Author Feature: Louise Erdrich

Louise Erdrich, a member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, has authored a multitude of poetry, children’s books, and novels. As one of the most well known and influential Native American authors today, you have probably heard of her. RML has been a fan of her literature for decades now and stocks many of her works, including the Pulitzer Prize Winning The Night Watchman

Erdrich lives in a haunted house in Minnesota with her daughters and is the owner of Birchbark Books, a small independent bookstore. If you’d like to get a signed copy of one of her books, Birchbark is the place to buy them.

Want to know more? Some of RML’s holdings include:

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Voting Day is Coming!

Do you know how to vote? There are plenty of ways that you can make your voice heard, both on the official November 8th day and before.

Don’t know who to vote for? VPR has a great guide to voting in Vermont that summarizes everyone’s views while also linking out to their websites for more information.

Also, keep an eye on the Monkton Town Website for announcements about voting. There’s recently been a post about local ballots.

Happy Voting!!!

Author Feature: R.L. Stine

R.L. Stine 1943-present

If you were a kid in the 90s, chances are good you’ve heard of Robert Lawrence Stein. Sometimes called the “literary training bra for Stephen King,” Stein’s spooky and scary stories have been adapted into hundreds of different formats from graphic novels to TV to Hollywood movies. His influence continues to this day, with some of his Fear Street books being adapted by Netflix just last year and another TV series based on his work hitting Disney+ this month.

As an adult looking back on his books, it’s remarkable how the writing still holds up. Stories like Monster Blood and Say Cheese and Die are good reads to this day, with spooky premises that don’t talk down to the young reader, but also don’t go too hard into gore or adult themes. Make no mistake–these books can be scary, but they aren’t just cheap jump scares or dependent on heavy handed morals. Instead these books explore genuine fears young people may have in a way that feels thrilling, but also, somewhat reassuring.

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Trunk or Treat at the Library!

Want to give your costume a test run? Come to the library on THIS SUNDAY, October 30th, between 4 and 5:30 pm.

Bring a bag for treats AND a bag for books. We are giving away kid and adult books this year. Plan to stock up for winter. ALL BOOKS ARE FREE!!!

Huge thanks to the The Monkton Friends Methodist Church for teaming up to host this event in the Town Hall parking lot.

Please park in the church lot and walk over. We will move the event inside to the community room if it rains.

Librarians’ Recommend: Gideon the Ninth

Kat Recommends: Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

Brought up by unfriendly, ossifying nuns, ancient retainers, and countless skeletons, Gideon is ready to abandon a life of servitude and an afterlife as a reanimated corpse. She packs up her sword, her shoes, and her dirty magazines, and prepares to launch her daring escape. But her childhood nemesis won’t set her free without a service.

Harrowhark Nonagesimus, Reverend Daughter of the Ninth House and bone witch extraordinaire, has been summoned into action. The Emperor has invited the heirs to each of his loyal Houses to a deadly trial of wits and skill. If Harrowhark succeeds she will be become an immortal, all-powerful servant of the Resurrection, but no necromancer can ascend without their cavalier. Without Gideon’s sword, Harrow will fail, and the Ninth House will die.
Of course, some things are better left dead.

I have read this book no less than five times. Every single time I read it, I find some new detail I missed, some wicked piece of foreshadowing that flew right over my head last time. In its essence it is a gothic locked-door murder mystery full of necromancy, swordplay, and intrigue. It makes me laugh, it makes me cry, it makes me a bit hollow inside, and I love it every freaking time.

The Locked Tomb series, of which this is the first book, keeps getting better. Every new book in the series gives you context for previous entries, which just makes things richer and richer as you go. Also, there are skeletons and revenants and ghosts and such, so, definitely a perfect read for your October season.

Trigger warnings for: gore, body horror, violence, suicide, infanticide, and Ianthe Tridentarius

available in ebookaudiobook – hardcopy @ RML

Join the Monkton Mentoring Program! 

Here’s something you might not know: Mentoring a Monkton Central School student one hour per week makes a positive difference in BOTH lives.

Here’s a fact you might not believe:  EVERY MCS student wishes they could have a mentor!

And here’s why YOU should get involved: 

Mentors are adults with life experiences that can lend perspective to kids who want to hear more than the same old story. As an RML patron, we’re sure you’ve got plenty of stories!

Mentors are carefully matched with students for a positive, on-going relationship. And Monkton Mentoring offers all the guidance and training a mentor needs to feel confident in taking on this very important role.

Monkton Mentoring also offers support through activities, supplies, special group events, and lots of ideas for fun things to do. Some matches meet for lunch at school, while others meet after school and on weekends out in the community. Or at the library!

As an RML patron, you belong to a community. Help us build it— please consider becoming a mentor!

Curious? Email Theresa at for more information. Thank you!

Genre Feature: I See Dead People and They’re Not So Bad?

Not all ghosts are out to get you. Sometimes they just need help solving a mystery. Or really need you to focus on your lessons?

Ghosts Don’t Eat Potato Chips by Debbie Dadey

Spooky things are happening in Aunt Matilda’s house. Potato chips on the floor are spelling out secret messages and forming trails. And if Aunt Matilda is snoring in her bed, then who is whistling a tune? There must be a ghost in Aunt Matilda’s house.

Available at RML – ebook

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Genre Features: Slashers

Are you one of those folks who loves the old slashers? Find it cathartic to watch those final girls destroy the villains? Here are some books for you:

Final Girls by Riley Sager

Ten years ago, college student Quincy Carpenter went on vacation with five friends and came back alone, the only survivor of a horror movie–scale massacre. In an instant, she became a member of a club no one wants to belong to—a group of similar survivors known in the press as the Final Girls.
Now, Quincy is doing well—maybe even great, thanks to her Xanax prescription. That is, until Lisa, the first Final Girl, is found dead in her bathtub, wrists slit, and Sam, the second, appears on Quincy’s doorstep. When new details about Lisa’s death come to light, Quincy’s life becomes a race against time as she tries to unravel Sam’s truths from her lies, evade the police and hungry reporters, and, most crucially, remember what really happened at Pine Cottage, before what was started ten years ago is finished.

hardcopy – ebook – audiobook

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Living with Bears and Beavers

Please join the Working with Wildlife group at the Monkton Town Hall at 6:30pm on Thursday, October 6, 2022 to hear from two speakers.

Jackie Comeau is a wildlife biologist and the black bear project leader for the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department. John Aberth is a wildlife rehabilitator, author, and professor who recently spent two years rehabilitating a beaver kit.

Bring your questions and come learn from wildlife experts! There is limited space. Please RSVP to Walk ins are excepted as well

Happy Halloween!

Welcome! This is a heads up that our Assistant Librarian MAY have a bit of love for the spooky season. That said, a few friendly reminders.

Halloween is for EVERYONE. Yes, there will be a lot of discussion of horror and generally scary stuff, but that is not all we have to offer. We celebrate any and all stories featuring Halloween themes, even if they’re mostly about friendship (with zombies), romance (with ghosts), or family (with witches).

(It goes without saying, but this includes people of different genders, backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions, skin colors, body sizes, abilities, neurodivergences, etc.)

It’s okay to not like something–just don’t be mean about it
Halloween is not everyone’s favorite time of year. We get that. We will not shame you for wanting to steer clear of the goblins and ghosts and such. Just, be nice about it. This holiday is a big thing for some folks and you can respect that without understanding it.

And with that, have a delightful Halloween season!