exercisespot1_isolated copyIt’s Adult Summer Reading Time!

JUNE 6 – JULY 30

This year’s theme is “Exercise Your Mind: Read!” so we’ve got all sorts of great activities and reading challenges to get adults moving and improving. From walking to reading to playing, we’ve got something fun whatever your interest – and you might even win a prize doing it!

First, download or pick up a MEDAL COUNTS CHART from the Library. The brochure lists several reading activities, and every activity completed will earn you a ticket (some are worth two or three tickets!). We’ll draw 8 WEEKLY PRIZES and then 1 GRAND PRIZE winner from all the tickets accumulated during Summer Reading. Additionally, some activities – like our Color Coded Contest or Trivia Night – have their own prize drawings.

Do as many activities as you like, and do them in any order. Just get your tickets in before Saturday, July 30 for a chance at our GRAND PRIZE – a Samsung Tablet.

And, if that’s not enough, we’ve got some fun events planned. See a Reference Librarian for additional information, or call us at 733-2964 ext 200. And give your mind (and not your wallet) as much exercise as it can handle this Summer!

Great Online Resource:’s Idaho Resource Site

Though we realize it’s probably a little late in the school year (this upcoming Thursday is the last day for schools here in Twin Falls), we thought we’d highlight a great state resource. You can always bookmark it so that next year, when your student is looking for Idaho stuff, you can find it easily.

The Idaho Commission for Libraries offers Idaho Resources through its digital resource site, This site includes government resources for citizens, access to cool collections like historical photographs, and a link to Idaho Public Television’s online video collection. There is also a tour of the State house and links to documents produced by state agencies.

Spend some time looking around the Site and we’re sure you’ll find something you can get excited about!


Got to Have More GOT? Read these…

GOTIf you can’t get enough of Game of Thrones (and don’t have enough money to entice George R.R. Martin to write faster), you might try one of the following reads. The titles listed below – all the first in their series – feature political intrigue in a fantasy setting, and may just be the thing you need to get you through the long wait till the next episode. You might want to have a few of the books around anyway, since winter is coming…


The Black Prism – Brent Weeks

  • When Gavin Guile, known as the Prism – high priest and emperor – discovers he has a son, born after the war that put him in power, he must decide how much he’s willing to pay to protect a secret that could destroy his world.


The Briar King – J. Gregory Keyes

  • Two millennia after humans were freed from slavery, the Briar King, a legendary portent of death, reawakens, and the fate of the kingdom lies in the hands of the king’s woodsman, a rebellious girl, and a new-made knight.


The Dragonbone Chair – Tad Williams

  • Simon, a young magician’s apprentice, finds his dreams of great deeds and heroic wars becoming an all too shocking reality in a terrifying civil war.


Eye of the World – Robert Jordan

  • The tale of the bestial Trollocs, the witch Moiraine, and three boys, one of whom is fated to become the Dragon–the World’s only hope and the sure means of its destruction.


Flight of the Nighthawks – Raymond E. Feist

  • Pug, a sorcerer, searches for the meaning of a prophetic nightmare that portends the destruction of the world of Midkemia, while two young brothers, untrained and unprepared, become a part of the Conclave of Shadows.


Fool’s Errand – Robin Hobb

  • FitzChivalry Farseer emerges from seclusion when Prince Dutiful, the young heir to the Farseer throne, disappears. As Fitz sets out to find the Prince before his betrothal ceremony, he is unexpectedly confronted by betrayal and intrigue.


Fortress in the Eye of Time – C.J. Cherryh

  • The story of an ambitious wizard who, in his fortress in the ancient forest, creates a young warrior and sends him to the new kingdom to renew a long-forgotten war.


Gardens of the Moon – Steven Erikson

  • When the last of the free cities of the Malazan Empire is targeted by the forces of the Empress Laseen, Bridgeburner squad leader Sergeant Whiskeyjack and the mage Tattersall confront dark gods to protect the citadel of Darujhistan.


The Gilded Chain – Dave Duncan

  • Sir Durendal, the finest swordsmen in the magical land of Chivial, embarks on a quest for a glorious treasure that lies behind the walls of an ancient, isolated, but dangerous city.


