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Stanley Library News, February 5, 2015

By Jane Somerville
Libri Foundation Books for Children Grant
Eighty two beautiful brand new books worth $1,406.55 with an additional $350.00 worth of Math and Science books were recently added to the children's collection. The Stanley Community Library was once again the recipient of The Libri Foundation Books for Children grant. According to President Barbara J. McKillip, The Libri Foundation has awarded over 5,000 grants to 3,260 libraries in all fifty states and surpassed the $5.5 million-dollar mark in new children's books donated to small, rural libraries. The Foundation, by matching funds raised by the local Friends of the Library or other local organizations, enables a library to obtain children's books it could not otherwise acquire due to budgetary constraints. The local sponsors can contribute from $50.00 to $350.00, which the Foundation matches at a 2-1 ration. This year our sponsor was the Florence J. Mahoney Foundation, and we appreciate their contribution. The school kids were thrilled with the new books, and seemed particularly interested in the non-fiction math and science books. A large percentage of the books have already been checked out more than once. We are so grateful to the Libri Foundation for choosing our library once again for this incredible opportunity. For more information on the Libri Foundation visit
New Books for Adults
The adult section also has new books. In non-fiction we now have The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate by Naomi Klein, Undeniable Evolution and the Science of Creation by Bill Nye, and The Wild Truth by Carine McCandless. New fiction titles include Nora Webster by Colm Tobin, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Falling From Horses by Molly Gloss and Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng.
Upcoming Programs
February 5 at 6:30 pm, John Phillips will lead a discussion of Artificial Intelligence.
Other upcoming programs include our new STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Club for elementary students. STEAM will meet on Saturday morning at 10:30 and run for about an hour and half. We have a lot of new materials for the kids to work with including Straws and Connectors, Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 for creating marble mazes, Keva Planks for making structures, Physics Workshop and Mosaic Magna pictures. This should be tons of fun for the school kids. We are also offering a knitting class, storytime for toddlers on Friday mornings and Let's Talk About It book discussions.
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Stanley Library News, January 15, 2015

By Jane Somerville
Libri Foundation Books for Children Grant
Once again the library is the recipient of a Libri Foundation Books for Children Grant. The Libri Foundation is a nationwide non-profit organization that donates new, quality children's books to small, rural public libraries in the United States through its BOOKS FOR CHILDREN program. With matching funds from the Florence S. Mahoney Foundation, the library received 82 new books with a retail value of $1,406.55 with an additional $350.00 worth of Math and Science books. The books are currently on display in the community room of the library, with the exception of those checked out by the Stanley School children on their monthly visit to the library. For more information on the Libri Foundation visit
Game night
Our first game night of the winter will be held Thursday night, January 15 at the library. For the remainder of the season game night will be held the second Friday of the month. Board games and electronic games will both be offered. All ages are welcome to attend.
Let's Talk About It
Books are still available for the January meeting of Let's Talk About It to be held Monday, January 26. We will gather for homemade soup, bread and dessert at 5:30 and discuss A Briefer History of Time by Stephen Hawking at 6:00 pm. John Rember will be our discussion leader. Rember's essay writing class will be held on the following Tuesday for this week only.
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Stanley Library News, December 18, 2014

By Jane Somerville
Essay Writing Class
December is flying by and the new year will be upon us before we know it. There is still time to sign up for an essay writing class with John Rember, to be held Monday nights at 6:30 pm, from January 5 through February 23. Rember will be emphasizing basic writing skills, editing, effective communication with an audience, and confidence in your work. Cost of the class includes copying fees and a suggested donation to the library. This is an amazing opportunity to improve your writing skills and learn from a former College of Idaho professor and published author. For more information contact the library.
Finding Legos
The library would like to start a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) club for school aged children. We are asking for donations of Lego's, either blocks or kits, to start our program. We will begin with Lego building challenges and expand the program from there.
Tax Credit for Donations
Individuals and corporations who contribute to libraries are eligible for tax savings. Idaho Code section 63-3029A allows individuals or corporations to take a tax credit for charitable contributions made to public libraries, library districts and the Idaho Commission for Libraries.

An individual taxpayer's contribution is allowed as an itemized deduction on the federal return and on the Idaho return. In addition, the taxpayer receives and Idaho tax credit for the contribution. The credit is limited to the smallest of one-half of the amount contributed, 50% of the individual's income tax, or $500 ($1,000) on a joint return). Check with your accountant or the Idaho State Tax Commission for complete information.

