Archive for June, 2018

You Really Can Learn Something New Every Day!

For those of you who haven’t been in the Library for awhile, you may not have noticed a new section just near the DVDs. It’s one of the latest resources we’ve added – The Great Courses.

Not familiar with The Great Courses? Well, they’re basically mini college-level courses created by knowledgeable experts and teachers on a variety of subjects. We have more than 150 courses on topics ranging from cooking to ancient history to philosophy to photography to… well you get the idea. Some of the courses are in video format, while some are in audio, and most have books included to provide guidance.

You can browse through the physical collection or check out the list online. And, best of all, the courses check out for 21 days – just enough time to create a good habit of learning something new!

Great Online Resource: All But Forgotten Oldies

Trying to remember a song you heard a long time ago? Well, if the song was released anytime between 1940 and 1990, you may be able to discover it at You can search by artist or song title, and some entries will lead you to sound clips (via Amazon) so you can hear if you’ve got the right tune. With additional information about artists and notable covers of original songs, you’re sure to find more than what you’re looking for. Then, cruise on over to Freegal, TFPL’s free music service, and see if there’s a version you can download.

Take Ten: “June” Reads

We’re about halfway through June – whether that’s good or not may depend on whether you have school-aged children at home, am I right? In case you do have some time to spend reading – on top of all the other fun summer stuff – here are a few “June” titles that might help see you through (at least until school starts on August 20th!).


Anchored in Love: An Intimate Portrait of June Carter Cash – John Carter Cash

Presents a life of the country music musician and songwriter, from her childhood performances as part of the Carter family singers to her relationship and marriage to Johnny Cash.

Goodnight June – Sarah Jio

June Andersen is professionally successful, but her personal life is marred by unhappiness. Unexpectedly, she is called to settle her great-aunt Ruby’s estate and determine the fate of Bluebird Books, the children’s bookstore Ruby founded in the 1940s. Amidst the store’s papers, June stumbles upon letters between her great-aunt and the late Margaret Wise Brown-and steps into the pages of American literature.


Henry and June: From the Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin – Anais Nin

An account of Anais Nin’s sexual awakening, this book describes her friendship with Henry Miller and his wife, June, and the fiery affair with Henry that liberated her sexually and morally, undermined her idealized marriage, and led her into psychoanalysis.

June Fourth Elegies – Liu Xiaobo

A bilingual edition of human rights activist Liu’s poems, written across twenty years in memory of fellow protestors at Tiananmen Square, as well as poems addressed to his wife, Liu Xia. (Annotation from


A June of Ordinary Murders – Conor Brady

Just days before Victoria’s eldest grandson, Prince Albert Victor, and his younger brother, Prince George, are due to arrive in Dublin to represent the monarch, a man and a young boy are shot to death and their faces badly mutilated – Dublin Detective Sargeant Joe Swallow investigates.

Seven Days in June – Howard Fast

The week before the Battle of Bunker Hill, Evan Feversham, an English surgeon living in Connecticut, is at the center of the action.


The Summer After June – Ashley Warlick

Overwhelmed with grief over the violent death of her sister, willful Lindy takes off for Galveston with her dead sibling’s child but discovers life on the Texas coast is not the peaceful retreat she had hoped for.

Six Armies in Normandy: From D-Day to the Liberation of Paris, June 6th – August 25th, 1944 – John Keegan

Chronicles the 1944 invasion of Normandy, from D-Day to the liberation of Paris. At the same time, the author furthers his exploration of the “role which warfare and its institutions play in social life” by showing how each of the six armies, while resembling one another in purpose and authority, is a mirror of its own nation’s values.


To the End of June: An Intimate Life of American Foster Care – Cris Beam

An intimate, authoritative look at the foster care system that examines why it is failing the kids it is supposed to protect and what can be done to change it.

A Sunday in June – Phyllis Alesia Perry

Grace, Mary Nell, and Eva Mobley–three African-American sisters who can “see” into the past and future–grow up in the Deep South backwoods of early twentieth-century Alabama in a world still haunted by the ravages of slavery.


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Take Ten: Strike Up the Band!

Twin Falls City Band in 1944

Our Summer Reading Kickoff is tonight at 6:30 PM at City Park – the Twin Falls Municipal Band will be on hand prior to their concert at 8 for a “Musical Instrument Petting Zoo.” They’ll show off their instruments, answer questions, and hopefully inspire some of you to start playing!

To get you in the “band” mood, here are ten awesome marches to encourage you to move. Click on the titles for access to the songs through Freegal, where you can download 5 songs free each week.



British Grenadiers

March of the Toy Soldiers – Pyotr IlyichTchaikovsky

Pomp and Circumstance – Edward Elgar

Radetzky March – Johann Strauss

Semper Fidelis – John Philip Sousa

Seventy-Six Trombones – Meredith Wilson

Stars and Stripes Forever – John Philip Sousa

Turkish March – Ludwig Van Beethoven

Washington Post – John Philip Sousa

The Wedding March (Lohengrin) – Richard Wagner