This Week at the Richmond Memorial Library                                         June 10, 2024

Town of Marlborough Public Hearing and Budget Referendum
For Your Information: The Town of Marlborough will be holding a public hearing on the proposed referendum this upcoming Wednesday, May 12, at 7 pm at the Elmer Thienes/Mary Hall Elementary School. The third referendum will be held this Thursday, May 13, at the Marlborough Senior Center from 6am-8pm. Agendas and a sample ballot can be found on the town's website. If the Marlborough Senior Center parking lot is full on Thursday, please use the library's.  


Marlborough's Juneteenth Recognition Day
We are excited to be partnering with the Marlborough Preservation Society, the Marlborough Economic Development Commission, CODE (the Coalition on Diversity and Equity), and the Marlborough Congregational Church to present Marlborough with its very first Marlborough Juneteenth Recognition Day on Saturday, June 22. Community members are invited to attend any single event listed below or attend all of the events.

The event will begin with a drop-in self-guided viewing at the Marlborough Congregational Church (35 South Main Street) from 1:30-2:30pm, where the names of 41 African American Marlborough residents who were denied burial in Century Cemetery in the 1700s and 1800s because of their race will be displayed.

At 2:30pm, a ceremony will be held at Century Cemetery (located across the street from the church) with remarks made by the Marlborough Preservation Society President Romano Ghirlanda and a memorial service led by Pastor Val Seaver. The names of these 41 residents will be read and a memorial bench inscribed with a dedication to these residents will be unveiled.

At 3:30pm, the distinguished Dr. Camesha Scruggs from CCSU's History Department will speak at the Richmond Memorial Library (15 School Drive) about the significance of Juneteenth. A reception with beverages and desserts will follow inside the library. Attendees are welcome to attend any one of and/or all of these events. The Richmond Memorial Library will also have drop-in activities and take and make kits available all day, while supplies last. For additional information or questions, please contact or visit

Parking is available at the library and Congregational Church.


Holiday Closing
The Richmond Memorial Library will be closed on Wednesday, June 19, in observance of Juneteenth.


Pottery Ready for Pick Up
Did you participate in our Glazed Pottery Painting and Art Studio fundraiser? If so, your items will be availalble for pickup at Glazed beginning on Wednesday, June 5. They will hold your items for up to 6 weeks.


Webb Deane Stevens Museum Pass Now Available
We are happy to share that, with the money we raised from our Pottery Paint Night at Glazed Pottery Painting and Art Studio in Glastonbury, we have added a museum pass to the Webb Deane Stevens Museum in Wethersfield. The pass admits one immediate family unit (up to two parents and two children) for no charge into the regular three-house tour. Passes are not valid for special events or exhibits. We would like to extend a huge thank you to Laura from Glazed, who has been so kind and generous in working with us each year!


Centennial Anniversary Arc Umbrellas
To mark our 100th anniversary, the Friends of the Library are now selling library merch to raise funding to support library programs and the purchase of library materials. Our 46'' arc umbrella is $25 and all proceeds directly benefit the library. Limited quantities are available, while supplies last.


Yard Games
Did you know that our library has a large collection of yard games that can be checked out (we even have duplicates of a few games like Ginat Jenga and Giant Connect Four)? Due to their popularity, there is a strict limit of 2 per family at a time. They can be held for 2 days and borrowed for 7 days at a time. Renewals are not allowed. Call the library at 860-295-6210 for additional information.



New Yard Games
In case you missed the announcement made on social media a few weeks ago, we've added three new indoor/outdoor games to our Library of Things collection: Guess Who, Pictureka, and Monopoly. They've already proven to be a big hit with some of the families who have checked them out in the past few weeks. All three were available for checkout as of Monday morning.


Notice from The Town of Marlborough
Do you have one minute a month to help make Marlborough better? The Town of Marlborough needs your help to better understand its residents' preferences about a variety of issues and questions. The Town of Marlborough has contracted with Flash Vote to help administer a series of community surveys. Surveys will be brief and take about one minute of your time. Please use the following link to register:


American Job Center Series
Are you (or is someone you know) looking for a new job, trying to restart or jumpstart your career, or in need of specific job skills training? We will be partnering with the American Job Center over the next few months to offer drop-in (no appointments needed) assistance with resumes, job search assessment, career coaching, computer literacy, mock interviews, and on the job training programs. If this is something that interests you, stop into the library on the first Tuesday of the month beginning on July 2 from 5-7 pm. The American Job Center is a one-stop career center that offers free help to job seekers for a variety of career and employment related needs. 



Morning Book Club
The Richmond Memorial Library's Morning Book Club will meet on Thursday, June 13, beginning at 10 am. The group has chosen to read the book Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante. Copies of this month's book are available at the circulation desk. Registration is not required and new members are always welcome. 



Books about Fathers and Daughters
Use our Encore catalog to put one of these books on hold today or ask our staff to put a hold on your account.


