Readers Dozen – September

This month’s challenge is to read a spy novel. You don’t have to sneak around too much to find one – unless you enjoy all the cloak and dagger dramatics :).

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Best Spy Novels (Goodreads)

Top 10 Classic Spy Novels (The Guardian)

Spy Novels (NPR)

The Spy Who Loved Me Booklist (TFPL)

Need more ideas? There’s no secret code – just stop by the Reference Desk for a look at our display or ask a Librarian for a recommendation!

Let’s Talk About It!

It’s that time of the year again! Our reading and discussion series – Let’s Talk About It! – returns for the fall, with guest scholars and great books centered on the theme, “Growing Older, Growing Wiser.”

Join us every other Wednesday, from Sep 11 through Nov 6, at 6:30 PM for discussions led by professors and instructors from CSI and ISU. Here’s the schedule:


Sep 11The Memory of Old Jack by Wendell Berry with guest scholar Shelley McEuen (CSI).

Sep 25 Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom with guest scholar Michael Corrigan (ISU).

Oct 9 Jackalope Dreams by Mary Clearman Blew with guest scholar Leslie Leek (ISU)

Oct 23The Stone Angel by Margaret Laurence with guest scholar Kimberly Dill (CSI)

Nov 6The Women of Brewster Place by Gloria Naylor with guest scholar Susan Bailey (CSI)


Pick up a set of the books or get more information at the Reference Desk (208-733-2964 ext. 200).

Great Online Resource:

It’s so easy to get started with genealogy these days! If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about your family’s history, the Library offers access to one of the biggest genealogical databases – Search census records, military records, birth/death/marriage records, immigration rolls, and more from the U.S. and countries around the world. Plus, they have a great help section that will give you the lowdown on using their site. One caveat: the database can only be accessed inside the Library.

Also, we’ve got a Genealogy Workshop each second Tuesday of the month at 10 AM, which will provide you with even more great tips and tricks for filling out your family tree!

August is Read-a-Romance Month!

If you haven’t read a romance novel in awhile (or maybe it’s only been a few hours :), you should take advantage of the weeks before Labor Day and pick one up. Today’s romances are as varied as the people – not just women! – who read them. Whatever your interest, we can help you find one you’ll love. Here’s a list to get you started:

The Bride Test – Helen Hoang

  • Believing he cannot experience big emotions–like love, or grief, Khai Diep avoids relationships, until his mother travels to Vietnam and returns with Esme Tran.

Catching Christmas – Terri Blackstock

  • The rich and heartwarming story of a cab driver, a young attorney, and the elderly woman who will stop at nothing to give her granddaughter one special gift for Christmas.

Courting Mr. Emerson – Melody Carlson

  • A fun-loving, former hippie discovers she has feelings for a straight-laced, retired English teacher and makes it her mission to get him to loosen up.

Governess Gone Rogue – Laura Lee Guhrke

  • Disguising herself as a man to score her dream job—being the tutor for the Earl of Kenyon’s wild young sons, Miss Amanda Leighton, when her deception is exposed, vows to teach the Earl some lessons in love, seduction and second chances.

The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics – Olivia Waite

  • There has to be someone willing to employ a female astronomer. Fortunately, just before Lucy is about to give up all hope, she gets the chance to prove her scientific mettle when the opportunity to translate a French treatise on celestial mathematics presents itself. The translation is being sponsored by Catherine St. Day, Countess of Moth, who upon meeting Lucy discovers she has much more than a love of science in common with her new protégée.

Paris for One and Other Stories – Jojo Moyes

  • A collection of eight short stories is complemented by a novella in which a young woman abandoned during a romantic mini-vacation gathers the courage to embark on an independent tour of Paris.

Red, White, and Royal Blue – Casey McQuiston

  • A big-hearted romantic comedy in which the First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends.

Amish Sweethearts – Amy Clipston

  • Four cheerful Amish romance novellas with uplifting, simple love.

Souljacker – Yasmine Galenorn

  • News is out that the Souljacker, a tattoo-artist-turned-vampire, has escaped from an institution for criminally deranged Supernaturals, and that he is hunting and killing everyone he has ever inked. Lily O’Connell, a succubus and owner of Lily Bound has one of the Souljacker’s tattoos on her thigh and nowhere else to turn. When she hires Archer Desmond, a chaos demon and PI, to help track down the vampire, she didn’t plan to fall in love with him.

