Great Online Resource: Twin Falls Newspapers

Whether you’re doing genealogical research or looking for a specific event, old newspapers can be a good resource – and even more so if they’re available to search online. TFPL has the local Twin Falls papers going all the way back to the first one in October of 1904, and we have most of them in both microfilm and digital formats. The digital is easier to search (though remember you’re trying to search for text in an image), but the microfilm has a sharper look since it’s just a copy of a copy, rather than a copy of a copy of a copy. Clear as mud, right?

Anyway, if you’re wanting to dig into the archives, click here or drop in and we’ll show you how to use our modern microfilm machine (it can save digital copies, too).

Grown-ups: All of the Responsibility, Only Some of the Fun

When you’re a kid, it looks like adults have all the fun – and then you become an adult and realize that you might have had it better as a kid (grass is always greener…). If you’ve made it into your 20s and still feel a tad unsure, know that you’re not alone – and picking up one of these titles can help:

Adulting: How to Become a Grown-Up in 468 Easy(ish) Steps – Kelly Williams Brown

30 Before 30: How I Made a Mess of My 20s, and You Can Too – Marina Shifrin

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain – Phoebe Robinson

I Can’t Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race, and Other Reasons I’ve Put My Faith in Beyonce – Michael Arceneaux

I’m Judging You: A Do-Better Manual – Luvvie Ajayi

It Gets Worse: A Collection of Essays – Shane Dawson

Walking to Listen: 4000 Miles Across America One Story at a Time – Andrew Forsthoefel

Grace’s Guide: The Art of Pretending to be a Grown-Up – Grace Helbig

#GirlBoss – Sophia Amorusa

Take Ten: Wildfires

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It’s definitely wildfire season out West – in Idaho as of today, crews are battling 9 fires. The closest one, the Sharps Fire is less than 80 miles away from Twin Falls, which makes us a little more aware than usual. Well, in addition to the haze and smoke coming from the Oregon and California fires.

With this on our mind, we thought we’d take a look at books that focus on wildfires – the men and women who fight them, the policies that have helped or hindered the fight, and, of course, the aftermath. Here’s a list of titles that will help you understand the chaos that is wildfire.


The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America – Timothy Egan

  • Narrates the struggles of the overmatched rangers against the implacable fire of August, 1910, and Teddy Roosevelt’s pioneering conservation efforts that helped turn public opinion permanently in favor of the forests, though it changed the mission of the forest service with consequences felt in the fires of today.

Fire and Ashes: On the Front Lines of American Wildfire – John N. Maclean

  • A history of American wildfires recounts the most significant fires, sharing front-line stories, past and present firefighting strategies, and the apparent increase in fire occurrence and intensity in recent years.

Fire in the Heart: A Memoir of Friendship, Loss, and Wildfire – Mary Emerick

  • A wildland firefighter describes how she became a stronger, braver person by battling for survival and making tough choices in her life-threatening line of work that has taken her from the swamps of Florida to the interior of Alaska.

Firestorm: How Wildfire Will Shape Our Future – Edward Struzik

  • In the spring of 2016, the world watched as wildfire ravaged the Canadian town of Fort McMurray. Firefighters named the fire “the Beast.” It seemed to be alive with destructive energy, and they hoped never to see anything like it again. Yet it’s not a stretch to imagine we will all soon live in a world in which fires like the Beast are commonplace. In Firestorm, Edward Struzik confronts this new reality, offering a deftly woven tale of science, economics, politics, and human determination.

My Lost Brothers: The Untold Story by the Yarnell Hill Fire’s Lone Survivor – Brendan McDonough

  • The sole survivor of the 2013 fire in Yarnell, Arizona, recalls the natural disaster that took the lives of 19 firefighters who were trained specifically to battle wildfires.

On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters – Matthew Desmond

  • Journeys inside the dangerous world of wildland firefighters to explore the reasons why men and women across the country risk their lives for low pay to fight forest fires, detailing the hazards and hardships of their career, the everyday facets of their lives, and the uniquely close bonds they form amongst themselves.

Smoke Jumping on the Western Fire Line: Conscientious Objectors During World War II – Mark Matthews

  • The story of the World War II conscientious objectors who volunteered for Civilian Public Service as U.S. Forest Service smoke jumpers is told in this history that reveals a little-known dimension of American pacifism.

Tending Fire: Coping with America’s Wildland Fires – Stephen J. Pyne

  • From experience with a “hotshot” crew fighting fires at Grand Canyon National Park over many seasons, Pyne (life sciences, Arizona State U.) situates US debates over let burn/controlled burn fire management policies for public lands in historical and ecological contexts.

The Year Yellowstone Burned: A Twenty-Five Year Perspective – Jeff Henry

  • A former National Park Service ranger details the origins and progression of the Yellowstone fires of 1988 as well as the impact of these fires on the landscape, both then and in the years since.

Young Men and Fire – Norman Maclean

  • A witness to the Montana Mann Gulch fire of 1949 explores the mysteries of the tragedy, with eyewitness accounts, new evidence, and research from fire scientists.


