Where is RML? (and other FAQ)

Lead Librarian Deb Chamberlin at the desk in our new location!

How can I get books out of the library?

We have officially moved the collection to our new space in the Monkton Town Offices. In our new building we have the space and air circulation to support patrons in the building again! Stop by during open hours to check things out as normal:

Tuesdays, from 3-7 pm,
Thursdays from 3-7 pm,
Fridays from 9 am to 1 pm
Saturdays from 9 am to 1 pm.

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New Library Space Questions

Where is the new library?
We’re in the basement of the new community building–right next to the Monkton Friends Methodist Church about five doors down from our old location.

Basically, if you can find the lower level of the building, you’ll be able to find us. We’ve been trying to sprinkle signs everywhere.

Can we come in and browse in person?
YES! Please come check the new space out.

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Happy Summer Reading Program!

Guys, Gals, and Non-binary pals, it is time for our annual Summer Reading Program!

This year will be our first Summer Program in the new space! We’ll be meeting every Saturday from 10 am to 11 am through the month of July and into August. All ages are welcome for story hour and crafts around the “Tails and Tales” theme.

Normally this is where we list out our themes for the summer. Unfortunately, because of the move, we have been scrambling to get things in order. So, no forewarning of events this year. Just know that we will have Summer Reading Programs on the following dates:

Saturday, July 10

Saturday, July 17

Saturday, July 24

Saturday, July 31

Saturday, August 7

At the end of the summer we will also have a special guest. Keep an eye out for that announcement as the event gets closer.

Librarians Recommend: Front Desk

Kat Recommends: Front Desk by Kelly Yang

Mia Tang has a lot of secrets.

Number 1: She lives in a motel, not a big house. Every day, while her immigrant parents clean the rooms, ten-year-old Mia manages the front desk of the Calivista Motel and tends to its guests.

Number 2: Her parents hide immigrants. And if the mean motel owner, Mr. Yao, finds out they’ve been letting them stay in the empty rooms for free, the Tangs will be doomed.

Number 3: She wants to be a writer. But how can she when her mom thinks she should stick to math because English is not her first language?

It will take all of Mia’s courage, kindness, and hard work to get through this year. Will she be able to hold on to her job, help the immigrants and guests, escape Mr. Yao, and go for her dreams?

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Author Feature: Jacqueline Woodson

Many writers talk about how they grew up as daydreamers and speed readers, well behaved little students who adored their teachers. Woodson was not that kind of kid:

I also told a lot of stories as a child. Not “Once upon a time” stories but basically, outright lies. I loved lying and getting away with it! There was something about telling the lie-story and seeing your friends’ eyes grow wide with wonder. Of course I got in trouble for lying but I didn’t stop until fifth grade.

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Moving Updates: Moving Forward

So. We’re moved in to the new building. What now?

It’d be lovely if we could put some custom shelving under those windows so the librarians’ could have their carts back.

Well, for starters, we need to work on getting new shelving into place. We have some funds from our capital campaign and past Strawberry Festivals that we can put into having new shelving built to fit our space, specifically underneath all these massive windows. In our previous space we had managed to carefully tetris all of our books into what we had for shelving, but in the move that careful system was disrupted so that what we have no longer fits quite right. We want to have a place for everything so that everything can stay neatly in its space. That makes room for our next planned change.

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Genre Feature: Controversal Reads

Frequently we blog about books that are own voices and well regarded, but what about the books that cause an uproar? The books below have caused no end of controversy online. How many of them have you read? What do you think about the backlash?

American Dirt by Jeanine Cummings

This novel tells the story of Lydia, a mother who escapes from Mexico to the United States with her son after surviving a brutal attack by a drug cartel.

Why Everyone’s Talking About American Dirt: The controversy about Jeanine Cummins’ novel encompasses appropriation, cries of silencing, and four separate New York Times stories. (Slate)

Cummins’ Non-Mexican Crap (Medium)

Pendeja, You Ain’t Steinbeck: My Bronca with Fake-Ass Social Justice Literature (Tropics of Meta)

available @ RML – ebookaudiobook

Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Catrina and her family are moving to the coast of Northern California because her little sister, Maya, is sick. As the girls explore their new home, a neighbor lets them in on a secret: There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister’s sake — and her own.

