October 30, 2014

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!



                                  Harvesting Scene - Men and horses work to harvest hay.


Men on carts pulled by horses, bring in bales of hay from the fields.

October 28, 2014

Lady Liberty

When you hear the words “New York City” what comes to mind?  Traffic?  Times Square?  Central Park?  Wall Street?  Broadway?  For me, the first image is of the Statue of Liberty.  I remember the first time I gazed upon this bronze majesty. That feeling of awe and gratitude remain.  My father’s family came through Ellis Island from Ireland a little over one-hundred years ago.  They saw “her” there welcoming them to America with the promise of a new life, new opportunities, a new beginning.  I saw her there in that same harbor some eighty years later.  Time passed, but Lady Liberty and all she represented remained.

As with most things, I learn more information in a concise understandable manner by reading juvenile nonfiction books. So, I walked over the 974.7 section and found a treasure trove of well-written children’s books on Lady Liberty.  And here is a sampling of what I learned:
Alexander Gustave Eiffel, the builder of France’s famous Eiffel Tower, built the steel  “skeleton” of the Statue of Liberty.
During WW II, the statue acted as a Navy signal station, with sailors flashing Morse code from Liberty’s crown.
Lady Liberty has appeared on stamps in at least 35 countries.
The 25 windows in the crown stand for 25 gemstones found on Earth.  The crown’s 7 spikes stand represent the 7 oceans and 7 continents of the word.

So if you’d like to learn even more about this American symbol of freedom, check out Liberty by Lynn Curlee or Lady Liberty: A Biography by Doreen Rappaport.  The library even has a graphic novel (comic book format) called The Story of the Statue of Liberty by Xavier Niz.  Let freedom ring to all the huddles masses.  Check out some books to enjoy today!

Kathleen Ahern
Children's Librarian



October 27, 2014

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!



Lyon's Ferry, Snake River - McMullen's Military Road, Washington

October 25, 2014

Halloween

Are you on the hunt (or haunt?) for Halloween ideas, recipes, crafts or costumes?  How about some ghoulish stories to enjoy by the light of a campfire or a flashlight in a darkened bedroom? BOO! 

You need look no further than the shelves at the library.  Halloween picture books abound – from old time favorites like The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll and The Trip by Ezra Jack Keats to newer delights including Click Clack Boo by Doreen Cronin and Five Little Monkeys Trick or Treat by Eileen Christelow.  

Don’t forget to check out some nonfiction books as well.  Maybe Halloween Is by Gail Gibbons or The Story of Halloween by Carol Greene will be just the right treats for you?  Perhaps it’s also time to add some poetry like Who Said Boo by Nancy Carlstrom or something to tickle your funny bone like Hilarious Halloween Jokes by Alison Grambs.

For some hands-on fun be sure and check out A Halloween Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Kids by Sarah Schuette, Carving Pumpkins by Dana Rau or Clever Costume Creating for Halloween by Suzanne Singleton.

It’s all treats with no tricks at the library.  Check some boo-tiful books today!

Kathleen Ahern
Children's Librarian

October 23, 2014

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!

Harvesting Scene

3 Men and 2 horses in a field, bags of grain fill much of the space.



16 Men Stand on piled bags of wheat.