Picture Your Neighborhood!

Help us preserve our local cultural heritage. During the weekend of March 3 & 4 (March 4 is Idaho Day!), step outside and take a photo of your neighborhood. Then, upload the picture and a brief description to our website: tfpl.org/pyn.

We’ll compile the photos and add them to our historical photograph database so we’ll have a record of what Twin Falls looked like in 2018. Your great-grandchildren will thank you!

Have questions? Call the Reference Desk at 208-733-2964 ext 200 or email us: tfpl@twinfallspubliclibrary.org.

The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1951

Let’s go way back today – all the way to 1951 – for a look at what we were reading in that year, according to the New York Times Best Sellers list for the week of February 11.



1.  Joy Street by Frances Parkinson Keyes

2. The Disenchanted by Budd Schulberg

3. River of the Sun by James Ramsey Ullman

4. The Disappearance by Philip Wylie

5. The Cardinal by Henry Morton Robinson

6. The Balance Wheel by Taylor Caldwell

7. Son of a Hundred Kings by Thomas B. Costain

8. The Loved and Envied by Enid Bagnold

9. The Adventurer by Mika Waltari

10. Foxfire by Anya Seton

11. The Little World of Don Camillo by Giovanni Guares Chi

12. Across the River and Into the Trees by Ernest Hemingway

13. The Witch Diggers by Jessamyn West

14. The 13 Clocks by James Thurber

15. Rivers Parting by Shirley Barker

16. Moulin Rouge by Pierre La Mure



1. Kon-Tiki by Thor Heyerdahl

2. Boswell’s London Journal by Frederick A. Pottle

3. Look Younger, Live Longer by Gayelord Hauser

4. Out of This World by Lowell Thomas Jr.

5. Rommel, The Desert Fox by Desmond Young

6. The Hinge of Fate by Winston Churchill

7. Decline and Fall of Practically Everybody by Will Cuppy

8. Policy for the West by Barbara Ward

9. The Far Side of Paradise by Arthur Mizener

10. Courtroom by Quentin Reynolds

11. Little Britches by Ralph Moody

12. The Hell Bomb by William Leonard Laurence

13. Information Please Almanac 1951 by John Kieran

14. The Lady’s Not for Burning by Christopher Fry

15. Henry Gross and His Dowsing Rod by Kenneth Lewis Roberts

16. Belles on Their Toes by Frank B. Gilbreth and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

Take Ten: Winter Olympics!

The 2018 Winter Olympics get underway next week in PyeongChang, South Korea, and we’re ready to curl up and watch curling, jump on to the couch to watch ski jumping, and, well you get the idea.

If the constant commercials haven’t yet gotten you in the mood, stop in and grab one of the following items to get some inspiration – to watch and maybe to dream!



The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team – Wayne R. Coffey

  • Looks back at one of the greatest moments of twentieth-century sports history, the victory of the U.S. hockey team over the Soviet Union, assessing the meaning of the triumph and the paths of the players and coaches on both sides since 1980.

The Complete Book of the Winter Olympics – David Wallechinsky

  • Offers a compendium of statistics, stories, and images that span the history of the Winter Olympics.

Fall Line: How American Ski Racers Conquered a Sport on the Edge – Nathaniel Vinton

  • A journey into the world’s original extreme sport: downhill ski racing.

Landing It: My Life On and Off the Ice – Scott Hamilton

  • The Olympic champion skater recalls his life, from a childhood spent fighting a disease that stunted his growth to eventual triumph in the 1984 Olympics and the later revelation that he had contracted testicular cancer.

My Sergei – Ekaterina Gordeeva

  • The Olympic gold medalist offers an account of her life with her skating partner and husband, Sergei Grinkov, from their first introduction and successive skating championships, to their marriage, to the fatal heart attack that took Sergei’s life.

A Skating Life – Dorothy Hamill

  • A memoir by the Olympic gold medalist shares the secrets of her private life, from her difficulties with her alcoholic father and her emotionally distant mother to her ex-husband’s fatal plane crash and her own struggles with depression and bankruptcy.

Speed Kings: The 1932 Winter Olympics and the Fastest Men in the World – Andy Bull

  • Traces the efforts of four American athletes from disparate backgrounds to win the gold medal for bobsledding during the 1932 Olympics, profiling how the American public, deep in the grip of the Great Depression, rallied around their achievements.

