Bent Northrop Memorial Library

Fairfield's Library

Build Your Own Gingerbread House!


Please note change in date and time! To avoid conflicting with the FCS Holiday concerts, we have moved the build date:

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., come build a Gingerbread House at Bent Northrop Memorial Library!

WE will supply graham crackers, gumdrops, frosting, and other fun building supplies.

YOU bring the ideas and creativity.




After School Skilled Arts Program


Starting in November, FCS Art Teacher Sara Johnson will be leading six weeks of after-school programming for grades K-6 at the library.

You will learn to construct origami chandeliers, make a community puzzle, create decorations for Thanksgiving, and more! Join us to learn some new skills and create some cool art.

We will meet each Thursdays for six weeks, starting November 6th and excluding Thanksgiving week. Classes will be on 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11, and 12/18. Students will be picked up after school and will be finishing at 4:30 p.m. 

Sign up is required and can be done online by clicking this sentence.
If you have any questions, please call the library at (802) 827-3945
or send Sarah an e-mail at

Trunk or Treat!

Saturday, October 25th at 5:00 pm.
Come early to set up your vehicle if you would like to hand out treats and compete in our trunk decorating contest! There will be a bonfire, games, spooky music, soup made by the outdoor classroom at FCS, and many other fun activities.
We are also looking for wood to burn in our bonfire if anyone has any that they would like to donate.
HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS: Want to earn a few hours of community service time? We need volunteers for Trunk or Treat! Please PM us so we know you’re coming. You’ll need to be here by 4pm, October 25th. You’ll help set-up, monitor/run the games, and help clean-up. Feel free to dress up if you want!

Liam McKone’s Talk on the Fenians

Tue, Sept. 23, 7pm – 8pm

Liam McKone, Cambridge resident and author of “Vermont’s Irish Rebel,” will be sharing the history of the Fenian Brotherhood in Vermont.
This militant nationalist movement twice invaded Canada to strike a blow for the restored independence of Ireland. Plans are underway to commemorate the 150th anniversary of their first action that used Fairfield as a storage point for arms and supplies.

Mark your calendars!

“To Bid or Not to Bid, That Is the Question”

There will be a wine and cheese silent auction fundraiser at Bent Northrop Memorial Library on October 10, 2014 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

More details to follow!





Playgroup Story-time Returns!

Playgroup Story-time Returns!

Beginning Wednesday, September 3

and every

Wednesday 9:30 ~ 11:00


Fairfield Center School Calendar 2014-15

The 2014-2015 FCS Calendar has been added.

Feel free to use this Calendar Link to synch to your personal calendar or

Use the link at the left for quick reference.


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