Bookish Podcasts

These days there’s a podcast for everything, from true crime to ghost stories to parodies of old timey radio. But have you heard of any of these spectacular bookish podcasts?


Annotated is Book Riot’s new audio documentary series about books, reading, and language.

Fan of the classics? Love history? This podcast is This American Life for books, covering topics from the 17-year-old that invented Science Fiction to The World’s Most Glamourous Librarian.

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Upcoming Events: Saturday Story Hour and the Strawberry Festival!

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

Saturday Stories


Saturday, May 26th from 10 am – 11 am

We’ll have stories, songs, and simple crafts to learn all about shapes. All are welcome!

Strawberry Festival


Sunday, June 24th from 10 am – 2 pm

 at the Monkton Volunteer Fire Department

Come to our annual fundraiser for fresh strawberries with ice cream and cake, our fabulous book sale / silent auction, and live music.

Looking to clean out your bookshelves?

We accept used book donations starting Thursday, May 31st as soon as we open at 3pm. Please do not leave donations outside where they might be damaged by wind or rain, but drop them by when we are open:

Tuesday 3:00 – 7:00
Thursday 3:00 – 7:00
Friday 9:00 – 1:00
Saturday 9:00 – 1:00

Please be considerate with your donations – do not drop off moldy, severely damaged, or otherwise unsaleable books.

See our dedicated Strawberry Festival page for more information.

Our Facebook event page is here.

Questions? Contact us at or 453-4471


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Librarian’s Recommend: Wendy Webb’s Novels

Deb Recommends: The Vanishing, The Fate of Mercy Alban, and The Tale of Halcyon Crane by Wendy Web

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Recently widowed and rendered penniless by her Ponzi-scheming husband, Julia Bishop is eager to start anew. So when a stranger appears on her doorstep with a job offer, she finds herself accepting the mysterious yet unique position: caretaker to his mother, Amaris Sinclair, the famous and rather eccentric horror novelist whom Julia has always admired…and who the world believes is dead.


Grace Alban has spent twenty years away from her childhood home, the stately Alban House, for reasons she would rather forget. But when her mother’s unexpected death brings Grace and her teen-age daughter home, she finds more haunting the halls and passageways of Alban House than her own personal demons.


A young woman travels to uncover a past she never knew was hers in this thrilling, modern, ghost story. A letter upends Hallie’s life. She was raised by her loving father, having been told her mother died in a fire. Her mother, Madlyn, was alive until very recently. Why would Hallie’s father have taken her away? What happened to her family thirty years ago?

These moody and atmospheric gothic dramas feature so many family secrets, twists and turns that they’re a joy to read, especially on a dark, stormy weekend. The endings are so satisfying, despite the twists and turns. A recommendation for any fan of dramas, mystery, and plot twists.



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Meet RML: Lesser Known Locations

Most patrons visit either our picture book section or our adult fiction section. But did you know that we have all of these other collections available for checkout as well?

Activity Books


Looking for something to do with your kids? Maybe a rainy day activity? Or something to keep them entertained over the summer vacation? We have a sizeable collection of books on anything from science experiments to crafts available for check out.

You can find this section in the Children’s room, on the top shelf above the poetry and parenting books.

Picture Book Display


We are proud to announce a new rotating picture book display! All books on display are available for check out, so don’t hesitate to grab them!

You can find this section in the Children’s room.



Our newest addition to the collection is the Oversize section, where all of our biggest and most beautiful books are kept. Our collection ranges from illustrated classics to detailed non-fiction books, to massive art books.

You can find this section next to our rear window, below the graphic novels.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Display

30724347_10216175034349408_3778163897136054272_n.jpgThe Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award was created to honor excellence in children’s literature. Each year since 1957, Vermont students in grades four through eight have selected their favorite book from a list of 30 nominees. It is recommended that students read at least five of the year’s nominated titles before voting. Voting takes place in the spring, generally beginning in April.

