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Great Online Resource: Creative Bug

Just in time for the holidays! If you’re into crafting, making, cooking, etc – we’ve got a great new resource for you: Creative Bug. With video classes and printable guides, Creative Bug offers help on all sorts of topics, from paper crafts to knitting to baking to home decor. And, with your TFPL card, it’s free to use. Get a jump-start on Christmas gifts or just give yourself a new challenge. Check it out!

Take Ten: Soldiers of WWI

Armistice Day in Twin Falls, November 11, 1918 (Photographer: Clarence E. Bisbee)

November 11, 2018 marks the 100th Anniversary of the armistice of WWI. The Great War, as it was called at the time, lasted four years (though the U.S. had been involved for just over a year). What was it like for the average soldier in the trenches, or in the air, or even at home? The following books all take a look at the war through the eyes and actions of the American men who fought in WWI.


Conscience: Two Soldiers, Two Pacifists, One Family: A Test of Will and Faith in World War I – Louisa Thomas

  • Norman Thomas and his brothers’ upbringing prepared them for a life of service–but their calls to conscience threatened to tear them apart. Sons of a Presbyterian minister and grandsons of missionaries, the four brothers shared a rigorous moral upbringing, a Princeton education, and a faith in the era’s spirit of hope.

The Doughboys: America and the First World War – Gary Mead

  • Examines the contributions of American soldiers during the First World War, following their progress from initial derision by the Europeans to a hard-won respect.

The Escape Artists: A Band of Daredevil Pilots and the Grandest Escape of the Great War – Neal Bascomb

  • Presents the story of a group of downed Allied airmen who masterminded a courageous and ingenious breakout from Germany’s Holzminden POW camp.

First to Fly: The Story of the Lafayette Escadrille, the American Heroes Who Flew for France in World War I – Charles Bracelen Flood

  • The story of the daredevil Americans of the Lafayette Escadrille, who flew in French planes, wore French uniforms, and showed the world an American brand of heroism before the United States entered the Great War.

Five Lieutenants: The Heartbreaking Story of Five Harvard Men Who Led America to Victory in World War I – James Carl Nelson

  • Documents the stories of five young Harvard students who met different fates while serving in World War I, drawing on uncensored letters and memoirs to illuminate the impact of the conflict on the educated class of soldiers.

Hellfire Boys: The Birth if the U.S. Chemical Warfare Service and the Race for the World’s Deadliest Weapons – Theo Emery

  • Traces the actions of the “Hellfire Battalion,” a group of American engineers who were trained in gas warfare and were sent to the front lines in France to launch multiple assaults against the Germans.

The Last of the Doughboys: The Forgotten Generation and Their Forgotten World War – Richard Rubin

  • Journalist Richard Ruben painstakingly tracked down and interviewed dozens of surviving WWI veterans (aged between 101 and 113 years old at the time of their interviews) over the course of a decade. He skillfully weaves their halting, haunting individual stories into a vividly humanized account of the world’s first industrial-scale war, and America’s last days as a rural economy.

Lost Battalions: The Great War and the Crisis of American Nationality – Richard Slotkin

  • Examines the United States’ history of ethnic assimilation and racial strife through the experience of World War I regiments, the fabled Harlem Hell Fighters of the 369th infantry and the legendary “lost battalion” of the 77th division.

Sons of Freedom: The Forgotten American Soldiers Who Defeated Germany in World War I – Geoffrey Wawro

  • A prize-winning historian describes the battles, strategies and human toll of the Americans during World War I, but whose efforts ultimately saved the Allies, defeated Germany and established their nation as a great power.

The Unknowns: The Untold Story of America’s Unknown Soldier and WWI’s Most Decorated Heroes Who Brought Him Home – Patrick K. O’Donnell

  • A critically acclaimed medical historian describes the history of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery and tells the stories of those laid to rest there as well as those veterans serving as Body Bearers.


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Annie Pike Greenwood

Last week, Idaho Public Television broadcast a new episode of its “Idaho Experience” series, this time featuring the story of a woman with deep Magic Valley ties – Annie Pike Greenwood. She and her family settled on the Northside, near Hazelton, and she wrote about her experiences in a book that was published in 1934.

If you didn’t catch the initial airing, you can see it online (or check their schedule for a rerun). And, if you want to learn more about Greenwood, we have copies of her book, We Sagebrush Folks, available for check out.

Still interested in pioneer life in the early days of the Magic Valley? Pick up one of the following titles and learn more about the history of our region.


Six Decades Back – Charles S. Walgamott

Bucking the Tide – Henry James Kingsbury

Twin Falls County Pioneers – James L. Holloway

Gifts of Heritage: Pioneer Portraits – edited by Donna Scott and ZoeAnn Shaub

Buckskin and Smoke – Anna Hansen Hayes

Happy 200th, Frankenstein!

