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Stanley Library News, June 19, 2014

By Jane Somerville
Summer Reading
Fizz Boom Read! Our summer reading program is under way and it is proving to be a great success. The kids love the theme with all kinds of science experiments and good stories, too. There are two more programs for each group. Third graders through eighth graders will meet the next two Wednesdays, June 25 and July 2 from 10:00 until noon. Pre-schoolers through second grades will meet the next two Thursdays, June 26 and July 3 from 10:00 until noon. Join Mr. Phil for science fun, stories and snacks. Next week should be especially fun; rockets, rockets, rockets! We have many new books that correlate with our science theme, come and check them out.
New DVDs
Hat's off to the folks who donated DVD's. We now have a small collection of movies to loan. Loan period is one week. It's an interesting collection with mostly adult movies. There are a limited number of children's titles available. Included in the collection are such disparate titles as Across the Universe, Batman Begins, BBC's Planet Earth, Ugly Betty Season One, and A River Runs Through It. We will continue to accept DVD donations.
New books
New adult book titles include All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr, Any Other Name, a Longmire book, by Craig Johnson, The Last Kind Words Saloon by Larry McMurtry, Chestnut Street by Maeve Binchy, The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go, and The Son by Jo Nesbo.
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Stanley Library News, April 24, 2014

By Jane Somerville
April is National Poetry Month. Stop by the library the evening of Thursday, April 24 for a poetry participation event. Share your own poetry or personal favorite. Don't have the nerve to share? Come in and listen. John Phillips will be hosting the event, beginning at 6:30 pm.
Friday evening (April 25) at 7:00 we will show the movie The Book Thief. Popcorn will be served, and there is no admission charged. The movie is rated PG-13 and is not recommended for children under that age. We will discuss the book by Markus Zusak, and compare the book and movie on Monday, April 28. We will serve homemade soup, bread and dessert at 5:30. The discussion will begin at 6:00.
Donate your DVDs
We are still asking for your donations of DVD's to start a movie collection available for check out. Get that spring cleaning done, and make some room on your shelves by storing your DVD's on our shelves!
Ideas for upcoming programs?
Do you have a great idea for a library program? Please let our staff know and we will do our best to see it happen.
Our magazine collection
Are you aware of our magazine section? We have a great variety of magazines available, including Smithsonian, Bon Appétit, Smithsonian's Air and Space, Better Homes and Gardens, Consumer Reports, Mother Jones, National Geographic, Popular Science, Rolling Stone and Time. There is truly something for all. We also have National Geographic Kids and Little Kids.
New books
New books this month include Harlan Coben's latest thriller, Missing You, Apple Tree Yard, a psychological thriller by Louise Doughty, and The Martian by Andy Weir, the surprise bestseller survival thriller that is being called the Robinson Crusoe of the twenty-first century. The Secret of Magic by Deborah Johnson returns us to Mississippi, 1945. World War II is over, and a different battle is starting to brew in the South. Garth Stein, author of The Art of Racing in the Rain, has this to say about Gabrielle Zevin's eighth book, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry, "A wonderful, moving and endearing story of redemption and transformation that will sing in your heart for a very, very long time."
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Stanley Library News, April 3, 2014

By Jane Somerville
April is National Poetry Month. "Like" our Facebook page, Stanley Community Library, to see poetry posts throughout the month. We have a decent selection of poetry books available for check out, as well. John Phillips will continue his Cheap Champagne lecture series with a poetry participation session on Wednesday, April 23 at 6:30. Come by and share your favorite poem or just listen. Original poetry and old favorites will be shared.
We appreciate trustee Sylvia Hamilton for holding twice monthly knitting circles throughout the winter. Knitting circle will continue next fall. Game nights will also start up again next fall, with staff member Phil Enright. These programs helped relieve winter doldrums.

We're getting our spring and summer program schedule ready. Have a great idea for a library program? Let us know, and we'll do our best to make it happen.

Upcoming events
We have weeded our audio selection down to CD's only. There are several audio books available for downloading to your personal device available at You will need your library card number to check out these audio books. New audiobooks on CD include Unleashed, an Andy Carpenter mystery, by David Rosenfelt, After I'm Gone by Laura Lippman, Still Life With Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen, Killer by Jonathon Kellerman, George Washington's Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved The American Revolution by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger, and An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris.

Now that all the audio cassettes are off the shelves, we've made room to start a DVD collection. Do you have gently used DVD's that are gathering dust on your shelves? Donate them to the library and we'll store them for you! You can always check it out if you'd like to see it again. We hope to have a small collection ready for check out by the end of May.

