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May is Mystery Month

It doesn’t take too much sleuthing to find a mystery novel – at our Library it’s probably the most circulated literary genre. But finding the right one might take a bit more digging. Depending on whether you want hard-boiled or cozy, contemporary or historical, there are a number of choices to make before your narrow down a suspect. Since this is Mystery Month, here’s a quick list of a few authors you might want to investigate.



(Professional detective or police investigator; usually a little grittier, with language, violence, and sex to match)

Lawrence Block                    James Lee Burke

Harlan Coben                    Michael Connelly

Robert Crais                         James Ellroy

Steig Larsson                      Walter Mosley

Sara Paretsky                   Robert B. Parker

Louise Penny                    Mickey Spillane



(Amateur detective; warmhearted humor and romance are priorities; less violence and extreme language)

Susan Wittig Albert                          Donald Bain

M.C. Beaton                               Laura Childs

Joanne Fluke                             Dorothy Gilman

Jane Haddam                              Carolyn G. Hart

Leslie Meier                                  Nancy Pickard

Alexander McCall Smith                      Josephine Tey



(Not hardboiled and not cozy)

Nevada Barr                            Agatha Christie

Loren Estleman                            Elizabeth George

Dashiell Hammett                                P.D. James

Faye Kellerman                            Laura Lippman

Marcia Muller                            James Patterson

Dorothy L. Sayers                            Stephen White



(Set before the author’s birth)

Tasha Alexander                            Alan Bradley

Barbara Cleverly                           Charles Finch

Ariana Franklin                                    C.S. Harris

Philip Kerr                                      Laurie R. King

   Elizabeth Peters                            Deanna Raybourn

    Charles Todd                                 Victoria Thompson

It’s Back – Summer Reading 2018!

Summer is just around the corner which means Summer Reading for all ages is back! This year our theme is LIBRARIES ROCK and we’re gearing up for a rollicking good time with reading challenges and cool programs, including a Family Street Dance in July. Plus, we’ve got some great prizes this year – including some rockin’ tees and totes.

In addition to the Street Dance, we’ll be hosting a concert featuring Mark Kroos, who plays a double-necked guitar, and an Adult Music Trivia Night. Factor in our Family Karaoke Day and our annual Midsummer Night Family Party, and you’ve got summer made in the shade, right?

The official start isn’t until June 4, but you can get a peek at all the fun here. Stop in at the Reference Desk to get more info.


Take Ten: Female Photographers

May is National Photography Month, which makes it a great time to share some of the most fascinating images from that creative format. And, with a couple of new publications this year, it’s also a good time to look at the careers of women who’ve had an impact on the art. A glance through these titles will give you an appreciation of their talent.

Daring to Look: Dorothea Lange’s Photographs and Reports from the Field – Anne Whiston Spirn

Julia Margaret Cameron’s Women – Sylvia Wolf

Imogen! Imogen Cunningham’s Photographs 1910-1973

Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs – Sally Mann

Margaret Bourke White: Moments in History

Annie Leibovitz at Work

Vivian Maier: A Photographer’s Life and Afterlife – Pamela Bannos

Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer – Arthur Lubow

Berenice Abbott: A Life in Photography – Julia Van Haaften

It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War – Lynsey Addario

Great Online Resource – Literature Map

Back in March, we shared a great website to help you discover new music based on artists you already know and like. Well, we’re happy to report that there’s a site for reading that operates the same way.

Drift over to and enter in a favorite author. A new page will generate, populating with the names of other writer – the closer the distance between your entry and another, the greater likelihood you’ll enjoy that author. It’s a fun, interactive way to find readalikes – and watching the names float around is rather mesmerizing. Yay!

The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1962

Cloudy, windy April is upon us – which makes it a great time to finish up a few books before the nicer weather arrives, right? If you’re looking for something different, grab a read popular years ago, in today’s case, from 1962. If that year seems to be beyond your memory, here are a few events that might make it seem more familiar…

Beyond all that, we were also reading! Pick up one of these New York Times best selling books to remember the country’s cultural attitude for the week of April 22, 1962.



1. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger

2. The Bull from the Sea by Mary Renault

3. The Fox in the Attic by Richard Hughes

4. The Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone

5. Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter

6. Devil Water by Anya Seton

7. A Prologue to Love by Taylor Caldwell

8. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

9. Captain Newman, M.D. by Leo Calvin Rosten

10. Chairman of the Bored by Edward Streeter

11. The Ivy Tree by Mary Stewart

12. Island by Aldous Huxley

13. Hornstein’s Boy by Robert Traver

14. Daughter of Silence by Morris L. West

15. Pigeon Feathers by John Updike

16. Kirkland Revels by Victoria Holt



1. Calories Don’t Count by Herman Taller

2. My Life in Court by Louis Nizer

3. The Rothschilds by Frederic Morton

4. The Guns of August by Barbara W. Tuchman

5. Six Crises by Richard Nixon

6. The Making of the President 1960 by T.H. White

7. In the Clearing by Robert Frost

8. The Last Plantagenets by Thomas B. Costain

9. Scott Fitzgerald by Andrew Turnbull

10. CIA: The Inside Story by Andrew Tully

11. The Oxford New English Bible; New Testament

12. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich by William L. Shirer

13. Before I Sleep by James Monahan

14. The Rich Nations and the Poor Nations by Barbara Ward

15. Mirror, Mirror on the Wall by Gayelord Hauser

16. A Nation of Sheep by William J. Lederer

Twin Falls Incorporated

Did you know that today is the unofficial official birthday of Twin Falls? While the town had been in existence for about a year, it wasn’t until April 13, 1905 that incorporation was filed in Cassia County. New city council members (called trustees at that time) included Paul Bickel – yes, that Bickel – and Sam Hamilton, who later served as mayor. The 1905 population of Twin was about 2000, so incorporation made sense in order for the town to pass laws and make decisions for the benefit of its citizens.

So, although we celebrate 1904 as the beginnings of our wonderful metropolis (official now that we’ve hit 50,000), 1905 was the year we made plans for permanence.

Take Ten: Bette Davis

Davis in the film, “The Little Foxes.”

Silver screen icon Bette Davis was born on April 5, 1908 – 110 years ago. Depending on your age, you might remember her more for her sultry, smart, or smoldering movie roles (The Little Foxes, All About Eve), or more for her crazy ones (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?). Or, if you’re my age, you might not be able to remember her without thinking of the Kim Carnes hit song of the 80s, Bette Davis Eyes.

Learn more about this fascinating actress, or watch a great performance, by checking out one of these titles:



Bette Davis – David Thomson

Dark Victory: The Life of Bette Davis – Ed SikovDark victory : the life of Bette Davis

The Girl Who Walked Home Alone: Bette Davis, A Personal Biography – Charlotte Chandler

I’d Love to Kiss You: Conversations with Bette Davis – Whitney Stine

Miss D and Me: Life with the Invincible Bette Davis – Kathryn Sermak

Warner Brothers: The Making of an American Movie Studio – David Thomson



All About Eve

The Watcher in the Woods

The Whales of August

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?