We’re in the midst of Banned Book Week, so celebrate your freedom to READ!
We’re in the midst of Banned Book Week, so celebrate your freedom to READ!
Today in 1787 the final draft of the U.S. Constitution was signed. And, though it has been amended 27 times, the original has never been altered. In addition to providing the “supreme law of the land,” it has been an inspiration for many around the world because of its promotion of the rule of law, its system of checks and balances, and its regard for individual freedoms. Learn more about our incredible national document through the resources below.
America’s Constitution – Akhil Reed Amar
The Constitution: An Introduction – Michael Stokes Paulsen
The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution – David O. Stewart
The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation – Jonathan Hennessey
Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution – Woody Holton
The Annenberg Guide to the United States Constitution (Annenberg Center)
Constitution Day (constitutioncenter.org)
United States Constitution (Library of Congress)
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Each fall, we’ve been lucky to get a grant from the Idaho Commission of Libraries for the LET’S TALK ABOUT IT reading and discussion series, and we can’t wait to tackle the subject this fall – Pulitzer Prize Winners! Pick up a set of the books and get more information at the Reference Desk.
Starting Wednesday, September 21 (at 6:30 PM), we kick off the series with Angle of Repose by Wallace Stegner. This tale, based on the writings of Mary Hallock Foote, transcends the pioneer stereotypes while portraying a marriage challenged by the demands of frontier life in the West. Our guest scholar for this discussion will be Kim Madsen of CSI.
Then, join us for the rest of the discussions:
Oct 5 – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (with guest scholar Sue Norton)
Oct 19 – Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (with guest scholar Shelley McEuen)
Nov 2 – Honey in the Horn by H.L. Davis (with guest scholar Leslie Leek)
Nov 16 – The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (with guest scholar Michael Corrigan)
What’s up? Well, at the Library, there’s something new almost every day. And, if you’re not here everyday (and seriously, why aren’t you?), then the next best way to find out what’s going on is our newsletter. Here’s September’s.
Want to get it each month? All you have to do is subscribe. Then, just sit back and let us deliver the newsletter to your email inbox, with all our events listed in one place. You’ll be able to find out when the next Storytime occurs, when the teens are having their Game Day, or even which book we’re discussing for Book Club. Plus, we’ll also include all our “special” events as well.
Don’t get caught wondering what we’re “up” to – “up” your game and get “up” to date on all the Library happenings. That way, you won’t be “up” late at night worrying about what you’re missing. (And, yes, now we’re through abusing that preposition.)
Join us tonight at 6:30 PM for a presentation by Tom Blanchard (as part of our “Explore Earth” exhibit) on the political and environmental ramifications of early mining in Idaho. Then, to satisfy your curiosity, “dig” into one of these books to learn even more about the Gem State:
The Ballyhoo Bonanza: Charles Sweeny and the Idaho Mines by John Fahey
Cabal of Death: Harry Orchard and His Associates in Murder in the Western Mining Wars by Robert G. Grimmett
Chinese Gold Mining at the Mon-Tung Site in the Snake River Canyon by Ronald L. James
Cobalt: The Legacy of the Blackbird Mine by Russell Steele
Coeur D’Alene Diary: The First Ten Years of Hardrock Mining in North Idaho by Richard G. Magnuson
For Wood River or Bust: Idaho’s Silver Boom of the 1880s by Clark C. Spence
Idaho’s Bunker Hill: The Rise and Fall of a Great Mining Company, 1885-1981 by Katherine G. Aiken
Southern Idaho Ghost Towns by Wayne C. Sparling
The Sunshine Mine Disaster by James Brock
The EXPLORE EARTH exhibit arrives in just a few days – Wed, Aug 24, to be exact! The exhibit will offer a chance for visitors of all ages to learn more about science in a fun, interactive way. There will be a number of informational panels, some great hands-on learning tools, and a computer kiosk with cool STEM activities.
Plus, we’re planning a number of events to stimulate interest in local science topics – with an”earth” based theme, of course. From geology talks to nature walks, we’ve got a program for every age and interest, so drop in and participate!
