Non-Traditional Items at Your Library

Everyone knows that libraries lend out books. Some bigger libraries lend out DVDs and CDs, or, like us, board games. But what else to libraries have to share with the community?

The following are real items that Vermont Libraries have circulating in their communities:

Available at: Bennington Free Library, Brandon Free Library, Brown Public Library, Castleton Free Library, Fairfax Community Library, Georgia Public Library, Jamaica Memorial Library, Lawrence Memorial Library, Lincoln Library, Ilsley Public Library, etc…

Snowshoes are surprisingly common in libraries across Vermont, and why not? Snow’s next to impossible to predict. Many libraries have multiple sizes and types available to borrow just like books.

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Librarians Recommend: Felix Yz by Liza Bunker

Kat Recommends: Felix Yz by Lisa Bunker

When Felix Yz was three years old, a hyperintelligent fourth-dimensional being became fused inside him after one of his father’s science experiments went terribly wrong. The creature is friendly, but Felix—now thirteen—won’t be able to grow to adulthood while they’re still melded together. So a risky Procedure is planned to separate them . . . but it may end up killing them both instead.

ebook audiobook – physical copy @ RML

This dark but ultimately hopeful story follows a thirteen-year-old boy living with what amounts to a disability, grappling with death–his own and that of certain family members. Told from his point of view with a strong, clever voice, plenty of humor, and all the histrionics you would expect from a teen, this story manages to be so earnest and sweet. While Felix does lash out in grief and fear, his family sticks by him, doing their best to support him even when he hurts them. In fact, though Felix is telling the story, the reader can see his family grieving in their own ways around him. Everyone deals with the stress differently, and each coping mechanism helps flesh out the characters even more.

There’s also Zyx, the alien in Felix’s head, and the conversations they attempt to have. English is not Zyx’s first language and vo’s current existence is so outside its realm of reference that vo struggles to communicate with Felix. These differences bring up lovely discussions about language, humanity, and emotion and just generally expose all sorts of ideas about different perceptions of the same world.

There’s also unapologetic diversity in this book, which is absolutely lovely.

I’d recommend this book to young readers learning about death, to any adults looking for a lovely, sweet read, or anyone who just loves a quick-moving, clever book.

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Book Bingo 2020

In fact, after suffering a month-long reading block, one of our librarians created the Book Bingo below:

All ages are welcome! Simply write the titles of the books you read in each appropriate square until you get a bingo. Then bring your bingo in to the library and we’ll enter you into a drawing for a Strawberry Festival bag which you can fill with books from the sale to take home for free.

(Specially Priced books are not eligible for the free bag, nor are Silent Auction items. Eeverything else is good, though.)

Want another Reading Challenge for the year?

PopsugarCloak and DaggerCalendar of CrimeReading WomenBook Riot’s Read Harder

You can pick up RML Bingo Cards here at the library, or print them out from the PDF link below.

Happy Reading!

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Happy New Year!

Welcome, all of you, to 2020! May it be a better year than the last.

Another year has come and it is time for our yearly resolution:

We want to push for a new library space, while also living up to the greatest possible potential in our current building.

RML Resolution 2020

You may have heard about the Building Committee’s efforts toward a new Community Building. It’s the newest in a long line of attempts toward developing the town-owned land next to the church on the ridge. This time, though, we have a bit more hope than usual.

For starters, Monkton is one of two towns in Addison County whose population grew significantly this year. We have more people coming in, which means not only more tax money, but also fresh enthusiasm toward the idea of a building for community use. Some of the most driving forces behind this new building are young people in town who want a place for themselves, and their children, to hang out in.

The other reason we’re hopeful for this effort to succeed? We’ve got more going on in this library than ever before. Just check out our library Facebook, Instagram, Google Calendar, Front Porch Forum, and blog to see some of the recent displays, events, and content we’ve been producing. And this is just with the two librarians and handful of support volunteers we currently have! Imagine what we could do with a building that had safe parking, drinkable water, and reliable climate controls. Or, even more outlandish, what if we had enough room for two programs at once!