Tempest – Beverly Jenkins

  • When Regan Carmichael, his mail-order bride, arrives, widower Dr. Colton Lee, who is in need of someone to care for his daughter, gets the unexpected in the form of this independent beauty who makes him believe in second chances.

To Tame a Wild Cowboy – Lori Wilde

  • When he discovers he has a baby daughter, love ‘em and leave ‘em bull rider Rhett Lockhart offers the baby’s foster mother a marriage of convenience and shared custody and soon discovers that they make the perfect family.

The Wedding Date – Jasmine Guillory

  • Stranded together in an elevator during a power outage, Drew and Alexa agree to pose as a couple at an ex’s wedding and discover afterwards that they are unable to forget each other.

End of Summer Reading

This Saturday – July 27 – is the last day to get tickets for the Summer Reading activities you completed during June and July. We’ll be drawing for our last weekly prize and our Grand Prize next Tuesday!

Thanks to everyone who participated. If you’re still looking for a reading challenge, it’s never too late to do our Readers Dozen – in August, read a popular author you’ve never read before. Fill out a ticket before Sep 7 to enter the August drawing, and you might win a movie pass!

Take Ten: Fly Me to the Moon

This summer has been filled with books, audiobooks, television programs, and more all about space. And, though it’s been fun to learn about the science and stories about the journeys humankind has taken beyond our planet, it can get overwhelming (or become an obsession!).

If you’re looking to stick with the theme but branch out a little, check out one of these books with “moon” in the title. They may not be “NASA-approved” but they’re still a good read.

The Almost Moon – Alice Sebold

  • Having set aside her own life in her support of her parents, husband, and children, Helen Knightly confronts the realities of the choices that were imposed upon her during a harrowing twenty-four-hour period of death and revelation.

Carolina Moon – Nora Roberts

  • Returning to the hometown where her best friend Hope had been murdered as a girl, Tory Bodeen decides to face down her memories from that awful night and, in doing so, forges a relationship with Hope’s older brother Cade Lavelle.

Half Moon: Henry Hudson and the Voyage that Redrew the Map of the World – Douglas Hunter

  • Recounts how Henry Hudson defied orders to find an eastern passage to China by redirecting his voyage along the coastline from Spanish Florida to the Grand Banks, an effort that laid a foundation for New York’s establishment as a global capital.

He Wanted the Moon: The Madness and Medical Genius of Dr. Perry Baird, and His Daughter’s Quest to Know Him – Mimi Baird

  • Author Mimi Baird lost contact with her father Dr. Perry Baird when she was six, in 1944. She knew only that he was “ill” and wasn’t coming home. In He Wanted the Moon, Mimi weaves together excerpts from her father’s manuscript with her own recollections, providing a fascinating, if sobering, portrait of psychiatric treatment before the symptoms of mental disorders were better understood.

Moon Before Morning – W.S. Merwin

  • Merwin’s elgiac poetry describes the human relationship with the natural world and memory.

Sex on the Moon: The Amazing Story Behind the Most Audacious Heist in History – Ben Mezrich

  • Draws on court records, FBI transcripts, NASA documents, and first-person interviews to reconstruct NASA fellow Thad Roberts’ theft of invaluable moon rocks, offering insight into Roberts’ personality and the nature of his accomplices.

Shoot the Moon – Billie Letts

  • In the 1970s, thirty years after a baby’s disappearance from the community of DeClare, Oklahoma, a grown Nicky Jack Harjo mysteriously returns.

Stars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman’s Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom – Lucia Jang

  • The memoir of a determined young North Korean woman who endured famine, an unlawful marriage and harsh imprisonment, and who finally managed to escape to Canada.

Thirteen Moons – Charles Frazier

  • From the age of twelve, when he is sent alone into the wilderness to run an Indian trading post, Will’s life becomes intertwined with the destiny of the Cherokee Indians, as he falls in love with a girl named Claire, and builds a friendship with a chief named Bear.

Winter Moon – Dean Koontz

  • Policeman Jack McGarvey connects the killing spree of a Hollywood director with a vision witnessed by an old caretaker on a lonely Montana ranch.

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Summer Reading Finale

Help us end Summer Reading with a BLAST! Drop by – we’re closing Hansen Street in front of the Library – and craft, game, and dance the night away (or at least until 8:30!). You won’t want to miss it!