Archive for November, 2011

Christmas Workshops

For adults and older children

Snowflake Ornament or Card
with Debi Herbet

Wednesday November 30
6:30 PM

Learn the art of paper quilling and create a
one-of-a-kind snowflake




Gift Bags and Garlands

Wednesday December 7
6:30 PM

Have fun making a new way to wrap a small gift and creating paper garlands to decorate your house.


Christmas Chocolate Candies
with Sheila Trudeau

Wednesday December 14
6:30 PM

Who doesn’t like chocolate?  Make some delicious and pretty chocolates to share this holiday.
Please register for this workshop at the library.

November 29, 2011 at 7:28 pm Leave a comment

Fall Fundraising

Recently the Arvin A. Brown Public Library sent out it’s third annual fundraising appeal letter and I’d like to thank all of our generous supporters who responded.  Our goal for this campaign was to raise $4,400 and we are almost there with 78% of our goal.

Maple Mountain Woodworks of Richford will make a matching donation of $2,000.  We are grateful to all the residents of Richford and our patrons from the surrounding area for their support of all we do at the library.  There are many FREE activities available at the library including borrowing books, DVDs, and magazines for all ages, downloadable audio and eBooks, after school programs, computer access and wi-fi, story hour, summer camp programs, Vermont Online Database, Universal Classes and guest speakers throughout the year.

Last year we were level funded by the Select Board, however our operating costs, just like everyone else’s, have continued to rise.  We have been struggling to find ways to reduce our expenditures as costs rise, without cutting the quality of service you have come to expect from us.  Next month we will be asking the Select Board for a $5,000 increase in our appropriation for 2012.  This would mean a cost increase for the taxpayers of Richford which would work out to be about $2 per $100,000 in property value.  Please let the Select Board know if you support this increase for the library.  This year we expect our fundraising will account for 15% of our total income and that is why every donation is important to us.

If you haven’t had a chance to contribute yet, it’s not too late to help us reach our goal.  Donations forms are available at the library and here on our website. Thank you again and don’t forget we are a PUBLIC library and you are the public – if you have a request for a book or program, let us know and we will do our best to provide that for you.

Susan Smolinsky,  Library Director

November 13, 2011 at 8:48 pm Leave a comment

An Exciting New Webinar on Your 24/7 Public Library

You all know that public libraries are vital sources of information, but how much do you know about the online information we make available 24 hours a day?

“Your Library Presents: Information 24/7” on November 8th, 10th and 15th, as part of the e-Vermont  webinar series.

Find out how your library is offering resources for job seeking and career exploration, lifelong learning, genealogy, and creating and maintaining small businesses that are available to you 24/7 from any computer with internet access. We’ll take a brief tour of Career Transitions, Universal Class, PowerSpeak, HeritageQuest Online, and Small Business Resources Center.

To attend, go to the webinar link at on the date and time of your choice from any computer with a high speed Internet connection. Free. No pre-registration required.

We encourage you to log in 5 min. before the session begins. You will need to turn on your computer’s sound/speakers.

Webinar Dates (same webinar repeated in these 30 minute sessions):

  • November 8th, 12:00 noon
  • November 10th, 6:00 pm
  • November 15th, 12:00 noon

If this webinar interests you, also check out the Public Libraries in the 21st Century session at the e-Communities in a Digital Age regional workshop. Click here for details and to register.

November 3, 2011 at 5:51 pm Leave a comment

Arvin A. Brown Library

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Vermont Online Library

The Vermont Online Library gives you access to genealogical information records in HeritageQuest Database, Wilson Database has biographical information and the Gale consists of many databases covering a wide range of topics; some of the most popular are the Health and Wellness module and the newspaper and magazine article module. This is also a great resource for students.

Downloadable Audiobooks

Arvin A Brown Library, as part of ListenUp!Vermont, is pleased to now offer downloadable audiobooks from our website. There are hundreds titles available! You will need your Arvin A Brown Library card number to download an audiobook. Click on the icon below to get to the download site.

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