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


  • Trivia - There's still space in tonight's Trivia and Pizza night (July 19). It runs from 6:30-8 pm. Apologies if our registration site said that it was full. Register
  • Preschool Music - Starting July 31, Preschool Music will be moving to Mondays instead of Tuesdays. It will still take place at 11:30 am.

Highlighted Program

  • Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts Car Show - Saturday, July 22 from 10 am-1 pm. Stop by for an informal car show here at the library! It will feature classic and antique cars owned by local members of the Vermont Automobile Enthusiasts club (VAE). Fun for kids and adults! No sign up required.

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 - The 7‐week detour on Route 7/2 in Colchester (between Creek Farm Road and Bay Road) continues in effect. Since the detour began on June 20, the project team has monitored traffic flow daily and has made minor adjustments to signal timing and line striping to guide motorists through the detour. With Route 7/2 closed, the construction crew has made significant progress in lowering the grade of the hill and installing drainage. Deep excavation was needed to provide sufficient drainage under Route 7/2 for when it is lowered to improve sight distance for the safety of motorists. 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.
  • LCATV Child Producers Workshop – Tuesday, July 18 from 2-3:30 pm. Children ages 7-11 kids use equipment to make their own television program, complete a library-themed project and produce a take-home DVD. There’s another session in August. Register
  • Trivia and Pizza at the Library - Wednesday, July 19 from 6:30-8 pm. Join us for pizza and trivia! Come with a team, or solo. Topics will include literature, science, history, pop culture, and more! We’ll provide refreshments, and the winning team will receive a prize. Register
  • Rebecca Rupp presents Fantastic Physics - Friday, July 21 at 2 pm. Who invented the rocket? The parachute? The battery? What about the windmill? We’ll find out and then do some cool experiments with balloons and electricity, build a catapult, and fire a rocket. Register
  • Summer Sketching Outdoors - 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.
    • Monday, July 24 at 6 pm (Creek Farm - Contact us for details) - Register
    • Monday, Aug. 21 at 6 pm (Sam Mazza’s) - Register
  • Intergenerational Eats Discussion: Brown Girl Dreaming - Tuesday, July 25 at 4 pm. Let’s talk and eat! Brown Girl Dreaming has some fantastic descriptions of food, so we should eat them while we talk about the book. Sign up to take home a book to read and reserve the recipe you’d like to make. For teens & their adults. Register
  • Read to Willy Wonka the Volunteer Therapy Dog – Tuesday, July 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!
  • Keva Building Challenge – Monday, Aug. 10 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
  • 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

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.