RML Resources: Free Online Newspapers and Ancestry Records

Did you know that all Vermonters now have access to hundreds of newspapers and ancestry records online for free?

Getting signed up is a bit of a pain, but this post is here to explain how to get yourself started.

First you have to sign up for a MyVermont.gov account. Head over to this page and under Create a myVermont.gov Account click the Create Account >> button.

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Librarians Recommend: Kate Morton’s Novels

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton


Cassandra is lost, alone and grieving. Her much loved grandmother, Nell, has just died and Cassandra, her life already shaken by a tragic accident ten years ago, feels like she has lost everything dear to her. But an unexpected and mysterious bequest from Nell turns Cassandra’s life upside down and ends up challenging everything she thought she knew about herself and her family.

Inheriting a book of dark and intriguing fairytales written by Eliza Makepeace—the Victorian authoress who disappeared mysteriously in the early twentieth century—Cassandra takes her courage in both hands to follow in the footsteps of Nell on a quest to find out the truth about their history, their family and their past; little knowing that in the process, she will also discover a new life for herself.

This deliciously haunting- historical fiction was written by a native Aussie, and it’s a bestseller in the UK. It features lovely imagery, sort of gothic in tone, and if you like the idea of people living in decaying castles and solving mysteries this read is for you. Secrets, suspicions, and an ending that wraps everything up perfectly–this would be a great read for any mystery fan, or reader who enjoys family intrigue or gothic literature.

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Gateway to YA

Interested in branching out to YA? Not sure where to start? Here are a couple of recommendations from our collection.

Do you like Historic Fiction?
Try The Book Thief by Marcus Zusack


The story of Liesel–a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, through WWII.




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Upcoming Events: Summer Reading Program

Looking for something to do? Stop by the Russell Memorial Library for stories, songs, and crafts!

Libraries Rock!


Come to the Library for our summer reading program! Each Saturday we have a craft, activity, and story for you to enjoy.

Keep a list of the books you read over the summer to hand in the Fall!

WHY?  Receive a free book of your choice as a READING REWARD….

JULY 14:   Volcanoes

What is a volcano? How does a volcano become active? We’ll learn the answer to those questions and more, make our very  own volcanoes…and make them erupt too!




JULY 21:  Rocks, Crystals, and Minerals

Rocks And Minerals Images | Clipart Panda - Free Clipart ...Bring your own special rock to show and tell. Look at some special rock collections. Examine arrowheads (made of rock) from Dr. Russell’s collection. Draw with a chalk rock.





JULY 28:   Exploring Rocks

Minerals clipart - ClipgroundHave you ever found a rock shaped like a heart, a dog, or a letter of the alphabet? Bring one to share if you like. We’ll design our very own painted rocks.




AUGUST 4:   Rockin’ with Sounds

Love That Rock ‘n’ Roll Music – earthriderdotcomExplore sound waves using a variety of found objects, and instruments too! Make your own shakers and keep the beat.





August 11:  Sounds of Rain and Water

Rain clip art free clipart images - Cliparting.comExplore the water cycle as we learn why rain falls. Everyone makes a rain stick to take home.

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Thank you!

A week ago today we held our Strawberry Festival! We had so much fun with you all!

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Thank you to everyone who made the Strawberry Festival a successful celebration of community, books, music and berries!

Thank you to our volunteers. We couldn’t do it without you. Thank you to: Kathy Malzac, Marilynn Cargill, Chelsea Smiley, Patti Padua, Gretchen Beaupre, Amy Moody, Aidan May, Al Willey, Judson Kimble, Laura Farrell, Merrie Perron, Ann Dingler, Lauren Parren, and Warren Dixon, as well as Betsy, Ian, and Ally Brown.

Thank you to the Fire Department for use of the Fire Station, and for storing books so library patrons had easier access to the library’s bookshelves in the weeks leading up to the festival.

Thank you to everyone who donated books. Thank you to the Vermont Ukelele Society for providing the fantastic music. Thank you to the Monkton General Store, Last Resort Farm, Full Belly Farm, and McKenzie’s for their food donations.

Thank you to the following who generously donated to our Silent Auction. Thank you to: Honey Lights, Rocky Ridge Golf Club, Chicken Hill Gardens, Stone Leaf Teahouse, Pricilla Pierce, Hatch 31, Cedar Knoll Country Club, Dupont Auto, Folino’s Pizza, Cobble Creek Nursery, Bar Antidote, Flynn Theatre, Hinesburg Public House, Tinker & Smithy Game Store, Good Times Café, Cookie Love, Bobcat Café, Shelburne Farms, WD Pottery, Vermont Flannel Co., Mary Williams, Vermont Vinegars, Carol’s Hungry Mind Café, Element Nail Salon, Lee Mahony, Addison County Field Days, Dakin Farm, Bristol Bakery (Hinesburg location) and the Paisley Hippo.

Our apologies to anyone we inadvertently forgot to mention here. We hope to see you back again next year!


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What is BookTube?

You may have heard of YouTube, but do you know BookTube? This vibrant, video-based community that makes content about books. The videos can be anything from book reviews to artistic reinterpretations of classic stories to reading advice to strange memes and delightful animations. There are literally thousands of hours of free content available about books! But where to start…

Want to learn about literature?
Try Crash Course Literature – a whole series of videos about those classic books you had to read for school. These fast paced, clever videos pack an impressive amount of information into every second, and the supporting sound and graphics teams behind each video make for a very polished product that’s perfect for pulling in people new to YouTube.

If Crash Course goes too fast for you, consider the slower paced, more colloquial Thug Notes. These informational videos mix “thug”-style language with classical video analysis to make for a truly unique experience, very likely to make information stick in your head. Just be aware that these videos do feature some strong language.

Looking for a new interpretation of an old classic?
Try checking out some of Pemberley Digital’s modern day, feminist retellings of classic stories like Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Frankenstein, Little Women,

Or if you like C.S. Lewis, watch this illustrator draw at super speed to illustrate C.S. Lewis’ work in time with its audio.

Want to hear some book reviews?
Most of booktube is pretty young, and tends to specialize in reviews of YA, comics, and genre fiction. The Readables, for instance, or bookswithdylan are a good example of typical BookTube fare. But not all BookTube is flashy, social media-infused YA commentary.

Creators like WellDoneBooks and Britta Böhler specialize in Literary Fiction like A Man Called Ove and Tana French’s books.

Bookish Four Eyes and ChapterStackss read and review thrillers like The Woman in the Window and Since We Fell.

There are even reviewers for genres like classics and Russian Fiction. Chances are good that you can find someone on BookTube who shares your taste in books.

Want to learn more about BookTube?

Ariel Bissett has some lovely commentary about the BookTube community and how it has affected her reading habits.

Huffington Post and Book Riot have some guides of their own, if you’re interested.

Happy watching!

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Genre Feature: Unreliable Narrators

Unreliable Narrators are one of the best ways to build twists and turns into a book. There’s something thrilling and somewhat horrifying about not being able to trust the very person telling the story. Below are some of the best unreliable narrators from our library.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart


A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.





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