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Take Ten: Christmas Romance

If you are running out of Christmas movies to watch on Hallmark or Lifetime, we’ve got a few books for you to pick up and peruse. Love is in the air, along with the sound of jingle bells, which is sure to get you into the holiday spirit!



25 Days ‘Til Christmas – Poppy Alexander

  • Dreading the holiday season, lonely widow Kate Potter, determined to give her son, Jack, a Christmas to remember, finally finds the courage and strength to move on with her life when the unexpected happens.

Candlelight Christmas – Susan Wiggs

  • As single father Logan O’Donnell prepares to give his son, Charlie, the best Christmas ever on the shores of Willow Lake, he just may be in for a Christmas surprise himself, in the form of sharp-witted and independent Darcy Fitzgerald.

Christmas Bliss – Mary Kay Andrews

  • As the holidays approach, Savannah antique dealer Weezie Foley is distracted by her upcoming wedding and her best friend, maid-of-honor BeBe Loudermilk, who, due to give birth any day, is still adamantly refusing to marry her live-in-love Harry.

Christmas Bride – Hope Ramsay

  • Willow Peterson returns to her home town, but gets tangled up in a planning a wedding at her late best friend’s house, and the widower, an aspiring congressman who proves to be a stumbling block to the restoration.

Comfort and Joy – Kristin Hannah

  • Recently divorced and having no family of her own, Joy Candellaro is beginning to dream of a new life with widower Daniel O’Shea and his son, Bobby, until a fateful Christmas Eve forces her to make a painful choice.

Finding Christmas – Karen Schaler

  • With her boyfriend working too many hours during her favorite time of year, Emmie creates a scavenger hunt to help lift his Christmas spirit, only to discover another man has been following her clues.

One Day in December – Josie Silver

  • The story of Laurie and Jack is one of two people, ten chances, and an unforgettable love story covering years of friendship, heartbreak, missed opportunities, roads not taken, and destinies reconsidered.

The Perfect Christmas – Debbie Macomber

  • 33-year-old Cassie wants a husband and kids, and she turns to Simon Dodson, a professional matchmaker for help. Dodson assigns her three tasks to complete, and despite a number of comical mishaps, Cassie completes them all. Her Christmas match turns out to be a wonderful surprise.

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe – Melissa De la Cruz

  • A sweet, sexy and hilarious gender-swapping, genre-satisfying re-telling, set in contemporary America and featuring one snooty Miss Darcy.

Royal Holiday – Jasmine Guillory

  • A spontaneous holiday vacation turns into an unforgettable romance.


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Great Online Resource: TFPL Digital Collection!

One of the things the Library is known for is our history collection. Our Idaho Room is filled with thousands of cool local and regional history resources, such as the Polk City Directories, high school annuals, topographical maps, newspapers, police dockets… well, you get the idea. But, we are especially known for the historical photograph collection.

For many years, the photograph collection was available only inside the Library, due to its volume and the amount of time it would take to convert the metadata. Over the past couple of years, we’ve been slowly adding the pictures to our online database – as of today, we have about 1500 items online, including some from our newest collection, the Gerber collection, which gives us a look at mid-20th century Magic Valley.

Check out the photos (you can always contact us for higher resolution images) and let us know what you think!

Readers Dozen November – Read a Book About Animals

We’re almost to the 2019 Readers Dozen finish line… just two more challenges to go! In November, we’re asking you to pick up a book about animals. It can be fiction or nonfiction, wild or domesticated, two-legged, four-legged, or more – as long as it gives you a little insight into the life of a non homo sapien.

Need a few ideas? As always, we’ve got a few books on display inside the Library, and you’re always welcome to ask staff what they would recommend. But in case you still haven’t decided (and remember, you need to turn in an entry slip by the 7th of December), here are some links good titles to “monkey” around with.


Popular Animals Adult Books (Goodreads)

Fantastic Animal Fiction for Adults (Book Riot)

11 Books for Adults Featuring Talking Animals (Literary Hub)

Adult Nonfiction Animal Books (Goodreads)

Books Told From an Animal Perspective (Library Thing)

Take Ten: Women in Science

In honor of Marie Curie’s birthday – she was born on Nov 7, 1867 – we thought we’d Take Ten and feature books that honor women in science. Whether they’re coding, curing, cooling the planet, or caring for animals, these women have made an impact on our world in many ways, and will undoubtedly inspire the next generations of scientists.


