May 26, 2016

Neill Library CLOSED for Memorial Day!

Neill Public Library will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016 in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday. To all of the men and women who have served our country, we thank you! 

Materials will not be due on this date. For renewals and requests, please visit our on-line catalog at

If you wish to return items, please use the book drop located outside the North entrance of the library. The library will re-open at 10:00 am on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

May 25, 2016

Check Out These New Books in Youth Services!

Little Fox Goes to the End of the World
Ann Tompert

Little Fox tells her mother about all the exciting and frightening things she will see and do when she travels to the end of the world.

 All About Grandmas
Roni Schotter

A celebration of every kind of grandma in the world, including the name various children call their grandma around the globe.

Ellie Sandall

 One tweeting bird is joined by feathered friend after feathered friend until a beautiful song is created by all. 

May 21, 2016

A Letter to the Kindergarteners-To-Be

A few weeks ago, I joined members of the Friends of Neill Public Library to participate in Pullman Public School’s Kindergarten Registration. I helped welcome the soon-to-be students and give them a new book to take home to keep and read.  You can imagine the smiles on little (and big) faces to receive these sweet literary gifts from the Friends.

Before the registration process officially started, I looked around and saw tables of information and activities for excited and nervous folks, young and old. My eyes were riveted to a chalkboard sign saying “Welcome Class of 2029”.  Yes, these four and five-year-olds will graduate in the year 2029!  Let’s just take a moment and let that sink in!

All I could think about was my own high school graduation way, way back in good ol’ 1974.  Where did time go and how did it all happen so fast?  I have no answers, but I do have some thoughts I want to share with the sweet babies who are about to take the leap into their formal education. 

Dear Kindergartener-To-Be:
As you start school with your eyes on 2029, these are my hopes for you:
That the world we all share – the very world your generation will lead -will be characterized by peace and kindness rather than war and divisiveness.  To help make that happen, be the person who is kind, compassionate, and inclusive of others.  And remember no matter how someone looks or sounds or where they live or what they do, everybody is more like you than not.  Let the people around you know they matter, because they do.

I also hope you will keep your sense of wonder. Let yourself keep learning - whether you’re in a classroom, a forest, a grocery store, a boat, a treehouse, and of course, a library. Be open, be curious.  And tell yourself it’s good to take risks and to be willing to make mistake after mistake as you learn.

May you choose to have more experiences than things.  Money comes and money goes.  Things are just things and nothing more.  And no amount of wealth can buy your health or your happiness.  Make memories to hold onto you so when you’re past middle-age, like me, you are grateful for the times you had rather than the purchases you made. 

You will soon discover that life is not fair – in any way whatsoever.  It’s up and down and round and round, over and over and over.  Just know that there is significance in everything – good, bad and in-between.  So,  choose love over fear at each moment and your life will always be filled with deep meaning.

So, good luck, dear kindergarteners-to-be!  This is your world – dive in with both feet and open arms. And who knows?  Maybe I’ll get to celebrate with you as you move your tassel in just 13 short years!

Kathleen Ahern
Children's Librarian

May 18, 2016

Check Out These New Titles for Adults!

Jonathan Galassi

Galassi’s first novel, at once hilarious and tender, about the decades-long rivalry between two publishing lions, and the iconic, alluring writer who has obsessed them both. Studded with juicy details only a quintessential insider could know, written with both satiric verve and openhearted nostalgia, Muse is a brilliant, haunting book about the beguiling interplay between life and art, and the eternal romance of literature.

Rachel Vincent

From New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent comes a richly imagined, provocative new series set in the dark mythology of the Menagerie. Vincent constructs an intoxicating blend of carnival magic and startling humanity in this intricately woven and powerful tale.

Big Little Man: In Search of My Asian Self
Alex Tizon

An award-winning writer takes a groundbreaking look at the experience and psyche of the Asian-American male. First, fierce and funny observations, then a transformation and finally, Tizon’s deeply original, taboo-bending investigation turns outward, tracking the unheard stories of young Asian men today, in a landscape still complex but much changed.

May 17, 2016

Mary Shelley's Frankenstein: Anatomy of a Masterpiece

Join film and literature historian Lance Rhoades, for a conversation on how Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein serves as a vivid allegory in debates about technology, slavery, and universal suffrage. This discussion, sponsored in partnership with humanities Washington, will be held on Tuesday, May 24th at 6:00 pm in the library’s Hecht Meeting Room.  For more information, contact the library at (509) 338-3254.