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RML Resources: Halloween Edition

Looking for some fun Halloween activities beyond trick or treating?

Try an old black and white horror movie!

House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Frederick Loren has invited five strangers to a party of a lifetime. He is offering each of them $10,000 if they can stay the night in a house.

The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
At the Opera of Paris, a mysterious phantom threatens a famous lyric singer, Carlotta and thus forces her to give up her role (Marguerite in Faust) for unknown Christine Daae.

Gather some friends up and play a spooky game!

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Cover for the Dread RPG


Werewolf – a party game for 7-17 players, where all you need to play is a couple scraps of paper. This is a great game to play huddled around a campfire in the dark. (Video instructions here.)

Dread – a role-playing game for more ambitious gamers where you create characters, then work together to escape a horror-movie scenario created by the host. All you need is some printed character sheets and a stack of totally-not-Jenga® blocks. (See an example of the gameplay here.)

Or you could always throw a Murder Mystery Party!

Read/listen to horror stories!

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Gather some friends together and tell horror stories! We have some real classics like Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark available for check-out at our library, or you can also find plenty online.

Or listen to professionals tell them! (See also this site and this one).


Make some spooky snacks!

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Scary recipes found here.

There are so many spooky recipes out there that you can try! Here are just a few recipes you could try.

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Do you knit? Maybe you prefer crochet? Maybe you like a bit of both?

Or you could always just try a regular craft that does not involve fiber. (I won’t tell if you won’t.)




Have a wonderful Halloween everyone! And don’t forget to come trick or treating at RML! We are open just for the holiday!


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Librarians Recommend: The Dark

Katie recommends: The Dark by Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen

The Dark

Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark is not afraid of Laszlo.

Laszlo lives in a house. The dark lives in the basement.

One night, the dark comes upstairs to Laszlo’s room, and Laszlo goes down to the basement.

This is the story of how Laszlo stops being afraid of the dark.

This lovely little picture book, by the delightfully twisted mind behind A Series of Unfortunate Events, tells an eerie tale, casually personifying The Dark as a sentient creature all its own. It’s not a monster, though, not really. Even though Jon Klassen’s illustrations evoke that feeling of fear and isolation in the dark, this story never gets too dark, never looses that edge of whimsy.

This is the perfect kind of picture book for All Hallow’s Read, and a great story to enjoy with younger and older family alike. Check it out in our children’s area!

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Spooktacular Digital Reads!

Welcome to the month of Halloween! Here are some spooky reads for you to try, courtesy of our ebook/audiobook collection.

The (Spooky) Books in Our Bag: A Halloween Reading List ...

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Happy Banned Books Week!


Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.

Banned Books Week 2018 will be held September 23 – 29. The 2018 theme, “Banning Books Silences Stories,” is a reminder that everyone needs to speak out against the tide of censorship. 

By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) compiles lists of challenged books as reported in the media and submitted by librarians and teachers across the country. The Top Ten Challenged Books of 2017 are:

Curious about how this censorship works?

Come check out a banned book today!


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Board Games for Check-Out!

Did you know that we now have board games you can check out and take home? Thank you to Cheapass Games for the generous donation of board games!


These board games are available to check out for three days at a time. We have simple, family-friendly games as well as more complex and mature games.

Some examples include:

Pairs a simple press-your-luck game. Players take turns taking cards, trying not to get a pair. If you get a pair, you score points (and points are bad). You can also choose to fold, instead of taking a card, and score the lowest card in play. Folding gets you some points, but catching a pair could get you even more.

Tak – players fight to be the first to create a “road” of stones connecting opposite sides of the board.

The 19.5th Anniversary Edition of Kill Doctor Lucky Box

Kill Doctor Lucky – the object of the game is in the title: kill Doctor Lucky. He’s very lucky, so you’re going to try many times before you succeed. But that which doesn’t kill him makes you stronger, so keep at it and you’ll survive. It’s a game of quirky humor, with a mix of luck and strategy.

Deadwood Studios, USA – is the board game of acting badly. You’re an actor on a tiny Western backlot, trying to make a living in the bad movie business. It’s a rip-roaring good time, filled with simple but interesting decisions, and lots of opportunities for play-acting. So what are you waiting for? Your line is “AAAIIIGGGHHH!”

Falling – Everyone is falling. And fighting. The object is to hit the ground last. It’s not much of a goal, really, but it’s all you could think of on the way down.

The "Stuff and Nonsense" cover features a woman in a long coat and hat on which aviator goggles rest. She carries an armful of interesting items, including a messenger bag, statue, and coiled map. Professor Elemental, a man with a long face wearing khaki adventuring gear and a scowl, peers out at her from around a corner.Stuff and Nonsense – is a game of low adventure, featuring a cadre of would-be explorers who never actually leave home. You’ll wander the outskirts of London, collecting evidence of your imaginary journey, then return to the Adventurer’s Club to spin your web of lies. But beware of Professor Elemental; he was the first one to think of this, and he’s not at all impressed!

And many, many more!

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Bookish Podcast 4

Some more bookish podcasts for your listening pleasure:

Literary Disco

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“We’re Julia, Tod, and Rider — three good friends who also happen to be huge book nerds. Scattered to the far reaches of Southern California, more Southern California, and mid-Connecticut, we desperately missed each other’s company and yelling at each other about Stephen King. We decided to rekindle these friendly intellectual discussions using the magic of the internet and fancy microphones.”A lovely group of people to listen to, who conduct unusual book-club-style discussions with authors and read a lot of books that we have in our collection.


Disney Story Origins

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“Where they talk about what Disney left out, forgot to mention, changed and some might say subverted to tell a Disney-style story.”

“This is not an effort to bash on Disney. If you came to hear me make fun of Disney, what evil, corrupt, corporate liars they all are, you’re going to be bored by this. You’ve come to the wrong podcast. Go elsewhere for that. And try not to be so uptight, have a bran muffin or something. This is a podcast for Disney fans to hear the real stories, shake our heads, to smile and go, wow, I never knew that. Sometimes you’ll be telling yourself; wow that is an amusing and informative factoid. Sometimes you’ll be all like… ‘oh bother,’ ‘that really happened?'”

A fascinating podcast about fairy tales, the Disney company, and how they come together.

Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men

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“Jay and Miles X-Plain the X-Men–because it’s about time someone did.”

Curious about the X-Men? Want to know what the heck all those comics are about? Try Jay & Miles X-Plain the X-Men for an in-depth look at the world of the X-men from two super fans with academic and comic industry backgrounds.

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Author Feature: Howard Frank Mosher

Howard_Frank_Mosher.jpgHoward Frank Mosher was an American author of thirteen books: eleven fiction and two non-fiction. Much of his fiction takes place in the mid-20th century and all follows quirky characters, many based on his own family, through everyday life in rural Vermont.

Mosher won many awards for his fiction, including the 2011 New England Independent Booksellers Association’s President’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts.

We have nearly all of his works at our library.

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