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Fairfield Center School Calendar 2014-15

The 2014-2015 FCS Calendar has been added.

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Great News!

Bent Northrop Memorial Library’s Board of Trustees is pleased to announce Sarah Aube will be joining us as our new Librarian!

Sarah has her Master’s Degree in Library Science from Simmons College and a BA in English from Lyndon State College. She has experience working for Samuel Read Hall Library in Lyndonville, as well as MacPhaidin Library in Easton, Massachusetts.

Originally from the Newport, VT area, Sarah is looking forward to relocating back to Vermont and joining Wendy, Jim, Vaughn, Kelly, Peggy, and all of our volunteers in continuing to provide excellent programming and top-notch library services. Sarah will be joining the team the first full week in August, so please feel free to stop by and give her a warm Fairfield welcome!

Welcome Sarah!

Thank you to Wendy, Vaughn, Jim, Kelly, Peggy and all of the volunteers for their dedication to the library during this transition and always!

BNML Board of Trustees,

Albert Tetreault, Chair
Laura Fulwiler
Susan Casavant Magnan
Jennifer Archambault
Kerry Lambert



Summertime Reminder

Just a gentle reminder… we are currently observing Summertime hours, which means we are not open on Mondays.

Summer Hours: Tues: 2:30-8, Wed: 9-5, Thur: 2:30-8, Fri: 9-5, Sat: 9-1

We will resume normal hours after the observance of Labor Day.








The end of the school year is only TWO DAYS AWAY!!

At the Library, we’re trying to get all the books back on the shelves before you all go away for Summer vacation. Please check your bookshelves, your bedrooms, under your beds, your desks, your cubbies… even your Grandma’s house. Look anywhere and everywhere and bring them on in. If you and your folks can’t make it during business hours, use the white drop box located to the right of the front door.

Thanks a bunch and have a great Summer!


A Farewell Celebration

Bent Northrop Memorial Library will host an informal gathering in the Community Room on Tuesday, June 10. We’re keeping it low-key, so just pop in sometime between the hours of 3:00 and 6:30 p.m. to bid Kristen a fond farewell and celebrate her new endeavors. Please email Laura Fulwiler if you would like to contribute a beverage or some goodies.



Paper Mache Masks

The amazing Amanda Vella is returning with more ART!
This time class will be held at BNML on the following days:
Tuesday, May 20th 3-4:30
Thursday, May 29th 3-4:30
Thursday, June 5th 3-4:30
Thursday, June 12th 3-4:30
Participants will focus on creating masks for the spring concert (special invitation to the 2nd grade since it will be their masks!)
Click here to register online or speak with a librarian at BNML to officially sign up!
First come, first served…Class is free, for kids in grades 2-5, and limited to 12!

*We are also looking for a few helpers who are great with all ages, willing to work really hard, and help with clean up!

Movie Night! Thursday, May 1


A full length feature film by local Director, Producer, and Writer Harry Goldhagen

Thurs., May 1 ~ 6:30 p.m.
BNML ~ Community Room
A distraught, disillusioned physician… a little girl with a life-threatening illness, desperate for care… a small town with a large vision: a vision of health care for all. “Bridges” tells the story of one doctor’s journey from bitterness and alienation to compassion and joy.

See the film AND meet the artist!




Kids! Join us after school on Thursdays, April 10th and 17th, from 3-5pm for piñata making! Then come celebrate Cinco de Mayo on Saturday, May 3rd with piñatas, huevos rancheros, friends, fun, and games!

Everyone needs to know how to build with paper mache! With this first session of Practical Building Skills, Martha will teach up to build a few key shapes using household materials, creating colorful and festive piñatas!

Kids in grades K-5 are welcome, but registration is required. Click here to fill out the online registration form or call the library at 827-3945. Please commit by April 7. Thanks to funding from The United Way, this is a FREE program, but we may ask for help with snacks!

Be YourSELF returns in March!

Beginning Friday, March 7, from 3:20 to 4:20, Be YourSELF is back by popular demand!

Be YourSELF is a 4-week mentoring program dedicated to encouraging young women, ages 5-12, to lead healthy lives through acts of community Service, Environmental awareness, Leadership, and positive mental & physical Fitness. It is essential to instill healthy habits at a young age to promote healthy choices later in life. The girls who take part in this program are encouraged to make a difference within their communities.

Click here to sign up, then like the Be YourSELF Facebook Page for updates! You can sign up for one session, all four, or some in-between.

March 7: Service
Featuring Miss Vermont 2013, Jeanelle Achee

March 14: Leadership
Featuring certified Dale Carnegie instructor, Mary Brouillette

March 28: Fitness
Featuring the Policy and Media Liaison for Franklin County Carin…g Communities, Betsy Fournier

April 4: Environment





Upcoming Events

Fairfield Center School students will have sculpture work on display in the library. Students were prompted to think of a place in Fairfield that was meaningful to them and pay homage to it through a mixed media sculpture. They used paper mache, paint, clay and natural/raw materials to create diorama sculptures.  Pieces will rotate in as they are completed and be on display for a few weeks…


 Rosalie Lepeltier’s work is on display in the main collection room.  Rosalie, a long time East Fairfield resident, is displaying her own collection of oil paintings depicting scenes we will all find familiar.


 Schedule Changes

  • We will be closed Monday, January 20th, please stop in Sat morning or Friday evening to pick up a great read for the long weekend!
  •  There will be NO STORYTIME next Wednesday, January 22nd - please spread the word and join us the following week!