10 Women Who Changed Science and the World – Catherine Whitlock and Rhodri Evans

  • Celebrates the lives and hard-earned accomplishments of ten women from around the world, including two-time Nobel Prize winner Marie Curie, physicist Chien-Shiung Wu and Virginia Apgar, MD, who forever changed our thinking in astronomy, physics, chemistry, medicine and biology.

Alpha Girls: The Women Upstarts Who Took on Silicon Valley’s Male Culture and Made the Deals of a Lifetime – Julian Guthrie

  • An unforgettable story of four women who, through grit and ingenuity, became stars in the cutthroat, high-stakes, male dominated world of venture capital in Silicon Valley, and helped build some of the foremost companies of our time.


Broad Band: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet – Claire L. Evans

  • The YACHT lead singer and VICE reporter celebrates the lesser-known contributions of women to the history of technology, sharing brief profiles of such boundary-breaking innovators as Ada Lovelace, Grace Hopper, Elizabeth “Jake” Feinler and Stacy Horn.

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of Women Who Helped Win World War II – Denise Kiernan

  • The town of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, boomed on U.S military-owned acreage between 1942-1944. Its electricity usage matched that of New York City, and its population reached 75,000 – yet it didn’t appear on a single map during World War II. Many new residents were women, recruited at top-dollar wages for positions from chemists to couriers. Sworn to strict secrecy protocols, they were told only that their work would ensure a swift, final World War II victory. The nuclear blast at Hiroshima at last revealed their hidden roles.


The Glass Universe: How the Ladies of Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars – Dava Sobel

  • The little-known true story of the unexpected and remarkable contributions to astronomy made by a group of women working in the Harvard College Observatory from the late 1800s through the mid-1900s.

Headstrong: 52 Women Who Changed Science and the World – Rachel Swaby

  • Profiles over fifty of history’s most remarkable women scientists, including Rachel Carson, Rosalind Franklin, Sally Ride, and Ada Lovelace.


The Madame Curie Complex: The Hidden History of Women in Science – Julie Des Jardins

  • The Madame Curie Complex gives fresh insight into the barriers and successes for women in science, and sheds light on the way our cultural ideas of gender have shaped the profession.

Marie Curie and the Daughters: The Private Lives of Science’s First Family – Shelley Emling

  • Marie Curie was the first person to be honored by two Nobel Prizes and she pioneered the use of radiation therapy for cancer patients. But she was also a mother, widowed young, who raised two extraordinary daughters alone: Irene, a Nobel Prize winning chemist in her own right, who played an important role in the development of the atomic bomb, and Eve, a highly regarded humanitarian and journalist, who fought alongside the French Resistance during WWII.


Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us from Missiles to the Moon and Mars – Nathalia Holt

  • Traces the pivotal achievements of the elite female science recruits at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where in the mid-20th century they transformed rocket design and enabled the creations of the first American satellites.

Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History – Sam Maggs and Sophia Foster-Dimino

  • The best-selling author of The Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy presents a fun and feminist look at the brilliant, brainy and totally rad women in history who broke barriers as scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers and inventors, along with interviews with real-life women in STEM careers.


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The Crown Readalikes

Yes, I know that today’s Halloween – that’s why I made it easy on myself and decided to post about something other than witches, ghosts, or Superman. 🙂

This month, the 3rd season of The Crown premieres on Netflix, with new actors in the roles we’ve come to know and love. If you haven’t started watching, check out the first 2 seasons and get them binged before Nov 17. And, if you have, you’ll definitely want to get back into the groove with one of these titles before you binge season 3.

Happy Halloween! (and Happy Binging!)

Readers Dozen: October 2019

The Readers Dozen year is drawing to a close… just three more months! We realize it’s almost the end of October, but if you’ve been putting off reading because the month is a little longer (or because you haven’t found the right book), let us help.

The challenge this month is to read a retelling of another story. Whether it’s a fairy tale, a Greek myth, or a change in point-of-view, it just has to continue (or change) the original story a little. Here’s a list to get you started:



AIDAN, Pamela – An Assembly Such as This – Pride and Prejudice

ALLEN, Nancy Campbell – My Fair Gentleman – My Fair Lady/Pygmalion

ATWOOD, Margaret – Hag-Seed – The Tempest

ATWOOD, Margaret – The Penelopiad – The Odyssey

BAKER, Jo – Longbourn – Pride and Prejudice

BARKER, Pat – The Silence of the Girls – The Iliad

BLACKWELL, Elizabeth – While Beauty Slept – Beauty and the Beast fairy tale

BROOKS, Geraldine – March – Little Women

CHEVALIER, Tracy – The New Boy – Othello

CLINCH, Jon – Finn – The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

FAYE, Lyndsay – Jane Steele – Jane Eyre

FORSYTH, Kate – Bitter Greens – Rapunzel fairy tale

FORTIER, Anne – Juliet – Romeo and Juliet

FRAME, Ronald – Havisham – Great Expectations

GARDNER, John – Grendel – Beowulf

HART, Lenore – Becky: The Life and Loves of Becky Thatcher – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

