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January Newsletter

Happy New Year! Thank you to everyone who donated to our annual appeal. Over $4,400 has been contributed from individuals, families, businesses and community groups. This money will be spent exclusively on new books and media for patrons to enjoy in 2016 and beyond. 

New year, new books.

We wanted to highlight a few of the great titles recently added to our New Book Rack.
When Alizée Benoit, a young American painter working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), vanishes in New York City in 1940, no one knows what happened to her. Not her Jewish family living in German-occupied France. Not her arts patron and political compatriot, Eleanor Roosevelt. Not her close-knit group of friends and fellow WPA painters, including Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, and Lee Krasner. And, some seventy years later, not her great-niece, Danielle Abrams, who, while working at Christie’s auction house, uncovers enigmatic paintings hidden behind works by those now famous Abstract Expressionist artists. Do they hold answers to the questions surrounding her missing aunt? Entwining the lives of both historical and fictional characters, The Muralist plunges readers into the divisiveness of prewar politics and the largely forgotten plight of European refugees refused entrance to the United States.

Also available as an Audio Book from Listen Up Vermont.
Author Martín Prechtel, trained in the Tzutujil Maya shamanic tradition, shares profound insights on how the inability that many of us have to grieve and weep properly for the dead is deeply linked with the inability to give praise for living. In modern society, grief is something that we usually experience in private, alone, and without the support of a community. Yet, as Prechtel says, "Grief expressed out loud for someone we have lost, or a country or home we have lost, is in itself the greatest praise we could ever give them. Grief is praise, because it is the natural way love honors what it misses."  According to Prechtel, "When you have two centuries of people who have not properly grieved the things that they have lost, the grief shows up as ghosts that inhabit their grandchildren." He goes on to show how this collected unexpressed energy is the long-held grief of our ancestors manifesting itself and illuminates the work that can be done to liberate this energy so we can heal from the trauma of loss, war, and suffering.

This title was purchased at a patron's recommendation.
Contemplating suicide after eight years at war, Levi sits down to write a note to his best friend Nick, explaining why he’s lost all hope. After a childhood of blood pacts, punk shows, and competing infatuations with the wounded and troubled Eris, both went off to war in a fit of youth and misdirected patriotism. But now Levi returns from Iraq both disgraced and lauded. A Silver Star for gallantry cannot alleviate the guilt he carries after his platoon’s deadliest mission. Levi may have saved Nick in Ad Dujayl, but when Levi returns home and implodes, Nick must play the savior, urging Levi to write. Levi begins typing as a way of bidding farewell, but what remains when he is done is not a suicide note; it’s a love song. One bold narrative spanning two wars across three continents, it’s a novel that challenges our ideas about sacrifice and courage. It’s a novel in which the beginning is the story’s end, the end is the real beginning of Levi’s life, and the future is as mutable as rewrites.

What do you hope to read in 2016?
Share your purchase suggestions with us! Submit a title by clicking on "your purchase suggestions" after logging in to your account. You can always send a note to Greg at or stop by to make a suggestion!

Exploration Station

Exploration Station is a monthly science program for young learners! Led by Pam Levasseur, this program introduces themes to investigate science and the natural world. Past themes have included Leaves, Penguins, and most recently Whales, which were the subject on January 9th. Curious participants listened to recordings of whale sounds. Then they felt water as cold as the ocean with their bare hands. Next, they coated their hands in shortening to mimic the effect of blubber and felt the water again to see that it was... not as cold!

This program is held on the second Saturday of the month at 10:30am and is designed for pre-school through 3rd grade but all ages are welcome! February is National Children's Dental Health Month and our theme will be Teeth.
Winter Book Club
The Winter Book Club is starting soon! Mark your calendars and join us! Books will be made available for check out from the library.
  • Monday, February 22 – discuss: A Slant of Light by Jeffrey Lent
  • Monday, March 7 – discuss: Little Bee by Chris Cleave
  • Monday, March 21 – discuss: Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  • Monday, April 4 – discuss: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • Monday, April 18 – discuss: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

What magazines do you read?

The library wants to know so that we can subscribe to the most useful titles. Send a note to Greg at or stop by to make a suggestion!
Above: A Little Bit Amish, hand-pieced quilt designed and quilted by Carol Drew.
Art in the Library "SoRo Fiber Crafters" is on view
through February 13th.

For a meaningful legacy of learning and opportunity for future generations, please consider the Royalton Memorial Library when estate planning.

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