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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  • The Wednesday Evening Book Club scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 3 has been canceled; we apologize for any inconvenience. The group will be meeting normally in March.
Library Notes
  • Tax Help with AARP Volunteers – Starting in February, the AARP’s Tax Aide Service volunteers will once again be filing taxes for seniors and lower income household. The service is free! Appointments take place on Saturdays (from 9:15 am–1:15 pm), call 264-5660 to sign up.
  • Tax Forms – The library will be receiving a range of 2015 Federal tax forms in the coming weeks, along with a limited amount of instructions. Unfortunately, like last year, the State is not making any forms available through libraries. You can find links to request or download forms here.
  • One-on-One Tutoring – Students from the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Colchester campus) tutor students in reading, math, and science at the library. The program is focused on grades 1-6, but tutoring is available in other grades for certain subjects. Sessions take place on Mondays from 6-8 pm, Wednesdays from 4-8 pm, and Saturdays from 9 am-2 pm. There is no fee for this service. You can call us at 264-5660 to sign up, or for more information.
  • Needle Felting – Monday, Feb. 2 from 2-3:30 pm, and Monday, Feb. 8 from 6:30-7:45 pm. Get ready for Valentine’s Day! Join us in the Burnham Room and learn how to needle felt an adorable heart. All supplies are provided, and the class is open to adults 18 and up.
    Feb. 2 - Register
    Feb. 8 - Register
  • Mah Jongg – Monday, Feb. 8 at 1:30 pm, and Monday, Feb. 22 at 6:30 pm. Join the new Mah Jongg group at the library! It’s a Chinese tile game that has become increasingly popular in the US. Whether you’re new to the game, or have played for years, you’re invited!
  • Teen Tinker Tuesday: Valentines – Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 4 pm. Lovely things are in store to celebrate the 14th. We'll emboss some beautiful handmade cards, tie some heart love knots, and have our first ever fandom wall decoration. Teens 12 & up. Register
  • 80s Teen Movie Night – Friday, Feb. 19 at 6 pm. Choose from some weird and iconic oldies but goodies. Free popcorn and fun shenanigans as before! Sign up and vote for the movie we watch by Feb. 15. Movie descriptions and permission forms for teens under 13 available at the youth desk. Register
  • Family Movie - Friday, Feb. 26 at 2 pm. The entire family can join us for a showing of a recent film. We'll bring the popcorn! The movie will be shown next door, at the Colchester Meeting House. Sign up or call to see the title. Register
  • Books & Bites at McGillicuddy’s – Tuesday, Mar. 8 at 6 pm. New location and day! Join us for food and a book discussion. This month, we’ll meet at McGillicuddy’s in Colchester (18 Severance Green). We’ll be reading The Round House by Louise Erdrich. 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.