This Week at the Richmond Memorial Library                                    November 21, 2022

Thanksgiving Week Hours
Thanksgiving Week Holiday Hours:

Monday, November 21: 10am-8pm
Tuesday, November 22: 10am-8pm
Wednesday, November 23: 10am-6pm
Thursday, November 24: CLOSED
Friday, November 25: CLOSED
Saturday, November 26: 10am-1pm

We wish all our staff and library patrons a happy and healthy Thanksgiving!


Library Elevator and Renovation Projects Have Been Postponed
We would like to thank everyone who either wrote a letter in support of the library elevator and renovation project or showed up at the last Board of Selectmen meeting on Tuesday, November 15. For those who have not heard, we would like to share that the library elevator and renovation projects have been put on hold for one year, when the town will revisit them again. The town is asking the state for an extension of their $128,000+ STEAP grant (there is no guarantee that they will receive one) and the hope is that supply costs come down to reduce the overall cost of the project. The $330,000+ ARPA grant funding designated for this project may end up being reallocated to other town projects. We are disappointed with this news, as we have heard many of you are, and will continue to advocate for the library and our library users. We will keep you informed when there are future town discussions about these projects and we hope our community continues to share their thoughts with the board of selectmen.  
25 Days of Holiday Cheer Annual Silent Auction Is Underway
The Friends of the Library kicked off their annual 25 Days of Holiday Cheer Annual Silent Auction on Thursday, November 3. The holiday auction is the library's single largest fundraiser and all proceeds directly benefit the Richmond Memorial Library. The auction will run until 8 pm on Monday, December 5. Winners (those with the highest bids on items) will be called beginning at 10am on Tuesday, December 6.

Be sure to stop into the library to check out all the great items that can be bid on this year! This year's auction is the largest we've ever had, now with 72 lot items (we keep adding items so you'll want to come back if you've already taken a look around)! We have destination packages with tickets to attractions in Boston, Massachusetts; Salem, Massachusetts; Rhode Island; and Orlando, Florida. There are also tickets to local attractions like Mystic Aquarium, Lake Compounce, the Lutz Museum, Sturbridge Village (just to name a few). Local businesses have generously donated gift cards as well and there are gift items like hand made purses, paintings, autographed memorabilia, quilts, refurbished bikes, and more. We have been posting pictures of auction items on our social media pages but you must come into the library to place a bid. 



Join Ms. Nessa for a baby-centered storytime with songs, rhymes, lap bounces, and a story! For children ages 0-18 months and their caregivers. Babytime will be held on Monday mornings this November at 11:30 am. Dates will include: November 7, 14, 21, and 28. Registration is recommended but drop-ins are welcome if space allows. The program will be outdoors unless weather requires it to move inside.


Join Ms. Nessa for a storytime series especially for 2-year-olds! Songs, stories, and hands-on-learning. For children 18-36 months and their caregivers on Tuesdays from September 6 through December 20. Email or call 860-295-6210 to register.


Fall Storytime with Miss Nancy
Children ages 3-5 can join one of Ms. Nancy's Fall Storytime sessions on Wednesdays at 10 am. Session 2 includes the following dates: October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, and December 7. Ms. Nancy's storytime will be held indoors in the Storytime Room. Registration is required. Email or call 860-295-6210.



November Take & Make for Kids
Kids can help with the Thanksgiving decorations this year with this fun November Take & Make Kit! Once completed, hang these turkey windsocks up either outside or inside and watch them dance in the wind. Best suited for ages 4-8. Kits will be available beginning Thursday, November 17.


Girls Who Code (Boys Welcome Too!)
Want to learn how to code? Children in grades 3-5 are invited to learn how to code and change the world through a variety of online and offline activities. Boys are welcome. This program meets on Mondays at 4 pm from November 14 through December 19. Register once for all 6 sessions. Call 860-295-6210 or use our online registration form.


Do you like building with LEGOs? Join us for creative and STEM-based challenges involving LEGOs! For children ages 5 and up. LEGO Club will meet every other Tuesday at 4 pm: November 29 and December 13.


Kids Crafting Club
Creative kids unite as you learn new techniques and project ideas. Bring your imaginations! Our Kids Crafting Club meets every other Tuesday at 4 pm, beginning on September 13. Future dates include: November 22 and December 6 and 20. Registration is required. Email or call 860-295-6210.


Kids Create Handmade Gifts
Stop by the library to make some hand-crafted gifts on Thursday, December 1, from 4-7 pm! We'll have project supplies and instructions to make some gift ideas, as well as extra supplies for your own unique creations. For children ages 3 and up. Registration is not required.


Monthly Mystery
Teens! There's a mystery in the YA department. Can you solve it? Find and interpret the clues to answer questions and solve the mystery. Turn in your guesses by the end of the month. Correct answers will be entered into a prize drawing. New mystery each month, September-December.


Hey, Watcha Reading?
Teens, love to read? Join us for an informal book chat designed especially for teens. We'll meet once a month just to share our current favorites and to learn about new options. No required reading. This program will be a hybrid, in person and on Zoom. Registration is required if you need the Zoom link. The fourth program in this series is Friday, December 16, at 4 pm.


Teen Advisory Board (TAB) Returns
Our Teen Advisory Board returns on Wednesday, December 7, at 4 pm! Share your thoughts about how to make the Richmond Memorial Library the best it can be, especially for teens! What programs would you like to see? What books are we missing? How can we better serve our teen population? Participants will receive volunteer credit if needed. Open to ages 13-18. Registration is preferred ... call 860-295-6210 or register online.


Old School Gamers Club
We're going back in time and breaking out the Super Nintendo, PSOne, XBox360 and more for some old school gaming! Challenge your friends and try out some classics. This program meets once a month, on Fridays at 4 pm. Dates include:  December 2. Recommended for ages 12-18. Registration is recommended. Email or call 860-295-6210.


Teens Create: Handmade Gifts
Teens, stop by the library on Thursday, December 8, from 4-7 pm to make some hand-crafted gifts! We'll have project supplies and instructions to make some gift ideas, as well as extra supplies for your own unique creations. Registration is not required.


Upcoming Adult Programs...
The Richmond Memorial Library building is now open Mondays through Thursdays from 10 AM to 8 PM, Fridays 10 AM to 6 PM, and Fall Saturdays, 10 AM to 4 PM.  Curbside pickup services are also available during these times.

We have started to and will continue to host virtual programs for all age groups. Additional information will be found on our website and social media pages, including video tutorials on how to access the virtual formats these programs will be offered in. To register for one of these programs, email the library at

Monday, November 28 at 6 pm, Cricut Craft: Infusible Ink Coasters: Learn how to use the Cricut machine to design your own winter-themed coasters. Due to the time needed for this project, there is a strict limit of 6 participants. Registration is required. Call 860-295-6210.***

Tuesday, November 29 at 6:30 pm, Bliss This House: Home Organization Tips: Like watching Marie Kondo and The Home Edit on TV? Meet local Professional Organizer Maria Grove for a night of organizing tips, tricks and inspiration. She'll teach you how to organize your closet and start good habits in your home. Bring your questions and Maria will do her best to help solve your organizational concerns. Register for this in person program online or call 860-295-6210.***

***Accessibility at RML: The library does not have an elevator. If you need full accommodation, please contact Library Director Aubrey Muscaro at 860-295-6210 or prior to the event (one week preferred) so we can find an alternate space. The meeting room is located on the second floor.

Please call the library at 860-295-6210 or email us at

Richmond Memorial Library, 15 School Drive, Marlborough,CT 06447 860-295-6210