February 13, 2019

New Titles from Neill Public Library....

By R. James Cook
Available in: Print Book

Untold Stories: Forty Years of Field Research on Root Diseases of Wheat is a comprehensive account of Dr. Cook’s four decades of field research and his personal and professional growth while developing his knowledge, expertise, and unique approach to research.

By Liz Arch
Available in: Print Book

The Courage to Rise gives insight into understanding the nature of trauma and shares practical and effective tools you can immediately implement to begin regulating your nervous system, strengthen your emotional resiliency, and transform pain into your greatest power.

By Mark Dery
Available in: Print Book

Based on newly uncovered correspondence and interviews with personalities as diverse as John Ashbery, Donald Hall, Lemony Snicket, Neil Gaiman, and Anna Sui, Born to Be Posthumous draws back the curtain on the eccentric genius and mysterious life of Edward Gorey.

February 06, 2019

New Titles from Neill Public Library....

By Leslie Connor
Available in: Print, eBook and eAudio

Mason has felt the sting of classmates’ taunts and the local police chief’s suspicion of his possible involvement in a friend’s tragic death.  However, Mason’s amazing spirit and self-deprecating personality serve him well. When Mason’s new friend goes missing, he is determined to help find out what happened and show everyone he has been telling the truth all along.  A powerful, tender read in which Mason stands out as a shining example for us all. 

By Jonathan Auxier
Available in: Print and eBook

Set in nineteenth century England, author Auxier weaves an unforgettable tale of fantasy and historical fiction.  When little Nan Sparrow becomes an orphan she begins the thankless and filthy job as a chimney sweep. At the hands of a ruthless chimney sweep overseer, she finds herself in extreme peril - stuck in a ghastly chimney. What would have been a tragedy, instead becomes a heroic tale with Nan, a loving Golem monster and the people in in her town who have their eyes opened to the truth of the lives and deaths of chimney sweeping children in their midst. 

By A.P. Winter
Available in: Print

Buckle up for a grand adventure full of mystery, magic and over-the-top fantasy.  When a number of unfortunate magical events result in young Bert being in a peck of trouble, along comes Finch, a metal-legged girl with a spirit of epic proportions. This two-person adventurous team find themselves on a journey to find the lost land of Ferenor.  A highly imaginative tale with pirates, steampunk gadgets and more! 

February 02, 2019

A to Z and Everything in Between

The New Year marks my sixteenth year as a Washington state resident. And each day, I continue to learn about our gorgeous Evergreen state. As examples, I now know its unofficial main dish is planked salmon, while the official state foods are the apple, and our oh-so-delicious Walla Walla sweet onions. And the decision to select the coast rhododendron as our state flower?  It turns out it was a most contentious matter over one hundred years ago. Many folks advocated for the ordinary clover. But 53% of Washington women voting chose the rhododendron. That’s right – no men were allowed in this election.  Who knew? 

And since we are located but a whisper from the Idaho border, I decided to see what facts and fun I could find out about our neighboring Gem State. Huckleberries and potatoes are the official state foods of Idaho (both delicious, but no surprise there). But I was both impressed and delighted to read women were given the right to vote almost a quarter of a century before the nineteenth amendment was passed. Way to go, Idaho!

Since I’ve lived in a number of other states, I decided to continue my search for the new, the interesting and the “how about that” information across the USA.  Here are a few nuggets of my new knowledge: The artist who embroidered the first Minnesota state flag studied tapestry weaving at the Gobelins manufactory in Paris. My home state of Illinois has popcorn as its official food (which helps explain why it was such a popular staple in my childhood home). And residents of New Mexico can take great pride that their enchanted state has three of the top ten cities in U.S. with the cleanest air.

How did I find out these interesting facts? It was incredibly easy and 100% free to use. And this amazing resource is available to you too. Simply go online to www.neill-lib.org and click on “databases.” And there it is – A to Z the USA – “the world’s largest database of U.S. State information, including U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.” The sheer amount of information it contains is truly mind boggling. State reports and articles, recipes, photos, postcards, flags, specific information about each state’s culture, history, geography, economy, indigenous people, famous residents, rivers, lakes, parks, historical figures and on and on and on.  It’s incredibly thorough and just two clicks away.

It’s perfect for school reports, state projects, cozy armchair traveling and so much more. From soup to nuts, “A to Z the USA” is a free, easy library resource that has it all. I encourage you and yours to explore it today and often!

Kathleen Ahern
Youth Librarian

February 01, 2019

New items added in January

If you would like to see what new items were added to the library's collections during the month of January, visit the main page of our catalog here!  Many of the items are still being processed so it can take a while for them to be ready to be checked out, but go ahead and place a hold and you'll be notified when it's ready for you to pick up. Make sure we have a current email and postal address for you.

New downloadable items are added every month as well. Here's the link to the Washington Anytime Library.

January 30, 2019

New Titles from Neill Public Library....

By Joanna Gaines
Available in: Print Book

Joanna Gaines walks you through how to create a home that reflects the people who live there. A design template at the back of the book offers a step-by-step guide to planning and sketching out your own design plans.  The insight shared in Homebody will give you the confidence to create spaces you never want to leave.

By Sohui Kim
Available in: Print Book

Korean Home Cooking is an education in Korean cuisine and a roadmap for bringing it into your kitchen and a guide when eating out.  Sohui is well-regarded for her ease and agility in making food taste delicious and her recipes reflect this.  This cookbook includes stories and photographs of her family and travels in Korea.

By Tamara Duker Freuman
Available in: Print Book

In The Bloated Belly Whisperer, Tamara guides readers through the same steps she would use in a consultation, first with a quiz to help them hone in on their specific symptoms, and then by discussing the latest research and patient stories to offer dozens of solutions that will reduce abdominal bloating within a week.