Bent Northrop Memorial Library

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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:,




HomeBrew Class Rescheduled to March 12!!


Hello Friends!
We have rescheduled our beer making class with Anne Whyte from Vermont Homebrew in Winooski!
The class will be on Thurs, Mar. 12th, from 6-8 pm.
Anne will be coming to teach how to make beer at home. She will bring ingredients and equipment to show examples of what is needed to brew beer. She will also bring different beers for sampling!
If you like beer, you won’t want to miss this! I hope to see you there!

“Take Your Child to the Library Day” ~ Thursday, March 5th


During the 1st week of March, VT libraries celebrate children coming to the library! 

BNML will celebrate “Take Your Child to the Library Day” Thursday, March 5th.

Come by with your child/ren anytime from 2:30pm to 8:00pm to do a story walk through the library, make a monster bookmark that will nibble on your book corners, or do a book scavenger hunt to earn a golden ticket!

If your child doesn’t have their own library account, this is the perfect time to sign them up for one!

At 6:00 pm, come in your PJ’s for a Cozy Story Hour where we will have time to play together, read some of our favorite bedtime stories and sing some songs.

Afterward, we will enjoy hot chocolate together.

I hope that you and your child/ren will be able to join us as we celebrate this special day!






Beer Making Class

Due to the weather, Beer Making Class has been cancelled for this evening. We will let you know when we are able to reschedule.

Anne Whyte bottling beerTuesday, January 27th, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Anne Whyte, from Vermont Homebrew in Winooski, Vermont, will be coming to teach all about how to make beer at home. She will bring ingredients and equipment to show examples of what is needed to brew beer.

She will also bring different beers for sampling!






Afterschool Program: Tinkering

Wed, January 21, 3:00pm – 4:30pm

We will be having five weeks of after school programming for kids in grades 4-6. For this program, we will be focusing on tinkering and creating!

During these classes, we will take old things apart and create new things, learn about electrical circuits, and find out how things work through experimentation. We will make scribbling machines using small motors and create squishy circuits using batteries and homemade play dough!

Sign-up is required and space is limited to 12 students.

You can CLICK HERE to register online, call the library at (802) 827-3945, or e-mail Sarah at

FREE thanks to a grant from United Way.





Mini Technology Series

January 15th and January 22nd, Fairfield resident and RIT student, Dominic Cicilio, will be teaching two technology classes at Bent Northrop Memorial Library:

Thursday, January 15th, 6 – 8pm:  Google Applications 
How can they be useful to you? Google provides free apps such as Blogger, Hangouts, Google Wallet, Sites, Calendar, Forms, Voice, and Picasa. Dominic will cover all these and answer any questions you might have about using these resources.
Thursday, January 22nd, 6 – 8pm: Online Security
Dominic will teach why online security is important and what you can do to keep your information safe. He will talk about creating secure passwords, avoiding phishing scams, and what is and isn’t safe to put on social media.

Bring your own device to follow along or use one of ours! 


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 Wolfson 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.