July 23, 2016

Just Image

I was recently reading a book and came across this quote from Albert Einstein, "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination enriches the world." My first thought as I read those words by the brilliant Nobel-prize winning physicist was how they perfectly describe the public library.

Undoubtedly, most people associate knowledge with the public library. From door to door, shelf to shelf and floor to ceiling, it's a place teeming with information.  From nonfiction collections in both the adult and youth departments to DVD documentaries to the Great Courses Collection, one can check out and learn across the broadest of subjects, topics and areas of interest.  Bird identification, the history of the Roman Empire, baking bread, photography, creating a resume, Palouse history, dinosaurs, building a deck, dog training, medical conditions, origami, biographies, politics, bow hunting, budgeting, meditation, parenting, furniture making, crocheting, homesteading ...

What do you want to know or learn more about?  The chances are the public library has what you want or can get it for you.

But Einstein's quote didn't focus on mere knowledge. He included and exalted the importance of imagination. And I believe the public library is ever as much about imagination as it is knowledge.

There are thousands of stories  - in books and movies  - whose very existence came into being via the imagination of their authors, writers and creators.  These fictional tales inspire us, remind us and invite us to imagine - to be somewhere else, to be someone else, to lose our footing in reality and dive into the land of Other.

The public library is a place for both knowledge and imagination. But the public library is also about space.  And a sense of space is critical to spelunking into the caverns of one's imagination.  Imagination comes from within and we each need to take time and find spaces that foster and nurture our own imaginings.

So, I encourage you to come to the library and find a chair, a seat, a bench – a space that feels right to you and then … sit.   Get comfortable being in that space with no agenda, no goal, no purpose - other than to let yourself "be."  The stage is now set for imagining. Let your mind wander, your body relax and your heart seek its wonder.  Ahh... yes ... to imagine is to "enrich the world."

All of us at Neill Public Library hope to see you soon and often. We'll help you find the sources of information you need related to knowledge and learning.   And yes, we'll also let you just “be” so you can delightfully and joyfully imagine.

Kathleen Ahern
Children's Librarian

July 20, 2016

Check Out These New Titles for Adults!

by Zach Dundas 

A wickedly smart and rollicking journey through the birth, life, and afterlives of popular culture's most beloved sleuth.

Today he is the inspiration for fiction adaptations, blockbuster movies, hit television shows, raucous Twitter banter, and thriving subcultures. More than a century after Sherlock Holmes first capered into our world, what is it about Arthur Conan Doyle’s peculiar creation that continues to fascinate us? Journalist and lifelong Sherlock fan Zach Dundas set out to find the answer.

The result is The Great Detective: a history of an idea, a biography of someone who never lived, a tour of the borderland between reality and fiction, and a joyful romp through the world Conan Doyle bequeathed us.

edited by James K. Barnett  and David L. Nicandri

Accompanying an exhibition of the same name, Arctic Ambitions: Captain Cook and the Northwest Passage sheds new light on Cook's northern exploration.

 A collection of essays from an international and interdisciplinary group of scholars, the book uses artifacts, charts, and records of the encounters between Native peoples and explorers to tell the story of this remarkable voyage and its historical context. In addition to discussing Cook's voyage itself, the book also provides new insights into Cook's legacy and his influence on subsequent expeditions in the Pacific Northwest. Finally, the collection uses Cook's voyage as a springboard to consider the promise and challenge of the "new north" today, demonstrating that it remains, as in Cook's time, a unique meeting place of powerful political, cultural, economic, and environmental forces.

by Eric Metaxas

Each of the world-changing figures who stride across these pages—Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Maria Skobtsova, Corrie ten Boom, Mother Teresa, and Rosa Parks—is an exemplary model of true womanhood. Teenaged Joan of Arc followed God’s call and liberated her country, dying a heroic martyr’s death. Susanna Wesley had nineteen children and gave the world its most significant evangelist and its greatest hymn-writer, her sons John and Charles. Corrie ten Boom, arrested for hiding Dutch Jews from the Nazis, survived the horrors of a concentration camp to astonish the world by forgiving her tormentors. And Rosa Parks’ deep sense of justice and unshakeable dignity and faith helped launch the twentieth-century’s greatest social movement.

Writing in his trademark conversational and engaging style, Eric Metaxas reveals how the other extraordinary women in this book achieved their greatness, inspiring readers to lives shaped by the truth of the gospel.

July 19, 2016

Guest Storytime

(L-R) Cheif Reiber, Firefighters Erickson, Volk and Chapman

Firefighter Chapman reads The Wide-Mouthed Frog,
using different character voices.

Captain Reiber  reads The Circus Ship
Fire Captain Eric Reiber along with firefighters Mike Chapman, Chris Volk and Jon Erickson came to the library last Thursday to serve as guest readers at Preschool Storytime.  It was a packed house with eager and excited children and families.  Not only did the audience get to enjoy hearing them read aloud great books, children and adults were also able to learn a great deal about fire equipment and fire safety when Jon Erickson donned his “full gear.”  Emphasis was put on safety with firefighters explaining how important it is to not hide if one is inside during a fire, but to “stay low” and shout “HERE I AM!”

Firefighter Erickson before "full gear"
Firefighter Erickson after "full gear"
Miss Kathleen thanks Firefighter Volk for the generous
donation of books and funds to the library!
The morning concluded with Chris Volk making donation of firefighting books to the library, accompanied by a $300 check to the Friends of the Library.  The monies will be used to purchase new books and DVDs on firefighting and fire safety.  The new books and DVDs will be housed in the ever-popular fire engine bookcase at the library. The monies and books were donated by the Firefighters Local Union 1892, members of which also built and donated the fire engine bookcase to the library several years ago.  THANK YOU CAPTAIN REIBER AND LOCAL UNION 1892 MEMBERS!
The audience watches and listens to Firebears!
This Thursday, July 21, Pullman Police Chief Gary Jenkins, along with members of his crew  and Washington State Trooper Courtney Shawley will be serving as guest readers at 10:30.  Be sure and head this way to enjoy great books, learn about the important job they all do for us and to get an up-close and personal peek at their vehicles outside in the parking lot. 

July 13, 2016

Check Out These New Books in Youth Services!

by Deborah D. Gray

Play is critical to healthy child development. A resource for using play to bond and attach with your child.

by Maya Shetreat-Klein, MD

Growing healthy kids with food straight from the soil.

by Cori Dusmann

Down-to-earth advice for parents of children playing Minecraft.