Books for Babies
The Richmond Memorial Library has launched a new Books for Babies initiative to promote early literacy and learning while introducing library services to families in town. Marlborough families with children ages birth up to twelve months of age are invited to stop into the library to pick up a Books for Babies Box and register for your baby's first library card. Each Books for Babies Box includes two board books, a set of My First Touch and Feel Picture Flash Cards, early literacy and learning pamphlets and bookmarks, information about library programs for babies and toddlers, and supplies to get your child enrolled in our 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program in addition to your child's first library card. Advance registration is required and can be done by filling out the following form: This Books for Baby initiative has been funded by a Constellation Community Champions Grant.

Tonieboxes and Tonie Figurines
We are beyond excited to be able to announce that, thanks to the amazing fundraising efforts of our Friends of the Library group, we have been able to raise enough money to add Tonieboxes and Tonie figurines to our Library of Things collection! The Tonie boxes are all currently checked out but can be placed on hold if you are interested in checking one out. If you already have a Tonie box at home, please take a look at the many characters that we have availalble (they will play on your device). Tonieboxes and figurines can be borrowed for up to three weeks and are not eligible for renewals.

What is the Toniebox? The Toniebox is an imagination-building screen-free digital listening experience the plays stories and songs. Tonieboxes make learning fun, are a perfect compliment to story time, and help reduce screen-time. 

MAY UPDATE: Our Tonieboxes and figurines are so popular that we've just ordered another Toniebox and over a dozen more figurines! They should be arriving in the next week or two and we'll have them available as soon as possible.


Children's Books About Turtles


Take Home Topics
Kids, learn something new every week! Pick up a learning bundle at the library and dive into a different topic every week. Bundles will include informational sheets, related activity pages, and a hands-on craft or project. Best suited for ages 4-10. Available while supplies last.

Upcoming topics include:

May 27: Water
June 3: Vision
June 10: Superheroes


New Launchpads
The library has 3 brand new Launchpads! They were processed last week and are now available for check out. Our Launchpads have proven to be very popular with the families of preschool and elementary school aged children because the learning tablets are preloaded with educational games and apps yet remain safe and secure because they do not attach to the internet. Perfect for long car rides over the summer!


Babytime Series
Our popular Babytime has returned for the spring season. There are two sessions, one held on Fridays at 10 am and the second held on Fridays at 11 am. Our spring series will run through June 14. Registration is now open and can be done online or by calling 860-295-6210. Space is limited and the program fills up fast. Held in the upstairs meeting room.***


Read to the Dogs
Young readers are invited to come in and read to a certified Reading Education Assistance Dog. Reading to a dog is a great low-pressure way to encourage beginning readers. Register for a 15-minute time slot to secure your child's spot. Limit 2 children per time window (one per dog). Our next Read to the Dogs programs is scheduled for Monday, June 10, from 6-7 pm.


Lego Club
Do you like building with Legos? Join us every other Tuesday at 4 pm for for creative and STEM-based challenges involving Legos! Recommended for ages 4 and up. Registration is required. The next couple of meetings include: May 28 and June 11. Meets in our upstairs Meeting Room.***


Pajama Storytime with Yoga
Our Pajama Storytime with Yoga program series returns this April! Children of all ages are invited to this cozy storytime on Thursday, July 11, at 6 pm. Hear a story or two and do some calming yoga with local resident Rachel Kaczynski. Wear comfy pajamas and bring your favorite stuffed animal or blankie. Registration is required and can be done online or by calling 860-295-6210. Held in the upstairs meeting room.***


Summer Reading Kick Off Event
We're kicking off the start of summer reading with a special family program! Stop by the library on Thursday, June 20, beginning at 6:30 pm for a musical concert with Grammy-nominated children's singer Judy Pancoast. Come a little early and sign up for summer reading, check out some books, and snag some goodies. Registration is not required. Adults and teens can sign up for summer reading at this time too.


Tortillas Two Ways
Learn how versatile cooking can be as you make, use, and renew a pantry staple -- tortillas! Join Food Explorers on Thursday, June 27, at 4 pm for a deliciously homemade cooking program. You'll be making tortillas from scratch and creating two yummy recipes using your homemade tortillas: quesadillas and dessert tacos. You'll learn how to make, knead and roll your dough, and assemble your own quesadilla and taco. Recipes are nut free but may contain dairy and gluten. Held in the upstairs meeting room.*** Registration is required and can be done online or by calling 860-295-6210.


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 Spring/Summer Saturdays, 10 AM to 1 PM.  Curbside pickup services are also available during these times.
Wednesday, June 12 from 3pm-4pm or 6pm-7pm: Medicare Updates, Changes, and Benefits for 2024: Confused about Medicare? Come and learn the ins and outs of Medicare (enrollment, drug stages, penalties, etc.) and the differences between Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage with Mark Macrina, a local resident and insurance agent. This is an informational seminar only and no individual health issues will be discussed. Questions welcome. Register online or by calling 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