February 10, 2016

Check Out These New Titles for Adults!

The Girl with a Clock for a Heart
Peter Swanson
The Girl with a Clock for a Heart is a thrilling novel that follows George Foss as he gets sucked into a whirlpool of lies and betrayal when a woman from his past reappears unexpectedly. 

Dishing Up Oregon 
Ashely Gartland
In Dishing Up Oregon, Ashley Gartland shares delicious farm-to-table recipes inspired by the Oregon’s bounty. 

All Things Quilting
Alex Anderson
Including lessons on piecing, applique and borders, All Things Quilting is a complete quilt-making course for all skill levels.

February 08, 2016

Local Fabric Artist's Work on Display at Neill Public Library

Fabric art by local artist Cheryl Greenstreet is on display at Neill Public Library through February 27, 2016.   Greenstreet’s art reflects her passion for color, nature, and fabric.  Demonstrated techniques include machine applique, hand quilting, embroidery, and embellishing.  Pieces are created by dyeing fabric and thread, lettering and painting fabric, using hand and machine stitch, and traditional quilting methods.  

February 06, 2016

SLICE - A Cure for the Winter Woes

I feel it, don’t  you?  It’s that time of the year on our beloved Palouse when those winter blahs are creeping on tiptoes, tapping on my shoulders and mumbling, “eh, eh, eh.”  The mid-winter slump is here, ready to take root and blossom if I don’t do something to remind myself that the sun will come out tomorrow and the sporadic bouts of slush and yuck will melt away once and for all.

Thankfully, when I feel this weary-dreary sense of ho-hum winter malaise coming my way I have the perfect remedy. It’s found in my mailbox and outside my kitchen window.  Almost every day the postal carrier brings me seed catalog after seed catalog. And the view from my kitchen window is of two beautiful raised beds my dear husband made for me last spring.  Be still my gardening heart!
Who can resist the pull of the soil whispering, “I’m here, I’m here, beneath the snow, under the slush, patiently waiting for your time, attention, hoe and seeds.”  Not me, I assure you.  Seeds, seeds, seeds.   So many seeds with only so much space.  Decisions, decisions, decisions.

In our garden there are always the must-have-no-question-stand-bys that include tomatoes, kale, spinach, peppers and a variety of cut flowers.  And then, decisions must be made so new and exciting foods and flowers can make it to our table come summer.  How do I choose from a plethora of tempting heirloom choices, each with its accompanying siren song name?  Amish Deer Tongue Lettuce, Apple Green Eggplant, White Stem Bok Choy, Purple Vienna kohlrabi, Chioggia beet, Fantasia Orange Swiss Chard, Black Velvet Nasturtium, Grandpa Ott’s Morning Glory.  The list goes on and on.  The challenge is in the choosing.  The reward is in the planting and reaping, so choose I must and choose I will.

Ahh, I can already feel the niggling of winter woes starting to shed. My heart is filling and my hands are itching to get my orders placed and be out there in the soil. It can’t come soon enough.  But since I cannot delude myself into thinking I have any control of the seasons or weather, I remain content to do what I can - pour through the pages of every catalog, sketch out my two bed plots and of course, make a beeline to the gardening books at the library.  And that means I’m right back to choices and decisions. What a wonderful thing for me … and for you!  Whether you’re a seasoned soil digger or a newbie to the farm to table hands-in the-dirt movement, the library can help in a variety of ways.  From gardening books to magazines to DVDs and more – they’re each waiting to be checked out and put to delicious and beautiful use.

So, here’s to the last month (or so) of winter and the beginning of spring on our beloved Palouse.  Goodbye snow, slush, mush and cold temps. Hello to sunshine, warm rain, sprouting seedlings and a full heart of gardening joy!
Kathleen Ahern
Children's Librarian

February 03, 2016

Check Out These New Books in Youth Services!

Dear Hank Williams  
Kimberly Willis Holt
In Rippling Creek, Louisiana, in 1948, eleven-year-old Tate writes letters to her favorite country singer, sharing her dreams of becoming a singer and revealing that her mother is in prison

Python For Kids: A Playful Introduction to Programming 
Jason R. Briggs
Learn the basics of programming as you experience unique (and often hilarious) example programs that feature ravenous monsters, secret agents, thieving ravens and more. 

How to Bake a Book 
Ella Burfoot

A young girl shares her recipe for baking the perfect book, from breaking ideas into a cup to adding periods and capital letters, with a pinch of good, a dash of bad, and carefully cut out characters mixed in.

February 02, 2016

LEGO Program at Neill Library Today!

Children ages five years and older are invited to Neill Public Library’s monthly “Lego Program," Tuesday, February 2, 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.