Not Recommended: Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (American Indians in Children’s Literature)

Reading and Wrestling with Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier (School Library Journal)

Ghosts: Swing and a Hard Miss (Book Toss)

Social Justice Book’s Review (SJB)

available @ RML – ebook

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

Twenty-six-year-old Jean Louise Finch—”Scout”—returns home to Maycomb, Alabama from New York City to visit her aging father, Atticus. Set against the backdrop of the civil rights tensions and political turmoil that were transforming the South, Jean Louise’s homecoming turns bittersweet when she learns disturbing truths about her close-knit family, the town, and the people dearest to her.

Go Set a Watchman: Why Harper Lee’s new book is so controversial (Vox)

Harper Lee: The controversy that still surrounds author’s ‘lost novel’ Go Set a Watchman (The Independent)

Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman draws controversy (CBC News)

available @ RML – ebook audiobook

The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

The Bluest Eye is Toni Morrison’s first novel, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision. Set in the author’s girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of black, eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedlove’s garden do not blom, Pecola’s life does change–in painful, devastating ways.

Banned: The Bluest Eye (PBS)

Toni Morrison and the Bluest Eye – 50 years later (Ohioana Library)

Defending the Right to Read The Bluest Eye (Kids’ Right to Read Project)

available @ RML – ebookaudiobook

Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

This controversy is less about the author’s books (with one exception) and more about the author herself. Still–once you know, it’s hard to unsee her views in the books she wrote.

A Complete Breakdown of the J.K. Rowling Transgender-Comments Controversy (Glamour)

JK Rowling on Twitter: why the Harry Potter author has been accused of transphobia on social media platforms (The Scotsman)

Have JK Rowlings’ trans comments cursed the Harry Potter business empire? (Investor’s Chronicle)

available @ RML – ebookaudiobook

Librarians’ Recommend: The Cardboard Kingdom

Kat Recommends: The Cardboard Kingdom
by Chad Sell (and many, many others)

Follows the adventures of a group of neighborhood children who make costumes from cardboard and use their imagination to create adventures with knights, robots, and monsters.

The idea behind this book is that the artist, Chad Sell, got together with authors of all sorts to write short stories, which he then went on to illustrate. The result is this adorable and engaging little book of short stories telling the adventures of kids from all sorts of backgrounds, some of them happy, some of them less so, but all of them intersecting with this make-believe adventure arena outside. Diversity is just matter-of-fact with these kids–sometimes there’s a boy who likes to dress up as a girl, sometimes there’s a girl who communicates best by pretending she’s a robot, and sometimes when your little brother is being a brat the best thing to do is to take him outside and have a pretend adventure battle with him. The power of make-believe is vast and this book uses art to its fullest to bring those stories to life.

I recommend this book for any and all readers. Want a preview? Check out this free story posted online by the author.

Also, did I mention that the author is super awesome? He has a bunch of resources up online for readers to access for free:

Free Coloring Book Pages

How to Draw Videos

Printable Costumes from the Book

We are IN!

Today the trustees and librarians moved ALL of the books into place at the new location. This means that our first open hours in the space will be Tuesday, June 15th from 3 to 7 pm. Come check it out!

Some seating that migrated over from the old building along with our lovely non-fiction and reference collections.

We won’t have any parties or anything, as COVID is still lingering and we do have a lot of work to go in terms of getting ourselves settled. But, for now, we are excited to welcome patrons into our new space and FINALLY have them browse the collection again.

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Genre Feature: LGBT+ for Young Ones

Our picture book collection is still beefing up the LGBT content, but we do have some lovely picture-heavy books you can read with the young ones.

Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

While riding the subway home from the pool with his abuela one day, Julián notices three women spectacularly dressed up. Their hair billows in brilliant hues, their dresses end in fishtails, and their joy fills the train car. When Julián gets home, daydreaming of the magic he’s seen, all he can think about is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume: a periwinkle curtain for his tail, the fronds of a potted fern for his headdress. But what will Abuela think about the mess he makes—and even more importantly, what will she think about how Julián sees himself?

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