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Stanley Library News, July 30, 2015

By Jane Somerville
Summer is in full swing, the library is bustling, our new sign has been installed, and we have some excellent programs in the works.
Singing along with Nancy Cassidy
Close to thirty folks of all ages enjoyed singing along with Nancy Cassidy last Friday. Nancy will be strumming and singing once again on Friday, July 31 at 10:30. Come and join in on the fun, you've got to sing when the spirit says sing!
Sudden Death Over Time Discussion and Annual Luncheon
Thursday evening, July 30, we will hold a book discussion of Sudden Death Over Time by local author John Rember.

Rember will be our featured author at our annual luncheon at Redfish Lake Lodge on Saturday, August 8th at noon. Tickets for that event are on sale now for $25.00. John's memoir Traplines: Coming Home to Sawtooth Valley was the Idaho Library Association's 2003 Book of the Year. He has also written a book on writing and three short story collections. Recurring themes in his writing include the meaning of place, the impact of tourism on the West, and the weirdness of everyday life. We'll start off with a delicious lunch, then John will give a short reading and answer questions before he signs books.

Thanks to our dedicated trustees
We appreciate the work of trustees Sylvia Hamilton, Phil Coonts, and Doug Plass who all helped with installing our new sign on Niece Avenue. The first attempt at hanging the letters looks great, and with a little tweaking of a couple of errant vowels, will be just perfect! It's so great to have helpful trustees who truly care about our library.
New Books
We have some terrific new books and DVD's on the shelves this summer. New movies include Nebraska, Macfarland USA, Selma, and The Grand Budapest Hotel. Among the newest acquisitions in fiction is the controversial new book by Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman. Others include The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George, At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen, The Sunlit Night by Rebecca Dinerstein, Radiant Angel by Nelson DeMille, Church of Marvels by Leslie Parry, and Orhan's Inheritance by Aline Ohansesian. Non-fiction titles include The Oregon Trail: A New American Journey by Rinker Buck, The Wright Brothers by David McCullough, The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light by Carlos Santana, The Ghosts Who Travel With Me: A Literary Pilgrimage Through Brautigan's America by Allison Green, and A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer and Charles Fishman.
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Stanley Library News, June 18, 2015

By Jane Somerville
River Runts Reading
We are pleased to present a special program Friday evening at 7:00 in the Stanley Town Square. Valerie Stein, daughter of Ted Merrill and niece of Bill Merrill, will read from the book River Runts. She and her siblings will also share favorite memories. The book was written by Ted and Bill Merrill about their adventures growing up in the Salmon River Country. Ted was a physician and lifelong environmentalist who wrote prolifically in a wide variety of forms for most of his adult life. He completed River Runts in collaboration with his brother, Bill, after his retirement from general medical practice. He was a member of the Writers Guild of Eastern Oregon. In 2005 he started Homeostasis Press, where he and Bill published a variety of works. Along with River Runts they published I Only Dress the Wounds and Lessons From Pond Scum: The Eco-jar Cautions Against Our Technological View of the Earth's Life System, both written by Ted.

Ted passed away in 2013. Homeostasis Press is now run by his daughter Valerie, who published Lessons posthumously. Heartwood: A Woodcarver's Personal Reference is Ted's last remaining full-length work and is slated for publication in summer of 2015. Valerie retired from ten years as a school librarian after her father's death to become the proprietor of Homeostasis Press. Valerie's book, The Best of It: A Journal of Life, Love and Dying, was published by Homeostasis Press in 2009. Both her current novel (due out next year) and an upcoming middle grade project are historical fiction set in Washington State. She also helps out on a middle grade author's blog and shares with her readers at The Best of It:

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Stanley Library News, June 4, 2015