Here’s what’s going on:
MINING IN IDAHO with TOM BLANCHARD – Thu, Aug 25 – 6:30 PM
Tom, a former CSI professor, will be here to talk about the impact of the political and environmental decisions made during the early mining period in Idaho. Sponsored in part by the Idaho Humanities Council Speakers Bureau.
POETRY CONTEST – AUG 24 – OCT 9
Get inspired by nature and show off your creativity! Write a poem about your observations of our earth, submit it before October 9, and you might win a prize. All ages.
KIDS CLUB MOVIE – Wed, Aug 31 – 4:00 PM
A lonely robot falls in love and goes on an adventure that will change his life, life on Earth, and humanity.
TFPL BOOK CLUB – Tue, Sep 13 – 5:30 PM
Join us for a lively discussion of John McPhee’s look at our Great Basin region in Basin and Range.
TEEN ACTIVITY: SUCCULENTS – Thu, Sep 15 – 4:00 PM
If you’ve ever wanted to learn how grow succulents (and learn more about gardening), drop in!
FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT – Thu, Sep 22 – 6:00 PM
Bring the whole clan in for the epic adventure of three animal families and their journey across the planet. Plus, we’ll have some great take-home activities and booklists!
SUPER SCIENCE SATURDAY – Sat, Sep 24 – 10 AM–1 PM
We’ll be at City Park with a bunch of cool science demonstrations, crafts, stories, and more – like snakes from the Herrett Center – for the whole family to enjoy!
FAMILY NIGHT AT THE HERRETT CENTER – Tue, Sep 27 – 6:00 PM
Explore the great natural history galleries at the Center, then take in storytime, a craft, and a planetarium show! (The galleries, story, and craft are free; the planetarium show has a separate fee.)
KIDS CLUB: SCIENCE SQUAD – Wed, Sep 28 – 4:00 PM
How’s the weather? Our experiments today will focus on how weather and climate play a part in our everyday lives. (For kids grades 1-5.)
NATURE DETECTIVES – Sat, Oct 8 – All Day!
Pick up a Nature Kit at the Reference Desk – we’ll have one for every age group – then go explore! And, while you’re investigating, we hope you’ll be inspired to write a poem for the Poetry Contest!
CONQUERING THE SNAKE with ANDREW VAWSER – Thu, Oct 13 – 6:30 PM
Andrew will join us to share his new film documenting the impact of the Carey Act – which brought irrigation and increased settlement – and created the “Magic Valley.”
KIDS CLUB: CRAFT DAY – Wed, Oct 19 – 4:00 PM
Come in, learn about rocks, choose a favorite, and make it a pet! (For kids grades 1-5.)
LET’S TALK ABOUT IT – Wed, Oct 19 – 6:30 PM
As part of our LTAI series, we’re reading and discussing Pulitzer Prize winners. Join us tonight for Annie Dillard’s nature classic, The Pilgrim at Tinker Creek.
GEOLOGY UNDERFOOT IN SOUTHERN IDAHO with SHAWN WILLSEY – Thu, Oct 20 – 6:30 PM
Shawn, geology professor at CSI, will be presenting a unique look at the amazing geology of Southern Idaho, sharing his favorite sites, and showing us how to look at our environment with new eyes.
Explore Earth: Our Changing Planet was organized by Space Science Institute’s National Center for Interactive Learning, the American Library Association Public Programs Office, the Lunar and Planetary Institute and the Afterschool Alliance. This project was made possible through the support of a grant from the National Science Foundation.
The 2016 Rio Olympics are underway, and like usual, many of us are captivated by the human stories. We all have our favorite sports – and most likely, favorite Olympic memories of those sports – so it’s always fun to settle down and have a shared experience with like-minded others from around the world.
But, in case watching is not enough, here are a number of books about the Olympics to “dive” into – when you get a break from all the coverage, that is…
The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team – Wayne R. Coffey
Igniting the Flame: America’s First Olympic Team – Jim Reisler
The Games: A Global History of the Olympics – David Goldblatt
The Naked Olympics: The True Story of the Ancient Games – Tony Perrottet
Rome, 1960: The Olympics That Changed the World – David Maraniss
Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens and Hitler’s Olympics – Jeremy Schaap
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