August 28, 2014

Summer Reading Program - Winners

Peter Battaglia, son of Jeffrey Battaglia of Pullman is Neill Public Library’s Teen Summer Reading Program grand prize winner.  He received an eReader from the Friends of Neill Public Library.  Peter is a seventh grader at Palouse Hills Christian School. He is an avid reader who especially enjoys graphic novel comics as well as books about sports and history.  When he’s not reading he enjoys playing baseball and football.

Beatrice Nakanyike, of Pullman is Neill Public Library's Adult Summer Reading Program grand prize winner.  She received a cooking themed prize pack with cookbooks, kitchen gadgets, merchant coupons and an eReader/Tablet from the Friends of Neill Public Library.  Beatrice is new to the community and stated that reading at the library has helped her to become a better writer.  She appreciates the library and how welcome she feels here.

August 25, 2014

Closed for Labor Day Weekend

Remember to stock up on library materials this week as the library will be closed August 30 through
September 1 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. No items will be due but the online catalog including databases and downloadable audios and ebooks will be available 24/7 as usual. We'll re-open at 10 am on Tuesday, September 2.  Happy Labor Day!

August 22, 2014

Be An Angel Day

Today, Friday, August 22nd is Be An Angel Day.  It's all about doing simple acts of kindness for others.  Offering care and support to those in need, by lending a helping hand.  The idea of putting others before yourself and making the world a better place and brightening someone else's day.

Neill Public Library has interesting reads connected to Be An Angel Day.  Try One Simple Act: Discovering the Power of Generosity by Debbie Macomber or Heroes Among Us: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Choices by John Quinones or if you prefer fiction try RaeAnne Thayne's - Hope's Crossing series (available in e-book format) or the children's book Fly Free by Roseanne Thong.

Whatever you do, Be An Angel Today and you will not only help someone else, but you will be helping yourself too! Scientific studies show that random acts of kindness help to reduce stress levels and lower blood pressure and heart rate.  They also balance the cortisol levels increasing energy and inner joy, allowing us to live happier and healthier lives.  So go out and make someone's day today, and Be An Angel! 

August 19, 2014

August 22-23: National Lentil Festival

It’s August – the month when little and big folks head to school and when most folks on the Palouse head to
our fair city to join in the National Lentil Festival celebration!  There’s always much to enjoy regardless of one’s age. You can savor samples at the legendary lentil cook-off and then shed some of those calories by participating in the Tase T Lentil 5K Run. Is there a young child in your life?   Take them to Reaney Park to have fun in the Lentil Land Kids’ Area. Young and old alike can line the streets of Pullman to watch the National Lentil Festival Parade.  And when the parade is over? Make plans to head to Neill Public Library to find some great lentil cookbooks and find out about the history of our amazing local area.  If you haven’t enjoyed the beautiful DVD entitled O Palouse!, use your library card to check it out soon.  This month and every month, stop by and see us often!
Children's Librarian

August 13, 2014

International Lefthanders Day!

This international celebration is just right (I mean, left) for yours truly. Yes, I am a true south paw who has learned to adjust to a primarily right-handed world. There are a few exceptions to the right-handed-ness of things – drive-up bank windows being one. Alas, most of the world assumes and operates from a right-handed perspective.

As a child I had to learn to be adaptive.  Sixty years ago, being left handed was frequently discouraged and seen as “odd.”  My first experiences with such came early on when my first and second grade teachers would not allow me to use my left hand for writing, coloring or cutting.  As a result, I have the worst penmanship in the world and on the plus side, I became pretty ambidextrous. That’s a fancy way of saying I’m pretty messed up when it comes to choosing which hand to use for what!  For example, I use right handed scissors for cutting, but play baseball with my left hand as dominant.  I brush my teeth and hold a fork with my left hand but use my right hand when mixing things in a bowl. Topsy turvy, I am!

Yet, I am not alone! I join the left-handed ranks of several US presidents including Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Barack Obama.  Julius Caesar, Henry Ford, Queen Victoria of England and Helen Keller were south paws too. It’s pretty fine company to find myself in!  And I can’t forget those un-right-handed authors including H.G. Wells, Peter Benchley and Lewis Carroll.

So whether you’re a right-y or a left-y or somewhere in between, head to the library to get some great books, magazines, DVDs and more! Hand us your library card and we’ll get everything checked out to you to take home and enjoy!
Children's Librarian