February Readers Dozen 2020

This month, read a memoir of a person you admire.

Then, fill out an entry form inside the Library.


Strong Women of Early Idaho!

Join us on Thu, Feb 13 at 7 PM for a little history and music! Gary Eller will be here to perform a few forgotten folk songs about women in early Idaho – and talk about their importance. Call us at 208-733-2964 ext 200 for more information.

Take Ten: National Hobby Month

Did you know that January is National Hobby Month? It does seem fitting, to take on a new project at the beginning of the New Year. If you’ve ever been interested in learning a craft, or beginning a collection, or simply getting out of the house, we’ve got a few ideas. You never know when you’ll find your next big obsession!


Book Art Studio Handbook: Techniques and Methods for Binding Books, Creating Albums, Making Boxes and Enclosures, and More – Stacie Dolin and Amy Lapidow

Complete Illustrated Guide to Stamp Collecting – James Mackay

First Time Quilting: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide

Get a Hobby: 101 All-Consuming Diversions for Any Lifestyle – Tina Barseghian

Ham Radio for Dummies – H. Ward Silver

Hiking and Backpacking: A Complete Illustrated Guide – Buck Tilton

How to Cocktail: Recipes and Techniques for Building the Best Drinks – America’s Test Kitchen

Make: Props and Costume Armor: Create Realistic Science Fiction and Fantasy Weapons, Armor, and Accessories – Shawn Thorsson

Model Trains: Creating Tabletop Railroads – David Jefferis

Simple Magic Tricks: Easy-to-Learn Magic Tricks with Everyday Objects – Jon Allen



Read, Watch, Listen: Motown

In January of 1959, a young man by the name of Berry Gordy, Jr. began his own music label (originally called Tamla Records), which grew into the powerhouse of Motown. From little Stevie Wonder to the Supremes, the Motown sound provided the soundtrack to American life in the 1960s and is still an incredible influence today. Listen and learn more about Hitsville, USA with the following:




Once in a Great City: A Detroit Story – David Maraniss

  • Despite everything that made Detroit great — from the auto industry visionaries, to influential labor leaders, to the hit-makers of Motown — shows how there were hints of the city’s tragic collapse decades before the riot, years of civic corruption and neglect took their toll.

Mary Wells: The Tumultuous Live of Motown’s First Superstar – Peter Benjaminson

  • Tells the life story of the first Motown solo superstar, including details about her marriages and love life and her battle with throat cancer.

Ready for a Brand New Beat: How Dancing in the Street Became the Anthem for a Changing America – Mark Kurlansky

  • Can a song change a nation? In 1964, Marvin Gaye, record producer William “Mickey” Stevenson, and Motown songwriter Ivy Jo Hunter wrote “Dancing in the Street.” The song was recorded at Motown’s Hitsville USA Studio by Martha and the Vandellas. Released on July 31, the song was supposed to be an upbeat dance recording, but events overtook it, and the song became one of the icons of American pop culture.

The Supremes: A Saga of Motown Dreams, Success, and Betrayal – Mark Ribowsky

  • Explores the rise and fall of this popular trio based on recollections from friends, family, and Motown contemporaries who were there when their songs were made, their hits climbed the charts, and the group faded away into history due to personal issues and professional strife.






22 Greatest Hits – Smokey Robinson

The Best of The Temptations

Every Great Motown Hit of Marvin Gaye: 15 Spectacular Performances

The Best of Stevie Wonder

The Ultimate Collection – Martha Reeves

Readers Dozen 2020!!!

The Way Back Machine – Best Sellers December 2003

The end of the decade is almost upon us, so we’ve decided that the Way Back Machine can now visit the 2000s. After all, it’s been almost 20 years since 2000 – can you believe it?

So, let’s take a short trip back to December 2003 – here’s what we were reading the week of December 21, according to the New York Times Best Sellers list.



1. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

2. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

3. The Big Bad Wolf by James Patterson

4. Trojan Odyssey by Clive Cussler

5.The Dark Tower: Volumes 1-5 by Stephen King

6. The Hornet’s Nest by Jimmy Carter

7. Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

8. Shepherds Abiding by Jan Karon

9. Bleachers by John Grisham

10. Blow Fly by Patricia Cornwell

11. The Conspiracy Club by Jonathan Kellerman

12. Safe Harbour by Danielle Steel

13. The Murder Room by P. D. James

14. The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

15. Pompeii by Robert Harris



1. Who’s Looking Out for You? by Bill O’Reilly

2. Flyboys by James Bradley

3. Dude, Where’s My Country? by Michael Moore

4. Lies (And The Lying Liars Who Tell Them) by Al Franken

5. A National Party No More by Zell Miller

6. America 24/7 Created by Rick Smolan and David Elliot Cohen

7. Franklin and Winston by Jon Meacham

8. LT: Over the Edge by Lawrence Taylor with Steve Serby

9. Benjamin Franklin by Walter Isaacson

10. A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

11. Bushwhacked by Molly Ivins and Lou Dubose

12. The Stone Cold Truth by Stone Cold Steve Austin with Jim (J. R.) Ross

13. I Am a Soldier, Too: The Jessica Lynch Story by Rick Bragg

14. Every Second Counts by Lance Armstrong with Sally Jenkins

15. Reflections by Barbara Bush

Readers Dozen: December

Hey RD readers – congratulations! This is the last Readers Dozen challenge of 2019 (and we’ll be posting the 2020 challenges soon!). If you’ve stuck with it all year, you’re guaranteed our 2019 prize, which is still to be determined. If you’ve been up/down with Readers Dozen, you can still get entered for our final monthly prize. Either way, you should be happy – and proud – that you’ve gotten this far!

In December, your challenge is to read a travelogue. It’s a good time to “get away” for a little while, whether the craziness of the season or the weather has gotten you down. Bonus: being an armchair traveler comes without the stress of packing.

For ideas, check out our in-house display or check out one of these sites. Bon Voyage!


Armchair Travel Books (Goodreads)

Must-Read Travel Books (Bookriot)

The 86 Greatest Travel Books (Conde Nast Traveler)

50 Essential Travel Books (AbeBooks)

48 Best Travel Books for 2019 (Wanderlust UK)

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)