By Jane Somerville
Thursday night, June 4, at 6:30 John Phillips continues his Cheap Champagne lecture and discussion series. Tonight's topic is War Part 2. It is not necessary to have attended the first discussion to appreciate the second part.
Valerie Stein, the daughter of the late Ted Merrill, will be presenting a reading from the book River Runts by Ted and Bill Merrill. Ted and Bill were the children of school teacher parents and grew up in Kimberly, Gooding, and Fairfield. River Runts is their story of summers spent in the Wood River Valley, Marsh Creek and the Salmon River area. Valerie and her siblings will share favorite memories and readings from River Runts, Friday, June 19 at 7:00 pm in Stanley Town Square. New editions of the book will be available for sale.
Summer reading program
Summer reading program for kids K-8 begins June 4 with a program on animal heroes. June 11 will feature Super Heroes, June 25 is all about everyday heroes and will include a field trip to the Sawtooth Valley Volunteer Fire Department for a tour, a ride in a fire truck, and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) awareness. The final program will be held July 2 and will feature Fantasy Heroes. This program will also include a viewing of the movie "The Incredibles." All programs begin at 9:30 am. No pre-registration is required. Snacks will be provided.
Community yard sale
We will be holding our annual community yard sale on Saturday, June 13 beginning at 9:00 am in the Stanley Town Square. Please donate your gently used items (no clothing or TV's please!) to the library Friday, June 12 or Saturday morning. This is always a great sale with plenty of items of interest for folks of all ages, so don't miss this! All proceeds go to the library.
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Stanley Library News, May 21, 2015

By Jane Somerville
New sign
Library board of trustees chairman Phil Coonts and his Handy Hatchery Helpers installed a beautiful new sign on the front of the library last weekend. We appreciate these volunteers for adding this wonderful new addition to the building. Our handmade wooden sign that graced the entrance to the library building on Ace of Diamonds Street and made the move to the new building sadly did not tolerate last winter's wet weather. The sign was deteriorated beyond repair and has been retired. Brilliant internet searching by board member Doug Plass resulted in a rather simple solution for new signage on the street side of the building. We are anxiously awaiting this new addition.
Our STEAM club has been a huge success. The kids have enjoyed working with Straws and Connectors, Keva structures, Zoob Challenge, Q-Ba Maze 2.0 and several art projects. One of the highlights was building an all terrain vehicle that really worked with the Physics Challenge. We will continue STEAM Club through the month of May, and resume next fall after school is in session. But that doesn't mean there will be nothing for kids to do this summer, we are excited about our summer reading program that will begin in June. Every Hero Has A Story is our theme this year, we have exciting programs with animal heroes, comic book heroes, everyday heroes and fantasy heroes. Kids will not want to miss these programs! Help avoid the summer slide and keep your kids reading all summer long.
Adult program ideas
Staff, board members and helpful volunteers are brainstorming ideas for interesting adult programs this summer. Ideas for programs are always welcome, if you have a great idea shoot us an email or stop by and chat with staff members. We hope to line up some great entertainment and food for thought for the coming summer season.
Library consortium meeting
Library staff recently hosted the Library Consortium of East Idaho for the April meeting. We had a fruitful meeting with a lot of laughs (who knew a work meeting could be so much fun!) and every guest went home with a prize. We appreciate Jerry's Country Store and Motel, Mountain Village Resort, The Redd Restaurant, and Riverwear for donating our door prizes.

Prior to the meeting several of the librarians helped us rearrange our out-of-control children's section. Picture books are now arranged by category rather than alphabetically by author. Like dinosaurs? Look for the section labeled Dinosaurs, Monsters, and Dragons. Pinkalicious books are in the Sparkly section, and books about fire trucks can be found in the Things That Go section. We greatly appreciate the help and got the entire children's section finished.

New adult reads
We've got some terrific new adult books on the shelves. Longmire fans are rejoicing in Craig Johnson's latest release Dry Bones. Others include The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant, Inside the O'Briens by Lisa Genova, The Stranger by Harlan Coben, The Liar by Nora Roberts, and the latest installment of the Maisie Dobbs series, A Dangerous Place by Jacqueline Winspear.
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Stanley Library News, February 19, 2015