HAUSER, Emily – For the Winner – Jason and Argonauts myth

HEADLEY, Maria Dahvana – The Mere Wife – Beowulf

JACOBSON, Howard – Shylock Is My Name – The Merchant of Venice

JALALUDDIN, Uzma – Ayesha at Last – Pride and Prejudice

JENSEN, Lisa – Alias Hook – Peter Pan

JOHNSON, Daisy – Everything Under – Oedipus

JORDAN, Hillary – When She Woke – The Scarlet Letter

KAMAL, Soniah – Unmarriageable – Pride and Prejudice

LE GUIN, Ursula – Lavinia – The Aeneid

LEVINE, Daniel – HydeDr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

LEWIS, C.S. – Till We Have Faces – Cupid & Psyche myth

MAGUIRE, Gregory – Mirror, Mirror – Snow White fairy tale

MAGUIRE, Gregory – Wicked – The Wizard of Oz

MAGUIRE, Gregory – Hiddensee – The Nutcracker

MAKARYK, Mark – Nottingham – Robin Hood myth

MALERMAN, Josh – Unbury Carol – Beauty and the Beast fairy tale

MALOUF, David – RansomThe Iliad

MILLER, Madeline – The Song of Achilles – The Iliad

MILLER, Madeline – Circe – Circe myth

MILLER, Sarah – Caroline – The Little House on the Prairie

MOORE,Christopher – Fool – King Lear

MURPHY, Louise – The True Story of Hansel and Gretel – Hansel and Gretel fairy tale

NASLUND, Sara Jeter – Ahab’s Wife – Moby Dick

NESBO, Jo – Macbeth – Macbeth

NOVIK, Naomi – Uprooted – Beauty and the Beast fairy tale

OYEYEMI, Helen – Boy, Snow, Bird – Snow White fairy tale

PHILLIPS, Carly – The Lost Child  – Wuthering Heights

RENAULT, Mary – The King Must Die – Theseus, Minotaur myth

RHYS, Jean – Wide Sargasso SeaJane Eyre

RUSHDIE, Salman – Quichotte – Don Quixote

SEGAL, Francesca – The Innocents – The Age of Innocence

SELF, Will – DorianThe Picture of Dorian Gray

SHAMSIE, Kamila – Home Fire – Antigone myth

SHAYKH, Hanan – One Thousand One NightsA Thousand and One Nights

SHIELDS, Sharma – The Cassandra – Cassandra myth

SITTENFELD, Curtis – EligiblePride and Prejudice

SMILEY, Jane – A Thousand AcresKing Lear

SONNEBORN, Julia – By the BookPersuasion

TELLER, Danielle – All the Ever Afters – Cinderella fairy tale

TODD, Anna – The Spring Girls – Little Women

TYLER, Anne – Vinegar Girl – The Taming of the Shrew

WINTERSON, Jeanette – The Gap of Time – The Winter’s Tale

WROBLEWSKI, David – The Story of Edgar Sawtelle – Hamlet

ZELTSERMAN, Dave – Monster – Frankenstein

Take Ten: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

If you don’t already know (and, that is you haven’t noticed the pink ribbons adorning all sorts of stuff this month), October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Chances are you may know one of the 1 in 8 women who develop breast cancer during her lifetime, or the 1 in 1000 men who are also at risk. You can see more statistics like these, or learn more, at the Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation. And, pick up one of these books at the Library:


Braving the Wilderness: The Quest for True Belonging and the Courage to Stand Alone – Brene Brown

A Breast Cancer Alphabet – Madhulika Sikka

The Bright Hour: A Memoir of Living and Dying – Nina Riggs

Cancer Vixen: A True Story – Marisa Acocella Marchetto

Everybody’s Got Something – Robin Roberts

The Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Book

The New Generation Breast Cancer Book: How to Navigate Your Diagnosis and Treatment Options – and Remain Optimistic – in and Age of Information Overload – Elisa Port, MD

Promise Me: How a Sister’s Love Launched the Global Movement to End Breast Cancer – Nancy G. Brinker

Radical: The Science, Culture, and History of Breast Cancer in America – Kate Pickert

Taking Care of Your “Girls”: A Breast Health Guide for Girls, Teens, and In-Betweens – Marisa C. Weiss, MD