Building Challenge, Week 2!

This week we’re leveling up with Spaghetti Towers! The rules are simple. Take a kit of:

20 pieces of spaghetti
36 inches of tape
36 inches of string
1 piece of card stock
1 set of scissors


and build as high a tower as you can!

Can you build one higher than mine?


Stop in any day we’re open this week to give it a try!

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

Happy Building!

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Summer Reading Program TODAY!!!

Today we will be building bridges! Even if you can’t make if for the main event, stop by anytime when we’re open for the week’s building challenge – use pool noodles and toothpicks to build towers, bridges, castles or whatever your imagination desires.

Summer reading records are also available. If you turn in your completed record to Russell Library or the MCS library at the end of the summer, you can get a free book!

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Summer Reading Program!

Did you know that we have summer reading program? Every Friday from 10 – 11 am, from early July 14th (that’s THIS FRIDAY)  to August 18th, there’s a new read-aloud and craft right here in our library. This year’s theme is:

Build a Better World

7/14 Bridges

7/21 Legos

7/28 I Can See Clearly Now

8/4 Flight

8/11 Boats

8/18 Fairy Houses

We will also be featuring Weekly Building Challenges throughout the coming months that anyone can explore whenever we are open.

For more information, keep an eye on our Facebook Page and the library website.

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Weekly Building Challenge!

Can you build an 18-inch tower out of toothpicks and bits of pool noodle? What about a 6 x 12 inch bridge? What about a life-size replica of the Eiffel Tower?

(Well, that last one might be impossible, but you’ll never know until you try!)

Come in any day we’re open this week to try your hand at the Noodle and Toothpick Building Challenge!


Part of our Summer Reading Program: Build a Better World!

If you’d like, post your pictures to our Facebook page and tag the library in them so everyone can see the awesome stuff you made!

Happy Building!

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New Books In!

Ladies and gents, new books have arrived!

c5d19c013a5014e5cdac3d127b4d9c29.jpgDesperation Road by Michael Farris Smith

For eleven years the clock has been ticking for Russell Gaines as he sits in Parchman penitentiary. His sentence now up, Russell believes his debt has been paid. But when he returns home, he discovers that revenge lives and breathes all around him.

This is what the internet has to say about it:

Smith writes shapely prose and sharp dialogue and everywhere displays an acute sense of the moments and pain that can define lives in a small town.




The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

As England enters World War II’s dark early days, spirited music professor Primrose Trent, recently arrived to the village of Chilbury, emboldens the women of the town to defy the Vicar’s stuffy edict to shutter the church’s choir in the absence of men and instead ‘carry on singing’. Resurrecting themselves as “The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir”, the women of this small village soon use their joint song to lift up themselves, and the community, as the war tears through their lives. 

Despite its pastoral title, Jennifer Ryan’s compelling and exquisitely wrought World War II-era novel is far removed from the stereotypical cozy British village story. 

If you like the story, there’s even a ready-made book club kit full of fun facts, discussion questions, and even a recipe inspired by the story.


The Force by Don Winslow

All Denny Malone wants is to be a good cop.

He is “the King of Manhattan North,” a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant and the real leader of “Da Force.” Malone and his crew are the smartest, the toughest, the quickest, the bravest, and the baddest elite special unit there is.

What only a few know is that Denny Malone is dirty. Now Malone is caught in a trap and being squeezed by the Feds, and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the Job, his family, and the woman he loves, all while trying to survive, as his city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all.

Don Winslow’s summer blockbuster, ‘The Force,’ is ready-made for Hollywood


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Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Strawberry Festival and supported the Russell Memorial Library. Those who attended found treasures among the books, caught up with neighbors, chowed down on strawberry shortcake and delighted in toe tapping music! Fun was had by all!
Thank you to those who donated to the silent auction. Thank you to the Monkton General Store, Full Belly Farm, and Last Resort Farm for the delicious strawberry shortcake makings. Thank you to the volunteers and musicians who made the event enjoyable for everyone.

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Librarians Recommend

Katie recommends Sabriel by Garth Nix


Does the walker choose the path, or the path the walker?

Sent to a boarding school in Ancelstierre as a young child, Sabriel has had little experience with the power of Free Magic or the Dead who refuse to stay dead in the Old Kingdom. But during her final semester, her father, the Abhorsen, goes missing, and Sabriel knows she must enter the Old Kingdom to find him.

The description sounds gothic and scary, but really Sabriel reads like a cousin to the Narnia books, complete with talking cats, lost princes, and magical bells. Don’t let the talk of death scare you off–this feminist tale sells every bit of its carefully crafted world, from British boarding school to mystical showdown with the forces of darkness.

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