Burnham Memorial Library

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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.
Library Notes
  • ACT Exam Update - Unfortunately, we did not reach the minimum number of sign-ups for Kaplan to administer the test on Oct. 10. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • Tutoring - One-on-One Tutoring is back! Students from the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (Colchester campus) tutor students in reading, math, and science at the library. The program focuses on grades 1-6, but tutoring is available for other grades in certain subjects. Sessions take place Monday from 5-8 pm. Wednesday from 3:30-8 pm, and Saturday from 9 am-1 pm. There is no fee for the service. Call 264-5660 to sign up!
  • Cheesemaking ClassCheesemaking – Monday, Oct. 12, from 6-7:30 pm. Learn how to make cheese with experienced artisan cheesemaker Christine McMillian! While you make delicious mozzarella and ricotta you will learn about the history and chemistry of cheesemaking. A hands-on class with samples to enjoy. There is limited space, and you can register at our website. Open to adults 18 and up. Register
  • Early Literacy Training: Social-Emotional Development in Preschoolers - Tuesday, October 13 from 6-7:30 pm. The library is offering this training for Childcare Providers. Developing strong emotional skills in early childhood is critical for school readiness, and lifelong learning. Learn some best practices for helping children identify and manage their feelings, emotions and behaviors as they get ready to take that big step up to kindergarten. Snacks will be served. Register
  • Tabletop Games for Kids & Families – Tuesday, Oct. 19 at 4 pm. Looking to try new games with old friends or old games with new friends? The possibilities are endless! Bring a friend, bring your favorite game, or come solo and gameless. We will provide drinks, snacks, and some games. We welcome suggestions for games to purchase. For all kids & their families. Register
  • Needle Felting – Monday, Oct. 19 & 26, from 6:30-7:45 pm. Get ready for Halloween! Join us in the Burnham Room and learn how to needle felt an adorable little pumpkin or two. All supplies are provided, and the class is open to adults 18 and up.
  • Teen Tinker Tuesday:Open Tinker! – Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 4:30 pm. This month, in honor of Teen Read Week 2015 Get Away @your library, we’re tinkering without instructions! Without clear intentions! And tinkering and creating for the sake of tinkering! Random supplies available for deconstruction and composition. Teens 12 & up. Register
  • Skype with Andy Weir, Author of The Martian - Wednesday, Oct. 28 at 6:30 pm. If you’ve read the book, or are looking forward to the soon-to-be-released movie version, stop by the library - we’ll be meeting with the author via Skype to chat, ask questions about the book, and generally geek out. Open to teens (12+) and adults. Register
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow with PuppeTree – Friday, Oct. 30 at 6 pm. This year, the Burnham Library invites you to celebrate Halloween with us at a very special performance. The PuppeTree's production of Sleepy Hollow is done with shadow puppets, and will be performed by professional puppeteers who will operate more than 100 shadow puppets. Come in costume and join in the parade after the show. Refreshments will be served following the performance. Suitable for the whole family. 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.