December 07, 2016

Check Out These New Titles in Adult Services!

Love Warrior: A Memoir
by Glennon Doyle Melton

Melton, founder of the enormous online community Momastery, tells a story of love and pain in this heart-wrenching memoir. Just when she thinks she has it all figured out, her husband’s devastating revelations make her realize nothing is as it appears, and she has to find a road to healing yet again.  

by Viet Thanh Nguyen

From the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Sympathizer comes a beautifully written exploration of the Vietnam war from the perspective of all sides. Nguyen visits people and places in Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, South Korea, and the United States in an effort to recognize our shared humanity, and explore paths to true reconciliation.

by Stephen Fishman, J.D.

The 9th edition of this NOLO legal guide is perfect for the self-employed. It covers the basics of law and taxes for independent contractors, freelancers and consultants. Working for Yourself will help you draft solid legal agreements, avoid trouble with the IRS, and- most importantly- get paid on time!

December 05, 2016

LEGO FUN - Tomorrow!

When: Tuesday, December 6th 
           3:45 to 4:45 p.m.

Drop in and join your friends for Legos Time! Imagine, build, create! Thousands of Legos await you.  Children ages 5-7 must be accompanied by an adult.
Pre-registration is not required.

December 01, 2016

Check out what's new!

If you want to see what new items were added to the library's collections during the month of November, follow this link!  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.

November 30, 2016

Check Out These New Books in Youth Services!

by Stephen M. Camarata

Information and guidance for parents who may be experiencing concern over their child not meeting development milestones related to talking.  A resource to help parents and caregivers determine if it is a symptom or a stage.

by Paul Tough

A new way of looking at what contributes to the success of our children.  It’s no longer just about intelligence; character skills are front and center to success.


by Louis Webber

A treasure trove of fun and fanciful cakes to make. From a magical castle to a toy jeep to an alphabet block cake, there is something for everyone who is celebrating.

November 26, 2016

Words Matter

Hate. Love. Racism. Equality. Fear. Human Rights. Sexism. Peace. Xenophobia. Unity.
These words are everywhere lately.  Spoken or read, each singular word elicits clear emotional responses.  Now take each word and connect it to the next and the next and the next and read or speak it slowly as if it were a single sentence.  I just did that and it left me feeling breathless, with a jumbled mess of conflicting emotions coursing through me.  Once again, I am reminded of the powerful effect of words.  Words can build or destroy.  Become a weapon or an olive branch.  A bullet or a healing salve.  Words can hurt or heal.  We are each responsible and held accountable for the words we choose.  What do you want your words to do? 

In the days since Neill Public Library re-opened, I have listened to words more than I have spoken them.  Patron after patron, parent, business owner, educator, visiting student, faculty spouse, have shared with me their recent realization that Neill Public Library is their identified safe space within their community.  Here they feel welcome and respected, safe to be who they are without fear of judgment, persecution, or retaliation.  They find staff friendly and kind, delivering the right balance of care and attention to each individual, to every individual.  To use one patron’s words, “The library doesn’t care what I believe in, who I love, or how much money I make.  Here, everyone has the same rights and everyone receives the same service.”  Yet another reason why having a vibrant public library is essential to its community.  Especially these days.

I am humbled by the words from our patrons.  Humbled and grateful to be a part of something so positive and important in our community.  I am exceedingly proud to be part of a library staff that works hard to ensure their actions reflect the library’s core values of providing an open environment with equal access for all. 

Open.  Equal.  Access for all.  Public libraries take this charge very seriously.  We embrace a wide diversity of ideas, information, stories, and opinions.  We build collections and offer programs that reflect the broad interests of our community. We believe a well-informed citizenry is a cornerstone of democracy, so we create opportunities for patrons to gain knowledge, pursue understanding, and engage in peaceful discourse.  Our policies, procedures, and practices are rooted in defense of your civil liberties, supporting your right to use the library’s resources and services, and protecting your privacy and confidentiality as you do so.    Done right, the result is a dynamic, word-filled library environment responsive to its community that feels safe and welcoming to all.

Feeling safe and welcome are among the fundamental needs of every human being, regardless of political affiliation, religious or non-religious belief, financial ability, gender, or sexual orientation.  Yet each of us has the ability through the words we choose and the actions we take to either fill this need for our fellow neighbor, or deny it. Again, what do you want your words to do?

Imagine how much better our world could be if we each chose love over hate, knowledge over assumption, compassion over judgment.  It starts with the words we choose.  It’s asking a lot.  Or is it?

Joanna Bailey
Director, Neill Public Library