Since this is the one book award that children get to decide, we like to make the nominated books as available as possible. This display provides a list of all the nominated books, while also collecting all of the hard copies we have available.

(See the full list of books for this contest, all available through our digital services here.)

You can find this section in our YA section, next to the rear window.

The Doctor Russell Collection


Our library is named for Dr George Russell, a Vermonter best known for his appearances in Norman Rockwell’s work. His nephews collected George Russell’s personal collection of Vermont History books and used them to create our little Monkton Library. These rare and fragile books are kept behind our circulation desk in a special cabinet. While they do not leave the building, interested patrons are welcome to arrange an appointment to come in and explore the collection.


Dr Russell was the model for the doctor pictured above – from the painting Visiting the Family Doctor by Norman Rockwell


Any little sections that surprised you? Curious about a section not mentioned above? Come in and poke around during our open hours:

Tuesday 3:00 – 7:00
Thursday 3:00 – 7:00
Friday 9:00 – 1:00
Saturday 9:00 – 1:00

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Author Feature: Ronald Rood

Ronald Rood (July 7, 1920- July 16, 2001) a delightfully fun Vermont author, naturalist and Vermont Public Radio commentator wrote over thirty books, many of which we have in our Vermont Collection.

Rod’s delightful sense of humor comes through just in the titles of books like May I keep the Clam, mother? It followed me home, The Loon in the Bathtub, or Animals Nobody Loves: The Fascinating Story of “Varmints.” His naturalist stories about all manner of critters, are always hilarious and often educational. Come check out any of the previous titles, or the ones listed below, from our collection!

How do you Spank a Porcupine?


Rood and his family’s adventures with their adopted porcupine. Expect much hilarity.

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Upcoming Events: Tabletop Gaming Night!

Have you ever heard of Tabletop Gaming? It’s basically playing board games, only these aren’t the board games you know from your childhood (probably). Checkers, chess, and Monopoly are all well and fun, but there are so many other games out there. Curious to try them? You’re in luck! We’re hosting a…

Tabletop Gaming Night!


Tuesday, May 8th
4 – 7 pm

Stop in anytime between 4 and 7 and try a tabletop game! Newcomers and experienced veterans welcome. Bring your friends or come alone–either way, we will make sure you can play something. There will be snacks and beverages provided. The librarian on duty will be available to teach rules and settle scoring disputes.

These are some of the games we’ll have available, if you’re curious:
Carcassonne, Catan, Patchwork, Tsuro, Love/Loot Letter, Qwirkle, Welcome to the Dungeon, Zombie Dice

Check the event out on Facebook here.

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Genre Feature: After the Apocalypse

For a library that’s very fond of Mysteries, you’d be surprised at how much post-apocalyptic fiction we have. Sometimes it’s nice to see that humanity will keep on pushing through, even after everything ends. And sometimes, it’s just a relief to read about someone whose life is in a much worse place than yours. Whatever your reasons, we’ve got a book for you.


Zone One by Colson Whitehead


Now the plague is receding, and Americans are busy rebuild­ing civilization under orders from the provisional govern­ment based in Buffalo. Their top mission: the resettlement of Manhattan. Armed forces have successfully reclaimed the island south of Canal Street—aka Zone One—but pockets of plague-ridden squatters remain. While the army has eliminated the most dangerous of the infected, teams of civilian volunteers are tasked with clearing out a more innocuous variety—the “malfunctioning” stragglers, who exist in a catatonic state, transfixed by their former lives.

Mark Spitz is a member of one of the civilian teams work­ing in lower Manhattan. Alternating between flashbacks of Spitz’s desperate fight for survival during the worst of the outbreak and his present narrative, the novel unfolds over three surreal days, as it depicts the mundane mission of straggler removal, the rigors of Post-Apocalyptic Stress Disorder, and the impossible job of coming to grips with the fallen world. Continue reading

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