Coming Soon

Get ready folks, we are less than a month away from the annual:

Strawberry Festival
and
Used Book Sale

This year, due to construction, we will be holding the sale on Sunday, June 25th at the Monkton Fire Department from 10 am – 2 pm.

Come for the books, stay for the local food, live music, and great company.

 

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Author Spotlight: David Wiesner

Up for an unusual read? Try something from American illustrator and writer of children’s books, David Wiesner, whose award-winning books are known for their rich, hand-painted pictures. His whimsical tales leap right from the page, even though they feature almost no text.

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Try Tuesday: that time frogs mysteriously started falling from the sky.

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Try Mr Wuffles!: who finds aliens much more interesting than his usual toys.

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Try Flotsam: because you never know what you’ll find on the beach.

Try these, and other books by David Wiesner in our picture book collection. Don’t let the genre dissuade you: these books are great reads at any age.

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Genre Feature – Graphic Novels

Graphic Novels (aka Comic Books) are often decried as junk, and children are often encouraged to “make the jump” from comics to “real books.” However, scientists and teachers alike are starting to support the use of comics as a unique teaching tool that not only makes learning more enjoyable, but also helps readers understand concepts more clearly. J.A. Micheline outlines the merits of comics quite nicely at the Guardian.

But why take her word for it? Come try some of the new items from our Graphic collection.

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“Starting at a new school is scary, even more so with a giant hearing aid strapped to your chest! At her old school, everyone in Cece’s class was deaf. Here she is different. She is sure the kids are staring at the Phonic Ear, the powerful aid that will help her hear her teacher. Too bad it also seems certain to repel potential friends.”

An unforgettable book about growing up, and all the super and super embarrassing moments along the way.”

 

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Tommysaurus REX by Doug TenNapel

“A tale about a boy and his T Rex! Ely is an everyboy trying to cope with the death of his dog Tommy. When he finds a live, 40-foot Tyrannosaurus Rex trapped in a cave behind his grandfather’s house, Ely embarks on an adventure to tame this seemingly friendly giant, convince the town his new pet isn’t a threat, and keep his dinosaur safe from the jealous town bully.”

 

 

 

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Compass South by Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock

When 12-year-old twins Alexander and Cleopatra’s father disappears, they set off on a across-country adventure full of mysteries, heists, and swashbuckling across 1860’s America.

 

 

 

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Successful Open House

Thank you all for coming to our Open House last weekend. We had so much fun!

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Check Out our Recommended Books!

Today Russell Memorial is debuting a new recommendation system for new books and librarians’ picks.

New books will be marked with a bright neon pink circle on their spines:

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Librarian Recommendations will be marked with softer blue, green, white, and yellow circles on their spines. See if you can tell which color goes with which librarian.

Come check them out!

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New Historical Fiction Books!

Check out these new acquisitions based in previous time periods:

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Girl in Disguise by Greer Macallister

For the first female Pinkerton detective, respect is hard to come by. Danger, however, is not.

In the tumultuous years of the Civil War, the streets of Chicago offer a woman mostly danger and ruin-unless that woman is Kate Warne, the first female Pinkerton detective and a desperate widow with a knack for manipulation.

Inspired by the real story of Kate Warne, this spirited novel follows the detective’s rise during one of the nation’s greatest times of crisis, bringing to life a fiercely independent woman whose forgotten triumphs helped sway the fate of the country.

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Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep… When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night.

 

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Mississippi Blood by Greg Isles

Tom Cage’s murder trial sets a terrible clock in motion, and unless Penn can pierce the veil of the past and exonerate his father, his family will be destroyed.

The endgame is at hand for Penn Cage, his family, and the enemies bent on destroying them in this revelatory volume in the epic trilogy set in modern-day Natchez, Mississippi—Greg Iles’s epic tale of love and honor, hatred and revenge that explores how the sins of the past continue to haunt the present.

Any of these sound good? Read any of these and want to recommend them to all the RML patrons out there? Leave a comment below.

 

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Review Roundup – The Bear and the Nightingale

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The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

As danger circles, Vasilisa must defy even the people she loves and call on dangerous gifts she has long concealed—this, in order to protect her family from a threat that seems to have stepped from her nurse’s most frightening tales.

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First in an upcoming historical fantasy trilogy, and by a local author to boot, you’ve probably seen this book all over local bookstores. But how good is this book, really?

NPR reviews it fairly well, complimenting the poetic pose and skillfully interwoven historical details and associated folklore, but reports disappointment with the cliched later half of the story.

Booktuber Peace&Cookies〉(^_^)〈 thought the book beautiful and whimsical, and praised the unique setting, citing the book as highly enjoyable, but also commented on the unfortunately stereotypical protagonist and sometimes confusing Russian terminology.

SF Bluestocking praises the originality of the period Russian themes, lack of forced romantic subplot, and even seems to enjoy the ambiguous ending of the story. However, the reviewer also laments how this potentially feminist tale is undercut by its abysmal treatment of female characters and misogynistic undertones.

What do you think? Did you enjoy this book? Feel free to discuss in the comments section below. 

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