The Hungry Heart: The Prescription Drug Crisis in our Community.  The Hungry Heart provides an intimate look at the often hidden world of prescription drug addiction through the world of Vermont Pediatrician Fred Holmes who works with patients struggling with this disease.  You will have two opportunities to catch Bess Obrien’s film, and the following facilitated discussion with Dr. Fred Holmes, beginning at 6:30: Thurs, Feb 13th at Bent Northrop Memorial Library or Thurs, Feb 20th at Fairfield Community Center .


Another NOTCH Enrollment Night on Thursday, January 23rd from 5-8!  Open enrollment for Vermont Health Connect is ending March 31, so it’s not too late to enroll! Come meet with Lianne Trombley, NOTCH Navigator, and see if you are eligible for assistance. NOTCH can help you understand your options. Lianne has helped lots of folks navigate the new healthcare system – bring your questions and plan on using the time to get enrolled!


Drop in Afterschool Programming for the 10 and up crowd. BNML is going to try something a little different: Join us each alternating Wednesday, beginning Feb 5th, for drop in afternoons of Makerspace activities. Each month kids will be challenged with a new project.  They will be provided with the tools and practical building skills they will need to complete the task at hand.  Participants can choose to either work on the project throughout the month at BNML, or take it home…but ultimately they will be encouraged to complete the task within a month.  Join us from 3-5 pm – sign up is welcomed and encouraged, but not necessary!


Don’t forget:

  • Snowshoes, trekking poles, and ankle weights are available for borrowing! 
  • You are able to download ebooks through ListenUp Vermont and audiobooks through Recorded Books – both accessible through the library website. 
  • We can also print off tax forms for you though it would be great if you give a call ahead of time. 827-3945
  • Feed your body and your mind by purchasing local foods through the Fairfield Farmers Market Online with pickup every Thursday at the library!

In Good Taste

Friday, January 24, 5pm-8pm
City Hall Auditorium 
100 N.Main St., St. Albans

Plan to join us for this inaugural event that celebrates local culinary delights, regional wines, and handcrafted beers.

Sample an array of local and regional specialty food items, wines, and beers in a cocktail-hour style event featuring live music from the Missisquoi River Band.

Come meet some of the farmers and producers from FFMO! Additional products will be available for purchase that evening.

$10 fee includes 20 tickets to sample food and drink. Individual samples range from 1-3 tickets. Tickets will be available at the door the night of the event; additional food tickets will be available for purchase, as well.

For more information, call 524-2444 and/or Like them on Facebook!





“Favor Johnson” read by Vermont’s Favorite Author – Willem Lange!

BNML’s Annual Evening of Story begins 6pm Friday, December 20th!

Vermont’s Favorite Holiday Story, “Favor Johnson” read by author Willem Lange will be followed by “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” read by you, your family and/or your friends!

In the past, we have invited readers from the community to share their favorite stories with kids in the community…however, this year, we want to record YOU reciting “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas!”

Gather the troops and make the story your own – perhaps recite it with friends in the round (when each person takes a piece and recites their part/parts).

…or maybe you want to set it to music!

…or change the words so it fits Fairfield culture!

…or perhaps you could make it a theatrical or modern dance interpretation!

…or maybe you want to illustrate it!


Whatever method you choose, make the story your own and come prepared to be recorded! We will put the recording online – that way distant family can see you too!

If the snow sticks around, we will close the evening with some sledding, outdoor play, and hot cocoa!



Come tell your stories for the National Day of Listening!

Thursday, Nov 21st, Noon to 5:30 PM
 Tuesday, Nov 26th, 2:30 to 8:00 PM

The National Day of Listening, sponsored by NPR’s Story Corp, takes place the day after Thanksgiving. We here at the library know that you will be telling tons of family stories as your family gathers for the holiday. Bring some of those stories to our own Fairfield Storytelling booth at the library Thursday, November 21from Noon to 5:30 PM or Tuesday, November 26 2:30 to 8:00 PM. The sessions will be recorded with audio and video. If you would like a copy of your own, please bring $1 to purchase the DVD onsite. The recording sessions are 30 minutes long with a minimum of 2 people. Pre-registration is required to reserve your time slot. Pick up a list of possible questions at BNML to help you prepare the stories you want to tell. Stories will be uploaded to the National Day of Listening site by BNML staff and volunteers.

Enrollment Night

Thursday, Nov 21st, 6pm

Please join NOTCH Navigators and Franklin County Regional Chamber of Commerce for an Enrollment Night at Bent Northrop Memorial Library.

Everyone needs to have Health Insurance by January 1, 2014. We can help you enroll in Vermont Health Connect:

  • Come see the state’s new insurance marketplace!
  • Take advantage of Navigators who will be here to assist you with enrollment.
  • See if you qualify for assistance.
  • Laptops will be available for you to use.

Thursday, Nov 21st @ 6pm
Register by calling BNML at 827-3945 or email



REPLENISH: A Dynamic Autumn Workshop for Women

Tuesday, October 8th 6-8pm

Do you ever feel like every Season bleeds into the next and that time is flying by? Or that there is never enough time? Feel like you stay in “overdrive” and rarely really tune into the unique energy and rhythm of the Season?

IMAGINE using the unique teachings of Autumn to bring more ease, grace and focus into your everyday living………….
JOIN us in a Workshop for Women who WANT to—

  • Be more present in your relationships and able to really savor moments
  • Gain energy and clarity by richly connecting with the Rhythm of Autumn
  • Shift from overdrive into a more instinctive, nourishing pace so you feel more peaceful and grounded

Contact Tish directly with questions or to sign up