Zero Regrets – Apolo Anton Ohno

  • The gold medal-winning Olympic speed skater shares his inspiring personal story and life lessons learned through training and competition.



Cool Runnings

  • Four young men form Jamaica’s first bobsled team, in hopes of competing at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta.

Eddie the Eagle

  • With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach, Eddie Edwards takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.


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Homework Help!

We know some students who could use a little boost with homework (and, face it parents, some of us need a refresher ourselves when helping the kids). Well, we’ve got a great recommendation: tutor.com.

Tutor.com offers online help through quizzes, resources, and even live one-on-one tutoring from 3-10 PM everyday. Subjects like math, science, and reading are covered for all ages, including college test prep. There is even a career component for job seekers. Another great feature is the essay and resume drop-off; upload your paper and get real feedback in about 12 hours.

Best of all, this is completely free with your Library card! Go to tutor.com and set up an account today!

Great Online Resource: Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Did you create a New Year’s resolution to take better care of your finances? How’s that working out for you so far? (In other words, are you stuck?)

If you’re needing a little bit of help – getting started, figuring out what areas you need to concentrate on, or just becoming more financially savvy – check out the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

The site offers free help and information about setting budgets, planning retirement, purchasing a car or home, and even registering complaints about a company’s services or products. With glossaries and tools created especially for the average consumer, it’s a great place to get started on that resolution (which might help you conquer a few resolutions down the road!).

Reader’s Dozen 2018

Our Reader’s Dozen Challenge went over really well in 2017, so we’re updating it and giving you all new challenges for 2018. Happy Reading!

C is for Cuba

Let’s warm up a little and do some armchair traveling in Cuba; the average temperature is about 73° in January – a nice change from the cold and snow we usually experience.

Cuba is the largest island in the Caribbean, and is considered part of Latin America. Its native inhabitants were colonized by the Spanish in the 15th Century, though the U.S. helped to end that during the Spanish-American War of 1898. After a fragile republic led to unrest in the 1950s, Fidel Castro took power and ushered in an era of Communist rule, which is still in place in Cuba today.

Cuba has a vital, multi-ethnic society, and is often known for its style of music, its baseball players, and its famous cigars.

Learn more:



The Distant Marvels – Chantel Acevedo

  • A professional storyteller imparts the incredible tale of her youth during the Third War of Independence to eight women who need hope to survive Hurricane Flora in 1963 Cuba.

Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba – And then Lost It to the Revolution – T.J. English

  • Draws on previously hidden historical sources and survivor interviews to profile mob-infiltrated Havana in the 1950s, in an account that traces the relationships between President Batista and such mafia leaders as Meyer Lansky and Lucky Luciano.

Last Sugar King of Havana: The Rise and Fall of Julio Lobo, Cuba’s Last Tycoon – John Paul Rathbone

  • Documents the career of an influential Cuban sugar magnate whose life mirrored the turbulent course of post-independence Cuba’s republic, discussing his celebrity affairs, brushes with death, and strained relationship with Che Guevara.

Mi Moto Fidel: Motorcycling Through Castro’s Cuba – Christopher P. Baker

  • The author recounts his three-month, seven-thousand-mile odyssey through Cuba, discussing Cuba’s troubled history and politics and offering profiles of the colorful people he encountered along the way.

Reef Libre: Cuba, the Last Best Reefs in the World – Robert Wintner

  • A closer look at the pristine coral reefs around Cuba, as well as life in the coastal cities and villages.

A Simple Habana Melody (From When the World Was Good) – Oscar Hijuelos

  • Returning to Havana after years in Europe where he was tormented by people who believed him to be Jewish, Cuban composer Israel Levis remembers his love for singer Rita Valladares, for whom he wrote a song that has become the most famous rumba in the world.

Tower of the Antilles: Short Stories – Achy Obejas

  • Obejas’s stories of contemporary Cuba explore how history and fate intrude on even the most ordinary of lives.

Waiting for Snow in Havana: Confessions of a Cuba Boy – Carlos M.N. Eire

  • Carlos Eire’s National Book Award-winning memoir of his childhood in 1950s Havana and the overnight upheaval of his world in January 1959, when the Batista government was toppled.



Buena Vista Social Club (Soundtrack)

Papa: Hemingway in Cuba



Encyclopedia Brittanica: Cuba

WikiTravel: Cuba

World Music Guide: Cuba – Son and Afro-Cuban Music


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