Take Ten: Preservation Week

Next week is PRESERVATION WEEK – a week to take stock in our personal and shared treasures and make action plans to keep them safe. And, in light of this week’s fire at Notre Dame, it’s a good reminder that we need to help preserve our cultural heritage year round.

The following books all offer a look at how professionals, local groups, and individuals can work to protect physical and digital items to share with the next generation. Catch up on a few ideas – and then get preserving!


American Treasures: The Secret Efforts to Save the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address – Steven Puleo

The Antiquities Act: A Century of American Archaeology, Historic Preservation, and Nature Conservation

Bridging the Past, Present, and Future: Commemorating 25 Years of the Idaho Heritage Trust

Buying Time for Heritage: How to Save an Endangered Historic Property – J. Myrick Howard

Caring for Your Family Treasures: Heritage Preservation – Jane S. Long

Creative Digital Scrapbooking: Designing Keepsakes on Your Computer – Katherine Murray

The Past and Future City: How Historic Preservation Is Reviving America’s Communities – Stephanie Meeks

Preserving Your Family Photographs: How to Organize, Present, and Restore Your Precious Family Images – Maureen Alice Taylor

Vanishing Histories: 100 Endangered Sites from the World Monuments Watch – Colin Amery

Why Old Places Matter: How Historic Place Affect Our Identity and Well-Being – Thompson M. Mayes

National Poetry Month 2019

Pick up one of these new titles, or let us recommend another!

Readers Dozen – April!

Readers! Are you ready for an adventure? This month our Readers Dozen challenge is to read a Fantasy. So, whether you’re interested in dragons or demons, magic or mazes, find a book that will take you on an escapist journey.

Because this is such a broad category, we’ve found a few lists to help you narrow your choices. Or, ask a Librarian for a recommendation!



~Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance


Angels, Gods, and Demons


Mythologies and Retellings of Classics & Fairy Tales

Arthurian Tales



Vampires, Werewolves, and Witches


Readers Dozen March – Read an Idaho Memoir

Vintage postcardHow’s the Readers Dozen Challenge going? If you haven’t gotten your Idaho Memoir read, you’ve still got time. If you haven’t gotten one picked out, you could get started with one of these:~~~

Adventures of an Idaho Mountain Pilot – Harold Dougal

Bitterbrush Country: Living on the Edge of the Land – Diane Josephy Peavey

Eagle Rock: Growing Up Rich in Idaho – John David Rose

Growing Up with Ghosts: Memories of Silver City, Idaho – Julia Conway Welch

Hannah and the Mountain: Notes Toward a Wilderness Fatherhood – Jonathan Johnson

Home Mountains: Reflections from a Western Middle Age – Susan H. Swetnam

King of the Mild Frontier: An Ill-Advised Autobiography – Chris Crutcher

My Heaven in Hells Canyon: Growing Up in Snake River – Violet Wilson Shirley

On All Sides Nowhere: Building a Life in Rural Idaho – William E. Gruber

We Sagebrush Folks – Annie Pike Greenwood

Like Netflix’s Russian Doll?

Readers Dozen – FEBRUARY

February is usually a month when we get just a little tired of winter (though, this year hasn’t been too bad – fingers crossed), so we thought a literary trip somewhere warm would be a good idea. Our theme for READERS DOZEN this month is to read a book set in the tropics.

There’s still a great variety of places (Cuba, Malaysia, Madagascar) and genres (mystery, romance, travelogue), so you’re sure to find something that works for whatever mood you’re in (happy, anxious, quiet). Stop in and we’ll set you up with something – or check out this list: Goodreads Tropical Book Lists


The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers January 1992

We’re barreling through January 2019 – let’s slow things down a little with a good read. Stepping back to 1992 (which saw the election of Bill Clinton, the Winter Olympics in Albertville, and the launch of the Cartoon Network), we’re sure to find something fascinating in the New York Times Best Sellers list for the week of January 26.



1. Scarlett by Alexandra Ripley

2. Hideaway by Dean R. Koontz

3. Needful Things by Stephen King

4. No Greater Love by Danielle Steel

5. Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

6. Night Over Water by Ken Follett

7. Blindsight by Robin Cook

8. The Sum of All Fears by Tom Clancy

9. The Firm by John Grisham

10. Lila by Robert M. Pirsig

11. Oh, The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss

12. Line of Fire by W. E. B. Griffin

13. The Doomsday Conspiracy by Sidney Sheldon

14. Griffin & Sabine by Nick Bantock

15. Private Eyes by Jonathan Kellerman



1. Den of Thieves by James B. Stewart

2. Memories by Ralph Emery with Tom Carter

3. Backlash by Susan Faludi

4. Me: Stories of My Life by Katharine Hepburn

5. The Jordan Rules by Sam Smith

6. Plausible Denial by Mark Lane

7. Molly Ivins Can’t Say That, Can She? by Molly Ivins

8. Uh-Oh by Robert Fulghum

9. Brother Eagle, Sister Sky: A Message from Chief Seattle by Susan Jeffers

10. Iron John by Robert Bly

11. The World Is My Home by James A. Michener

12. Parliament of Whores by P. J. O’Rourke

13. Under Fire by Oliver L. North with William Novak

14. Toujours Provence by Peter Mayle

15. J. Edgar Hoover by Curt Gentry