The Library is open, but the front steps are not!

The Library is open as usual even though entry via our front steps is not possible for the next two weeks. For now, please go around to the sidewalk and sometime in mid-October come admire our shiny, new front steps.

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Community Art – Think of it!

On August 8,  forty-three men, women and children came to the community room at the library to help us make an interesting and colorful piece of community art. From afar It features the word “think”.  Close inspection reveals many imaginative surprises and twists on the theme. Thanks to Richmond artist, Kathryn Wysockey-Johnson for guiding us through the process, finishing the piece and installing it on our walls. Thanks also go out to all the contributing artists. Come see this thought-provoking collage for yourself on the first floor of the library, next to the elevator.

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Friday Evening Flowers in the Display Case

Jenny Hermenze and Sharon McGreevy are the owners of Friday Evening Flowers.  Each flower is made individually. They alter tissue and crepe papers with bleach, paint, or pastels, then cut each petal and leaf and wind them around a floral wire. The process is magical: what was once flat paper appears to become a living, breathing flower. They cut entirely by hand, no two flowers are precisely the same.  Check out their work in our foyer display case during the month of September.  Plants in the case include: White pine, Japanese aneome, Foxglove, Marsh Marigold, White Wood Aster, Fiddleheads and ferns and Trillium.

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New Dover Collection at the Library

To celebrate its 75th anniversary of providing libraries with excellent literature at value prices, Dover Publications awarded 75 libraries with a collection of 75 affordable Dover Thrift Edition books including their bestselling titles, complete and unabridged classic fiction, nonfiction, poetry and plays. We were one of the lucky libraries. We will keep the collection together on a separate shelf and there you will find a copy of just about anything you ever had to study in high school or college. If you feel a calling to get back to the classics, come browse the new “Dover Shelf”.
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Book Club News

Mystery Book Club

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 All That Remains by Patricia Cornwall

Thursday, October 20, 2016 at 7 pm

With All That Remains, #1 bestselling author Patricia Cornwell returns to the chilling world of gutsy medical examiner Kay Scarpetta for the third installment of the classic suspense fiction series that begins with Postmortem.

In Richmond, Virginia, young lovers are dying. So far, four couples in the area have disappeared, only to be found months later as mutilated corpses. When the daughter of the president’s newest drug czar vanishes along with her boyfriend, Dr. Kay Scarpetta knows time is short. Following a macabre trail of evidence that ties the present homicides to a grisly crime in the past, Kay must draw upon her own personal resources to track down a murderer who is as skilled at eliminating clues as Kay is at finding them…

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Another Man’s Moccasins by Craig Johnson

Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7 pm

A murder victim might connect to Walt’s past in the fourth novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the Longmire series, the basis for LONGMIRE, now on Netflix

When the body of a young Vietnamese woman is discovered alongside the interstate in Wyoming’s Absaroka County, Sheriff Walt Longmire finds only one suspect, Virgil White Buffalo, a Crow with a troubling past. In what begins as an open-and-shut case, Longmire gets a lot more than he bargained for when a photograph in the young woman’s purse connects her to an investigation that Longmire tackled forty years ago as a young Marine investigator in Vietnam.

In the fourth book in Craig Johnson’s award-winning Walt Longmire series, the though yet tender sheriff is up to his star in a pair of murders connected by blood, yet separated by forty haunted years.

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The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henríquez

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 6:30 pm

Named a New York Times and Washington Post Notable Book, an NPR Great Read, The Daily Beast‘s Novel of the Year, and a Mother Jones, Oprah.com, School Library Journal, and BookPage Best Book of the Year

When fifteen-year-old Maribel Rivera sustains a terrible injury, the Riveras leave behind a comfortable life in Mexico and risk everything to come to the United States so that Maribel can have the care she needs. Once they arrive, it’s not long before Maribel attracts the attention of Mayor Toro, the son of one of their new neighbors, who sees a kindred spirit in this beautiful, damaged outsider. Their love story sets in motion events that will have profound repercussions for everyone involved. Here Henríquez seamlessly interweaves the story of these star-crossed lovers, and of the Rivera and Toro families, with the testimonials of men and women who have come to the United States from all over Latin America. The Book of Unknown Americans is a stunning novel of hopes and dreams, guilt and love—a book that offers a resonant new definition of what it means to be American.

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Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm

In six masterly stories, Johnson delves deep into love and loss, natural disasters, the influence of technology, and how the political shapes the personal. “Nirvana,” which won the prestigious Sunday Times short story prize, portrays a programmer whose wife has a rare disease finding solace in a digital simulacrum of the president of the United States. In “Hurricanes Anonymous”—first included in the Best American Short Stories anthology—a young man searches for the mother of his son in a Louisiana devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. “George Orwell Was a Friend of Mine” follows a former warden of a Stasi prison in East Germany who vehemently denies his past, even as pieces of it are delivered in packages to his door. And in the unforgettable title story, Johnson returns to his signature subject, North Korea, depicting two defectors from Pyongyang who are trying to adapt to their new lives in Seoul, while one cannot forget the woman he left behind.

Unnerving, riveting, and written with a timeless quality, these stories confirm Johnson as one of America’s greatest writers and an indispensable guide to our new century.

 

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Library Public Service Announcements

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The public service announcements below were written, acted in and edited by the youth who participated in the Love Your Library TV Workshop at the Library on February 22 and 23, 2016.  They were produced by Mt. Mansfield Community TV and appear on that station as friendly reminders to the community that the Library is an enjoyable and valuable resource for people of all ages.

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KNIT NITE on Wednesdays

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.

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