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Stanley Library News, October 23, 2014

By Jane Somerville
Busy Summer!
After our busiest summer ever, it's starting to quiet down at the library. Over 5,000 visitors passed through our doors from May through September. We had a variety of programs offered this summer, including summer reading program for children, a showing of the documentary Wild by Law about the creation of the Wilderness Act, a lecture by Orval Hansen about his involvement with the creation of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, our annual book sale, a luncheon with Young Adult author Chris Crutcher at Redfish Lake Lodge, and a presentation by local author Patrick Lee about the secret war in Laos during the 1960's. Pat's book Kickers takes place during this war, and is available for check out. This summer we were also able to begin check outs of DVD's for children and adults, all of which were donated to the library. Many new books and audio books were added to the collection.
Other Activities
Phil Coonts and Andy Gunderson held a 2 hour workshop titled "Ladies, Start Your Engines! Basic Car Maintenance for Women" early this month. There is a good possibility of this program being offered again next spring.

Monday, October 27 we will hold our first discussion in our Let's Talk About It series sponsored by USbancorp, the Idaho Humanities Council, The Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Idaho Commission for Libraries. Our theme this year is Humanity of Science and Technology. We will be discussing The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr, with scholar Carrie Seymour of Boise State University. We will be serving homemade soup, bread, and dessert at 5:30 with our discussion beginning at 6:00. Books are still available for check out.

New Books
New books on the shelves include War of the Whales by Joshua Horwitz, In the Kingdom of Ice The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides, The Brothers John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles and Their Secret World War by Stephen Kinzer, and Tibetan Peach Pie A True Account of an Imaginative Life by Tom Robbins in non-fiction.

New adult fiction includes the latest installment of the Chief Inspector Gamache novels, The Long Way Home by Louise Penny, Fives and Twenty Fives by Michael Pitre, Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger, The High Divide by Lin Enger, and The Secret Place by Tana French. Two books that have made the short list for the National Book Award are available, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

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Stanley Library News, August 7, 2014

By Jane Somerville
Luncheon with author Chris Crutcher
A good crowd gathered at Redfish Lake Lodge on Saturday, August 2 for a luncheon with author Chris Crutcher. Crutcher is the author of a dozen books for young adults, one adult suspense novel, and an "Ill Advised Autobiography," King of the Mild Frontier. Raised in Cascade, Idaho, Crutcher now makes his home in Spokane where he continues to write and works as a therapist and child protection advocate. Crutcher regaled the crowd with humorous stories of his childhood and high school career as a solid "C" student and read several passages from his autobiography. All who were present now know to be wary if someone asks us if we "Want to do something neat?" He told some harrowing stories of people and situations he has encountered as a therapist. Crutcher doesn't use the people in his books, but rather their circumstances in life and this helps keep his fiction rooted in real life. We appreciate the staff at Redfish Lake Lodge, especially Mike, whose friendly service added to the pleasant occasion. We also greatly appreciate Idaho Rocky Mountain Ranch for providing our visiting authors with a memorable night at their world class resort.
The honorable Orval Hansen and history of SNRA
Thursday evening we are honored to host the honorable Orval Hansen who will be speaking about the formation of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area in honor of the 50 year celebration of the Wilderness Act. Congressman Hansen will be speaking in the courtyard of the Stanley Town Square at 7:00 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to hear about history directly from a participant in the action. We appreciate Mr. Hansen for sharing his knowledge with us.
Stanley Library hours and other info
Summer hours ended in August. Regular hours are Monday 12-6, Tuesday and Wednesday 12-4, Thursday 12-6, Friday and Saturday 10-6.
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Stanley Library News, June 19, 2014

