Page to Screen: Halloween Edition

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If you have not read anything about the Baudelaire orphans, then before you read even one more sentence, you should know this: Violet, Klaus, and Sunny are kindhearted and quick-witted, but their lives are filled with bad luck and misery. This makes many of their adventures very unfortunate indeed.


Circque du Freak by Darren Shan

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Young Darren Shan goes to a freak show with his friend one night and makes a decision that night which will change his life forever, dragging him unwillingly into the dark world of the Cirque du Freak.

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Ignatius Perrish woke up with a thunderous hangover, a raging headache . . . and a pair of horns growing from his temples that make everyone tell him their darkest secrets, whether they want to or not.


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Librarians Recommend: N0S4A2

Katie Recommends: N0S4A2 by Joe Hill Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. On her Raleigh Tuff Burner bike, she makes her way to a rickety covered bridge that, within moments, takes her wherever she needs to go, whether it’s across Massachusetts or across the country.

Then, one day, Vic goes looking for trouble—and finds Manx. Manx and his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith who likes to transport children to the astonishing — and terrifying–“Christmasland.” That was a lifetime ago. Now Vic, the only kid to ever escape Manx’s unmitigated evil, is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx never stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. He’s on the road again and he’s picked up a new passenger: Vic’s own son.

Come for the characters, stay for the plot; Hill is not afraid to write flawed, yet compelling characters and woo boy does Vic have flaws. But then, so does Lou, the geeky, overweight biker who finds Vic by the side of the road and takes her to safety. Or Maggie, the baddass, stuttering librarian who helps Vic find her son. And Wayne, of course, who has inherited his mother’s survival instincts and world class stubbornness, good traits to have when you’ve been kidnapped by… whatever Manx is.

Each character feels like someone you could meet around town, which is what makes Hill’s horror work so well. You get so dang attached to these people. Couple this with Hill’s subtle, down-to-earth writing style and you have a book that’s hard to forget. Five years after reading I can still hear the visceral sounds the text conjured for a struggle in the book, in which Wayne watches Manx and Vic brawl. That snap literally made me gasp in surprise.

This book has a lot going on; it spans pretty much Vic’s whole life, with chapters from the point of view of every character listed above, and then some. Everything interweaves so tightly, though, that it never feels bloated, repetitive, or overwrought. Complex though the narrative is, Hill somehow manages to make it simple to follow from start to finish and beyond.

This book is a great gateway into horror books (it was one of my very first forays into the genre), and if you’re already a fan, there are all manner of Easter Eggs from Hill’s other work, as well as references to locales like Pennywise’s Circus and Shawshank Prison. If you’re looking for a book to get you into the Halloween Spirit, look no further than N0S4A2. It certainly won’t disappoint.

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Spooky Books to Read!!!

It’s time to break out the spooky reads! You may think we’re all happy, bubbly stories here at RML, but you’d be surprised what darkness lurks in our stacks…

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And as a bonus:

Hey, maybe one of these could be a recommendation for All Hallow’s Read?

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Upcoming Events!

Looking for some fun stuff to do in and around Addison County? Here are some events coming up in October:


Draw me a story–Tell me a tale: Vermont Children’s Book Illustrators and Authors Exhibit
Now through Oct 15th
Tuesday–Saturday: 10am–5pm
Sundays: 1–5pm
Henry Sheldon Museum (Middlebury)
This exhibit features art by eighteen Vermont children’s book artists, with three galleries showcasing their literary artistry with paintings, illustrations, photographs, preparatory drawings and, of course their books. Author readings, presentations, panel discussions, and hands-on activities are being planned throughout the run of the exhibit.

Green Mountain Club Snake Mountain hike in Addison
Thursday, Oct. 5,
Snake Mtn.
An easy/moderate two-mile hike with a gradual ascent of 980 feet. The summit offers great views of Lake Champlain and the Adirondacks. Appropriate clothing, water, hiking poles and lunch or snack. This is a dog friendly hike.
More info contact Mike Greenwood at or 802-349-5653.

Jeff Howlett

An Abolitionist Family Photo Album: Jeff Howlett
October 8th
10 am
Rokeby Museum (Ferrisburgh)
Free admission
(But if you want him to take a tintype of you, bring $50 and he’ll do one right there!)

Have you ever wondered how they took those old photographs you see in Westerns? You know, before digital cameras and Polaroids were invented? Come see Jeff Howlett’s real live demonstration of how they’re made!

