This Week at the Richmond Memorial Library                                         April 1, 2024

Library Closure
The Richmond Memorial Library will be closed this upcoming Saturday, April 6, for carpet cleaning. The library will reopen on Monday, April 8, at 10 am. 



Passport to Connecticut Libraries Program
Libraries all over Connecticut are participating in a Passport to Connecticut Libraries program to make people of all ages aware of the power of their library card! Take your library card and passport (available at any participating library) to at least five different libraries on the list (also available at any participating library) to be eligible to win a $200 Visa gift card. Two adults and two children (17 and under) will win gift cards. Participation is free. The program runs April 1 through April 30. Each library you visit will also have a token giveaway with their name and/or logo on the item.



Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
Come watch the Solar Eclipse with us on Monday, April 8! Viewers in the Hartford, Connecticut area will be able to see about a 92% total solar eclipse. The eclipse will begin around 2:13 pm in the Hartford area and will peak around 3:27 pm. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs and any snacks you wish to enjoy and watch the solar eclipse from the library's lawn!

The library has received free solar eclipse viewing glasses through StarNet's SEAL (Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries) initiative but glasses will only be provided as part of our Ready for the Eclipse program on Friday, April 5 or on the day of the eclipse beginning at 2 pm, while supplies last.



Morning Book Club
The Richmond Memorial Library's Morning Book Club will meet on Thursday, April 11, beginning at 10 am. The group has chosen to read the book Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson. Copies of this month's book are available at the circulation desk. Registration is not required and new members are always welcome. 



New Item Added to Our Library of Things
We've added a Bingo Set to our Library of Things! The set includes a 9'' Bingo cage, 75 colorful Bingo balls, 1 handy plastic master board, assorted Bingo chips, and 40 double-sided laminated Bingo cards. The game will circulate for 7 days and is not renewable (the same rules as our yard games). It is only available to pick up at the Richmond Memorial Library and must be returned to our library.


You Can Learn A Lot From A Dummy!
Use our Encore catalog to put one of these books on hold today or ask our staff to put a hold on your account.


Beyond #BookTok Evening Book Club
The library has a new evening book club for the winter months! On the fourth Wednesday of the month, from January to April, at 6:30 pm, the library will explore book titles that share similar themes to ones that have gained popularity on BookTok.

April 24: Many of the viral books shared on social media are psychological thrillers so this month we will read A Sight for Sore Eyes by the Ruth Rendell, the pioneer of the psychological thriller. Her novels are built on layers upon layers of emotional complications, obsession, deception, and power games. Dark, chilling, and compulsively readable. If you are fan of the genre, Rendell is a must-read.

Copies of the next month's book selection will be available at the circulation desk. Registration is not required. Held in the upstairs meeting room.***


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.

Partnership with Neighborhood Forest Will Bring Free Trees to Children This Earth Day
Registration has ended for our free tree program. We are thrilled to share that approximately 90 kids will be receiving a free tree sapling through our partnership with Neighborhood Forest. We will be in touch with everyone who registered once the trees come in (during the week of April 22).


Starlab Planetarium Shows
Thursday, April 18 - STARLAB Planetarium Show
4:15 pm - Junior Night Owls
6:00 pm - Stories by Starlight

The Children’s Museum in West Hartford is bringing the planetarium to us! Choose the program that best suits your family and enjoy the night sky in a whole new way.
Junior Night Owls: Introduce young astronomers to the night sky. Learn what causes day and night and how to form the constellations. Recommended for families with children in grades K-2.
Stories by Starlight: The folklore from Greece, Africa, Native American tribes, and other cultures comes alive inside the portable planetarium. Learn how different cultures view the constellations and the science behind them. Recommended for families with children in grades 2-6.
Due to the space needed for the inflatable planetarium, these programs will be held in the Marlborough Elementary School cafeteria. Registration is required. Please register each person who will be attending, including adults. The planetarium is inflatable and patrons must be able to sit comfortably on the floor.

These programs are made possible with a NASA CT Space Grant.

**These programs are FULL and WAIT LIST ONLY. If you have registered and can no longer attend, please cancel your registration online or let a staff member know so that we can contact the next person on the list. Thank you!


Picture Books about Rain


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:

April 1: Poetry
April 8: The Sun and the Moon
April 15: Gardening
April 22: Earth Day
April 29: Weather


Ready for the Eclipse
It's almost time for a total solar eclipse. Are you ready? Kids (ages 4 and up) and families, join us on Friday, April 5, beginning at 2 pm to learn more about eclipses and how to view a solar eclipse safely, make your own pinhole viewer, and snag a pair of free solar eclipse glasses. The library has received free solar eclipse viewing glasses through StarNet's SEAL (Solar Eclipse Activities for Libraries) initiative but glasses will only be provided as part of our Ready for the Eclipse program or on the day of the eclipse, while supplies last. Registration is required and can be done online or by calling 860-295-6210.


Babytime Series
Our popular Babytime has returned as of last Friday, January 5. There are two sessions, one held on Fridays at 10 am and the second held on Fridays at 11 am. Our winter series will run through April 5 (although there is no class on March 29 because the library is closed in observance of Good Friday). 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.***


Storytime for Twos
Ms. Nancy's Storytime for Twos returns next week and will be held on Tuesdays at 10 am! Parents and caregivers must attend storytime with their children. Session Two: March 12, 19, and 26, and April 2, (no class April 9), 16, and 23. Registration is now open and can be done online, by emailing, or calling 860-295-6210.

*Session 2 is FULL. Please let us know if you can no longer attend so we can give your spot to someone else. Thank you!*


Winter Storytime with Ms. Nancy
Ms. Nancy's Winter Storytime is best suited for children ages 3-5 years old and will be held in the Storytime Room on Thursdays at 10 am. Session Two: March 14, 21, and 28, and April 4, (no class April 11), 18, and 25. Please be advised that parents or caregivers must remain inside the library. Registration is now open and can be done online, by emailing, or calling 860-295-6210.

*Session 2 is FULL. Please let us know if you can no longer attend so we can give your spot to someone else. Thank you!*


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, April 15, from 6-7 pm.


Kids Crafting Club
Creative kids come together to learn new techniques and project ideas. Bring your imaginations! Recommended for ages 4 and up. The library's Kids Crafting Club meets every other Tuesday at 4 pm. The next few meeting dates include: March 5 and 19, and April 2. Registration is recommended and can be done online or by calling 860-295-6210.


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 few meetings include: April 16 and 30, May 14 and 28. 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, April 4, 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.***


Tween and Teen Crafters Club
Back by popular demand! Calling all creative teens and teens: Join us every Monday to hang out with friends and make something awesome. Bring a project you're working on or tackle one (or more) of the projects we have available that day. Open to ages 10 and up. Registration is not required. This program will be held in our upstairs meeting room.***


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/Winter Saturdays, 10 AM to 4 PM.  Curbside pickup services are also available during these times.

Wednesday, April 10 at 6:30 pm: Public Libraries: The Story Behind the People, Communities, and Buildings: The modern library as we know them, free to use, evolved slowly, starting in the 1830s. It would take more than a hundred years of evolution for libraries across the country, to work towards a standard set of public-oriented milestones. Today, we expect digital access, inter-library loans and a host of other services and our libraries deliver. Learn how our library systems developed from colonial times into the powerhouse of information they provide today in this 50-minute talk with John Cilio. Registration is required.***


***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