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The Great American Read

Have you heard of The Great American Read?

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THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  It investigates how and why writers create their fictional worlds, how we as readers are affected by these stories, and what these 100 different books have to say about our diverse nation and our shared human experience.

The television series features entertaining and informative documentary segments, with compelling testimonials from celebrities, authors, notable Americans and book lovers across the country. It is comprised of a two-hour launch episode in which the list of 100 books is revealed, five one-hour theme episodes that examine concepts common to groups of books on the list, and a finale, in which the results are announced of a nationwide vote to choose America’s best-loved book.

The series is the centerpiece of an ambitious multi-platform digital, educational and community outreach campaign, designed to get the country reading and passionately talking about books.

How many of the books have you read?

Here are some of the videos developed by PBS featuring stars like Venus Williams, James Patterson, and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

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PBS Digital has also started posting animated essays by Lindsay Ellis on different types of literature and why we love them so much.

And there’s a massive online book group for any who want to read through the whole list.

Curious how to help vote for your favorite book? The details are here.

There are lots of resources available for teachers and parents who want to read with their families too!

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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!

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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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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

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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

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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 russellmemlibrary@gmail.com or 453-4471

 

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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!

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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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Upcoming Events: Weaving, Gardening, and Saturday Story Seeds!

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

Pop-up Workshop: Weaving!

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Thursday, April 26th between 3 pm and 6:30 pm
Friday, April 27th between 9 am and 1 pm

Spring Break Weaving Workshop: Children age 8 and older will do best, but younger participants may come if they bring along an adult helper. Adults are welcome too! Come try your hand at weaving on a homemade straw loom.

Saturday Stories

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Saturday, April 29th from 10 am – 11 am

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

 

An Evening
with Master Gardener Cooter Bushey

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Thursday, April 26th from 6:30 pm

Master Gardener Kathleen “Cooter” Bushey will meet with us on Thursday, April 26 at 6:30 pm to talk about her experience as a Master Gardener and answer your questions about planting. Cooter, along with Patty New, helped to plant, and continues to maintain, the flower bed in front of the Russell Library.

Call us with questions (453-4471) or stop by for some fun. Please mark your calendars. We hope to see you soon at the library!

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Upcoming Events!

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

Pop-up Craft: Puppet Making!
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Thursday, March 29th between 3 pm and 7 pm
Friday, March 30th between 9 am and 1 pm

Stop by any time during our open hours to make a puppet to take home! There is no charge, and materials will be provided.

Don’t forget, there’s no school this Friday!

Saturday Stories

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Saturday, March 31st from 10 am – 11 am

We’ll have stories, songs, and simple crafts to learn all about dogs and cats. All are welcome!
Call us with questions (453-4471) or stop by for some fun. Please mark your calendars for some “make and take” projects. We hope to see you soon at the library!

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Happy Spring Break!

Looking for something cool to do on your Spring Break? Stop by the Russell Memorial Library for stories, songs, and crafts!

Craft Tables
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Thursday, February 22nd from 3 pm – 5 pm

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Friday, February 23rd from 9 am – 1 pm

We will have two craft tables set up for children of all ages to participate in making several different “bird feeder designs” and “beads are baaack,” as we have some great materials for creating bracelets, bookmarks, and more.

Saturday Stories

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Saturday, February 24th from 10am – 12 noon

We’ll have stories, songs, and simple crafts to celebrate everyone’s favorite prehistoric animals: DINOSAURS!
Call us with questions (453-4471) or stop by on February 22-24 for some fun! Please mark your calendars for some “make and take” projects. We hope to see you soon at the library.

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