Into the Darkness – Harry Turtledove

  • The sudden death of the Duke of Bari leads to international conflict as the nation of Algarve seeks to annex his country, while the nations surrounding Algarve strive to prevent it.


The Immortal Prince – Jennifer Fallon

  • The gods of legend rise again on the world of Amyrantha in this tale of court intrigue, human-animal half-breeds, and claims of immortality.


In the King’s Service – Katherine Kurtz

  • The Deryni, mentalists who served as advisers to the human rulers of Gwynedd, must now contend with the rise of Donal Haldane to the throne, who expects the Deryni to obey his demands.


The Lies of Locke Lamora – Scott Lynch

  • Set in a fantastic city pulsing with the lives of decadent nobles and daring thieves, here is a story of adventure, loyalty, and survival.


Name of the Wind – Patrick Rothfuss

  • Kvothe, now living under an assumed name as the humble proprietor of an inn, recounts his transformation from a magically gifted young man into the most notorious wizard, musician, thief, and assassin in his world.


The Queen of the Tearling – Erika Johansen

  • Princess Kelsea has been hiding in the forests of the Tearling, training for the role she will have to play when she turns 19 and becomes the queen. But once Kelsea arrives in the capital and proves her right to the throne, her troubles begin.


A Sorcerer’s Treason – Sarah Zettel

  • Bridget Lederle is transported to the fantastical world of Isavalta, where she becomes an unwitting player in a lethal game of magic and politics and discovers that she possesses her own unusual powers.


The Sword of Shannara – Terry Brooks

  • The sole weapon against the supposedly dead Warlock Lord, who is plotting to destroy everything in his wake, is the Sword of Shannara, which can be used only by a true heir of Shannara.


Tracing the Shadow – Sarah Ash

  • Though the kingdom of Francia has purged its magi, an orphaned street waif with the gift of song infused within her crafts herself into a weapon aimed to avenge her father’s death.


The Way of Kings – Brandon Sanderson

  • Introduces the world of Roshar through the experiences of a war-weary royal compelled by visions, a highborn youth condemned to military slavery and a woman who would save her impoverished house.


Annotations courtesy of NoveList Plus. Log in to Novelist Plus (with your TFPL card) for more information about books, authors, and more!

We’re Switching Library Catalog Systems

Later this month, TFPL (along with our other LYNX consortium libraries) will be migrating to an entirely new catalog system. All of our records – for items as well as for patrons – will be switched over, and that basically involves pausing all of our processing in one system so we can move everything to the new one. Starting Thursday, May 19, we’ll enter what we’re jokingly calling “Dead Week” – a week in which you won’t be able to place holds or pay fines, but you will still be able to check items in and out. This will last (fingers crossed!) until Wednesday, May 25 when we go live with our new ILS.

Because of this change, the catalog links to our blog posts prior to this one will be considered lost links. Sorry! We may not be able to restore all those links in the near future, but the information is still relevant. This also means we won’t be posting catalog links until after May 25, but look for even more fun reading suggestions after that date. We’re excited to see what the new system has to offer!

Take Ten: Much Ado About Shakespeare

This Saturday – April 23 – will mark the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, and after all that time, his work is still beloved (though, maybe not by current high schoolers, who are probably toiling through one of his works right now…). Literary critic Harold Bloom claims that while the Bible may be the Western basis for understanding the spiritual side of being human, Shakespeare’s works are the foundation for how we understand our own humanity. Regardless, his plays and sonnets must still speak to us – we’re reading, and performing, and re-imagining them all the time.

If you want to learn more about the Bard and his impact on world literature, pick up one of the ten titles listed here.


Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? – James Shapiro

How Shakespeare Changed Everything – Stephen Marche

Ideas of Order: A Close Reading of Shakespeare’s Sonnets – Neil L. Rudenstine

Shakespeare Basics for Grown-Ups: Everything You Need to Know About the Bard – E. Foley and B. Coats

The Shakespeare Book – Stanley Wells

Shakespeare: The Invention of the Human – Harold Bloom

The Shakespeare Thefts: In Search of the First Folios – Eric Rasmussen

Shakespeare’s Restless World: A Portrait of an Era in Twenty Objects – Neil MacGregor

Will in the World: How Shakespeare Became Shakespeare – Stephen Greenblatt

Women of Will: Following the Feminine in Shakespeare’s Plays – Tina Packer

The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1979

It’s been a while since we stepped into the Way Back Machine (guess it’s been such a busy “now,” we haven’t had much time for “then”). Anyway, dust off your leisure suits and let’s head back to 1979.

