October 05, 2015

National Fire Prevention Week

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. 

Closer to home, this week is a reminder to me to say an enormous “thank you” to Pullman Firefighters Local Union 1892.  There is more than one reason to thank these fine men and women.  First on our list, is the protection and service they give to all of us in this fine community.  When we need help, they’re there for us.  Thank you, indeed!

Even closer to home – like, right here at Neill Library – there is yet more reasons to say “thank you.” If you’ve been to the children’s area you’ve seen the wonderful fire engine book case. Local Union 1892 members built this for our patrons several years ago.  A fine gift, indeed!  I can’t count how many times, on a daily basis we have kids of all ages sitting in the engine, enjoying book after book.
And in that fire engine bookcase are DVDs and books related to firefighting and fire safety.  They’re so popular, it’s challenging to find many on the shelf at one time.  But, not for long.  And here’s another reason to say “thank you.”  Local 1892 members recently donated $500 to purchase more books and DVDs for this well-circulating collection.  WOW!  So many thanks for so many reasons.

So, in celebration of National Fire Prevention Week, make it a point to thank one of our local firefighters.  Thank them for their service and their ongoing generosity to the library.  What a difference they make to us all!

Kathleen Ahern
Children's Librarian

October 01, 2015

What's new at the library?

If you want to see what new items have been added to the library's collections during the month of September take 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 Washington Anytime Library.

September 28, 2015

Help in the Kitchen

Isn’t it interesting (and tasty!) that this month brings with it the title of “National Biscuit Month” as well as “National Chicken Month?”  Chicken and biscuits … sounds like a southern combination just waiting to be devoured.  Need cookbooks, recipes or general culinary inspiration?  The library is your go-to source!  Head to the shelves with the Dewey numbers of 641.5 – in both the adult and kids’ departments.  We have so many cookbooks you’re bound to find just what you need.

There’s plenty to whet your appetite, get your mixer stirring and your oven heating!  Here comes a wonderful feast that you’ve prepared … chicken and biscuits included!  Happy Reading!  Happy Eating!

September 24, 2015

Explore the Palouse Heritage Collection...

The Palouse Heritage Collection at Neill Public Library has a wide variety of materials about the Palouse.  We will be sharing some of the photos from the collection with you over the next few days and weeks, but don't just view the materials here.  Come down to the library and explore the Palouse Heritage Collection!

Five men and a woman attempt to float to safety on the flood waters,
carrying what supplies they can manage. 

September 23, 2015

Three Days Left to Sign Up - Be a Hero, Save a Life

Neill Public Library will once again host the Inland Northwest Blood Center (INWBC) for a blood drive on Monday, September 28, 2015 from 2:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. As the only supplier of blood and blood products for area hospitals, each blood donation has the potential to save 3 lives.  The blood supply will run short as we head into the fall and winter months due to holidays, travel, inclement weather and illness. You can help to make everyday moments possible for patients in need. 

Appointments are scheduled every 15 minutes; collection will be drawn in the INWBC bus parked outside the library on Olsen Street.  Donors should arrive 5 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment to complete the registration process with an INWBC staff member inside the library’s Hecht Meeting Room.

A special appearance by the INWBC Blood Drop and Mayor Johnson will happen during the 9/24 Thursday 10:30 storytime.  The same Blood Drop character will be present to greet donors on the day of the blood draw.

Patrons and staff interested in signing up to donate should contact Lori Lewis at (509)338-3269.  The pre-registration period ends at close of day Friday, 9/25.