All are welcome to join the Mystery Book Group and the (Mostly) Fiction Book Group. Find out more here. Current titles now available at the library!
Please note: There are limited copies of Death of a Doxy; if you borrow, please return as soon as you are finished.
(MOSTLY) FICTION BOOK GROUP
The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida
Discussion: Tuesday, May 9, 6:30 pm
In Vendela Vida’s taut and mesmerizing novel of ideas, a woman travels to Casablanca, Morocco, on mysterious business. While checking into her hotel, the woman is robbed of her wallet and passport—all of her money and identification. Though the police investigate, the woman senses an undercurrent of complicity between the hotel staff and the authorities—she knows she’ll never recover her possessions. Stripped of her identity, she feels burdened by the crime yet strangely liberated by her sudden freedom to be anyone she chooses.
MYSTERY BOOK GROUP
Death of a Doxy by Rex Stout
Discussion: Thursday, May 18, 7 pm
“Death of a Doxy, considered a Stout classic, opens with the death of Isabel Kerr, found dead in her lavish bedroom. Was her boyfriend, her ‘sugar daddy,’ or someone else responsible? Nero Wolfe puts himself and his side-kick, Archie Goodwin, to work to unravel the mystery and the tangle of relationships as this vintage Wolfe detective story unfolds. Recommended.” — Library Journal
Our April art show features the oil paintings of Williston artist Phil Laughlin. Phil’s artist statement reads, “Vermont has a long rich history dating back to 1791, when it became a state. Alongside this unique character exists a thread of nostalgia, a yearning for days gone by. But a state with this much strength of character can’t be bound by the past. Is Vermont still working for its residents and guests? This show attempts to look at that question and examine how the storied past endures into the present. The paintings concentrate on various structures and altered environments which stand witness to past efforts. Even though some have been re-purposed, they still prove useful in farming, business, as residencies and recreational areas.”
Come by to see these luminous paintings on our walls through the end of April. (Paintings are available for sale; please inquire at circulation desk.)
Check out this fun video that local students made in collaboration with Mt. Mansfield Community Television and the library. Thanks go out to Hannah and Ella Agran, Lauren O’Malley, Zoe Rosen, and Ethan Shelden for participating, and to Angelike Contis of MMCTV for producing the video, which was submitted to the Vermont Access Network statewide video challenge competition.
The Crazy Quiz Show: A Short Film from Mt. Mansfield Community TV on Vimeo.
Kristen Hayden-West, Chair of the Library Board of Trustees, presented this brief but informative slide show at town meeting. There wasn’t sufficient time to mention all of the Library’s services, but here’s a nice overview: Check Out the Richmond Free Library
Those members of the Richmond community who have read Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson will recognize the images in our community art installation as coming from the cover of this amazing little book. Richmond is participating in Vermont Reads, an initiative of the Vermont Humanities Council that invites multi-generational members in a community to read, discuss and think about the important themes in the chosen book. Many themes are introduced in Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming including family, race, faith, personal dreams and important friendships. The library is inviting every visitor to the library to explore these themes in their own lives by contributing a butterfly and a part of their own story to the art installation. Come see it. Come be a part of it.
Life-size watercolors and silhouettes by Kathryn Wysockey-Johnson. Butterflies by all of us!
Join other knitters in the Mezzanine Lounge at the Richmond Free Library on Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 for social and skill exchange. All levels, any handcraft (crochet, tatting, needlepoint, etc.) welcome.
Reminder: Book discussion is this Thursday!
MYSTERY BOOK GROUP
The Bone Orchard by Paul Doiron
Thursday, April 20, 7 pm
Former Maine game warden Mike Bowditch is working as a fishing guide in the North Woods. But when his mentor Sgt. Kathy Frost is forced to kill a troubled war veteran in an apparent case of “suicide by cop,” he begins having second thoughts about his decision to resign. When the sergeant is shot outside her farmhouse, Mike joins the hunt to find the sniper responsible. As Kathy Frost lies on the brink of death and a dangerous shooter stalks the blueberry barrens of central Maine, Bowditch is forced to confront the choices he has made and determine, once and for all, the kind of man he truly is.