So yes, you may notice an uptick in talk about this new Community Building. Heck, you might see us campaigning to raise awareness and apply for grants to help support the effort. No, we can’t be sure this’ll go through–there’s no way to tell. All we can do is our best to explain how we think the new building could improve Monkton while continuing to operate RML as best possible with what we have now.

Happy New Year, everyone!

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Podcast Feature: Holiday Specials

Looking for some fun listens this holiday season?

Holiday Survival Guide: Family Style

When the halloween candy goes on sale and the dulcet tones of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” are piping out of every store speaker, it can mean GO TIME for some folks. But there are also a lot of people who get a very familiar pit in their stomach when the holidays roll around. Holidays can mean exhaustion, confronting familial trauma, managing your uncle’s opinions and all kinds of overload.

We asked Life Kit listeners for their trickiest situations around family and the holidays and invited Dr. Andrea Bonior, a licensed clinical psychologist, to offer advice.

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Genre Feature: Learn to Read with Fantastical Series

Can’t get enough of Jack and Annie? Looking for some other fantastical series to work on your (or your favorite kid’s) reading skills? Try some of the following series that we have here in RML:

The Secrets of Droon
by Tony Abbott

Underneath the steps leading down to Eric’s basement is a hidden storage space. It’s dusty and old- nothing special at all. But when Eric, Julie, and Neal all huddle inside the gray room together, something unbelievable happens. A glittering light and then a rainbow-colored staircase appear. And as the kids take their very first step down into the mysterious land of Droon, they know that only magic and adventure await them! 

The Kingdom of Wrenley
by Jordan Quinn

Meet Lucas, the eight year-old prince, and Clara, the daughter of the queen’s seamstress. Lucas is an only child who longs to make friends and go on adventures. Clara knows the kingdom well, so she and Lucas team up and explore the lands of Wrenly!

Geronimo Stilton
by Geronimo Stilton

Who Is Geronimo Stilton?
That’s me! I run a newspaper, but my true passion is writing tales of adventure. Here on Mouse Island, my books are all best-sellers! What’s that? You’ve never read one? Well, my books are full of fun. They are whisker-licking good stories, and that’s a promise!

Flat Stanley
by Jeff Brown

When Stanley Lambchop wakes up one morning, his brother, Arthur, is yelling. A bulletin board fell on Stanley during the night, and now he is only half an inch thick! Amazing things begin happening to him. Stanley gets rolled up, mailed, and flown like a kite. He even gets to help catch two dangerous art thieves. He may be flat, but he’s a hero.

Bailey School Kids
by Debbie Dadey

The kids in the third grade at Bailey Elementary are so hard to handle that all of their teachers have quit. But their new teacher, Mrs. Jeepers, is different to say the least. She’s just moved from the Transylvanian Alps and she seems to have some strange powers that help her deal with these mischief-makers. Her methods may be a little unconventional, but, then again, Mrs. Jeepers may be just what the Bailey School kids need.

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Page to (Streaming) Screen

Lately there has been a trend of children’s books being made into shows on streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Never too early to start introducing the little ones to book vs movie discussions…

The EPIC Tales of Captain Underpants

George Beard and Harold Hutchins are two best friends who’ve bonded through their love of pranking, comic books, and being the thorns in Principal Krupp’s side. They constantly get mixed up in adventures crazier than their comic books, which is when they call on their greatest creation: Captain Underpants!

A Series of Unfortunate Events

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. All of the stories about these three children are unhappy and wretched and will most likely fill you with deep despair.

The Last Kids on Earth

Ever since the monster apocalypse hit town, average thirteen year old Jack Sullivan has been living in his tree house, which he’s armed to the teeth with catapults and a moat, not to mention video games and an endless supply of Oreos and Mountain Dew scavenged from abandoned stores. But Jack alone is no match for the hoards of Zombies and Winged Wretches and Vine Thingies, and especially not for the eerily intelligent monster known only as Blarg.

Llama Llama

Llama, Llama red pajama waiting, waiting for his mama. Mama isn’t coming yet. Baby Llama starts to fret. In this infectious rhyming read-aloud, Baby Llama turns bedtime into an all-out llama drama!

The Magic School Bus / The Magic School Bus Rides Again

An eccentric school-teacher takes her class on wondrous educational field trips with the help of a magical school bus.

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