May 04, 2016

Check Out These New Titles for Adults!

Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits

David Wong

Nightmarish villains with superhuman enhancements! Get ready for a world in which anyone can have the powers of a god or the fame of a pop star, in which human achievement soars to new heights while human depravity plunges to the blackest depths. 

My Cross to Bear
Gregg Allman

The author, one of the original members of the Allman Brothers Band and a legend of American music, writes his definitive story of a man who has seen it all- and a band that lived to tell the tale.

Handmade Interiors
Laura Palosuo

Stitch by stitch, this book shows how to make beautiful pieces for your home, choose the right materials, and revive your furniture to ensure a professional finish every time.

May 02, 2016

If you want to see what new items have been added to the library's collections during the month of April 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.

LEGO Program at Neill Library Tomorrow!

Children ages five years and older are invited to Neill Public Library’s monthly “Lego Program," Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Thousands of Legos will be on hand, awaiting the imaginations and creativity of attending children.  Meet in the library’s Hecht Meeting Room from 3:30-4:30 pm for a great time with Legos and more!

Children under seven years of age must be accompanied by an adult.  Pre-registration is not required.  For more information about this free event, contact Children’s Librarian Kathleen Ahern at (509) 338-3258.

April 30, 2016

SLICE Article: - Magic Happens at the Library

As I write this, spring has transformed the landscape of the Palouse.  Trees that only days ago were completely bare are now magically a riot of pink blossoms. Garden beds all over town and campus are suddenly full of tulips. Bishop Boulevard has yielded the surprising appearance of hundreds of daffodils in their first year of bloom.  Thoughtful and creative planning, the investment of time by community members, and the right environmental conditions yield a landscape that gladdens us all.

Such attention to planning and providing the right environment transforms other parts of our shared public life as well.  The communities of the Palouse are so fortunate to have great public libraries, but the services of those libraries are greatly enhanced by the support of the Friends groups that augment their financial and volunteer resources.

This past year the Friends of Neill Public Library was able to provide over $53,000 and 900 volunteer hours to Neill Public Library to supplement city support.  Those funds largely come from memberships of community members, from gifts given in memory or honor of loved ones, and from the proceeds of the Friends book sale area.  Contributions of many varied amounts gathered together transform the reach of our library services, programming, and materials.

The Friends’ contribution to Neill Public Library makes possible outreach such as Summer Reading, newborn and kindergarten literacy packets, public printing, and a variety of special programs for all ages.  In addition, this year funding supported new programs providing youth Lego programs and kits for check-out and computer instructional classes for seniors. Pullman’s well used public library, like the others in our area, serves as a vibrant hub providing needed information, joyful pleasure, and a welcoming space for all.

On June 8 the Friends of Neill Public Library will join with the BellTower Event Venue to celebrate and support the many ways that the library transforms our community by hosting two events by acclaimed Seattle magician G. G. Green. At 4 pm Green will provide the kick-off for the Summer Reading Program with a free youth performance at Neill Public Library.

That evening, from 7 to 9 pm, Green will be the featured performer for an evening fundraiser event at the BellTower in support of literacy programming, material acquisition, and facility improvements.  The evening will also include hearty hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, silent auction, and raffle items.

Tickets for the evening fundraiser are $35 per person and are available for purchase through May 27 at as well as at Neill Public Library and the BellTower Event Venue office.

I join with all of you in my gratitude for those whose vision and planning have graced our common physical landscape with the beauty we enjoy each spring.  I encourage you to join your local Friends of the Library group to support the cultural landscape that similarly makes the Palouse such a magical place to call home.

Karen Weathermon
President, Friends of Neill Public Library

April 27, 2016

Check Out These New Books in Youth Services!

When I Was The Greatest
Jason Reynolds

Powerful story of what happens when one choice makes a dramatic difference in the lives of Ali and Jazz who have never been in trouble before. 

Relationsip Skills 101 For Teens
Sheri Van Dijk

Teens guide to dealing with daily drama, stress and difficult emotions using Dialectical Behavior Therapy.

Boys Don’t Knit (In Public)
T.S. Easton

After a brush with the law, Ben, a dyed-in-the-wool worrier, must take up a new hobby and chooses knitting, which he feels compelled to keep secret.