February 22, 2017

Check Out These New Books in Youth Services!

Rev Up Your Writing in Blogs
by Lisa Owings

Welcome to “Blogosphere” where one can have fun with writing!

by Kathleen Reilly

A great way to learn about the soil beneath a feet. 


by Michaela Muntean

Fate brings a man and 10 dogs together.  The result is nothing short of amazing!

February 18, 2017

Ready for Spring!

Are you feeling like me - that it’s time to say goodbye to the snow-filled, cold-filled ever-present season of winter on the Palouse?  Are you ready for the appearance of lemony daffodils, jellybean colored tulips and fluttery blossoms on tree branches? 

I’m ready.  So, ready.  I feel no sadness in giving my bedraggled windshield scraper, my over-used  mittens, and my trusty bag of ice-melting sand a much needed rest. I am so ready.

This isn’t my first, worst or longest winter. My childhood was spent in the snowy Midwest and as an adult I Iived several years in Minnesota, also known as the state of 10,000 frozen lakes. So, I know winter.  And while I appreciate its inherent beauty and endless possibilities, including skiing, ice fishing, sledding, snowman building and more, I am so very, very ready for a change of season. Spring can’t come soon enough for me because it’s all about new beginnings, warming temps and yes, gardening. 

So lucky me, to work at Neill Public Library where I am but a stone’s throw away from the shelves that hold the many, many gardening books and magazines.  And thanks to our Adult Services Librarian Dan Owens, there are many brand spankin’ new gardening titles to enjoy as well.

If you’re like me, I also try and include a young person in the process of planning, planting and harvesting. So, I’ve already gathered some gardening books from the library’s nonfiction collection for children. I can’t wait to read, share and plan for springtime activities with a little one.  We all know the more we encourage children to get their hands in the earth, the more connected they are to the cycle of life.  And the more connected they (and we) are, it becomes clear why it’s so important to take good care of this precious planet we all call “home.”

So, let’s all celebrate the seasonal shift that is hopefully, just around the snow-packed corner. Grab your hoe, buckets of compost, seeds, tomato cages and library card.  Whether you check out your gardening books in person or download them from the library’s website, there is an abundance of propagating possibilities.  So many books, so little time.  So many seeds and only so much soil.  Not bad dilemmas to have.

You’re welcome to sing, shout and rejoice with me:  “Goodbye to snow, sleet and slush and hello to seeds, soil and spring.” Happy reading!  Happy gardening!
Kathleen Ahern
Children's Librarian

February 15, 2017

Check Out These New Titles in Adult Services!

by Cathleen Schine
Available in: Print, eBook, eAudio

Cathleen Schine’s latest novel deftly combines dark humor with clever observations about aging, family, loneliness, and love.  Full of wit and wisdom, They May Not Mean To, But They Do explores the fine line between love and frustration that is a common characteristic of family relationships and, above all, the parent-child bond.  Schine, who is well known for her deft storytelling, is at her best in this novel about getting older and the relationships between families.

by Val McDermid
Available in: Print

Val McDermid’s latest mystery novel is a thrilling police procedural featuring Detective Karen Pirie investigating a seemingly straightforward case that leads to an unsolved murder from two decades past.  Out of Bounds is a thriller led by a Scottish cold case detective who uses her innate intelligence to resolve crimes. While the mysteries are fundamental to the story, DCI Karen Pirie is the star of this book.  McDermid excels in putting the reader at the center of this fast-paced plot.

by Cixin Liu
Available in: Print, eBook

Cixin Liu’s Death’s End—third in the award-winning Remembrance of Earth’s Past trilogy—is an exquisite novel that provides insight into how science fiction has evolved in Chinese culture.  Death’s End focuses on Cheng Xin, a rocket scientist from our era revived from artificial hibernation half a century in the future. An accomplished finale to the series, this book is epic in scope, with unexpected surprises up to the last page. A must-read for any science fiction enthusiast.

February 14, 2017

Calling area artists! The Friends of Neill Public Library invite artists of all ages to submit original artwork with the theme of “Literacy”. Entries will be pre-sorted into three age groups: 0 – 11, 12 – 17, and 18+. Submissions must be original, in a single color, 8.5x11” in size, and submitted as a high resolution PDF or hard copy. Entry forms are available online at www.friendsofnpl.com or hardcopy at Neill Public Library. Entries must be received by March 12. Bring your entry to Neill Public Library, email it to pullmanfnpl@gmail.com, or mail it to Friends of Neill Public Library, 210 N. Grand Avenue, Pullman, WA 99163.

Artwork will be displayed for community voting at Neill Public Library March 13 – 31 to determine the top three designs from each age group. Final voting will be done by library staff and Friends of Neill Public Library board members. Winners will be announced April 11.

Prizes will be awarded to semi-finalists from each age group. The artists with the overall winning design will receive $100 cash and a free t-shirt featuring their design. Winning artwork becomes the property of the Friends of Neill Public Library.

Neill Public Library Presents Climate Change: Wicked Solutions for a Wicked Problem with Peter Haug, PhD
Neill Public Library invites the community to Climate Change: Wicked Solutions for a Wicked Problem, a program aimed at empowering participants by developing a knowledgeable understanding of the topic and assessing climate-related information that will help in making thoughtful, informed decisions about the issue.  Dr. Haug will address the widespread ramifications of climate change and the cooperative efforts of individuals, communities, and institutions to find solutions.
This free event takes place Tuesday, February 21 at 5:30pm in the Neill Public Library Hecht Room.
The event is free to the public and requires no registration, but please note seating is limited.  Light refreshments will be served.
About the presenter:

Peter Haug received his M.S. degree in Wildlife Biology and PhD in Systems Ecology and has a career in environmental impact analysis that has spanned nearly 30 years.  He has presented on this subject throughout the region, including a series of six classes at the Pioneer Center for the Pullman Parks and Recreation Department.