Bent Northrop Memorial Library

Fairfield, Vermont, Public Library

Author Talk with Tammy Hetrick Flanders!


When was the last time you received a letter on scented stationery – or wrote one yourself?

Join Tammy Flanders Hetrick on Thursday, September 3rd, at 6:00 pm, for a discussion about the power of hand-written letters. Hetrick will read letters from her novel, STELLA ROSE, and lead the group in a letter-writing exercise.

 Join us to support our local talent. Stationery and pens provided!


Upon Stella Rose’s death, her best friend, Abby, moves to rural Vermont to take care of her sixteen year old daughter, Olivia. But Abby struggles to connect with Olivia and she soon finds guardianship of a headstrong teenager daunting beyond her wildest misgivings. Despite her best efforts, and the help of friends old and new, she is unable to keep Olivia from self-destruction. As Abby’s journey unfolds, she grapples with raising a grieving teenager, realizes she didn’t know Stella as well as she thought, and discovers just how far she will go to save the most precious thing in her life. This novel takes place in fictional Fairleigh, Vermont, which is based on Fairfield, where Tammy Flander Hetrick lives!

SuperHero Carnival!


Friday August 21, 3pm – 5pm

Join us to celebrate the end of summer at this superhero carnival! We will have lots of fun and games – Frisbee golf, lots of shirts to tie-dye, water games, ice cream and more!

Since our summer reading theme is “Every Hero Has a Story”, we are encouraging you to come to this party dressed like a superhero or storybook character!

Family Movie Night!

Join us Thursday, August 13 at 6pm to watch “The Lego Movie” by Warner Bros. We will also have Legos available if anybody would like to build during the movie! Popcorn will be provided.

Lego Movie

The Lego Movie PG 2014 – Fantasy/Adventure 1h 41m ~ Emmet (Chris Pratt), an ordinary LEGO figurine who always follows the rules, is mistakenly identified as the Special — an extraordinary being and the key to saving the world. He finds himself drafted into a fellowship of strangers who are on a mission to stop an evil tyrant’s (Will Ferrell) plans to conquer the world. Unfortunately for Emmet, he is hopelessly — and hilariously — unprepared for such a task, but he’ll give it his all nonetheless.


Summer Reading Log

everyherohasastorySometimes it’s difficult to keep track of those written reading logs. Log your books here, and we will keep track of them for you!

Summer Reading Kick-off

BH6We are excited to be back at the library after a wonderful vacation and kicking off our summer reading program, “Every Story Has a Hero.”  This year, we are challenging Fairfield kids to read over 1,000 books!

On Thursday, July 2nd, we will officially begin our summer reading programming. Join us any time between 4 and 6pm to decorate a superhero mask and dress up with some quirky props to take pictures in our photobooth. You can also nominate a local hero who will be honored at our end of summer reading party! At 6:00pm, we will be showing Disney’s “Big Hero 6”.

This summer, we will also be celebrating some of our local heroes, learning about super animals, designing our own superhero costumes and more. Check out our event calendar to see all the fun programs we will be offering!



The Friends of Bent Northrop Memorial Library
are having a Tip Top Tag Sale!
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Saturday, June 27th, 2015 from 9 AM to 3 PM.

This yard sale is a fundraiser to help with the cost of running our beautiful library.

The Friends of BNML are collecting items that are nearly new and in good condition. Please donate items you no longer want or need but believe someone else might yearn to possess. (Electronics and clothes will not be accepted.)

Donations will be accepted at the library on the following days:

  • Saturday, June 20 ~ 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 23 ~ 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 25 ~ 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Friday, June 26 ~ 9 a.m.-NOON

Thank you for your help in supporting our library!


Volunteers Needed

volunteer gardening

The garden committee is looking for volunteers to weed around the library borders.

Anyone who can give us an hour or two a week will be gratefully accepted.

Please contact Sonia Dodge 827-3694 or




Bent Northrop Memorial Library

will be


June 21 – 29

We will be return Tuesday, June 30

then begin our Summer Schedule.

(Closed Mondays)

We will also be closed Saturday, July 4th,

in observance of

Independence Day!


Summer PlayGroup


Regular playgroup ends June 10. (Boo!)


Summer Playgroup starts July 8. (YAY!)



LifeStory Memoir Writing Workshop


memoirsWednesday, June 10, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

This is a FREE workshop with Charley & June Kempthorne.

Please call to register: 827-3945.

What happens in a LifeStory Workshop?

Most LifeStory Workshops are about two entertaining hours long. They are exhilarating and exciting workshops in which people discover that they’ve been very good writers all along. They just didn’t know how to get started! The best way to get started is to join with friends and others and write and share what you’ve written.

Charley Kempthorne, an experienced writer and writing coach, has presented these entertaining and instructive workshops all over the USA and Canada. He is assisted by his wife, June.

There are four parts to every workshop:

  • First, we start with some memory-stimulating exercises.
  • Second, we write for fifteen minutes
  • Third, we read aloud (this is voluntary, of course) what we’ve written
  • Fourth and finally we talk about ways to publish what we’re doing–and (not exactly by the way) to keep on writing and publishing!

