May 26, 2017

NEILL LIBRARY will be Closed for Memorial Day!

Neill Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 29, 2017 in honor of the Memorial Day holiday!

Access to the catalog, databases and downloadable books will remain available through the library's website at No materials will be due at this time.

The library will re-open at its regular time 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 30, 2017. 

May 24, 2017

Check Out These New Titles in Adult Services!

by Amy Goldstein

In the midst of the Great Recession, the nation’s oldest General Motors factory shut down, throwing thousands out of work and upending families as well as the entire community. Amy Goldstein spent years in Janesville, chronicling the aftermath. Revealing, searing, and sympathetic, it tells a story of devastated lives and hope for the future.

by Ty Tashiro

For some of us, navigating social situations is just plain overwhelming, despite our mastery of other areas in life. In Awkward, Ty Tashiro unpacks much of the research behind this common trait, and shares personal stories of how it has influenced his life.

by Iwan W. Morgan

Ronald Reagan’s ascendance to the presidency signified a changed America, one ready to move past the turmoil of the 60s and 70s and embrace the most optimistic version of our country and selves. Morgan’s biography provides great insight into his idealistic foreign policy and often-pragmatic domestic policy efforts, while showing how his le
gacy continues to shape our country today.

May 19, 2017

Eastern Washington Oil Painting Exhibit

Neill Public Library showcases oil paintings by local artist Joe Brunelli.  Works from his exhibit, Eastern Washington, are inspired by landscape and life from this region of our state.  Dr. Brunelli received his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from University of Wyoming and his Ph.D. in genetics and cell biology from Washington State University.  For Brunelli, art and science were “mediums in portraying the unity and creativity of life”.

Now retired, Brunelli enjoys creating art for the “process of attempting to render a concept into a palpable vision”.  Creation, he says, seems like a contradiction to achieving perfection through a final touch.

This exhibit runs through June 30.  For more information, contact Neill Public Library at 509-334-3595 or

May 17, 2017

Check Out These New Books in Youth Services!

by Teri Kanefield

The story of a relatively unknown amazing woman who was Quaker, talented poet and political activist. She helped shape our country and made a powerful difference in the lives of so many.

by Matt Phelan

It’s not the typical fairytale presented in the typical way in which many are so familiar.  This graphic novel version set in 1928 New Your City has a film noir quality about it that draws the reader into every single illustration. 

by Tonya Bolden

Having taken over one hundred years to bring the dream to fruition, this the story of how the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American and Culture came to be.  

May 13, 2017

ArtWalk at Your Library!

Pullman’s 8th annual ArtWalk runs May 11 – 13, bringing you a vibrant mix of visual and performing arts for all ages.  ArtWalk celebrates local artists and downtown business to build community and redefine our shared space, adding to the vibrancy, economic vitality, and diversity of downtown Pullman!  This lively art festival features pop-up art, activities for children and adults, and innovative exhibits to promote and celebrate the arts in our region.  Coordinated by the Pullman Arts Commission, ArtWalk is made possible by a Lodging Tourism grant award and local funding matches.

On Thursday, Neill Public Library celebrated ArtWalk with a special art and craft storytime. A Pullman Arts Commissioner read a book and guided children through a creative art activity.  On Friday afternoon a full to capacity bobbin lace workshop for beginners was hosted by the Appaloosa Lace Guild.  Both events were enjoyed by many!

On Friday night, the Pullman Arts Commission and Mayor Glenn Johnson honored Rajeswari Soundararajan with the Mayor’s Art Award.  Following the award ceremony RTOP Theatre presented a live cabaret review of popular musical songs for guests.  The night ended in style with an artist meet & greet social event.  Artists, merchants, and community members mixed and mingled the night away.  It was a memorable time filled with live entertainment, dynamic conversation and fabulous food.

If you are reading this column early Saturday you still have time to experience Pullman’s ArtWalk!  Grab your shoes and camera and head to downtown Pullman.  See displays of beautiful handmade lace from the Appaloosa Lace Guild and art from Jefferson Elementary’s kindergarten and fourth grades through their Art Docent program.  Main events run from 4 – 8pm on Saturday as artists showcase their work at participating merchant locations!  Merchants offer extended hours, special shopping deals, and more fabulous food for you to nibble on as you view inspiring art!  Bring your children to Neill Public Library for a Kid’s Art Studio from 4 – 6pm as Commissioners host hands-on workshops for preschool, elementary, and middle school aged youth.  Refer to the newspaper ArtWalk Guide or visit the Pullman Arts Commission’s facebook page for mapped events.

The Pullman Arts Commission, 31 artists, and 23 businesses have come together to make this year’s event amazing for you.  We’d love to see ArtWalk through your eyes!  Chronicle your experience through photos and email them to us at Include your full name and we’re happy to give you photo credit if used in future publicity.

The Pullman Arts Commission is a City of Pullman appointed commission with Neill Public Library serving as its department liaison to provide administrative support.  The Pullman Arts Commission cultivates the visual and performing arts to enrich the quality of life of the community through its vision, advocacy, and financial support, connecting residents, students, and visitors to diverse aesthetic and cultural experiences.

For information about the Pullman Arts Commission or ArtWalk, check out Facebook: or contact Joanna Bailey at Neill Public Library.

Joanna Bailey
Director of Neill Public Library
Interim Chair, Pullman Arts Commission