July 28, 2014

Get Those Entries In!

July 31st is the last day to submit your drawing slips for the Adult Summer Reading Program!

Remember, you can submit a drawing slip for each and every NPL book that you checked out from the library and finished reading.  Winners are chosen randomly, so even with only a few entries, you could be a big winner!

July 25, 2014

Books for a Steal!

I freely admit, I absolutely love to read in the sun.  The beach is preferable, but the river, the pool, or my own backyard will also do just as well.  I also acknowledge that my "leak-proof" water bottle has spilled on a few books in its time, and I personally replaced those books so that other patrons would still have access to great titles.

The Solution!:  If you, too, like to enjoy your books out in the sun, we encourage you to check out the hundreds of books available through the Friends of the Library Booksale area inside the library.  For a couple of quarters, you can grab paperbacks or hardcovers, fiction or nonfiction.  Choose from a mix of current, popular materials and more classic titles.  And what's on the shelves turns over constantly, so check regularly!

The Friends' Booksale area is the answer to your seaside (or poolside, or kiddie-poolside) reading needs-- the book is yours and only cost a couple of quarters, so if it gets dripped on by popsicles, dropped in the water, spattered with sunscreen, filled up with sand, left on an airplane, or forgotten at a rest stop, you won't have to worry about damage to a library book.

And, the quarters and dollars from the Friends' Booksale area add up-- and all that money directly supports the library, going to fund additional materials and programs we otherwise wouldn't be able to offer.  We thank the Friends for their amazing support!

July 23, 2014

Victor Johnson is here tomorrow!

Tomorrow, July 24 at Neill Library at 10:30 am is a musical storytime with Victor Johnson! Then at 6 pm at Reaney Park he's back with more music! And ice cream!

July 20, 2014

Beatrix Potter is 148

This month marks the 148th birthday of renowned children’s author and illustrator Beatrix Potter.  From an early age she showed a remarkable talent with sketching and drawing.  Her favorite subjects were the animals present in her life.  She and her younger brother had a number of pets including rabbits, mice, frogs, lizards, snakes, snails and even, a bat.  She was charmed by these living creatures and wanted to capture that in her renderings of them.  Any reader of her works knows she succeeded on every level!  So, in celebration of her birthday month, head to the Neill Public Library to find wonderful books by and about Beatrix Potter.  You can also check out the several DVDs we have of her work as well.  And if you’re interested in learning more online about this talented woman, you can visit www.peterrabbit.com    Happy Birthday, Miss Potter!

Kathleen,
Children's Librarian

July 19, 2014

Lessons From a Stream

As I put pen to paper to draft this column, my inspiration stands (or more accurately, wades) not twenty
yards from where I’m perched on the rocky bank of a breathtaking Idaho trout stream. My inspiration is the man with whom I’ve been joyfully privileged to spend the past twenty-five years of my life.

He is in full fly fishing regalia. Tan colored felt-soled wading boots, beige long- sleeved shirt, forest green breathable buckled-over-the-shoulders waders, black and gray nylon multi-pocketed vest, polarized sunglasses, a camo baseball cap and a smile that lights the world. He is in his element and savoring every cast, every breath, every moment. He is in the now, following his bliss.

Watching him cast is beautiful, hypnotic, gentle, patient, purposeful. It is poetry in motion, and I am both mesmerized and inspired.

There are lessons here for me to learn. My tendency, more often than not, is to step off the path of “here and now,” only to find myself careening full throttle down that bumpy highway of “what if?” And we all know that highway travels in only two directions – to the past and to the future. We also know that moving along that bumpy highway never leads us to any present measure of peace, let alone bliss.

In addition to the sweet wader-clad man in front of me, two other inspiring men come to mind as I ponder this life I am privileged to have and how to best live it. Joseph Campbell and Ram Dass. Joseph Campbell said it eloquently, “If you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. Follow your bliss and don't be afraid, and doors will open where you didn't know they were going to be.” Ram Dass said it succinctly, “Be Here Now.”

What brings you to the present moment? What is your bliss? Fly fishing?  Sketching? Running? Painting? Golfing? Writing? Knitting? Horseback riding? Yoga? Gardening? Skateboarding? Whatever it is, I know just the place to help inspire, nurture and support your blissful journey - the public library. From books, movies, music, magazines, documentaries, internet access to Microsoft’s IT (Information Technology) Academy. It’s all here for you at Neill Public Library. And an added bonus - it’s free for you and yours to access, use and enjoy. That’s a bit of bliss in and of itself, isn’t it?!

So, stop by, call or email us. Let us know what you need or want, and we’ll do all we can to help you get the resources to help you follow your dreams, live the life you want and follow your bliss.

As I close this column I give a tip of the camo hat to my elk hair caddis fly fishing man. Thank you for following your bliss and always inspiring and supporting me to do the same. Happy casting, my love!
Kathleen Ahern
Children's Librarian