Librarians Recommend: Primates

Katie recommends: Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani and Maris Wicks


Tackling Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas in turn, and covering the highlights of their respective careers, Primates is an accessible, entertaining, and informative look at the field of primatology and at the lives of three of the most remarkable women scientists of the twentieth century.

Genres: non-fiction, graphic novel, middle grade, science, feminist heroes

A lovely biography of three very important scholars which shows just how intertwined their careers were. The delightful art brings such personality to the story, allowing for multi-page silent passages with just these scientists interacting with the apes. Combined with the smart, fast-moving narration that’s conveniently color-coded to the characters and not afraid to tell the nastier parts of living in these jungle locales (like malaria, lack of running water, poachers, and lack of contact with the outside world), this story gives a down-to-earth feel to these pioneers of science, without scaring readers off from their less than glamorous lifestyle.

Recommended for amateur scientists, animal lovers, and voracious graphic novel readers.


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Page to Screen

Every Day by David Levithan


Every day a different body. Every day a different life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

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In theaters now!

Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews


Dominika Egorova is many things. A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs. When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process, she emerges as the most dangerous Sparrow the program has ever produced.

Dominika must now reconcile the person she was with the power she now commands, with her own life and everyone she cares about at risk, including an American CIA agent who tries to convince her he is the only person she can trust.

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In theaters now!

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle’s father had been experimenting with this fifth dimension of time travel when he mysteriously disappeared. Now the time has come for Meg, her friend Calvin, and Charles Wallace to rescue him. But can they outwit the forces of evil they will encounter on their heart-stopping journey through space?

In Theaters March 19th, 2018

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Author Feature: Jon Klassen

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Canadian writer, animator, and illustrator Jon Klassen’s humorous, simply illustrated picture books have won multiple awards, been translated into more than 20 languages, and sold more one million copies world wide. Our library many of his books, all of them delightfully sarcastic tales that challenge readers to think about what they’re seeing in the pictures and imagine what happens in between the pages of the story.

His most famous book, This is Not My Hat, won the Caldecott and Greenaway Medals, the first book in history to win both. It tells the story of a little fish that has found a hat that fits him perfectly, and his flight from the actual owner of the hat…


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Meet RML: Audio and E-Books

Obviously we have books available at our library. But what if you are snowed in? What if we’re closed and you desperately need something to read? Or maybe you’re traveling and don’t want to have to carry a huge hardcover?

All Russell Memorial Library card holders have access to free e-books and audiobooks through the Green Mountain Library Consortium’s Overdrive System. To access them, all you need is a computer, tablet, or smartphone and your ONLINE library card number. Continue reading

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Happy Spring Break!

Looking for something cool to do on your Spring Break? Stop by the Russell Memorial Library for stories, songs, and crafts!

Craft Tables
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Thursday, February 22nd from 3 pm – 5 pm


Friday, February 23rd from 9 am – 1 pm

We will have two craft tables set up for children of all ages to participate in making several different “bird feeder designs” and “beads are baaack,” as we have some great materials for creating bracelets, bookmarks, and more.

Saturday Stories


Saturday, February 24th from 10am – 12 noon

We’ll have stories, songs, and simple crafts to celebrate everyone’s favorite prehistoric animals: DINOSAURS!
Call us with questions (453-4471) or stop by on February 22-24 for some fun! Please mark your calendars for some “make and take” projects. We hope to see you soon at the library.

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Librarians Recommend: The Glass Castle

Debbie Recommends The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls


A tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that, despite its profound flaws, gave the author the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

What was your favorite part?

When the reader comes to grips with the severity of the poverty that these children live in. When the kids find an abandoned house that’s filled with canned goods they are so excited because they think they’ll get food. They open them all and find they’ve all gone bad and they’re so disappointed. They learn how to forage things like crab apples, black berries, and pawpaws. The poverty they grew up in was just astounding.

Who was your favorite character?

The narrator was my favorite character because she found a way to move beyond what her childhood was and had an incredible amount of fortitude and strength to overcome

Who would you recommend this book to?

Nonfiction readers who like to know about other peoples’ lives and anyone who wants to read it before you see the movie.

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Genre Feature: Trilogies

Lots of book trilogies get turned into films these days, especially from old YA books. You may have heard of The Hunger Games or The Maze Runner or the Divergent Series, but do you know any of these non-YA trilogies we have here at the library?

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