By Jane Somerville
Summer Reading
Fizz Boom Read! Our summer reading program is under way and it is proving to be a great success. The kids love the theme with all kinds of science experiments and good stories, too. There are two more programs for each group. Third graders through eighth graders will meet the next two Wednesdays, June 25 and July 2 from 10:00 until noon. Pre-schoolers through second grades will meet the next two Thursdays, June 26 and July 3 from 10:00 until noon. Join Mr. Phil for science fun, stories and snacks. Next week should be especially fun; rockets, rockets, rockets! We have many new books that correlate with our science theme, come and check them out.
New DVDs
Hat's off to the folks who donated DVD's. We now have a small collection of movies to loan. Loan period is one week. It's an interesting collection with mostly adult movies. There are a limited number of children's titles available. Included in the collection are such disparate titles as Across the Universe, Batman Begins, BBC's Planet Earth, Ugly Betty Season One, and A River Runs Through It. We will continue to accept DVD donations.
New books
New adult book titles include All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Any Other Name, a Longmire book, by Craig Johnson, The Last Kind Words Saloon by Larry McMurtry, Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy, The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go, and The Son by Jo Nesbo.
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Stanley Library News, April 24, 2014

By Jane Somerville
April is National Poetry Month. Stop by the library the evening of Thursday, April 24 for a poetry participation event. Share your own poetry or personal favorite. Don't have the nerve to share? Come in and listen. John Phillips will be hosting the event, beginning at 6:30 pm.
Friday evening (April 25) at 7:00 we will show the movie The Book Thief. Popcorn will be served, and there is no admission charged. The movie is rated PG-13 and is not recommended for children under that age. We will discuss the book by Markus Zusak, and compare the book and movie on Monday, April 28. We will serve homemade soup, bread and dessert at 5:30. The discussion will begin at 6:00.
Donate your DVDs
We are still asking for your donations of DVD's to start a movie collection available for check out. Get that spring cleaning done, and make some room on your shelves by storing your DVD's on our shelves!
Ideas for upcoming programs?
Do you have a great idea for a library program? Please let our staff know and we will do our best to see it happen.
Our magazine collection
Are you aware of our magazine section? We have a great variety of magazines available, including Smithsonian, Bon Appétit, Smithsonian's Air and Space, Better Homes and Gardens, Consumer Reports, Mother Jones, National Geographic, Popular Science, Rolling Stone and Time. There is truly something for all. We also have National Geographic Kids and Little Kids.
New books
New books this month include Harlan Coben's latest thriller, Missing You, Apple Tree Yard, a psychological thriller by Louise Doughty, and The Martian by Andy Weir, the surprise bestseller survival thriller that is being called the Robinson Crusoe of the twenty-first century. The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson returns us to Mississippi, 1945. World War II is over, and a different battle is starting to brew in the South. Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, has this to say about Gabrielle Zevin's eighth book, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, "A wonderful, moving and endearing story of redemption and transformation that will sing in your heart for a very, very long time."
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Stanley Library News, April 3, 2014

By Jane Somerville
April is National Poetry Month. "Like" our Facebook page, Stanley Community Library, to see poetry posts throughout the month. We have a decent selection of poetry books available for check out, as well. John Phillips will continue his Cheap Champagne lecture series with a poetry participation session on Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30. Come by and share your favorite poem or just listen. Original poetry and old favorites will be shared.
We appreciate trustee Sylvia Hamilton for holding twice monthly knitting circles throughout the winter. Knitting circle will continue next fall. Game nights will also start up again next fall, with staff member Phil Enright. These programs helped relieve winter doldrums.

We're getting our spring and summer program schedule ready. Have a great idea for a library program? Let us know, and we'll do our best to make it happen.

Upcoming events
We have weeded our audio selection down to CD's only. There are several audio books available for downloading to your personal device available at You will need your library card number to check out these audio books. New audiobooks on CD include Unleashed, an Andy Carpenter mystery, by David Rosenfelt, After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman, Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen, Killer by Jonathon Kellerman, George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger, and An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris.

Now that all the audio cassettes are off the shelves, we've made room to start a DVD collection. Do you have gently used DVD's that are gathering dust on your shelves? Donate them to the library and we'll store them for you! You can always check it out if you'd like to see it again. We hope to have a small collection ready for check out by the end of May.

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