Read some good poetry this month! Check out one of the titles below – all new to the Library in 2017 – for a great read.
In April, our Reader’s Dozen Challenge is to pick up a book of science or science fiction. Since we figure more people are probably more comfortable finding a good science fiction read, we thought we’d share some good science books. The following titles are what we consider “narrative nonfiction,” true stories told with flair and a storyline to keep you turning pages. And just enough science to potentially make you dangerous…
The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives – Leonard Mlodinow
The Gene: An Intimate History – Siddartha Mukherjee
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot
Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers – Mary Roach
The World Without Us – Alan Weisman
Annotations courtesy of NoveList Plus. For more book reviews, author information, and reading suggestions, log into NoveList Plus with your TFPL Library card.
If you’re doing a little history digging, you might find the Sanborn Maps a great resource. The maps – known officially as the Sanborn Fire Insurance Maps – were designed to help insurance companies assess liability for buildings in towns and cities across America. Detail on the maps includes the type of material used in construction of a building (say, brick or masonry), as well as information about street and street numbers.
We have some of the physical maps in the Library, but they only cover changes made in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. Our patrons can now find Twin Falls maps from 1907, 1909, 1911, and even 1922 through our new database. The map on this page shows the Library and its environs between 1939 and 1949.
Through our subscription, the database can only be accessed inside the Library (using our computers or our wifi). The next time you’re digging into family, house, or even local history, this database will be rather useful – and fun to look through.
Let’s spring into late March with a look back at 1950 – a time of poodle skirts, drag racing, and bouffant hair styles for men and women (or, maybe I’m just remembering Grease…). Anyway, here are a few notable happenings that year that might spark a memory or two:
Now, how about some literature – or at least a fun read for Spring Break? Below are the books gracing the New York Times Best Sellers list for the week of March 19, 1950.
1. The Parasites by Daphne Du Maurier
2. The Egyptian by Mika Waltari
3. The King’s Cavalier by Samuel Shellabarger
4. The Wall by John Hersey
5. The Horse’s Mouth by Joyce Cary
6. Gentian Hill by Elizabeth Goudge
7. Jubilee Trail by Gwen Bristow
8. Mary by Sholem Asch
9. A Rage to Live by John O’Hara
10. One on the House by Mary Lasswell
11. The Pink House by Nelia Gardner White
12. The Diplomat by James Aldridge
13. I, My Ancestor by Nancy Wilson Ross
14. The Strange Land by Ned Calmer
15. A Long Day’s Dying by Frederick Buechner
16. Mingo Dabney by James H. Street
1. The Mature Mind by Harry Allen Overstreet
2. This I Remember by Eleanor Roosevelt
3. The Baby by Simon & Schuster
4. Home Sweet Zoo by Clare Barnes
5. White Collar Zoo by Clare Barnes
6. The Peabody Sisters of Salem by Louise Hall Tharp
7. I Leap Over the Wall by Monica Baldwin
8. Decision in Germany by Lucius Du Bignon Clay
9. Mr. Jones, Meet the Master by Peter Marshall
10. The Road Ahead by John T. Flynn
11. My Three Years in Moscow by Walter Bedell Smith
12. American Freedom and Catholic Power by Paul Blanshard
13. Chicago Confidential by Jack Lait And Lee Mortimer
14. Modern Arms and Free Men by Vannevar Bush
15. A Guide to Confident Living by Norman Vincent Peale
16. The Greatest Story Ever Told by Fulton Oursler
Our Reader’s Dozen Challenge this month is to read a book about sports. And while many of us can probably say we still get some type of physical exercise (right?), most of us would probably rather read about extreme athletes than be one. If you’re wanting to live vicariously through the challenges of tackling an extreme sport, pick up one of these titles – you might still get an adrenaline boost!
Next Tuesday (Feb 28) at 7 PM is Adult Game Night, so you’re all invited to drop in with a favorite game to share – or you can play one of ours. Many of our Librarians are board game fanatics and are always happy to sit down for some fun and friendly competition.
To get you in the mood, check out one of these titles on board and card games – whether you learn a new strategy or a bit of history, maybe you’ll be better prepared for world domination (which is the actual objective of Risk).
The Book of Games: Strategy, Tactics, and History – Jack Botermans
Card Games Properly Explained – Arnold Marks
Unbored: The Essential Field Guide to Serious Fun – Joshua Glenn & Elizabeth Foy Larsen
For extra fun, watch a board game…
Feelin’ groovy? Step into those clogs and let’s pay 1970 a visit. Here’s the happenings…
Get back into the mood (without your mood ring) with one of these books, all on the New York Times Best Sellers List for the week of February 15, 1970. Can you dig?
1. The Godfather by Mario Puzo
2. The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles
3. The House on the Strand by Daphne Du Maurier
4. The Inheritors by Harold Robbins
5. Puppet on a Chain by Alistair Maclean
6. The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight by Jimmy Breslin
7. Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault
8. Travels with My Aunt by Graham Greene
9. In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden
10. The Seven Minutes by Irving Wallace
1. The Selling of the President 1968 by Joe McGinniss
2. The Peter Principle by Laurence J. Peter and Raymond Hull
3. Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex by Dr. David Reuben
4. Present at the Creation by Dean Acheson
5. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language
6. The Graham Kerr Cookbook by The Galloping Gourmet and Hubert Sieben
7. The Collapse of the Third Republic by William L. Shirer
8. Mary Queen of Scots by Antonia Fraser
9. Ruffles and Flourishes by Liz Carpenter
10. Love and Will by Rollo May