If you were around in those days, you might remember these events:

  • McDonald’s debuts the Happy Meal nationally! (June)
  • ESPN launches. (September)
  • More than 60 U.S. citizens are held hostage in Iran after the students of the Iranian Revolution took over the American Embassy. (November)

Be a little retro this spring and pick up a read from the New York Times Best Seller list from the week of April 15 in 1979. You might find you can relive the past a little.



1. Good as Gold by Joseph Heller

2. The Matarese Circle by Robert Ludlum

3. Chesapeake by James A. Michener

4. War and Remembrance by Herman Wouk

5. Overload by Arthur Hailey

6. SS-GB by Len Deighton

7. Hanta Yo by Ruth Beebe Hill

8. Dubin’s Lives by Bernard Malamud

9. Proteus by Morris West

10. Dress Gray by Lucian K. Truscott IV

11. Evergreen by Belva Plain

12. The Stories of John Cheever by John Cheever

13. The Coup by John Updike

14. Manhattan by Neal Travis

15. The Sixth Commandment by Lawrence Sanders



1. The Complete Scarsdale Medical Diet by Herman Tarnower

2. Lauren Bacall: By Myself by Lauren Bacall

3. Sophia, Living and Loving by A.E. Hotchner

4. How to Prosper During the Coming Bad Years by Howard J. Ruff

5.  Mommie Dearest by Christina Crawford

6. A Distant Mirror by Barbara W. Tuchman

7.  Linda Goodman’s Love Signs by Linda Goodman

8. Nurse by Peggy Anderson

9. The Complete Book of Running by James F. Fixx

10.  American Caesar by William Manchester

11. The Culture of Narcissism by Christopher Lasch

12. A Walk Across America by Peter Jenkins

13. In Search of History by Theodore H. White

14. How to Get Whatever You Want Out of Life by Dr. Joyce Brothers

15. The Bronx Zoo by Sparky Lyle And Peter Golenbock

National Library Week!

Next week is National Library Week, a time to celebrate the ways in which libraries impact our community. This year’s theme is “Libraries Transform” and we’re highlighting how the library has transformed to meet the needs of our patrons, and how our patrons have transformed because of what they can do/learn/see at the Library!

Attend one of our programs – or just drop in and browse. Let us show you what’s new and exciting at TFPL!


All Week

  • Make-a-Craft Week (K-5th)
    • Pick up your craft kit at the Youth Services Desk.
  • Food for Fines
    • 1 non-perishable food item for $1.00 off your overdue fines ($25.00 max) – for more information ask at the Circulation Desk

Monday, April 11

  • Special Toddler Time (18-months to 3-year olds) at 10:30 am
  • Because of you…libraries transform Event from 3:00-6:00 pm
    • Come see how we are transforming with 3-D printing, and digital and community resources
  • Sing-a-long with Don Ritchey at 4:00 pm

Tuesday, April 12     

  • Special Preschool Storytime (3- to 5-year olds) at 10:30 am
  • Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at 12:00 pm
  • Book Club at 5:30 pm
    • Defending Jacob by William Landay

Wednesday, April 13

  • National Bookmobile Day from 2:30 to 4:30 pm at Robert Stuart Middle School
    • In celebration of Bookmobile Day, we will have a mobile maker space lab (with 3-D printing) and be announcing our Bookmobile’s new name!
  • Local History Presentation at NOON
  • Special Kids Club: Design Squad at 4:00 pm

Thursday, April 14

  • Special Toddler Time (18-months to 3-year olds) at 10:30 am
  • Teen Concert at 4:00 pm
    • Teens can join us for a special concert and Q & A with local musician Jordan Thornquest

Friday, April 15

  • Special Preschool Storytime (3- to 5-year olds) at 10:30 am

Saturday, April 16

  • Storybook Character Meet & Greet at 10:00 am
    • Join us as we welcome some of your favorite storybook characters to the library!  There will be snacks, a storytime, and other fun activities!
  • Saturday Movie Matinee at 3:00 pm

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