Genre Feature: Out of this World

As our summer comes to an end and we say goodbye to the Universe of Stories themes around the library, we at RML wanted to point out some books for older readers that we have available for check-out.

Spacer and Rat
by Margaret Bechard

Jack knows who belongs out in the Black. And who doesn’t — until Kit comes walking into the pub and changes everything he believes about the Black, about the people who live there, about what it takes to be a human being.

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Podcasts: Serialized Stories

These days serialized stories are quite popular on TV, but have you heard of serialized novels?

serial novel is a work of fiction that is published in sequential pieces called installments. These installments can be published at nearly any interval for nearly any period of time, though weekly and monthly installments are most typical. Serialized novels have traditionally been published by literary magazines, newspapers, and other periodicals.

Andrea Schlottman

You might not have witnessed the original publication of the more famous serialized novels, but chances are good you had to read at least one of them for school. Charles Dickens wrote all of his stories, including Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, and A Christmas Carol, in serialized format. So did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, of Sherlock Homes fame.

Today, outside of small indie ventures like Serial Box, serial novels aren’t as wildly popular as they were in the days of Dickens. There is, however, one medium that is helping serialized novels make their comeback: the podcast.

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In Memoriam

Dawn Marie (DeVarney) Thibault
September 15, 1950 – Aug 4th, 2019

Dawn was a positive, gregarious, and avid reader, who loved traveling and leading Vermont Hiking Holidays trips. She was always chatting and offering book recommendations to patrons.
– Deb

Dawn Thibault, RML’s Assistant Librarian for over a decade, passed away peacefully on Sunday, August 4th. For some, she was the first to give their children library cards. For others, she was the lovely lady who led picture book read-alouds twice a month. To the remaining librarians of RML, she was an unwaveringly positive coworker who made our tiny library feel so much brighter.

Read more About her legacy at RML

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Genre Feature: Learn to Count

School is fast approaching–why not read some fun picture books about numbers?

Zero by Katlyn Otoshi

Zero is a big round number. When she looks at herself, she just sees a hole right in her center. Every day she watches the other numbers line up to count: “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 . . . !” “Those numbers have value. That’s why they count,” she thinks. But how could a number worth nothing become something?

Quilt Counting
by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome

Beneath a patch of blue
Sits a family homestead
One farmhouse, proud and true.

Come inside and join the quilting fun! Count from 1 to 10 as a child helps her mother and her grandmother gather materials for a special creative project-including 4 scissors, 6 tape measures, and 8 baskets of cloth.

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Mt Abe Summer Reading

Are you going to be a Mt Abe student this fall? Did you know you’re supposed to read for an hour each week? It’s not as bad as it sounds.

Not all reading is boring. Take this from someone who couldn’t read until like fourth grade–books can be awesome and they don’t have to be hard. It’s okay to count reading picture books to younger siblings (or because you want to… I mean, have you ever heard of John Klassen?), it’s okay to read comic books/graphic novels, it’s okay to grab some dorky looking adventure book way below your reading ability. Read whatever looks good. Heck, head over to ff.net or AO3 to read some fanfiction about your favorite TV show or movie. It’s all reading and it all makes you smarter.

Maybe you’re not good at sitting still? Or you’re just not comfortable reading? Or that weather outside is just too nice for you to stay inside with a book? Audiobooks totally count as reading. They exercise similar parts of your brain and you can listen while you’re out running, driving, doing your chores, walking the dog, or just hanging by the pool. There are tons of freely available audio-short stories you can download to your phone (see here) and you can use your public library card to access free audiobooks courtesy of Overdrive. Heck, you can even listen to podfic, the audio version of fanfiction.

If this all seems overwhelming, you can always stop in and talk to your local librarian. Recommending books to people is one of our favorite perks of the job. You could also join one of the many teacher-led book clubs Mt Abe is hosting. We have many items from the list and have access to even more through Overdrive. There are even some audiobook versions available.

Regardless of how you do it, Happy Reading!

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Meet RML: Board Games!

Did you know that we circulate Board Games?

We have had some games available for circulation for a while now (courtesy donators like the lovely Cheapass Games), but patrons seemed a bit put off by the zombie and violence-heavy themes many games favored.

RML’s previous board game collection

With that in mind, RML recently expanded its collection with a focus on family friendly games that lots of people can enjoy. In conjunction with this change, we also added a small informational graphic to the front of each box listing the target demographic, number of people who are needed to/can play, and approximately how long it takes to play the game. These stats were all taken from the boxes themselves and are not set in stone–we will not card you when you check stuff out. Consider these more guidelines than rules.

One of our most popular games showing off its stats

All of these games can be checked out for two weeks at a time, just like books. There are extensive labels inside so it’s easier to keep track of pieces. We’ve also reinforced some of the floppier boxes so they can stand up to a bit of rough handling.

So next time your family is looking for an excuse for bonding time, consider stopping in to pick-up a game. Or even consider joining us for our monthly Tabletop Gaming Night. There are worse ways to spend a Tuesday evening.

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Librarians Recommend: Northland by Porter Fox

Deb Recommends:
Northland by Porter Fox

Travel writer Porter Fox spent three years exploring 4,000 miles of the border between Maine and Washington, traveling by canoe, freighter, car, and foot. In Northland, he blends a deeply reported and beautifully written story of the region’s history with a riveting account of his travels. Setting out from the easternmost point in the mainland United States, Fox follows explorer Samuel de Champlain’s adventures across the Northeast; recounts the rise and fall of the timber, iron, and rail industries; crosses the Great Lakes on a freighter; tracks America’s fur traders through the Boundary Waters; and traces the forty-ninth parallel from Minnesota to the Pacific Ocean.

If you don’t have the time, health, or money to go traipsing across the country, this is the next best thing. Fox travels by canoe, freighter, car, foot, and any other means necessary to make his way down the Canadian-American border. I love that at times he had no idea which country he was in, BECAUSE there was no “wall.” He met all these tough and hardy people along the border who are just fascinating to talk to. I wish I could have done that kind of thing.

I’d recommend this book to any fan of travel, of nature, and/or of quirky, interesting characters.

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