Library Christmas Decorations
The library appreciates trustee Sylvia Hamilton and Jeff Ballas for providing the library with a Christmas tree. The library is all decked out in holiday style, drop by and check out our displays and wide array of holiday stories for kids of all ages.
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Stanley Library News, December 4, 2014

By Jane Somerville
Christmas Reading
Saturday, December 6, we will hold our annual Christmas Reading at Beckwith's Lodge in Lower Stanley at 6:00 pm. This year we will be reading the Illustrated Classic version of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Please bring a holiday hors d'oeuvre to share. Once again, we appreciate Bob and Marcia for the use of the lodge. We appreciate MaryEllen Easom for organizing the reading this year.
Pie making class
The pie making class scheduled for November 25 has been re-scheduled for Tuesday, December 9 at 4:30 pm. Class size is limited so please sign up at the library before Tuesday. We will learn three different methods to make a perfect crust; by hand, food processor and mixer. There is an $8.00 fee for supplies and each participant will make a pie to take home and bake. Please bring a pie tin and a rolling pin.
Cookies and cocoa for Stanley students
The Stanley School children will be treated to a special Christmas story time with cookies and cocoa on Monday, December 22. California residents Ken and Jill Murray have been vacationing in the Stanley area for many years. Years ago, their then young daughter enjoyed story time at the library with milk and cookies. To honor that memory the Murray's graciously send cookies and cocoa each year during the holiday season for the children of Stanley. The children enjoy this fun holiday tradition, and refer to Mr. Murray as "The Cookie Man".
Upcoming writing class
John Rember will offer another writing class in January and February. The class is a an 8 week course on essay writing; emphasizing basic writing skills, editing, effective communication with an audience, and having confidence in your work. Assignments will be based on weekly readings of science and nature writing. Rember suggests a donation to the Stanley Library in lieu of course cost. Sign up at the library.
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Stanley Library News, November 20, 2014

By Jane Somerville
Idaho Family Read Week
Winter has settled in and we have all kinds of programs lined up to keep you busy! Thursday November 20 we are celebrating Idaho Family Reading Week with a program at 6:30 for area families. Bring the family in to build a community of readers at 4 different stations. We have a lot of materials but need your imagination! Snacks will be provided. Parents must attend with their children.
Book discussion
Monday, November 24 we will discuss the book The Lives of a Cell by Lewis Thomas. Homemade soup, bread and dessert will be served at 5:30, our discussion with Steven Hall of Idaho State University will begin at 6:00. Books are available for check out at the library.
Class in pastry making
Tuesday, November 25 we are offering a class in pastry making. The cost for the class is $8.00, bring a rolling pin and pie tin if you are able, and learn three different methods of making pie crust. Participants will make a pie to take home and bake, just in time for Thanksgiving. We appreciate Doug Plass for teaching this class.
Library closures
The library will be closed Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday. We have several holiday programs lined up for December and plenty of programming for the rest of the winter months to help keep cabin fever at bay.
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Stanley Library News, October 23, 2014

By Jane Somerville
Busy Summer!
After our busiest summer ever, it's starting to quiet down at the library. Over 5,000 visitors passed through our doors from May through September. We had a variety of programs offered this summer, including summer reading program for children, a showing of the documentary Wild by Law about the creation of the Wilderness Act, a lecture by Orval Hansen about his involvement with the creation of the Sawtooth National Recreation Area, our annual book sale, a luncheon with Young Adult author Chris Crutcher at Redfish Lake Lodge, and a presentation by local author Patrick Lee about the secret war in Laos during the 1960's. Pat's book Kickers takes place during this war, and is available for check out. This summer we were also able to begin check outs of DVD's for children and adults, all of which were donated to the library. Many new books and audio books were added to the collection.
Other Activities
Phil Coonts and Andy Gunderson held a 2 hour workshop titled "Ladies, Start Your Engines! Basic Car Maintenance for Women" early this month. There is a good possibility of this program being offered again next spring.

Monday, October 27 we will hold our first discussion in our Let's Talk About It series sponsored by USbancorp, the Idaho Humanities Council, The Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Idaho Commission for Libraries. Our theme this year is Humanity of Science and Technology. We will be discussing The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains by Nicholas Carr, with scholar Carrie Seymour of Boise State University. We will be serving homemade soup, bread, and dessert at 5:30 with our discussion beginning at 6:00. Books are still available for check out.

New Books
New books on the shelves include War of the Whales by Joshua Horwitz, In the Kingdom of Ice The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides, The Brothers John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles and Their Secret World War by Stephen Kinzer, and Tibetan Peach Pie A True Account of an Imaginative Life by Tom Robbins in non-fiction.

New adult fiction includes the latest installment of the Chief Inspector Gamache novels, The Long Way Home by Louise Penny, Fives and Twenty Fives by Michael Pitre, Windigo Island by William Kent Krueger, The High Divide by Lin Enger, and The Secret Place by Tana French. Two books that have made the short list for the National Book Award are available, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr and Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

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