December 05, 2018

New Titles from Neill Public Library....

By Marc Hetherington and Jonathan Weiler

Available in: Print Book
Two award-winning political scientists provide the psychological key to America’s deadlocked politics, showing that we are divided not by politics but something deeper: personality differences that appear in everything from parenting to the workplace to TV shows. Many of our differences would be easier to solve if we separated them from our divisive political debates.

By Ellie Kemper

Available in: Print Book
Ellie Kemper, hilarious comedian and star of The Office and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt delivers the goods in a collection of essays about one pale woman’s journey from the Midwest to Hollywood to New York City. She doesn’t tell you everything you need to know about making it in show business, and but you do learn how to discreetly change a diaper at Cibo Express.

By Evelyn McDonnell

Available in: Print Book
A stellar celebration of 104 musical artists, WOMEN WHO ROCK is a complete, up-to-date history of the evolution, influence, and importance of women in in rock and roll. It includes a stunning, full-color illustrated portrait of every musician and group, and is just a gorgeous book a

December 01, 2018

If you would like to see what new items were added to the library's collections during the month of November, visit the main page of our catalog here!  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.

The Gift of Trees

Hasn’t the fashion show that has surrounded us of late been particularly spectacular? The colors! The patterns! The beauty! Autumn is the peacock of seasons with its array of deciduous trees showcasing their breathtaking leaves of pumpkin orange, persimmon red, coppery brown sugar and egg yolk yellow. A delicious menu of visual art for one and all.

As a child growing up in America’s heartland, trees were often my favorite places of refuge. I spent countless hours perched comfortably in the branches of our giant mulberry tree, reading, writing and looking out and about from my leafy hideout. And each fall, I delighted in the acres of colorful leaves that carpeted my little world.  More than half a century has gone by and yet, I remain, as legend Ella Fitzgerald sang, “Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered” when it comes to trees.

It turns out I am not the only soul who is drawn to the majesty and magic of trees. I recently read an astonishing book by Peter Wohllenben entitled “The Hidden Life of Trees: What They Feel, How They Communicate; Discoveries from a Secret World.” Now, that is a title that beckons a reader!  

The author, a forester by profession, initially dismissed any notion that trees could feel or communicate with one another, but after years of being immersed in the world and science of trees, he came to understand how they utilize a sophisticated network to communicate feelings with each other. Trees do this by exploiting a vast underground system of fungi, thus allowing a tree to warn other trees of both opportunities and impending dangers. Intrigued? Amazed? Skeptical? Regardless, I beg you to read this book and feel its impact.

And if you would like more books on trees to inform, inspire and delight you, I recommend the following titles: “Sky Tree: Seeing Science Through Art” by Thomas Locker, “The Itty Bitty Guide to Trees: A Child’s Identification Guide to Trees of the Inland Northwest” by local authors Jaclyn Gotch and Lisa Bird, “The Tree Lady: The True Story of How One Tree-Loving Woman Changed a City Forever” by H.J. Hopkins and “Your Guide to Forest Bathing: Experience the Healing Power of Nature” by M. Amos Clifford. 

All of these books (and thousands more) are waiting for you and yours at Neill Public Library. So check some out and connect with a tree - and your library - today.

by Kathleen Ahern
Children's Librarian

November 28, 2018

New Titles from Neill Public Library....

Love is Blind
By William Boyd

Available in: Print Book
A new novel that unfolds across Europe as it tells a story of passions--familial, artistic, romantic--and their power to shape and destroy a life. The main character is a highly skilled piano tuner that travels the world with the prodigy pianist but he would gladly give it all up for the love of the Russian soprano.

By Stuart Turton

Available in: Print Book
Evelyn Hardcastle will die every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different person. The most inventive debut of the year twists together a mystery that will leave readers guessing until the very last page.

By Kate Morton

Available in: Print Book
The story of a love affair and a mysterious murder that cast their shadows across generations. Morton’s new book is set in England from the 1860s until the present day. Told by multiple voices across time, this is a story of murder, mystery, art, love, and loss.

November 21, 2018

New Titles From Neill Public Library....

By David D. Kirkpatrick
Available in: Print Book

A candid narrative of how and why the Arab Spring sparked a revolution in Egypt- and then quickly failed. Kirkpatrick also details America's role in that failure and the subsequent military coup that put a dictator in power. Into the Hands of the Soldiers is a heartbreaking story with a simple message- the failings of decades of autocracy are the reason for the chaos we see today across the Arab world.

By Robert Spalding
Available in: Print Book

Beginning with the 1899 installation of a stolen Tlingit totem pole at Pioneer Square and stretching to Safeco Field's 2017 Ken Griffey Jr. sculpture, Seattle offers an impressive abundance of public monuments, statues, busts, and plaques. This is a worthy guide for both long-time Seattle visitors and those new to the Emerald City.

By Anand Giridharadas
Available in: Print Book

An inside investigation of how the global elite's efforts to "change the world" preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the same problems they’re trying to solve.  Giridharadas is a former New York Times columnist, and takes the reader into the inner sanctums of a new gilded age- where the rich and powerful fight for equality and justice any way they can, as long as it doesn’t threaten their position.