May 2018
The Twain Monthly
A publication by the Shasta Library Foundation
In this issue:
  • Meet staff member Emily Applekamp
  • Get a peek at SLF events
  • Check out the Book Report!
  • Learn about upcoming events at the library
Thoughts from a Staff Member
Emily Applekamp
Many years ago I challenged myself to “Read Around the World” - where I choose one book about each of the 195 countries in the world. I’m an avid traveler, so whenever I book a trip somewhere, I like to pick a book relevant to my destination before I depart.

I recently booked a diving trip to Honduras for this fall. While browsing the internet for relevant books, I found an interesting-looking true story about a team of adventurers who set off to find a rumored “lost city” deep in the Honduran jungle. What I found so incredible is that it was just published last year, and in this age of having seemingly all the information in the world at our fingertips, I loved the fact that there are still mysterious places on this planet that are being rediscovered.

I was just a couple seconds away from purchasing the book for my Kindle when I paused and thought, “Emily, you work at the library now. You really should first check to see if they have the book here.” Sure enough, they did. The next day, I got up from my desk, walked upstairs, grabbed the book, and was out the door with a lovely hardcover to dig into over the weekend.

While I loved visiting the library so much as a kid, I had just naturally drifted away from the brick-and-mortar establishments once I graduated college. One of the best parts about working for the Shasta Library Foundation is becoming re-acquainted with the library as an adult. While not everyone has the luxury of working in this beautiful building with thousands of books just steps away, there are plenty of options for borrowing books, even when strapped for time. You can reserve your book online, and it will be sitting on the Holds shelf just inside the entrance for you to pick up at your convenience, you can download a book to your e-reader of choice (super easy instructions can be found here ), or even download digital audio books for your next road trip!

The funding of these convenient resources are just a few of the many ways that the Shasta Library Foundation supports our libraries. I'm grateful that I've rediscovered the role of libraries in my life, and hope that you will as well!
What Emily's reading: The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston
Upcoming Events
Mark your calendars!
Will you be attending?
Redding Civic Center

09/08/18 6:00pm - 09/08/18 9:00pm

Follow us into the enchanted forest for an evening of magic and mystery... costumes welcomed!
I'll be there!
I can't make it
Join us on an adventure next spring!
March 2019:
A Morocco Sahara Odyssey
The Book Report
The first meeting of “The Book Report“, met on Tuesday May 9 at the Redding Library. This new group will meet monthly during lunch hour. It is not a book club where a single book is read and everyone meets to discuss. What books are inspiring you or have transformed your way of thinking and why? Maybe you love reading but have gotten too busy? If you love books, are searching for a new page-turner, or merely wanting to blend reading into your life again then this is for you. Each person has 5 minutes to tell us about their book. We’re looking for a handful of people to expand the idea further. Contact
Books reviewed included:
Dreamland by Sam Quinones – Jean King
The Fish That Ate The Whale by Rich Cohen – Courtney McElvain
The Rest You Know by Irene Russ – Mimi Moseley (not in publication)
Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly – Aleta Carpenter
The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson – Randi Slaughter
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn – Randi Slaughter
Crucial Conversations – Anna Tracy
Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann – Peggy O’Lea
13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher – Peggy O’Lea
Soulful Simplicity by Courtney Carver – Teresa Gasman
Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance  – Lara Wells Osborn
Library Events
This year, the Shasta Public Libraries welcome the arrival of “Summer Blast,” their new summer reading program. Beginning on May 21 st  and stretching through July 31 st , “Summer Blast” takes all of the fun of summer at the libraries and rolls it into one big program. Everything from a CrossFit obstacle course for kids, to a chance for teens to make their own video game, to family kayaking for free in Whiskeytown!

Learn more here .
“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” 
-Mark Twain