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Stanley Library News, February 19, 2015

By Jane Somerville
Our STEAM Club is off to a great start. The first week the kids worked with Zoob Challenge. Zoob is an open-ended building toy, it's five basic pieces snap together 20 different ways. Zoob Challenge takes open ended building in a new direction, as young builders experiment with Zoob pieces to solve specific challenges based on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math skills. The first challenge was to build a car and figure out three different ways to make the car move across the table. When this challenge was met the participants then had to build something that made the car stop at the edge of the table before it fell off. The second week participants worked on two different projects. One group worked with Keva planks and constructed three structures that could be connected. Once that challenge was completed the group built a boat with the planks. The other group worked with Straws and Connectors to make a rocket ship. Kids from K-8 are encouraged to join us on Saturday mornings from 10:30 until 12:00 for STEAM Club.
Discussions on Policing and Governance
Stanley City Police Officer Ron Pumphrey will hold a series of discussions on policing and governance. The first discussion, Governance Role in Policing was held Wednesday, February 18. The second in the series will be held Wednesday, March 4th at 6:00 pm. The topic of discussion will be Ideal Versus Reality. There is an ideal desire but there is the reality of policing a community.
Discussion on 3-D Printing
John Phillips will hold a discussion on 3-D Printing Thursday, February 19, 6:30.
Winterfest celebration
Saturday we will be serving cookies and cocoa and playing X-Box games as part of the city of Stanley's Winterfest celebration. We will also be open Sunday, February 22 from 12-4. There will be a movie at 1:00 with popcorn and other treats.
Let's Talk About It
Let's Talk About It will be held on Monday, February 23. Dinner of soup, bread and dessert will be served at 5:30, book discussion will begin at 6:00. Our book this month is Animals in Transition by Temple Grandin and Catherine Johnson. Our scholar will be Dr. Clark Draney, Professor of English and writing program administrator at the College of Southern Idaho. Books are available now for check out.
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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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