RML Resources: Unusual Items to ILL

Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is still a relatively new service at RML. Our patrons have primarily used it to access books that RML lacks, such as certain books in series that we just don’t have. But did you know that you could order these other things through ILL as well?

Audiobooks on CD

Are you waiting for an audiobook that has six months of holds before you on Overdrive? Maybe Overdrive just doesn’t have what you’re looking for, or your phone just can’t handle the app. Heck, maybe you just prefer CDs to digital files. There is a free solution for you: Interlibrary Loan.

Yes, you can order audiobooks through ILL. Not everything’s available, and you will need a CD player of some sort, but it is absolutely possible. In fact, it’s quite easy most of the time.

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Closed 11/19 Due to Inclement Weather

But, if you’re looking for some library goodness, consider going instead to:

A Community Building for Building Community 

Monkton’s Second Community Outreach Meeting
 Tuesday, November 19th at 6:00 p.m. at the Monkton Central School
Residents will review and discuss the conceptual designs
presented by Bellwether Architects.

Logo for the Bellwether Architects

Couldn’t make it to the 9/26 Community Meeting?
Watch the recording here.

Building Committee:
October Update
Next Steps
Timeline – History
Mission & Goals
Contact us at building@monktonvt.com with your comments and questions.

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What’s this fuss about a new library building?

RML has always been a small space, and that’s without considering the lack of drinkable water, the inefficient climate controls, and the dangerous excuse for a “parking lot” outside our front door. To many town residents, we must not seem like much.

Sign reads: This is the ONE comfy reading chair.
Space is needed to create a larger patron reading area.

But there’s a lot to be said for what we could be if we had a larger building to work with. Want to learn more? Come to:

A Community Building for Building Community 

Monkton’s Second Community Outreach Meeting
 Tuesday, November 19th at 6:00 p.m. at the Monkton Central School
Residents will review and discuss the conceptual designs
presented by Bellwether Architects.

Logo for the Bellwether Architects

Couldn’t make it to the 9/26 Community Meeting?
Watch the recording here.

Building Committee:
October Update
Next Steps
Timeline – History
Mission & Goals
Contact us at building@monktonvt.com with your comments and questions.

Cclick here to learn more about what a new library could mean for you

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Historic Board Games

When you think of board games, you probably think Monopoly or Shoots & Ladders or maybe Candy Land. But have you ever heard of these classic games that have existed for hundreds of years?

One of the oldest board games in the world and it’s still played widely today, this game is all about moving counters around the twelve hollows of the game board to gather them all on your own side. The rules are simple, the game itself is easy to craft out of egg cartons and counters, and even young kids can enjoy it. If you’re bored some rainy day, this is an awesome game to craft and play with friends.

How to play

Make your own portable set or just one to play at home

This more than 300-year-old Chinese game is still wildly popular with competitions held worldwide. There is an American league, and many books, journals, and TV specials discussing strategy of this game that can be played by young children up through elderly masters. Game play is simple to learn, with the basic idea being to surround and capture the opponent’s stones, but people spend years learning about different Go strategies and patterns. There are even handicaps built in to even the playing field between players with different levels of experience.

Make your own Go Game How to play

Chances are good you’ve heard of this one. Chess, and it’s many variations, have been around for hundreds of years. The rules are more complex than Mancala or Go, with different pieces moving in different ways, but the basic idea is to capture the opponent’s king. There are gazillions of chess leagues, clubs, and organizations, not to mention movies and books about the game and the people who have famously been quite good at it.

Make your own chess set Illustrated Guide to the pieces

One of the more complex of the games in this list, Mahjong is another ancient Chinese game that is still popular in East Asia today. In fact, it was recently featured in the movie Crazy Rich Asians. Similar to Rummy, this game is all about making hands only with tiles instead of cards.

How to play Print out a paper set

What do you think? Do any of these games sound fun? Maybe give them a time next time you’re stuck at home looking for something to do.

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Happy International Games Week!

Happy International Games Week
from the American Library Association (ALA) and those of us here at RML.

Celebrate with us at RML on either (or both!) of the two Tabletop Days we have scheduled:
Tuesday, November 5th between 3 and 7 pm
and
Saturday, November 9th between 9 am and 1 pm.

We will have a wider than normal selection of board games in addition to hot beverage options and snacks. Have a game you want to learn? Bring it and we’ll help figure out how to play it. Want to just come and hang out? You’re welcome to spectate or play any of the things we have available at the library.

Read more about Gaming and IGW Below

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Happy Halloween!

A Happy Halloween to all of you!
(Also Samhain, Obon, Día de Muertos, and all other holidays of the season!)

Courtesy BookBub

We will be open October 31st as per normal and we love trick or treaters! Stop on by to pick up a FREE BOOK of your choice and some candy too!

Regular patrons are also welcome. Bonus points if you come in costume, though ^__^

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Librarians’ Recommend: Estranged by Ethan M. Aldridge

Kat Recommends:
Estranged by Ethan M. Aldridge

Edmund and the Childe were swapped at birth. Now Edmund lives in secret as a changeling in the World Above, with fae powers that make him different from everyone else—even his unwitting parents and older sister, Alexis. The Childe lives among the fae in the World Below, where being human makes him an oddity at the royal palace, and where his only friend is a wax golem named Whick.

But when the cruel sorceress Hawthorne takes the throne, the Childe and Edmund realize that the fate of both worlds may be in their hands—even if they’re not sure which world they belong to.

I got lost staring at the absolutely stunning art in this book before I ever got started reading. The story holds its own, though–dealing with questions of identity, family, and acceptance all within the borders of a edge-of-your-seat adventure tale through a fantastical underground world. I have never seen such gorgeous art in a middle grade book before. This is the kind of story I would have read endlessly as a child, had it been published.

Recommended for fans of fantasy, the fair folk, supernatural family drama, and especially art.

Also a lovely, spooky-ish read for the month of Halloween!

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