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The Old Country Fiddler: Charles Ross Taggart, Vermont’s Traveling Entertainer
October 16th
7 pm
Monkton Fire Station

You don’t even have to leave town to see Adam Boyce in character as Charles Ross Taggart, Vermont comedian and folk artist. Come see him perform live at Monkton’s very own fire station!

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Vermont and Union Victory
October 19
7 pm
Howden Hall Community Center (Bristol)

Did you know that Vermonters were instrumental in helping the North win the Civil War? Come hear the story of the attack at Petersburg that finally broke the Confederate lines, after nine months of trying, all thanks to the Vermonters that led the charge.

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All Hallow’s Read at the Library!
October 31
3-7 pm
Russell Memorial Library

Come by and Trick or Treat at the library! Who knows what kind of treat you could receive?


And those are just a handful of the events coming up in our neck of the woods. For more listings, see The Addison Independent’s Website, or the Chamber of Commerce’s Calendar.

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Review Roundup: Since We Fell

Since we Fell by Dennis Lehane

Rachel Childs is a former journalist who, after an on-air mental breakdown, lives as a virtual shut-in. In all other respects, however, she enjoys an ideal life with an ideal husband. Until a chance encounter on a rainy afternoon causes that ideal life to fray. As does Rachel’s marriage. As does Rachel herself. Sucked into a conspiracy thick with deception, violence, and possibly madness, Rachel must find the strength within herself to conquer unimaginable fears and mind-altering truths.

The New York Times says:

Rachel works extremely well as the focus of the book. Lehane has always written wrenching female characters into his stories, and he has no trouble giving center stage to one.

Booklist says:

A lot of thrillers boast twisty plots, but Lehane plies his corkscrew on more than the story line. The mood and pace of the novel change directions, too, jumping from thoughtful character study to full-on suspense thriller, like a car careening down San Francisco’s Lombard Street, cautiously at one moment, hell-bent at another. But this narrative vehicle never veers out of control, and when Lehane hits the afterburners in the last 50 pages, he produces one of crime fiction’s most exciting and well-orchestrated finales—rife with dramatic tension and buttressed by rich psychological interplay between the characters.

The Boston Globe says:

Hollywood will love it — there is much to admire and filmmakers are not bound by the book when it comes to creating atmosphere. Some readers, however, especially fans, may feel different

So, what did you think? Is this book worth reading? Are you excited for the movie? Feel free to leave a comment below.



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Save the Date!

Did you hear that the Cota Farm has been preserved so it can never be turned into houses? To celebrate, they’re throwing a huge bash right on the farm. Open to all!


Come to the Cota Farm Celebration!

Sep 27, 2017
5:30 PM to 7:00 PM
 at the Cota Farm

Come to the town- Monkton’s Agricultural and Natural Areas Committee (ANAC) and the Vermont Land Trust are proud to announce that the Cota Farm has been conserved. In celebration of this important event, to recognize the Cota Family, and to welcome new owner Matt Baldwin, please join us for a celebration gathering at the Cota Farm.

The Farm is located on State Prison Hollow Road just down the hill from town on your right. Parking is at the Fire Department.

Feel free to bring a dish or dessert if you would like.

For more information, call ANAC chair Laura Farrell at 802 578-5744

Rain location: Fire Station

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Audiobook Recommendations

Narrators either make or break an audiobook. If you’ve only ever had bad luck with audio, try some of these readers to get you out of that rut:

Robin Miles
Listening to Miles is like listening to a full cast recording – every character has a different accent, a different tone of voice. Her reading is so rich that it can be hard to turn her audiobooks off.

Some of the books she narrates:

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Will Patton
Not every guy can read female characters in a way that sounds realistic, but Patton can definitely pull it off, even for characters singing nonsense songs. He’s got a surprisingly varied catalog of works, too, so there’s something for anyone trying to get into the genre.

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Jim Dale
The man best known for bringing the Harry Potter books to audio, Jim Dale is one of the titans of YA audiobooks. While he might not be as versitile as the above readers, he has a lovely voice, and his style feels very much like story hour at your local library or school If you’re a YA addict, or are just looking for some lighter, more action-packed books to add to your day, give his work a try.

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All of the books listed are available through the Green Mountain Library Consortium. Each book cover above is linked to its download page.  Just sign in under the Russell Memorial Library with your FULL card number to borrow the audiobooks, (if they haven’t already been checked out by someone else):

Russell Library Number: XXX
FULL Library Card Number (for use online): 2v6td000000XXX

For more details on why you have two different library card numbers, see our Audio and E-Books tab.

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