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Summer Reading 2018 is Almost Over…

Erica and Andrea after running the cotton candy station during our Summer Reading Street Dance!

We’re sad to see Summer Reading end, but we’ve had a great time – this year’s theme, “Libraries Rock,” allowed us to do some cool music-related things, like our concert with Mark Kroos and our Street Dance. We hope you all had fun too and we can all look forward to next year.

Don’t forget, adults can still turn in their Summer Reading activities for tickets through Saturday (July 28). We’ll draw for the final weekly tees and totes, as well as for the Grand Prize – an Amazon Fire – next week.

And, just because Summer Reading’s officially over doesn’t mean you have to put the books down in August. Our Librarians can help you find a couple of good reads to get you through the dog days.

The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers 1972

Step into the Way Back Machine (it’s air-conditioned at least, right?) and let’s transport ourselves back to 1972. The swinging 70s are underway, and we are sure to find a book that recalls the craziness of the time. Here’s a look back to help you remember – or understand – what the year looked like:

  • In January, the first scientific hand-held calculator came on to the market – the HP-35 cost $395.
  • In March, The Godfather premiered in New York.
  • In June, five burglars were arrested attempting a burglary at a DC hotel called Watergate. Wonder what happened with that?

Grab one of these books from the New York Times Best Seller list for the week of July 16 for a deeper dive into 1972!



1. Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach

2. The Winds of War by Herman Wouk

3. The Word by Irving Wallace

4. Captains and the Kings by Taylor Caldwell

5. My Name Is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok

6. The Terminal Man by Michael Crichton

7. A Portion for Foxes by Jane McIlvaine McClary

8. The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora Welty

9. Dark Horse by Fletcher Knebel

10. The Blue Knight by Joseph Wambaugh



1. I’m O.K. You’re O.K. by Thomas Harris

2. O Jerusalem! by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre

3. The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn

4. The Super Lawyers by Joseph C. Goulden

5. Open Marriage by Nena and George O’Neill

6. The Game of the Foxes by Ladislas Farago

7. Report from Engine Co. 82 by Dennis Smith

8. George S. Kaufman by Howard Teichmann

9. Bring Me a Unicorn by Anne Morrow Lindbergh

10. Eleanor and Franklin by Joseph P. Lash

Take Ten: Southern Gothics

We heard it was National Pecan Pie Day, and though it started us thinking about lunch, it also made us reminisce about some good old-fashioned Southern Gothic novels.

Southern Gothics are basically stories that are slightly mysterious, usually dark, and involve death, illusion, and the feeling that something’s just not as it seems. Of course, they’re set in the American South – and not in the open squares, but in the back alleys, mossy swamps, and decrepit plantation mansions, adding to the creepiness. In other words, good reads for lazy summer days.

If this sounds appealing, give one of these a chance for a few chills:


Beloved by Toni Morrison

  • Sethe, an escaped slave living in post-Civil War Ohio with her daughter and mother-in-law, is persistently haunted by the ghost of her dead baby girl.

Bliss House by Laura Benedict

  • Rainey Bliss Adams desperately needs a new start when she and her daughter Ariel relocate from St. Louis to Old Gate and settled into the impressive, historic, and inexplicably mysterious house where the Bliss family had lived for over a century.

Child of God by Cormac McCarthy

  • Set in Tennessee in the 1960s, this chilling novel sees Lester Ballard become increasingly isolated from society. After taking a deceased woman as a girlfriend, he “saves her” from a fire–and his life spirals into deepening depravity.

The Cutting Season by Attica Locke

  • When the dead body of a young woman is found on the grounds of Belle Vie, the estate’s manager, Caren Gray, launches her own investigation into Belle Vie’s history, which leads her to a centuries old mystery involving the plantation’s slave quarters–andher own past.

Deliverance by James Dickey

  • In the Georgia wilderness, four men on a canoe trip discover a freedom and exhilaration beyond compare. And then, in a moment of horror, the adventure turns into a struggle for survival as one man becomes a human hunter who is offered his own harrowing deliverance.

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt

  • Growing up in a small Mississippi town in a family haunted by the murder of her brother, Robin, Harriet Cleve Dusfresnes lives in a world of her imagination, until, at the age of twelve, she decides to find Robin’s murderer and exact her revenge.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil John Berendt

  • In charming, beautiful, and wealthy old-South Savannah, Georgia, the local bad boy is shot dead inside of the opulent mansion of a gay antiques dealer, and a gripping trial follows.

The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner

  • Retells the tragic times of the Compson family, including beautiful, rebellious Caddy; manchild Benjy; haunted, neurotic Quentin; Jason, the brutal cynic; and Dilsey, their Black servant.

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

  • Easter and her sister Ruby have been shuffled around the foster care system in Gastonia, North Carolina. Then their ne’er-do-well father whisks them away in the middle of the night.

The Witching Hour by Anne Rice

  • A sweeping story about a great dynasty of four centuries of witches – a family given to poetry and incest, murder and philosophy, a family that over the ages is itself haunted by a powerful, dangerous, and seductive being called Lasher who haunts the Mayfair women.


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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!