June and I started doing LifeStory Memoir Writing workshops (sometimes called “family history writing” workshops) in 1991. We have presented our workshop at hundreds of libraries, schools, churches, senior centers, recreation programs and even at police and fire stations! Just a few of the libraries we’ve presented at are Seattle, Little Rock, Tucson, Omaha, Kansas City, Wauwatosa (Milwaukee), Huntington Beach (California), Perryton (Texas), Lawrence (Kansas), Topeka (Kansas), Lamar (Colorado), Coeur d’Alene (Idaho), Grand Forks (North Dakota), Medicine Hat (Alberta), Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan), Winnipeg and Brandon (Manitoba), Puyallup (Washington) and many others.

Some workshops are done for a fee, but other libraries and senior centers can’t afford to pay. Please click here to visit the website and donate to help us gather stories–real human history–when we travel North America. Thank you!





BNML Lecture Series

Farm Legacy

A Sense of Place: Vermont’s Farm Legacy

Thursday, May 14, 6:00 p.m.

FREE, Accessible to people with disabilities, and open to the public.

The character of a place is shaped by its cultural heritage and folklife, the informal traditions of family and community in which a person plans a meal, treats a neighbor, or understands civic responsibility. In Vermont, the cultural legacy of farming has strongly influenced the identity of Vermonters, and it is these distinctive traditions (which have persisted even with the decline in farm numbers) that help make the stat unique.

This lecture by Gregory Sharrow explores the fabric of farm culture in the past and probes its relationship to the world of Vermont today.

A Vermont Humanities Council Event* hosted by Bent Northrop Memorial Library, 164 Park Street, Fairfield, Vermont. Call Sarah Montgomery at (802) 827-3945 for more information.

*Under grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the NEH or the Vermont Humanities Council.




Cailey’s Closet is coming to BNML May 5!

Cailey might have one! Come check out her closet! 

Cailey’s Closet is a dress recycling program brought to you by the Highgate Public Library with the intention of helping to reduce the financial costs associated with semi-formals and proms to families and young women across Franklin County.

We will have approximately 50 dresses to give away and we invite all local high school girls to join us Tuesday, May 5, 4pm-7pm to see if they can find their perfect dress!

If anyone would like to donate a gently worn prom, cocktail, or bridesmaid dress, we welcome you to drop it off before the event.

Guidelines: * All those attending the event are asked to sign in. * Only one dress per girl is allowed. * Parents are welcome and encouraged to attend the event with their daughter. * This is a first come/first serve event. Dresses will not be held or reserved for anyone. * We cannot guarantee every girl will find her perfect dress. Availability is based on what has been donated from the local community during our dress drive.



The Traveling Storyteller


Saturday, April 18, 10:00 a.m.

The Traveling Storyteller is coming to Bent Northrop Memorial Library to perform “The Little Red Hen!”

This performance is an interactive presentation that is geared towards ages 3+ and will tap into the imagination of children of all ages!

In this performance The Little Red Hen shares a house with a dog, a cat, a rabbit and a mouse. The Little Red Hen does all of the housework. What would happen if the Little Red Hen became sick with the flu and was unable to get out of bed? Find out in this messy comedy of errors.


Paper Mache Pinatas & Cinco de Mayo!

What can we make with old newspapers, glue, and flour? Paper Mache!

Join us at BNML, where Martha Burns will teach us how to create colorful and festive pinatas using paper mache.

Grades K-5 are welcome and must pre-register by April 13th.

We will meet on two Thursdays (April 16 and 30) from 3-5 pm for pinata making.

Then, bring the family to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and test the strength of our pinatas on Saturday, May 2nd, from 11 am – 1 pm. There will be food, fun and games!

To register: Click here for the online form, call the library at 827-3945, or stop by!”

This program is free thanks to a grant from the United Way.
Space is limited to 12 students – first come first serve.

FREE MOVIE: “Trashed” starring Jeremy Irons

Join us Thursday, March 26th, from 6:00pm – 8:30pm, for a free showing of the movie “Trashed” starring Jeremy Irons. This documentary looks at the risks to the food chain and the environment caused by the pollution resulting from human consumption patterns. In this film, Irons reaches out globally and talks to scientists, politicians, and ordinary people whose lives have been affected by this pollution.

(“Trashed” does contain some disturbing material. Please contact Aaron Shepard [NWSWD] @ 524-5986 with questions.)

This movie showing is sponsored by the Northwest Solid Waste District (NWSWD) and will be followed by a showing of “The Story of Stuff”, a 20 minute film which provides a quick look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. Aaron Shepard from NWSWD will also speak about these issues, especially in relation to what can be done locally.

Popcorn will be provided – we will be making an effort to make this a zero waste event with no paper products and by composting any leftover food or drinks! Please bring your reusable cups or water bottles, bowls, and cloth napkins!

Produced by Blenheim Films. For more info on the films:,