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Weekly Program Bulletin

July 18, 2022

In the Spotlight

Ayad Akhtar's Homeland Elegies

The 2022 Community Speaker Series presented by The Community Library and the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference welcomes award-winning writer and playwright, Ayad Akhtar.

Wednesday, July 20

7:00 p.m. | Forest Service Park

Also on Vimeo Live + Replay

The Long Corner

with Alexander Maksik

Alexander Maksik joins us to discuss his new novel, a bold treatment about ambition, grief, creativity, beauty, and existential emptiness.

Friday, July 22

5:00 p.m. | Lecture Hall

Watch on Vimeo Live/NO REPLAY

Check This Out!

Exploring Hemingway’s Sun Valley: A Three-Week Seminar

Engage both the mind through discussion of Hemingway’s texts and the body by exploring the local sites that Hemingway cherished.

3 Sessions in August

Registration & books required

More Here

Bloom Truck & Bookmobile

The Bloom Truck travels throughout the Wood River Valley during the summer months offering books, crafts, and free healthy lunches.


Bloom Truck schedule

NEW! Basic Tech Help with Buffy

To make an appointment and get personalized help, email Buffy

or call 208.806.2634.

Learning Commons

By Appointment Only

This Week at The Library

Story Time: Transportation

Monday, July 18

10:30 a.m.

Lecture Hall

Creative Writing Workshop

Tuesday, July 19

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Drop-in | Zoom

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Lunch & Lit

Best $8 lunch in town! ($5 for seniors.) Plus a short reading and discussion. All ages welcome.

Thursday, July 21

11:30 a.m. Cimino Plaza

Next Week at The Library

  • Story Time: Oceans
  • 50 Years of the SNRA: Looking Back, Looking Ahead 
  • Tech Help Desk
  • Lunch & Lit
  • End of Summer Reading: Award Party

Click here for our full calendar.

Kids & Teens Summer Reading

Countdown to reporting your reading!

Reporting Deadline: Friday, July 29 

to be eligible for GREAT prizes!

Click here for Kids Summer Reading

Click here for Teens Summer Reading

And Don't Forget!

End of Summer Reading: Award Party

Saturday, July 30

2:00 p.m. | Children's Library

Replay: Last Week at the Library

How Beautiful We Were

Author Imbolo Mbue in Conversation with

Executive Director Jenny Emery Davidson

Hollywood, China, and the Global Battle

for Cultural Supremacy

Author Erich Schwartzel 

Click on the titles above to watch the replays on Vimeo. The Community Speaker Series is presented in partnership with the Sun Valley Writers' Conference.

Click here for our full calendar.

Above: Jenny Emery Davidson and Imbolo Mbue

Book Review: Library Staff

"...there are children who dress up as women and prostitute themselves. And somebody is killing them..."

Peter Matschek, Gold Mine Processing Associate, recommends The Alienist by Caleb Carr.


Note: The term “alienist” comes from the fact that, prior to the twentieth century, people who were mentally ill were considered to be "alienated" from society. Those who studied them were therefore called alienists.

The Alienist takes place in 1890s New York City in the slums. In some of the seediest establishments, there are children who dress up as women and prostitute themselves. And somebody is killing them...

Read Peter's entire Book Review here.

Find more staff book recommendations here.

Book Beat: Student Book Review

Hello! My name is Jasmine.  I am 11 years old and live in Ketchum, Idaho. I love ski racing, snow/winter, and many other fun things. For my Book Beat review, I read The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin.

The Thing About Jellyfish follows a middle school aged girl named Suzy Swanson, heartbroken, but healing.

Suzy Swanson is a girl who’s quirky and different, not afraid to speak what’s on her mind. That is until she finds out that her former best friend, Franny, drowned during a vacation to Maryland. Suzy is heartbroken and can’t get over the fact she’s dead.

While grieving Suzy falls in a state where she refuses to talk, shutting herself out...

Read Jasmine's entire Book Beat Review here.

See all Book Beat Reviews here.

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