learn more and sign up at http://intervalefoodhub.com/summer .

  • Route 2A Construction - (Update) Starting Monday, June 19 at 7 am, a segment of Rt. 7/2 in Colchester will be closed for seven weeks (until Aug. 4). During this period, crews will lower the grade of the hill by 5 1/2 feet as part of the Rt. 7/2, 2A, 127 Intersection Improvement Project. This will improve safety as sight distance is poor in that location. Other safety improvements will include new traffic signals at the Route 7/2 intersection with Bay Road and with Creek Farm Road. A multi-use path for pedestrians and bicyclists will be built as well.

    During this period, there will be a detour as through traffic will follow both legs of the triangle formed by Rt. 2A and Rt. 127. Motorists traveling on Routes 7/2, 2A and 127 should expect long delays throughout the week. Through-travelers should seek an alternate route if possible. Access to businesses will remain OPEN at all times.

    Map of Detour around Rt.7/2 & Rt. 2A Intersection

    The Vermont Agency of Transportation’s project to rebuild a section of U.S. Route 7/2 and VT Route 2A between Bay Road and Creek Farm Road is ongoing. Find more information at the VTrans Project Page.
  • Newsletter - The Burnham Memorial Library is excited to announce the launch of our new email newsletter. The newsletter will provide another way for us to connect with users, and share information about our programming, schedule, special events, and more. We invite anyone with an interest in the library and our programs to sign up at our newsletter page.

Upcoming Programs

  • Summer Storytime – Mondays at 10:30 am. Join us for stories followed by a craft or activity. For ages 3-6. Call to sign-up.
  • The Great Peeps Joust – Monday, June 26 at 3pm. Hear ye, hear ye! Knights of the sugar republic are jousting for the favor of summer reading glory. We have a microwave, toothpicks, peeps, their knightly colors, and several steeds. Which peep will win? Teens grades 6-12. Takes place at the Meeting House. Register
  • Author Mary Fillmore Speaks about An Address in Amsterdam – Monday, June 26 from 6:30-7:30 pm. Join us as Mary Fillmore speaks about her book An Address in Amsterdam, a historical novel about a young Jewish woman who risks her life during WWII. Selected as a Kirkus Reviews Indie review of the month for March 2017. Register
  • Wednesday Booktivity: Literary Peeps - Wednesday, June 28 at 3 pm. Using the sickly sweet deliciousness that is Peeps, create a diorama of your favorite book or literary character. Register
  • Backpack Theatre: Peter Pan & The Three Bears – Thursday, June 29 at 3 pm. This troupe of young performers will bring two classic fairy tales to life. For ages 3 and up. Register
  • Keva Building Challenge – Friday, June 30 at 4 pm. Keva building challenges are once a month. Can you build the tallest tower or the strongest bridge out of these small wooden planks? Join us to find out! For builders ages 4 and up. Register
  • Read to Willy Wonka the Volunteer Therapy Dog – Tuesday, July 11 & 25 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, July 14 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
  • Hula Hooping & Juggling with Michelle - Friday, July 7 at 2 pm. Using a variety of hula hoops and juggling balls, bean bags and some juggling pins, participants learn hooping and juggling. For ages 3 and up. 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.