Mary Shelley practically invented science fiction in 1818 with her novel featuring Dr. Frankenstein and a very interesting monster. If you haven’t already read the classic, now’s a good time to pick it up – and if you have, try one of these works to learn more about the creator and her creation.

Frankenstein and the Birth of Science: The Era of Ingenuity That Electrified Science and Fiction – Joel Levy

In Search of Mary Shelley – Fiona Sampson

The Lady and Her Monsters: A Tale of Dissections, Real-Life Dr. Frankensteins, and the Creation of Mary Shelley’s Masterpiece – Roseanne Montillo

Making the Monster: The Science Behind Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – Kathryn Harkup

Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley – Charlotte Gordon

The Monsters: Mary Shelley and the Curse of Frankenstein – Dorothy Hoobler

Frankenstein: A Cultural History – Susan Tyler Hitchcock

Monsters in the Movies: 100 Years of Cinematic Nightmares – John Landis

Great Online Resource: Law Depot

If you’re looking for a personal or business legal form, don’t try to Google one up – you’ll either get a site that offers only generic forms, or you’ll get one that requires a payment. Instead, if you’re a TFPL cardholder, you can get access to one of our newest database subscriptions: Law Depot.

With Law Depot, you can create an account that will let you personalize your documents – whether you need to craft a power of attorney or a lease agreement. When you’re finished, you can save, download, or print the document. And, the best thing – there’s no charge! Call the Reference Desk at 208-733-2964 ext 200 or email us at for more information.

Take Ten: History Through Material Objects

As we review items to add to the Library’s collection, we often see cycles of similarities – the same sort of beach scene on the cover, or a mass influx of cat mysteries, or even titles that mimic each other. One trend we’ve seen lately is history being told through different objects. Some of these are on a large scale – like world history – while others take on more specific events or ideas. Regardless, it’s fun to see what objects are chosen, what they represent, and how they’ve had an impact.


The Civil War in 50 Objects – Harold Holzer and the New York Historical Society

  • Offers a visual perspective on the Civil War as reflected by artifacts ranging from a soldier’s footlocker and the Emancipation Proclamation to leaves from Abraham Lincoln’s bier and Grant’s handwritten terms of surrender at Appomattox.

The Death of the Hat: A Brief History of Poetry in 50 Objects – Paul B. Janeczko and Chris Raschka

  • A collection of poems through history inspired by objects–earthly and celestial–reflecting the time in which each poet lived.

A History of America in 101 Objects – Richard Kurin

  • Ranging from the earliest years of the pre-Columbian continent to the digital age, and from the American Revolution to Vietnam, each entry pairs the fascinating history surrounding each object with the story of its creation or discovery and the place it has come to occupy in our national memory.*

A History of America in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps – Chris West

  • From George Washington’s dour gaze to the charging buffalo of the western frontier and Lindbergh’s soaring biplane, American stamps are a vivid window into our country’s extraordinary and distinctive past.

A History of Baseball in 100 Objects – Josh Leventhal

  • A visual and historical record of the game as told through essential documents, letters, photographs, equipment, memorabilia, food and drink, merchandise and media items, and relics of popular culture, each of which represents the history and evolution of the game.*

A History of the Church in 100 Objects – Mike Aquilina and Grace Aquilina

  • In this unique and eye-catching book, popular Catholic author and EWTN host Mike Aquilina tells the Christian story through the examination of 100 objects and places.

A History of the World in 6 Glasses – Tom Standage

  • An offbeat history of the world traces the story of humankind from the Stone Age to the twenty-first century from the perspective of six different drinks–beer, wine, spirits, coffee, tea, and cola–describing their pervasive influence during pivotal eras of world history, from humankind’s adoption of agriculture to the advent of globalization.

A History of the World in 12 Maps – Jerry Brotton

  • Brotton examines twelve world maps from global history from the mystical representations of ancient civilizations and the fourteenth-century Mappamundi to the satellite-derived imagery of today to show how, by reading them, we can better understand the worlds that produced them.

A History of the World in 100 Objects – Neil MacGregor

  • Neil MacGregor’s radio series ‘A History of the World in 100 Objects’ has been a unique event that has set a benchmark for public service broadcasting in the UK and across the world. This book is the tie-in to that event, reproducing the scripts describing the objects that made us who we are.

And – even though it’s not through physical objects, we added this one in the mix:

A History of the United States in Five Crashes – Scott Nations

  • A financial executive and CNBC contributor examines the five most significant stock market crashes over the past century to reveal how they happened and shaped the present-day United States.


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