Every fall the students at Union Memorial School visit the Burnham Memorial Library as a part of their “Learning Outside The Four Walls” program. In October Tracy Helfrich’s kindergarten class trekked to the library to get their library cards, listen to stories and check out a book.
The Burnham hosts many events for school children during the year and library staff even go “on the road” to visit Malletts Bay School, reading to the Head Start class and delivering themed books to the Early Essential Education (EEE) program there. Library staff visits each of the schools in May & June to let the students know about Summer Reading programs that served 276 children and teens this past summer. In June Colchester High School was the host site for the annual Friends of Burnham Library Summer Book Sale.
Assistant Library Director Hannah Peacock is working with the middle school on the Wonder program. All sixth graders will be reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio in December. In January the Library and school will be partnering together to offer programs in conjunction with the book.
Over 600 parents and children attended the weekly preschool music program from July 2013 to June 2014. In July 2014 the library hosted a total of 70 programs for kids, teens and adults. In short, the Burnham Library is a tremendous asset for townspeople as well as school children and deserves the support of all.
The non-profit “Friends of the Burnham Library” are currently in the midst of their 2014 appeal. Their message is one that should resonate with everyone that values what the Burnham brings us every week:
“Your contribution today sustains a variety of children’s, youth and adult programming as well as resources that recognize the different ways that people learn and enjoy their leisure time. Twenty percent of your tax-deductible donation goes to the endowment fund that ensures the library’s future is secure. Free access for everyone to all library services is what truly makes it a public benefit.”
Please consider contributing to the 2014 appeal.
The Burnham Library can be found at www.colchestervt.gov/Library or at 802-264-5660. or P.O. Box 134 Colchester, Vermont 05446