Patrons Recommend: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Chelsea recommends: The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie byAlan Bradley
book one of the Flavia de Luce series


It is the summer of 1950–and at the once-grand mansion of Buckshaw, young Flavia de Luce, an aspiring chemist with a passion for poison, is intrigued by a series of inexplicable events: A dead bird is found on the doorstep, a postage stamp bizarrely pinned to its beak. Then, hours later, Flavia finds a man lying in the cucumber patch and watches him as he takes his dying breath.

For Flavia, who is both appalled and delighted, life begins in earnest when murder comes to Buckshaw. “I wish I could say I was afraid, but I wasn’t. Quite the contrary. This was by far the most interesting thing that had ever happened to me in my entire life.”


This book’s writing is so witty and fun, and I adore the lively twelve-year-old protagonist and her dark sense of humor. Even though it’s marketed as a mystery, the story itself is much more concerned about the 12-year-old Flavia and her dark fascination with murder as she runs loose in her family’s dilapidated mansion. I mean, she takes sibling rivalry to murderous levels and has an anthropomorphized bicycle named Gladys – how could you not want to read about someone like that?

This book is available on our shelves, as well as digitally in ebook and audiobook formats.


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Gateway to Sci Fi

“I was attracted to science fiction because it was so wide open. I was able to do anything and there were no walls to hem you in and there was no human condition that you were stopped from examining.”

― Octavia E. Butler

This week, at the request of patrons, we have brought in a selection of YA/adult Science Fiction items for check-out. This is unusual for our library, which usually focuses more on thriller, mystery, and fiction books. In fact, of our entire collection, we have maybe a handful of items that could be classified as Science Fiction, and all of those are more than a decade old.

But Science Fiction is so much more than the classics in our collection. There’s no limit to the things you can do with Sci Fi, allowing authors to explore whatever themes and concepts they like without alienating audiences for whom those ideas are normally too close to home to read about. That’s not even including the fun new twists on old genres which allow authors to play with old story structures in new ways.

Take Mur Lafferty’s Six Wakes, a twist on locked-door mysteries like Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, where clones wake to find out their previous selves have been murdered, and have limited time and resources to  figure out who among the six crew members on the ship is the murderer.

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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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Genre Feature: New Adult

You’ve heard of YA (Young Adult) books, but have you heard of New Adult books?

New Adult is a newly emerging genre that’s aimed at people in their late teens and early twenties. You could almost say that they’re gateway books to adult fiction–aimed at people who are newly adult, graduating from high school and trying to find their way in the world.

Sound interesting? Try a New Adult book from our collection:

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

The Scorpio Races

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.




The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

The Perks of Being a WallflowerFirst dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.


I am the Messenger by Marcus Zusak


Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He’s pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.

Inexcusable by Chris Lynch


Keir Sarafian may not know much, but he knows that he is a good guy; A guy who’s a devoted son and brother, a loyal friend, and a reliable teammate. And maybe most important of all, a guy who understands that when a girl says no, she means it. But that is not what Gigi Boudakian, childhood friend and Keir’s lifelong love, says he is. What Gigi says he is seems impossible to Keir….It is something inexcusable — the worst thing he can imagine, the very opposite of everything he wants to be.

As Keir recalls the events leading up to his fateful night with Gigi, he realizes that the way things look are definitely not the way they really are — and that it may be all too easy for a good guy to do something terribly wrong.

Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List
by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

2865027Naomi and Ely have been inseparable since childhood—partially because they’ve grown up across the hall from each other in the same Manhattan apartment building, and also because they’re best friends. Soul mates. Or are they? Just to be safe, they’ve created a NO KISS LIST—their list of people who are absolutely off-kissing-limits for both of them. The NO KISS LIST protects their friendship and ensures that nothing will rock the foundation of Naomi and Ely: the institution.

Until Ely kisses Naomi’s boyfriend. And a fateful piece of gum in the wrong place at the wrong time changes everything.

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Happy Halloween!

The day has finally come. Are you in costume? Are you coming to the library tonight to Trick-or-Treat?

No matter. Either way, we wanted to offer some more spooky Halloween content for your reading/listening pleasure. Since we’ve previously offered so much fiction content, how about some non-fiction?

A non-fiction podcast about some of the eerier things that happened around the world. And, what do you know, there are episodes about Vermont history!

 #67 The Red Coats (Bennington)
Trick or Treat 2017 Set 1 (White River Junction)
#84 A Family Affair (Chittenden)
#90 Mind the Gap (Lake Champlain)
#97 Misplaced (Manchester)

This British podcast brings a perspective to crime that Americans might not otherwise see listening to the plethora of American true crime podcasts out there.

A podcast about people facing their fears and researching the unknown, there really is something for everyone in this eerie podcast. For instance, Do Crows Mourn Their Dead?, Spirits of the Past, and Call 601-2-SATAN-2.

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Author Feature: Joe Hill

Author Joe Hill talks about his new novel | The SundialJoe Hill is the #1 New York Times bestselling and multi-award-winning author of NOS4A2, Heart-Shaped Box and Horns. He’s also famous for his for his long-running horror comic book series, Locke & Key,and several short-story collections like Strange Weather and 20th Century Ghosts.

Hill is a master of character, much like his famous father, but his prose is also quite literary and his talent for building suspense is stunning. Much of his work tends to go long, what with NOS4A2 clocking in at nearly 700 pages, but he uses that space to beautifully flesh out the worlds he builds into multilayered universes that feel absurdly real.

Check out his books today!

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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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