September 29, 2016

New photos of City parking lot project

Progress continues on the City's parking lot project!
Pavers arrived this week, check out the photos.

September 28, 2016

Check Out These New Titles for Adults!

by Randall Munroe

Have you ever tried to learn more about some incredible thing, only to be frustrated by incomprehensible jargon?  Randall Munroe is here to help.  In Thing Explainer, he uses line drawings and only the thousand (or, rather, “ten hundred”) most common words to provide simple explanations for some of the most interesting stuff there is, including: food-heating radio boxes (microwaves), the other worlds around the sun (the solar system), and the bags of stuff inside you (cells), just to name a few.

by Bill Bryson
According to NPR, at its best, The Road to Little Dribbling is a funny and pleasant travelogue, and, at its worst, a long and grumpy Yelp review.

Following (but not too closely) a route the author dubs the Bryson Line, from Bognor Regis in the south to Cape Wrath in the north, by way of places few travelers ever get to at all, Bryson rediscovers the wondrously beautiful, magnificently eccentric, endearingly singular country that he both celebrates and, when called for, twits. With his instinct for the funniest and quirkiest and his eye for the idiotic, the bewildering, the appealing, and the ridiculous, he offers insights into all that is best and worst about Britain today.

by Winifred Gallagher

How the Post Office Created America examines the surprising role of the postal service in our nation’s political, social, economic, and physical development. 

Winifred Gallagher presents the history of the post office as America’s own story, told from a fresh perspective over more than two centuries. The mandate to deliver the mail—then “the media”—imposed the federal footprint on vast, often contested parts of the continent and transformed a wilderness into a social landscape of post roads and villages centered on post offices.

September 26, 2016

Real Progress on Neill Library Parking Lot

Seven weeks into the project, you can begin to see real progress on the City Stormwater Parking Lot project, as the series of pictures will show.

Pouring concrete dividers

Adding gravel fill

Complete gravel fill and leveled. 

September 24, 2016

The Library – Books and So Much More!

Libraries today are not like they used to be, they are so much more!  Libraries provide you and other community members with materials and services that will help in finding a job or learning a new skill, will entertain you, will take you places you’ve never been, or introduce you to a friend. And all you need is a library card, which is free!

Neill Public Library has computers available for public use in searching and applying for a job. We have offered classes in computer instruction, resume writing and other necessary business skills. The Microsoft Image Academy offers courses from basic digital literacy to advanced coding, all of which is free.  We also have the Great Courses collection, which teaches subjects from math to music and food to philosophy and everything in between.  Want to learn a new language, or English as a second language? We have the materials to assist you with that, including our Mango Languages database, and ESL Conversation Club.

For your entertainment we have thousands of DVD’s for you to enjoy, not to mention books on CD and fiction and non-fiction books for both youth and adults. Open any one of these items and it will take you to places you’ve never been.  Take a walk through the non-fiction 910-919.97 and you can travel anywhere in the world with guide books and other true accounts of life in the world. Take a walk through the fiction S and you can travel to “Space, the final frontier” as any Trekkie would know. You can also travel to Narnia with C.S. Lewis, or Middle Earth with J.R.R. Tolkien, and so many more places you can only imagine.

If you grew up in a rural area where your closest neighbors were 5 miles away and the only time you saw them were in school or at church on Sundays, or like me, near a military base where families received orders every three or four years and packed up and moved on to the next post, then you know how hard it was to make and keep friends.  But if you have books, or access to the library then you will always have a friend.

Recently someone asked me, “If you could be best friends with any fictional character, who would it be?” That was easy. “Anne Shirley!”, I said. For those of you who don’t know who Anne Shirley is, she is the heroine of the Anne of Greene Gables series by Lucy Maude Montgomery. Anne was plucky and imaginative and got into all kinds of adventurous trouble. She was a bosom friend. The kind of friend that was loyal and I could carry with me no matter where I went.  For my son when he was a little boy, that friend was Little Critter from the stories by Mercer Meyer. And for my daughter that friend was Clary Fray, of the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. So who is your book best friend?

Libraries open the door to a world of opportunities for you, and the staff at Neill Public Library is happy to be of service.  So open the door of YOUR library and see where it takes you!

Lori C. Lewis
Administrative Assistant
Neill Public Library

September 23, 2016

Teen Wii Olympics Coming Next Week!

Youth ages 12-17 years are invited to participate in the library’s “Teen Wii Olympics” on Tuesday, September 27 from 4:00-5:30 p.m. Join the sporting fun taking place in the library’s Hecht Meeting Room. Refreshments and door prizes for every attendee.

Pre-registration is not required for this free, fun library program.  For more information contact Youth Services Librarian Kathleen Ahern at or (509) 338-3258.