Stories from the Stacks
The Monthly Liaison: June 2022
Thirty-five teachers from around southern Idaho gathered in the Lecture Hall
June 8-10 for the first Sun Valley Early Literacy Summit.
Raise Your Fist. Read.
“Hold up your right hand and make a fist.”  
We all raised our hands and curled our fingers into our palms. Knuckles bared. Faces focused.  
Dr. Carol Tolman had just described the reading brain, mapping the multiple skills involved in the act of reading onto the regions of the brain that accomplish those skills. Once you can read, you may take it for granted, but learning to read and write requires sophisticated brain work to connect the sounds we hear to the letters we see to a vocabulary we build to the world around us.
Dr. Tolman was speaking to a group of 35 teachers who lead kindergarten through 3rd grade classrooms across southern Idaho. They were gathered at The Community Library June 8-10 for the first Sun Valley Early Literacy Summit.

Students arrive in these teachers’ classrooms – in Bellevue, Castleford, Fairfield, Gooding, Hailey, Jerome, Ketchum, Rupert, Sun Valley – with a wide range of learning styles and life experiences. Some arrive from homes where another language is spoken; some arrive from homes where there is little conversation and no books. Over the last few years, all have had their schooling disrupted by the pandemic. And all of them need to learn how to read in order to navigate the world.
So these teachers and we at the Library got together in the Lecture Hall and raised our fists.  
“Now imagine your fist is the brain,” Dr. Tolman said, and she guided us from the angular gyrus to the frontal lobe to Wernicke’s area, having us point to our wrists and knuckles and thumbs to visualize dynamically what happens in the reading brain. With this visual aid of picturing the brain as we looked at our fists, she and four other literacy experts talked about how to help children develop the neural pathways required for reading.
We practiced, and then we opened our fists into high fives, and the room filled with happy chatter. It felt buoyant to be surrounded by such dedicated teachers and learners. So many fists, raised for the power that comes with reading. So many open hearts, eager to welcome each child to a world of words.
Jenny Emery Davidson, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Other Stories
"Whether actively or passively, an old straight white guy cannot help but benefit from the system as it is."
Celebrating LGBTQ+, Pride, Independence,
and the Power of Knowledge

By Will Duke
Information Systems Manager
June is a month of “other” stories.  

I’m always up for a good story, and celebrations of people different from me create a real opportunity. As a straight old white guy, you might think there’s nothing for me in LGBTQ+ Pride month or our newest national holiday: Juneteenth National Independence Day.  
Other than breakfast-in-bed on Father’s Day, I am not any of the things being celebrated, welcomed, cherished, or, most importantly, explored in the month of June. Suddenly, I am other. 

Simone de Beauvoir developed the concept of “other” to explain the workings of the man-woman gender relationship. Men have power, so women become “other.” Since then, the concept has proved useful to discuss many different groups at the mercy of a societal power dynamic.

If “everyone” is straight, anyone who isn’t becomes “other.” If “everyone” is white, anyone who isn’t becomes “other.” Our very language relishes, relies on, binary relationships like “us” and “them.”
Will Duke contemplates "other" stories.
But June is dangerous for old white guys like me: it’s easy to fall back on privilege. Lesbian, mother, warrior, poet Audre Lorde said, “Black and Third World people are expected to educate white people as to our humanity. Women are expected to educate men. Lesbians and gay men are expected to educate the heterosexual world.” 

If I want to truly seek better understanding, a better world, I must conduct my own education. It’s time for me to find and engage with “other” stories. Fortunately, The Community Library is chock full of them. 
"Do the best you can until you know better.
Then when you know better, do better."
~Maya Angelou
Equality is only theoretical if you’re on the side that benefits from the current standard. Insurance for my family isn’t a problem; I don’t worry about public displays of affection; I won’t lose my job if anyone finds out who I love; I can be pulled over in any city in the country and not be afraid. Whether actively or passively, an old straight white guy cannot help but benefit from the system as it is. 

How often am I complicit in that? Better yet, and much more useful than guilt, what would it look like to be different? 

Lorde explains: “Guilt is not a response to anger; it is a response to one’s own actions or lack of action. If it leads to change then it can be useful, since it is then no longer guilt but the beginning of knowledge. Yet all too often, guilt is just another name for impotence, for defensiveness destructive of communication; it becomes a device to protect ignorance and the continuation of things the way they are, the ultimate protection for changelessness.” 

June is the month where I am the outsider. It is also the month for change. Now is the time to turn to another powerful “other,” Maya Angelou: 

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” 
Recommended Titles for Adults
We celebrate the contributions Black authors have made, and continue to make, to world culture and history. We also celebrate Pride Month, and the power of books, films, and art to enrich our understanding of others.
Here are a few titles we like in print, ebooks, and film—
in English and Spanish—all free with your Library card!
by Annette Gordon-Reed
in print
by Natalie Baszile
in print
by Octavia Butler
in print, Nook eBook, eAudiobook, CD
by David Wright Faladé
in print
by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
in eBook and eAudiobook
by Carolina De Robertis
in print
by Ursula K. LeGuin
in print, eBook, eAudiobook 
by Qwo-Li Driskill, Editor
Daniel Heath Justice
Deborah A. Miranda
Lisa Tatonetti
in print
by Zeyn Joukhadar
in print
Recommended Young Adult Titles
by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
in print
by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
in print
by Stuart Douglas
in print, eBook, and eAudiobook
by Maia Kobabe
in print
by Molly Ostertag
in print
by Jacqueline Woodson
in print, CD, eBook, eAudiobook
Recommended Children's Titles
by Debbie Allen
pictures by Kadir Nelson
in print
by Lupita Nyong'o
in print
by Amanda Gorman
pictures by Loren Long
in print and eAudiobook
Herald from the Hemingway House
Ensconced in the haunts of the Hemingway House and writing the keynote for the International Hemingway Association Conference while there was a synchronicity
of art and environs that
made my speech possible.

"I will always be grateful for the wonderful opportunity of staying there."

~Craig Johnson
Author of the "Longmire" series
Craig joined us in May to discuss the wildly popular "Longmire" book collection and Netflix series,
and his newest release,
Daughter of the Morning Star.

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The Community Library is supported by people who believe in the free flow of news, entertainment, and information. It receives no dedicated tax dollars.

It’s never too early to start planning to make a gift from your IRA (also known as IRA Charitable Rollover Gifts). Money can be transferred directly from your IRA to a 501(c)(3) charity, such as The Library, TAX-FREE! Donors must be 70½ years of age, and a gift from an IRA helps you meet your Required Minimum Distributions.

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