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Meet RML: Lesser Known Locations

Most patrons visit either our picture book section or our adult fiction section. But did you know that we have all of these other collections available for checkout as well?

Activity Books


Looking for something to do with your kids? Maybe a rainy day activity? Or something to keep them entertained over the summer vacation? We have a sizeable collection of books on anything from science experiments to crafts available for check out.

You can find this section in the Children’s room, on the top shelf above the poetry and parenting books.

Picture Book Display


We are proud to announce a new rotating picture book display! All books on display are available for check out, so don’t hesitate to grab them!

You can find this section in the Children’s room.



Our newest addition to the collection is the Oversize section, where all of our biggest and most beautiful books are kept. Our collection ranges from illustrated classics to detailed non-fiction books, to massive art books.

You can find this section next to our rear window, below the graphic novels.

Dorothy Canfield Fisher Display

30724347_10216175034349408_3778163897136054272_n.jpgThe Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award was created to honor excellence in children’s literature. Each year since 1957, Vermont students in grades four through eight have selected their favorite book from a list of 30 nominees. It is recommended that students read at least five of the year’s nominated titles before voting. Voting takes place in the spring, generally beginning in April.

Since this is the one book award that children get to decide, we like to make the nominated books as available as possible. This display provides a list of all the nominated books, while also collecting all of the hard copies we have available.

(See the full list of books for this contest, all available through our digital services here.)

You can find this section in our YA section, next to the rear window.

The Doctor Russell Collection


Our library is named for Dr George Russell, a Vermonter best known for his appearances in Norman Rockwell’s work. His nephews collected George Russell’s personal collection of Vermont History books and used them to create our little Monkton Library. These rare and fragile books are kept behind our circulation desk in a special cabinet. While they do not leave the building, interested patrons are welcome to arrange an appointment to come in and explore the collection.


Dr Russell was the model for the doctor pictured above – from the painting Visiting the Family Doctor by Norman Rockwell


Any little sections that surprised you? Curious about a section not mentioned above? Come in and poke around during our open hours:

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


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Meet RML: Requesting a Hold

Did you know you can request holds from RML now? Holds mean that as soon as the book you have a hold on comes back in, we hold it at the circulation desk and contact you to come pick it up. Holds only last one week after we contact you, so be sure to come pick them up before we put them back on the shelf.

To hold a book, you first have to find it in our online catalog:

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simply type in the name of the author or title of the book you’re looking for:

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and hit the magnifying glass button to the right. This will bring you to a screen showing all books that match that search.

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If you notice, on the far right of each item you will see a button labeled “Request a Hold.”

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If you click that button, you’ll be taken to a screen asking for some information from you:

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The only thing this form needs is your name, but it helps quite a bit if you give us your number (either long or short form is fine) and some way to contact you. The form asks for an email, but if you’d prefer a phone call, feel free to leave a number instead.

Once you’ve put in all the information you want to add, click “Request a Hold” at the bottom of the screen. You’ll be taken to a page like this:

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As soon as the item comes in, you’ll receive an email or call. After that contact goes out, you will have one week to pick up your item. Just stop in at the desk and we’ll check it right out to you like normal.

If you have any questions about how holds work, or have trouble getting a hold to go through, feel free to stop in or contact us at (802) 453-4471 / russellmemlibrary@gmail.com.

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Meet RML: Audio and E-Books

Obviously we have books available at our library. But what if you are snowed in? What if we’re closed and you desperately need something to read? Or maybe you’re traveling and don’t want to have to carry a huge hardcover?

All Russell Memorial Library card holders have access to free e-books and audiobooks through the Green Mountain Library Consortium’s Overdrive System. To access them, all you need is a computer, tablet, or smartphone and your ONLINE library card number. Continue reading

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Meet RML: Finding Books

Our library is small, but that doesn’t mean we can’t find the books you’re looking for.

Say there’s a book you really want to try. Maybe someone told you how good Anne Leckie’s Ancillary Justice is and you want to find yourself a hard copy of the book. How would you go about finding it?

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