Archive for April, 2015

The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 2005

Let’s go just ten years back (just?!) and relive what we were all doing/reading/thinking in 2005. Here are a few memorable events to jog your memory:

  • Pope John Paul II dies, and his funeral is the largest held in the world, with over 4 million people gathering in and around Vatican City (April).
  • Mark Felt, Twin Falls native, is revealed to be Deep Throat, the man who leaked FBI information to Woodward and Bernstein in the Watergate scandal (May).
  • Hurricane Katrina devastates the Gulf Coast, becoming the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history (August).


On a lighter note, the following are all New York Times Best Sellers for the week of May 1, 2005.



1. True Believer by Nicholas Sparks

2. The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

3. Revenge of the Sith by Matthew Stover

4. No Place Like Home by Mary Higgins Clark

5. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

6. A Stroke of Midnight by Laurell K. Hamilton

7. Two-Dollar Bill by Stuart Woods

8. Saturday by Ian Mcewan

9. Ya-Yas in Bloom by Rebecca Wells

10. Honeymoon by James Patterson and Howard Roughan

11. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

12. The Broker by John Grisham

13. With No One as Witness by Elizabeth George

14. The Rising by Tim Lahaye and Jerry B. Jenkins

15. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer



1. My Life So Far by Jane Fonda

2. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell

3. The World Is Flat by Thomas L. Friedman

4. On Bull—- by Harry G. Frankfurt

5. Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner

6. Liberalism Is a Mental Disorder by Michael Savage

7. One Soldier’s Story by Bob Dole

8. Three Nights in August by Buzz Bissinger

9. Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl

10. A Deadly Game by Catherine Crier with Cole Thompson

11. Memory and Identity by John Paul II

12. Conspiracy of Fools by Kurt Eichenwald

13. Collapse by Jared Diamond

14. Pope John Paul II: A Tribute by Robert Sullivan and the Editors of Life

15. Idiot by Johnny Damon with Peter Golenbock

16. God’s Politics by Jim Wallis

Art and Soul at the Library

It’s time once again in the Magic Valley to recognize the artistry of our community through the Art and Soul contest event! For the past two years dozens of artists have entered their works – in a variety of mediums – which are then displayed around the city of Twin Falls. Community members who are interested can pick up a voting form and help choose winners. There are $34,000 available in cash prizes this year, so voters are really important. (You can pick up a voting form inside the Library.)

The Twin Falls Public Library has served as a venue each year, and this year is no exception. The artists we will be hosting is Rachel Vanderpool and we are featuring her painting “Baldy” in the Library entrance. The event began Friday, April 17, and voting continues through Saturday, May 2, so stop by and take in some great art when you visit the Library!

This Friday (May 24), we’ll be holding an Open House celebrating the artist and her work. Stop by for a cookie and a chat with Rachel from 1-3 PM.

National Library Week 2015!

Next week is National Library Week, a time to celebrate libraries and all they do to help promote reading, lifelong learning, and a sense of community. This year, we’ve got some very special events planned (check out the entire schedule here). Drop in and find “Unlimited Possibilities” at the Twin Falls Public Library!


Wednesday, April 15 – 3:00-4:30 PM

  • Play “I Spy the Bookmobile” with us! In celebration of National Bookmobile Day, we’ll be sending the Bookmobile out to a few secret spots. Follow our clues on Facebook and Twitter, be one of the first five people to utter the password, and you could win a prize!

Wednesday, April 15 – 6:30 PM

  • All ages are invited to a special evening Family Storytime. We’ll be reading some wacky, noise-making, stories  – and you can join in the fun!

Thursday, April 16 – 7:00 PM

  • “Kittie Wilkins, Horse Queen of Idaho, and Western American Horses of the Boer War” by Philip Homan

Few Idahoans are aware that over 10% of the horses that served in South Africa’s Second Anglo-Boer War – the last horse-powered war in history – were supplied by Kittie Wilkins, the Horse Queen of Idaho. Philip Homan, Associate Professor at Idaho State University, will be on hand to discuss this equine “Middle Passage.”


All Library programs are free and open to the public,so come on in and enjoy your Twin Falls Public Library!

Freegal Music Playlists – State Name Songs

Road trip! Since gas is fairly inexpensive right now, it’s a great time to plan a driving tour of places known and unknown. But, in case the weather is still causing you to stall – or perhaps it’s the thought of piling everyone in and out of the family car – take an aural trek instead. The following songs all incorporate a state name in their title; perhaps you can be persuaded to visit a state of mind, rather than an actual place.

All of the music featured here – up to 5 downloads each week – is free with your TFPL card. Just start from our homepage and then click on “Digital” to pull up the link for Freegal.


Idaho by Benny Goodman (Album: Dick Haymes with Harry James & Benny Goodman)

Midnight Train to Georgia by Gladys Knight & the Pips (Album: 21 Classic #1 Hits)

Oklahoma! by Hugh Jackman (Album: Oklahoma! 1998 London Cast Recording)

North to Alaska by Johnny Horton (Album: Classic Country and Western Cowboy Songs)

I Live in Connecticut by Aerosmith (Album: Pandora’s Box)

Hawaii Five-O by The Ventures (Album: Rock Instrumentals)

Nebraska by Bruce Springsteen (Album: Nebraska)

Tennessee Waltz by Eddy Arnold (Album: Pop Hits from the Country Side)

Moonlight in Vermont by Johnny Mathis (Album: Romantically)

Oregon by Antar Sudhananda (Album: Nature Relaxation Collection – Arcadian Guitar)