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Stanley Library News, March 20, 2014

By Jane Somerville
Attention e-book lovers. We now have two platforms available for checking out books to your e-reader devices. For the past year we have been a part of the Idaho Digital Consortium, where we share e-books with several libraries around the state. The consortium is growing and the selection of books grows every month. And now, as part of the Library Consortium of East Idaho, we have access to another library of e-books available from 3-M. The 3-M platform is a bit different, and you will need to install the 3-M app on your device before you will be able to check out books. This is a very simple process which we will be happy to help you with. For both platforms you will need your library card number, and the 3-M platform requires a password. Please stop by and let Phil or Jane help you check out a digital book to your device!
New books
Traditional book lovers, we have new goodies on the shelves for you, as well. Non-fiction selections include Thank You For Your Service by David Finkel, Things That Matter by Charles Krauthamer, The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert, Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh, and The Fat Chance Cookbook by Robert H. Lustig, MD, MSL. New fiction includes A Well-Tempered Heart (the sequel to The Art of Hearing Heartbeats) by Jan-Phillipp Sendker , The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt, The Cockroaches (second in the Harry Hole series) by Jo Nesbo, The Good Lord Bird, winner of The National Book Award, by James McBride, Sweet Thunder by Ivan Doig and Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford.
Upcoming events
Thursday, March 20 at 6:00 John Phillips continues his Cheap Champagne lectures with "A Better World" at 6:30. Next Thursday, March 27, Sylvia Hamilton will wrap up the winter knitting circle with one final session at 6:00. We will be showing the movie "Awakenings" with Robin Williams and Robert DeNiro on Friday March 28. Movie time is 7:00. Free popcorn and no admission Friday night date deal in Stanley! We will discuss the book Awakenings by Oliver Sacks on Monday, March 31. Books are available for check out now at the library. Soup, bread and dessert will served free of charge at 5:30, discussion at 6:00 pm.
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Stanley Library News, February 27, 2014

By Jane Somerville
Jumping into 2014
2014 has been a busy year so far, with so much going on at the library! We have been hosting a knitting night every other Thursday. Sylvia Hamilton has graciously been helping folks learn the basics, and others have been bringing in their works in progress for a little social knitting time. Phil Enright has been hosting game nights every other Friday night. X-Box, Wii and board games are set up in the multi-purpose room for kids of all ages. Knitting circle and game nights will continue in March. Story time for the little ones is held every Friday at 10:30.

Our book discussion group has met twice in 2014, viewing a movie and reading the book. In January we discussed The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, led by discussion leader Jocelyn Plass. In February we discussed the Pulitzer Prize winning drama The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel. Discussion leader was Phil Coonts.

We hosted free hot chocolate and cookies for Winterfest. Stanley School students visited in January and February. The younger students at the school enjoyed a Read'n'Feed focusing on the book If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon by Ellen Levine. The students enjoyed a lunch of beans and rice, biscuits, dried fruit, buffalo meat and apple pie, cooked up by Shane and Melinda at the Back Country Bistro in Stanley. Activities included a board game, watching a video of western expansion photographs and music, and making butter. The older students read the book The Ballad of Lucy Whipple by Karen Cushman. They enjoyed a similar menu, played Gold Rush bingo, wrote a newspaper article about the California Goldrush, and designed postcards to send to their families "back East."

There are sixteen movies coming out this year that are based on books. We have them all so you may enjoy the book before the movie. Check out our display on top of the new book shelf. The Monuments Men, Winter's Tale, The Fault in Our Stars and Gone Girl are just a few.

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Stanley Library News, January 9, 2014

By Jane Somerville
Happy New Year!
Happy New Year! We have been in our new building for a full year now, and we are looking forward to serving you in the year ahead with plenty of programming, new books, audio books, magazines and more.
Programs for January
Programs for January begin Thursday, January 9, with a "Cheap Champagne" lecture by John Phillips, titled "Tomorrow Part Two." The lecture begins at 6:30 p.m. January 16 at 6:00 our knitting circle will meet, bring your works in progress or learn something new. Board games, Wii and Xbox games will be played on Thursday the 17th at 6:00 pm. Bring your favorite game, or play the variety of games available at the library. Game on until everyone has had enough! Thursday, January 23 we will be showing the movie The Hunger Games at 7:00 pm, and we will discuss the book on Monday, January 27. Dinner will be served at 5:30, book discussion begins at 6:00. Books are available for check out at the library now.
New books for the New Year
Non-fiction books on the new shelf include The Bully Pulpit by Doris Kearns Godwin, I Am A Man by Joe Starita, I Am Malala The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai with Christina Lamb, The Death of Santini by Patrick Conroy and This is the Story of a Happy Marriage by Ann Patchett.

New fiction includes The Circle by Dave Eggers, Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford, The All-Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg, The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan and Identical by Scott Turow.

If you prefer to listen to your books we have an excellent selection of audio books including Innocence by Dean Koontz, Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie, Sycamore Row by John Grisham, One Summer, America 1927 by Bill Bryson and The Supreme Macaroni Company by Adriana Trigiani.

Library closure
The library will be closed Monday, January 20 in honor of Martin Luther King Day.
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Stanley Library hours and other info
Summer hours are over, and our regular hours have changed. We are open Monday 12-6, Tuesday and Wednesday 12-4, Thursday 12-6, Friday and Saturday 10-6.
Library phone number is 774-2470.
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