Get Out!

The past two months, we’ve hosted the “Explore Earth” exhibit, featuring information and interactives focusing on a natural theme. As the exhibit comes to a close, two of our last events highlight observing and writing about nature – a discussion of Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (Wed, Oct 19 at 6:30 PM) and our Poetry Contest (don’t forget to vote inside the Library through Tue, Oct 25). Because of that, we thought we’d share some resources that might inspire you to get outdoors, look around, and record what you observe.



The Bumper Book of Nature: A User’s Guide to the Outdoors – Stephen Moss

The Handbook of Nature Study – Anna Botsford Comstock

Nature Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of the Natural World – Julia Rothman

The Nature Handbook: A Guide to Observing the Great Outdoors – Ernest Williams, Jr.

How to Keep a Naturalist’s Notebook – Susan Leigh Tomlinson

The Practical Naturalist: Explore the Wonders of the Natural World (Audubon)

Natural History: The Ultimate Visual Guide to Everything on Earth (Smithsonian)



Henry Thoreau as a Model for Nature Writing

Nature Writing (online magazine for nature writers)


Take Ten: Bob Dylan

636px-joan_baez_bob_dylan_cropIf you’ve been living under a rock lately (or maybe just avoiding election news), you might have missed the announcement that Bob Dylan is the recipient of the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature. And, if on hearing that you thought, “I didn’t know Bob Dylan wrote books,” you’re sort of right. He was chosen on the basis of his inspirational song lyrics, but he has written a book of poetry and the first volume in an autobiography. And, though the choice may be unconventional, his lasting impact – using words to prompt change – is undeniable.



Bob Dylan in America – Sean Wilentz

  • A noted historian presents an assessment of Bob Dylan and his music that draws on unprecedented access to rare materials and illuminates key cultural influences.

The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia – Michael Gray

  • A look at the man, his influences, and how he has influenced the world.

Chronicles, Volume 1– Bob Dylan

  • The first volume of this autobiography explores the critical junctions in Dylan’s life and career.

Tangled Up in the Bible: Bob Dylan and Scripture – Michael J. Gilmour

  • A look at Dylan’s lyrics through the lens of his use of elements of the Good Book.

Tarantula – Bob Dylan

  • A combination of lyrics, poetry, prose from the legendary singer/songwriter.



Blood on the Tracks

Fallen Angels

Highway 61 Revisited

John Wesley Harding

Modern Times

Banned Books Week

We’re in the midst of Banned Book Week, so celebrate your freedom to READ!

Take Ten: Constitution Day!

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

  • Offers an analysis of the history and tenets of the U.S. Constitution, detailing the original intent of the creators of the document, answering questions about the text, and critically assessing the evolution of the Bill of Rights and all other amendments.

The Constitution: An Introduction – Michael Stokes Paulsen

  • Constitutional scholar Michael Stokes Paulsen and his son Luke provide a clear, accessible introduction to the history and meaning of this historic document, beginning with the Constitution’s birth in 1787, the authors offer a grand tour of its history and interpretations, introducing readers to the characters and controversies that have shaped this founding instrument in the 200-plus years since its creation.

The Summer of 1787: The Men Who Invented the Constitution – David O. Stewart

  • Traces the events of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 in a historical account that covers such topics as the fierce conflicts that influenced the writing of the Constitution, the issues that divided the states, and the contributions of key players.

The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation – Jonathan Hennessey

  • Covers each article and amendment of the Constitution in a graphic format designed to be relevant and accessible to modern readers.

Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution – Woody Holton

  • Examines the original intent behind the writing of the Constitution and how it was shaped by the reactions, occasionally violent ones, of citizens to include a protection of civil liberties and the freedom of the people.



Our Constitution: A Conversation

The United States Constitution and Bill of Rights



The Annenberg Guide to the United States Constitution (Annenberg Center)

Constitution Day (

United States Constitution (Library of Congress)


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Let’s Talk About It! 2016


It’s back!

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 5All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (with guest scholar Sue Norton)

Oct 19Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard (with guest scholar Shelley McEuen)

Nov 2Honey in the Horn by H.L. Davis (with guest scholar Leslie Leek)

Nov 16The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (with guest scholar Michael Corrigan)

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Mining in Idaho

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

Big Trouble: A Murder in a Small Western Town Sets off a Struggle for the Soul of America by J. Anthony Lukas

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

The Deep Dark: Disaster and Redemption in America’s Richest Silver Mine by Gregg Olsen

For Wood River or Bust: Idaho’s Silver Boom of the 1880s by Clark C. Spence

Idaho’s Bonanza Years: Ghost Towns, Their History and How to Find Them by Rex Painter

Idaho’s Bunker Hill: The Rise and Fall of a Great Mining Company, 1885-1981 by Katherine G. Aiken

Mining Idaho’s History: Metal Mining in Idaho 1860-1960: A Mining Context for Idaho by Kathryn L. McKay

Southern Idaho Ghost Towns by Wayne C. Sparling

The Sunshine Mine Disaster by James Brock