July 23, 2014

Victor Johnson is here tomorrow!

Tomorrow, July 24 at Neill Library at 10:30 am is a musical storytime with Victor Johnson! Then at 6 pm at Reaney Park he's back with more music! And ice cream!

July 20, 2014

Beatrix Potter is 148

This month marks the 148th birthday of renowned children’s author and illustrator Beatrix Potter.  From an early age she showed a remarkable talent with sketching and drawing.  Her favorite subjects were the animals present in her life.  She and her younger brother had a number of pets including rabbits, mice, frogs, lizards, snakes, snails and even, a bat.  She was charmed by these living creatures and wanted to capture that in her renderings of them.  Any reader of her works knows she succeeded on every level!  So, in celebration of her birthday month, head to the Neill Public Library to find wonderful books by and about Beatrix Potter.  You can also check out the several DVDs we have of her work as well.  And if you’re interested in learning more online about this talented woman, you can visit www.peterrabbit.com    Happy Birthday, Miss Potter!

Children's Librarian

July 19, 2014

Lessons From a Stream

As I put pen to paper to draft this column, my inspiration stands (or more accurately, wades) not twenty
yards from where I’m perched on the rocky bank of a breathtaking Idaho trout stream. My inspiration is the man with whom I’ve been joyfully privileged to spend the past twenty-five years of my life.

He is in full fly fishing regalia. Tan colored felt-soled wading boots, beige long- sleeved shirt, forest green breathable buckled-over-the-shoulders waders, black and gray nylon multi-pocketed vest, polarized sunglasses, a camo baseball cap and a smile that lights the world. He is in his element and savoring every cast, every breath, every moment. He is in the now, following his bliss.

Watching him cast is beautiful, hypnotic, gentle, patient, purposeful. It is poetry in motion, and I am both mesmerized and inspired.

There are lessons here for me to learn. My tendency, more often than not, is to step off the path of “here and now,” only to find myself careening full throttle down that bumpy highway of “what if?” And we all know that highway travels in only two directions – to the past and to the future. We also know that moving along that bumpy highway never leads us to any present measure of peace, let alone bliss.

In addition to the sweet wader-clad man in front of me, two other inspiring men come to mind as I ponder this life I am privileged to have and how to best live it. Joseph Campbell and Ram Dass. Joseph Campbell said it eloquently, “If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.” Ram Dass said it succinctly, “Be Here Now.”

What brings you to the present moment? What is your bliss? Fly fishing?  Sketching? Running? Painting? Golfing? Writing? Knitting? Horseback riding? Yoga? Gardening? Skateboarding? Whatever it is, I know just the place to help inspire, nurture and support your blissful journey - the public library. From books, movies, music, magazines, documentaries, internet access to Microsoft’s IT (Information Technology) Academy. It’s all here for you at Neill Public Library. And an added bonus - it’s free for you and yours to access, use and enjoy. That’s a bit of bliss in and of itself, isn’t it?!

So, stop by, call or email us. Let us know what you need or want, and we’ll do all we can to help you get the resources to help you follow your dreams, live the life you want and follow your bliss.

As I close this column I give a tip of the camo hat to my elk hair caddis fly fishing man. Thank you for following your bliss and always inspiring and supporting me to do the same. Happy casting, my love!
Kathleen Ahern
Children's Librarian

July 17, 2014

Victor Johnson returns to Pullman with music and fun!

The Friends of Neill Public Library invite children and families to an evening of incredible music and toe tapping fun! Victor Johnson, award winning writer, musician, performer and producer from the Pacific Northwest is back by popular demand for another highly entertaining musical performance.

Victor specializes in traditional styles of acoustic music for kids and families.  His music has appeared in Nick Jr., Parenting, Blues Revue and Curious Parent magazines as well as NPR and children’s radio shows nationwide. He has won several awards including two Parents’ Choice Silver Awards for his Country Blues for Kids and Kid at Heart CDs. Victor has also been featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Art Beat television series and appears on Putumayo Kids 2011 Acoustic Dreamland CD. Ireland’s premier chip company Tayto Crisps, has chosen to use Victor’s version of “This Little Light of Mine” for their new TV, radio and movie theater ads.

Johnson will perform twice on Thursday, July 24.  His first performance will be a musical storytime at Neill Public Library from 10:30-11:00 a.m. Young children of all ages are invited to this participatory performance with an emphasis on rhythmic fun.  Then, from 6-7:15 p.m. at Reaney Park, Johnson will perform for all ages. This family musical show will feature kid and grown up favorites, including traditional tunes and country blues.

Johnson’s performances are sponsored by the Friends of Neill Public Library who will provide free ice cream to all children at his evening concert. In case of inclement weather, the event will be held at Neill Library. For more information contact Children’s Librarian Kathleen Ahern at (509) 338-3258.

July 16, 2014

Two exciting events tomorrow!

Tomorrow, Pullman Police Officers will be at the library reading and answering questions at 10:30 am!  Then trot over to Reaney Park at 1 pm to meet Gerald and Piggie!