July 22, 2015

A Week of Musical Fun

It's the final week of Neill Public Library's Summer Reading Program, and full of musical fun.  Yesterday, musician Eric Herman performed two shows full of music, fun laughter and audience participation.  
 



Join us tomorrow at 10:30 for a musical storytime with renowned children's musician Victor Johnson. Victor will also be performing at our Summer Reading Finale tomorrow night at Reaney Park from 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. Bring a blanket and cool drink while your kids enjoy a free ice cream treat from the Friends of Neill Public Library. Join us for a magical night!

July 15, 2015

Cajun Fun and More to Come!


Yesterday at the library Louisiana native and Pullman resident Justin Cooley entertained children and adults with his Cajun version of Little Red Riding Hood.  Instead of taking cookies or muffins, Petite Rouge rowed her pirogue to grandmama’s bringing her a basket of gumbo biscuits, crawfish etouffee and boudin. Yum! Yum!  And no, there was no hungry wolf in this tale – instead, it was big ole’ hungry gator  – who tried to impersonate grandmama. But Petite Rouge was not fooled one little bit and thankfully, the story ending happily ever after – just in time for everyone at the library to join Mr. Cooley in the “Crawfish Shuffle!” 



More Summer Reading fun continues.  Join us next Tuesday (7/21) at 10:30 or 1:00 when Children’s Musician Eric Herman is here to entertain one and all!  Get ready to sing some fun songs and tap those toes to new tunes too!

July 11, 2015

Winged Focus


Our household recently acquired some new binoculars.  A friend of ours received them as a gift, and he already owned an almost-identical pair. He generously offered them to us and we accepted with grateful hearts and eyes ready to focus.

So my sweet husband and I have been having a delightful time looking at our world up close and personal – and the clarity is breathtaking! We thought we were seeing things before, but we’re really seeing things now!  And more often than not, that includes the world of birds.

Yes, all kinds of feathered friends seem to occupy most of our binocular time.  We’ve watched bald eagles soar, hawks hover, magpies enjoy a tasty lunch and a mama robin patiently sitting on her little nest.  Birds, birds, birds - they’re the best entertainment around, no power source needed.
At times we feel like would-be ornithologists, and at others, just your run-of-the-mill aviary voyeurs.  Call us what you will, we are thoroughly enjoying ourselves each time we raise our binoculars and find another beaked friend to watch who shares this beautiful world with us.

Our feathery focus has led us to another interesting and highly informative place – right down the path to the library’s website at www.neill-lib.org.  We simply click on the “Databases” link on the left-hand side and then scroll down to Birds of North America.  Talk about a plethora of bird information -photographs, sketches, calls, habitats, conservation tips, feeding habits, measurements, demography, population data and more!  It’s a veritable who’s who and what’s what of the winged world.

But wait, there’s more!  Are feathered creatures not your thing? No worries! You’re just a click away from other incredible library databases designed to meet your needs.  Looking for a new job or ways to update your resume?  Just click on the Career Transitions Database, and you’re off and running.  Do you need to do some repair work on your vehicle or get a ballpark estimate of what it might cost to have someone else do the work? The Chilton Auto Repair Library Database has it all. Have you just read a great book and want to find another title that’s similar?  Go to NoveList and you’ll have a long list of books and authors to choose from.   And there are even more databases to explore including – Mango Languages, Consumer Reports, History Study Center and Health and Wellness.  So many databases, so little time!


It’s all just a click away with your library card.  There’s no catch, no fee, no hassle.  It’s all there for you to explore, search and learn – right in the comfort of your own home.  Have questions or need some assistance?  Head to the library, send us an email or give us a call. We’re here to help you.  So, as we say at our house, get your nest made, spread your wings and get started today!
Kathleen Ahern
Youth Services Librarian

July 10, 2015

Fun for Kids and Teens!









It was a jammed pack day of fun at the library yesterday!  Elementary kids used their imaginations to make some incredible Legos creations.  They also found imagination as a running theme in the books they enjoyed with Children’s Librarian Kathleen Ahern. 


Later in the afternoon teens had a deliciously decadent time at their “Chocolate Mania” program.  A chocolate get-to-know-you ice breaker, along with a chocolate relay race, chocolate guessing activity and a “what kind of candy bar is this” sleuthing game made for a fun time for all.  Best of all, there was no shortage of chocolate treats to enjoy … a cascading cake with bowls of ice cream and cupsful of candy were devoured.  And perhaps best of all, teens were able to choose two new books to take home and savor!

The Summer Reading Program continues with weekly storytimes every Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30.  In addition, Cajun Storyteller Justin Cooley will entertain next Tuesday (July 14) at 1:00. Get ready for whole new Cajun version of Little Red Riding Hood and of course, he’s going to get us moving and shaking with the Crawfish Shuffle too!  Join us for all the fun!

July 09, 2015

Storytime and Storytelling

Mayor Johnson, the Voice of the Cougs came to storytime today and had us all laughing, roaring, trumpeting and ready for story after story!  He read four wonderful stories  to us including his all-time favorite, “The Baby BeeBee Bird” by Diane Massie and Steven Kellogg.  It was a fun and good-noisy time for one and all as it always is when Mayor Johnson is our guest reader!



The Summer Reading Program continues with weekly storytimes every Wednesday and Thursday at 10:30.  In addition, Cajun Storyteller Justin Cooley will entertain next Tuesday (July 14) at 1:00. Get ready for whole new Cajun version of Little Red Riding Hood and of course, he’s going to get us moving and shaking with the

Crawfish Shuffle too!  Join us for all the fun!