By Jane Somerville
Our STEAM Club is off to a great start. The first week the kids worked with Zoob Challenge. Zoob is an open-ended building toy, it's five basic pieces snap together 20 different ways. Zoob Challenge takes open ended building in a new direction, as young builders experiment with Zoob pieces to solve specific challenges based on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills. The first challenge was to build a car and figure out three different ways to make the car move across the table. When this challenge was met the participants then had to build something that made the car stop at the edge of the table before it fell off. The second week participants worked on two different projects. One group worked with Keva planks and constructed three structures that could be connected. Once that challenge was completed the group built a boat with the planks. The other group worked with Straws and Connectors to make a rocket ship. Kids from K-8 are encouraged to join us on Saturday mornings from 10:30 until 12:00 for STEAM Club.
Discussions on Policing and Governance
Stanley City Police Officer Ron Pumphrey will hold a series of discussions on policing and governance. The first discussion, Governance Role in Policing was held Wednesday, February 18. The second in the series will be held Wednesday, March 4th at 6:00 pm. The topic of discussion will be Ideal Versus Reality. There is an ideal desire but there is the reality of policing a community.
Discussion on 3-D Printing
John Phillips will hold a discussion on 3-D Printing Thursday, February 19, 6:30.
Winterfest celebration
Saturday we will be serving cookies and cocoa and playing X-Box games as part of the city of Stanley's Winterfest celebration. We will also be open Sunday, February 22 from 12-4. There will be a movie at 1:00 with popcorn and other treats.
Let's Talk About It
Let's Talk About It will be held on Monday, February 23. Dinner of soup, bread and dessert will be served at 5:30, book discussion will begin at 6:00. Our book this month is Animals in Transition by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson. Our scholar will be Dr. Clark Draney, Professor of English and writing program administrator at the College of Southern Idaho. Books are available now for check out.
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Stanley Library News, February 5, 2015

By Jane Somerville
Libri Foundation Books for Children Grant
Eighty two beautiful brand new books worth $1,406.55 with an additional $350.00 worth of Math and Science books were recently added to the children's collection. The Stanley Community Library was once again the recipient of The Libri Foundation Books for Children grant. According to President Barbara J. McKillip, The Libri Foundation has awarded over 5,000 grants to 3,260 libraries in all fifty states and surpassed the $5.5 million-dollar mark in new children's books donated to small, rural libraries. The Foundation, by matching funds raised by the local Friends of the Library or other local organizations, enables a library to obtain children's books it could not otherwise acquire due to budgetary constraints. The local sponsors can contribute from $50.00 to $350.00, which the Foundation matches at a 2-1 ration. This year our sponsor was the Florence J. Mahoney Foundation, and we appreciate their contribution. The school kids were thrilled with the new books, and seemed particularly interested in the non-fiction math and science books. A large percentage of the books have already been checked out more than once. We are so grateful to the Libri Foundation for choosing our library once again for this incredible opportunity. For more information on the Libri Foundation visit
New Books for Adults
The adult section also has new books. In non-fiction we now have The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein, Undeniable Evolution and the Science of Creation by Bill Nye, and The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless. New fiction titles include Nora Webster by Colm Tobin, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Falling From Horses by Molly Gloss and Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.
Upcoming Programs
February 5 at 6:30 pm, John Phillips will lead a discussion of Artificial Intelligence.
Other upcoming programs include our new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Club for elementary students. STEAM will meet on Saturday morning at 10:30 and run for about an hour and half. We have a lot of new materials for the kids to work with including Straws and Connectors, Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 for creating marble mazes, Keva Planks for making structures, Physics Workshop and Mosaic Magna pictures. This should be tons of fun for the school kids. We are also offering a knitting class, storytime for toddlers on Friday mornings and Let's Talk About It book discussions.
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Stanley Library News, January 15, 2015

By Jane Somerville
Libri Foundation Books for Children Grant
Once again the library is the recipient of a Libri Foundation Books for Children Grant. The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization that donates new, quality children's books to small, rural public libraries in the United States through its BOOKS FOR CHILDREN program. With matching funds from the Florence S. Mahoney Foundation, the library received 82 new books with a retail value of $1,406.55 with an additional $350.00 worth of Math and Science books. The books are currently on display in the community room of the library, with the exception of those checked out by the Stanley School children on their monthly visit to the library. For more information on the Libri Foundation visit
Game night
Our first game night of the winter will be held Thursday night, January 15 at the library. For the remainder of the season game night will be held the second Friday of the month. Board games and electronic games will both be offered. All ages are welcome to attend.
Let's Talk About It
Books are still available for the January meeting of Let's Talk About It to be held Monday, January 26. We will gather for homemade soup, bread and dessert at 5:30 and discuss A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking at 6:00 pm. John Rember will be our discussion leader. Rember's essay writing class will be held on the following Tuesday for this week only.
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