Archive for September, 2016

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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