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Meet RML: What’s Happening at the Library

Our library is still getting used to this new technology thing, but we’ve generally come by the idea that the more places we advertise upcoming events, the better. Here are a few of the places we regularly post about what’s happening at RML.

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Our website publishes new content weekly, written by our patrons, trustees, and librarians. If you want to receive an email whenever new content is posted, sign up with your email in the bottom of the screen.

In the About Us tab you can find a link to our Calendar of Events for the month, with the option to scroll ahead and look at things coming up. Holiday hours are also listed, along with start/end times for everything. At the bottom right of the calendar you can also find a link to add our calendar to your google calendar, if you have one.

Click on any event on the calendar to pop up more detailed information about it.


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RML: Book Club Reads Six of Crows!

We have just begun our first ever Russell Memorial Library Book Club! The first book we’ll be reading is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.


Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price–and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

We have ELEVEN lovely copies of this item ready for you to check out, right here at the library! (And there are digital copies too!)

And be ready for our Book Discussion on Tuesday, November 7 – 6:00 pm

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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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Vermont Reads

You may have noticed the little logo below around town, or on the door of our library:


This logo indicates participation in the state-wide reading program Vermont Reads. This year, Monkton is also participating! The East Monkton Church is organizing events around this year’s book, and inviting anyone who can to join in.

This year’s book is:

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Bread and Roses, Too
by Katherine Paterson

Rosa’s mother is singing again, for the first time since Papa died in an accident in the mills. But instead of filling their cramped tenement apartment with Italian lullabies, Mamma is out on the streets singing union songs, and Rosa is terrified that her mother and older sister, Anna, are endangering their lives by marching against the corrupt mill owners. After all, didn’t Miss Finch tell the class that the strikers are nothing but rabble-rousers—an uneducated, violent mob? Suppose Mamma and Anna are jailed or, worse, killed? What will happen to Rosa and little Ricci?


You can find paperback copies of the book at the Russell Memorial Library, to the left of the front door. There are also several ebook and audiobook copies available through our GMLC Overdrive. If all of those copies run out, let the librarian at the front desk know and she will be happy to find you a copy through Interlibrary Loan.


Local Events:

September 3rd
1 pm
The Old Labor Hall in Barre is where, as described in Bread and Roses, Too, children were first welcomed to Barre after leaving their homes during the textile mills strikes. A carpool for the trip will leave the East Monkton Church at 1:00 pm.
Sunday, September 9th
2 pm
Join the East Monkton Church Association for a book discussion to explore some of the themes of the Vermont Reads book Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson.
Film Screening
Sunday, September 23rd
1 pm
Film screening of Made in L.A. at the East Monkton Church
Co-sponsored by the library
Find out about other sponsored events around the state at the Vermont Reads Website.

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Upcoming Events: Teen/Adult Programming & Saturday Stories

We now have not only have kids programming, but also fun events for adults !

(Find out more on our Programming page.)

Adult Programming is generally aimed at ages 13 and up, not because we’re dealing with cussing or naughtiness, but because there’s not enough for adults to do in this town and we want to change that.

Tabletop Gaming Night

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Anytime between 4 and 7 pm

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.

Our next game night will be Tues, September 4th.

(Due to a scheduling conflict, the October Game Night will be on 10/9, NOT 10/2.)


Last Tuesday of every month
Anytime between 4 and 7 pm

Announcing our very own monthly fiber art night – Yarns! On the Third Tuesday of every month, between 4 and 7 pm, come work with yarn, spin yarn, tell yarns–whatever you’d like.

Beginners and experienced crafters welcome!

Snacks and beverages will be provided. If you want to learn to knit or crochet, bring needles and yarn and we’ll teach you the basics! Or bring whatever project you currently have for good company and fun yarns.

We even have a Yarns group on Ravelry!

Our next Yarns will be Tuesday, August 28th!

Also, our Saturday Stories are starting back up!

Saturday, August 25th from 10 – 11am with a program on classic folk tales.  Each of these monthly programs features a story, song, and simple craft. All ages welcome!

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The Great American Read

Have you heard of The Great American Read?


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!


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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