June 20, 2018

Mayor Glenn Johnson Reads at Storytime ... Tomorrow

Young children and their families/caregivers are invited to join Guest Reader, Mayor Glenn Johnson in the library’s Heritage Addition on Thursday, June 21 from 10:30-11:00 a.m.  Mayor Johnson, also known as the “Voice of the Cougars,” will read some of his favorite books to children and answer questions.

Pre-registration is not required for this free, fun library program.  For more information about this or other upcoming Summer Reading events at Neill Public Library, please visit www.neill-lib.org or contact Children’s Librarian Kathleen Ahern at (509) 338-3258.

New Titles from Neill Public Library...

By Aimee Molloy
Available In: Print Book

The most anticipated book of the summer- soon to be a major motion picture starring Scandal’s Kerry Washington. An addictive psychological thriller about a group of women whose lives become unexpectedly connected when one of their newborns goes missing.

By David Duchovny
Available In: Print Book

New York Times bestselling author David Duchovny reimagines the Irish mythological figure of Emer in Miss Subways, a darkly comic fantasy love story set in New York City. A fairy tale of love lost and regained, Miss Subways is also a love letter to the city that mesmerizes so many of us, New York.

By Chuck Palahniuk
Available in: Print Book

When Adjustment Day arrives, it fearlessly makes real the logical conclusion of every separatist fantasy, alternative fact, and conspiracy theory lurking in the American psyche. Adjustment Day is Palahniuk’s first novel in four years, and is an ingenious satire in which he does what he does best: skewer the absurdities in our society. 

June 19, 2018

Ready, Set, ART! Children's Program

Children who just finished grades K-5 are invited to Neill Public Library’s “Ready, Set, Art!” program. Children will enjoy great books and also do related hands-on art activities. Great door prizes too! Join the fun each Wednesday, starting June 20 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. in the library’s Edith Hecht meeting room. (NO meeting, July 4th)

Pre-registration is not required.  For more information about this free program or other Summer Reading events and programs, contact Children’s Librarian Kathleen Ahern at kathleen@neill-lib.org or (509) 338-3258.

June 18, 2018

Comedic Stunt Artist Matt Baker Performing Tomorrow

The Friends of Neill Public Library invite you to enjoy a hilariously fun and lively comedic stunt show starring Matt Baker. Baker has performed for a variety of Fortune 500 companies as well as at thousands of other public and private events.  He is known for his off the wall stunts, lively humor and full-on audience participation.

Baker is in Pullman to entertain folks on Tuesday, June 19 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. in the library’s Heritage Addition.  Make plans to attend one of his highly entertaining shows for all ages.

Pre-registration is not required for this free, fun library program.  For more information about this or other upcoming Summer Reading events at Neill Public Library, please visit www.neill-lib.org or contact Children’s Librarian Kathleen Ahern at (509) 338-3258.

Traveling the World… Mysteriously

Dan Owens, Adult Services Librarian, Neill Public Library

One of the great pleasures of books is the ability to connect to stories about places and cultures different from your own. From geography to tourism to culture, politics, and much more, books can introduce you to entire new worlds- but sometimes foreign fiction can feel a little too foreign.

Mysteries, though, provide a structure through which the reader can explore different worlds while experiencing a familiar plot. There is always some sort of detective, usually of the world-weary variety, and some sort of intuitive whodunit storyline that makes the reader immediately comfortable. Neill Public Library has a variety of mysteries and crime fiction that appeal to all mystery lovers from all over the world.  One good example is Donna Leon’s series of mysteries featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti, set in Venice. They evoke the rhythms and culture of the city while delivering endless satisfying plot lines.

Set in modern China, Qiu Xiaolong’s Inspector Chen series of mysteries detail unique Chinese political and cultural hurdles to crime-solving, not to mention including some wonderful poetry, a mystery rarity.  Martin Limon’s Sueno and Bascom series, set in South Korea, deliver outstanding mysteries as well as an in-depth look at some of the tensions caused by the long-standing  American military presence in that country.

Many of us are familiar with Stieg Larsson’s series featuring Lisbeth Salander, but there are many, many other fantastic Nordic mystery authors. One of the first was the husband and wife team of Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, whose Martin Beck series started in 1965 and contains fascinating social commentary (along with some of the best police procedural mysteries ever). Other great Nordic mystery authors include Henning Mankell, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Jo Nesbo, Karin Fossum, and the recently discovered Ragnar Jonasson.

France provides us with some amazing crime fiction, with many considering Georges Simenon’s Maigret series as one of the greatest of all time. Currently, Martin Walker’s Bruno, Chief of Police series beautifully details life in rural, southern France, and serves up some instructive history lessons as well. And don’t forget the food aspect. Food is very, very important for Bruno.

Of course, many of our most beloved mystery series come from England- think Conan Doyle and Christie. Other fantastic English mystery authors include PD James (a master of the psychological character study) with her Adam Dalgliesh series. Also, be sure to check out Elizabeth George, who recently published her 20th Inspector Lynley novel- and let’s not forget the BBC TV series. Speaking of great British television, don’t miss Ann Cleeves, who writes the Shetland Island and Vera Stanhope mysteries, both of which have made it to the screen.

Elsewhere in Great Britain, Ian Rankin has his hard-boiled detective John Rebus, who has been policing initially decrepit-but-now-gentrifying parts of Scotland for 30+ years. And in Northern Ireland, Adrian McKinty’s mysteries featuring Sean McDuffy gets to the heart of the “The Troubles” as well as any factual account.

This is just a short list- Neill Public Library has a treasure trove of mysteries from all over the world. Come on in and try them out today.