Bent Northrop Memorial Library

Fairfield, Vermont, Public Library

Helene Lang presents Dorothy Canfield Fisher: A Vermonter for the World

Dorothy_Canfield_FisherThursday, December 3, 6pm

This event is FREE, open to the public, and accessible to those with disabilities.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher wrote often about Vermont, but she was a writer beyond our region who communicated to the world and to the human spirit. She celebrated the book as the surest tool for thought. In her forty books of fiction and non-fiction, she attacked discrimination, intolerance, brutality and fraud. Her writing was vibrant and heartening with glorious aspects of living life with courage and joy. This living history presentation by Helene Lang showcases her life’s works.

This is a Vermont Humanities Council Event hosted by BNML. Contact Sarah Montgomery for more information: 802-827-3945 or



This week @ the Library

Omigosh! We have so much stuff happening for all ages this week! All these events sound like so much FUN, and they’re FREE!

Playgroup/ Storytime: Wed 11/18, 10-11:30am: Come play and learn together! We’ll read a story, do an activity, and have a healthy snack. Geared toward children from 0-5, along with their parents or caregivers.

CiderHard Cider Making Workshop: Thu. 11/19, 6 pm: Anne Whyte from Vermont Homebrew Supply in Winooski will be coming to teach how to make hard cider at home. She will bring ingredients and equipment to show how you can do this yourself. She will also bring different ciders for sampling.


IGD_LOGO_AmericasInternational Games Day: Sat 11/21, 10am – Noon: We have games for all ages and skill levels. Board games, card games, puzzles… classic games and new games… video games – ALL kinds of games! Play them with us at the library or check them out to play at home. Bring your family. Bring your friends. Just come and have fun! If you can’t make it on Saturday, stop by any time after to check out a game to play at home.

Join us for any of these events or just pop in to grab a good book and say hi!





Thurs., Nov. 12, 6:00 pm

We will be having an adult craft night!
This evening is all about getting together with other people who love to create! Do you knit or sew? Scrapbook? Paint? Whatever it is that you love to make – Join us!
Don’t have anything started but love to be crafty? Join us! You can bring your own project to work on or start a new one here.We have adult coloring books, paints and canvases, and plenty of other craft supplies to ignite your creativity.

*Featured Craft Idea: Making cards for Thanksgiving Baskets that are being distributed by the Community Center.




Annual Fall Fundraiser

2015 Bent Northrop Library Poster

Click here to print and share ~ 2015 Bent Northrop Library Poster


After-School Program ~ Mr. K is Back!!


Mr. K, from Exordium Adventure is back and doing a Nature program at Bent Northrop Memorial Library!! During this program, students will have the chance to make rafts from local invasive species and test them out on the stream, make nature journals, rock animals, a sundial, and more!

The program will run for seven weeks on Tuesdays, from 3:00 – 4:15, starting October 6th, and running through to November 17th. Students, grade 3 through grade 6, will meet after school in the community room at the library.

This program is FREE thanks to a grant from United Way, but we will ask for help with snacks!

Space is limited to 15 students. Registration is required.  CLICK HERE  to fill out the online form or call the library at (802) 827-3945.





To Bid or Not to Bid ~ Call for items

ToBidotnottobidEvent: Oct 10, 2015; 6-9 p.m.

The Friends of Bent Northrop Memorial Library is having it’s annual Wine and Cheese with Silent Auction – not only is this a terrific party but it’s a chance to display your market produce, your art or craft – your generosity as a sponsor of this annual fund raising event. We have gathered over 50 entries for the silent auction, but this is just the beginning.

We hope to have over 100 items to tempt the discriminating bidder. Participate! Let the community discover your skills and talents. Support Fairfield’s greatest asset -BNML, our library, that circulated over 3900 items over the past year. That’s impressive!

Give us call or email one of our Co-Chairs:
Sonia Dodge (802-827-3694) or Bridget Rivet (802-827-3942)





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!