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Stanley Library News, March 20, 2014

By Jane Somerville
Attention e-book lovers. We now have two platforms available for checking out books to your e-reader devices. For the past year we have been a part of the Idaho Digital Consortium, where we share e-books with several libraries around the state. The consortium is growing and the selection of books grows every month. And now, as part of the Library Consortium of East Idaho, we have access to another library of e-books available from 3-M. The 3-M platform is a bit different, and you will need to install the 3-M app on your device before you will be able to check out books. This is a very simple process which we will be happy to help you with. For both platforms you will need your library card number, and the 3-M platform requires a password. Please stop by and let Phil or Jane help you check out a digital book to your device!
New books
Traditional book lovers, we have new goodies on the shelves for you, as well. Non-fiction selections include Thank You For Your Service by David Finkel, Things That Matter by Charles Krauthamer, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert, Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh, and The Fat Chance Cookbook by Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL. New fiction includes A Well-Tempered Heart (the sequel to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats) by Jan-Phillipp Sendker , The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, The Cockroaches (second in the Harry Hole series) by Jo Nesbo, The Good Lord Bird, winner of The National Book Award, by James McBride, Sweet Thunder by Ivan Doig and Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford.
Upcoming events
Thursday, March 20 at 6:00 John Phillips continues his Cheap Champagne lectures with "A Better World" at 6:30. Next Thursday, March 27, Sylvia Hamilton will wrap up the winter knitting circle with one final session at 6:00. We will be showing the movie "Awakenings" with Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro on Friday March 28. Movie time is 7:00. Free popcorn and no admission Friday night date deal in Stanley! We will discuss the book Awakenings by Oliver Sacks on Monday, March 31. Books are available for check out now at the library. Soup, bread and dessert will served free of charge at 5:30, discussion at 6:00 pm.
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Stanley Library News, February 27, 2014

By Jane Somerville
Jumping into 2014
2014 has been a busy year so far, with so much going on at the library! We have been hosting a knitting night every other Thursday. Sylvia Hamilton has graciously been helping folks learn the basics, and others have been bringing in their works in progress for a little social knitting time. Phil Enright has been hosting game nights every other Friday night. X-Box, Wii and board games are set up in the multi-purpose room for kids of all ages. Knitting circle and game nights will continue in March. Story time for the little ones is held every Friday at 10:30.

Our book discussion group has met twice in 2014, viewing a movie and reading the book. In January we discussed The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, led by discussion leader Jocelyn Plass. In February we discussed the Pulitzer Prize winning drama The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel. Discussion leader was Phil Coonts.

We hosted free hot chocolate and cookies for Winterfest. Stanley School students visited in January and February. The younger students at the school enjoyed a Read'n'Feed focusing on the book If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon by Ellen Levine. The students enjoyed a lunch of beans and rice, biscuits, dried fruit, buffalo meat and apple pie, cooked up by Shane and Melinda at the Back Country Bistro in Stanley. Activities included a board game, watching a video of western expansion photographs and music, and making butter. The older students read the book The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman. They enjoyed a similar menu, played Gold Rush bingo, wrote a newspaper article about the California Goldrush, and designed postcards to send to their families "back East."

There are sixteen movies coming out this year that are based on books. We have them all so you may enjoy the book before the movie. Check out our display on top of the new book shelf. The Monuments Men, Winter's Tale, The Fault in Our Stars and Gone Girl are just a few.

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Stanley Library News, January 9, 2014

By Jane Somerville
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year! We have been in our new building for a full year now, and we are looking forward to serving you in the year ahead with plenty of programming, new books, audio books, magazines and more.
Programs for January
Programs for January begin Thursday, January 9, with a "Cheap Champagne" lecture by John Phillips, titled "Tomorrow Part Two." The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. January 16 at 6:00 our knitting circle will meet, bring your works in progress or learn something new. Board games, Wii and Xbox games will be played on Thursday the 17th at 6:00 pm. Bring your favorite game, or play the variety of games available at the library. Game on until everyone has had enough! Thursday, January 23 we will be showing the movie The Hunger Games at 7:00 pm, and we will discuss the book on Monday, January 27. Dinner will be served at 5:30, book discussion begins at 6:00. Books are available for check out at the library now.
New books for the New Year
Non-fiction books on the new shelf include The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Godwin, I Am A Man by Joe Starita, I Am Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb, The Death of Santini by Patrick Conroy and This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett.

New fiction includes The Circle by Dave Eggers, Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford, The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg, The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan and Identical by Scott Turow.

If you prefer to listen to your books we have an excellent selection of audio books including Innocence by Dean Koontz, Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, Sycamore Row by John Grisham, One Summer, America 1927 by Bill Bryson and The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani.

Library closure
The library will be closed Monday, January 20 in honor of Martin Luther King Day.
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Stanley Library News, December 12, 2013

By Jane Somerville
Christmas reading
We had an excellent turn out for our annual Christmas reading once again! We appreciate Bob and Marcia Beckwith for the use of Beckwith's Lodge to provide a homey atmosphere, Lisa Muscavage for doing the reader round-up, and all who brought delicious goodies and beverages to share. Readers this year included Maryellen and Sparky Easom, Tirzah Stuart, Nick Freeman, Allie McLaughlin, Laurii Gadwa, John Phillips, and Katie Conde. Selections ranged from original cowboy poetry to Dr. Seuss to David Sedaris, something for everyone!
Holiday decor and holiday reads
The library is decked out for the holidays! Hats off to Wes and Lynne Hutchins for providing a beautiful tree, Karen Keiski for the donation of Christmas ornaments and decorations, and to Steve Botti and Phil Enright for their decorating skills. Come in and check out the tree and decorations, and pick up a Christmas book. We have a great selection of holiday titles, including A Christmas Blizzard by Garrison Keillor, A Dog Named Christmas by Greg Kincaid, Skipping Christmas by John Grisham, Wishin' and Hopin' by Wally Lamb, and The Shepherd, the Angel, and Walter the Christmas Miracle by Dave Barry. There are also many selections for younger readers and a beautiful collection of holiday picture books.
Book sale
We will be holding a book sale Thursday, December 12 until 6:00 p.m., and Friday, December 13 from 10:00 until 5:00. We have a great selection of gently used books, and everyone knows a book is a present you can open again and again.
Santa at the library
Santa Claus will be visiting with children at the library on Saturday, December 21 beginning at 3:00. Cookies and cocoa will be served. Children of all ages are welcome to come and visit with the jolly old elf. This is a great holiday photo opportunity. Each child will also receive a small gift. Join in the merriment!
Christmas festivities for Stanley School children
The Stanley School children will once again be treated to cookies and cocoa and Christmas stories, compliments of "The Cookie Man," Ken Murray of San Diego, California. This has become a delightful tradition and we appreciate Mr. Murray and his wife Jill for their generosity. There will also be cookies available for library patrons compliments of the Murrays.
Stanley Library hours and other info
Summer hours are over, and our regular hours have changed. We are open Monday 12-6, Tuesday and Wednesday 12-4, Thursday 12-6, Friday and Saturday 10-6.
Library phone number is 774-2470.
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