The 2022 Community Speaker Series presented by The Community Library and the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference invites all to join for three free lectures in Ketchum’s Forest Service Park. No registration is required. Bring your camp chairs, blankets, picnics, and join us!
By Nicole Lichtenberg, Director of Operations
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which is a celebration of the AAPI community. I couldn’t choose just one book, so I covered four.
Everyone can benefit from being exposed to experiences and perspectives different from their own. Reading books written by and featuring people from a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives is a great way to build empathy.
You don’t need to wait for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month to do this, but if you need a nudge, here it is.
Front Desk by Kelly Yang: The Front Desk series is told from the perspective of Mia Yang, an elementary school student, motel proprietor, and budding writer. Like many children, Mia experiences and has to navigate a lot of complicated situations, as well as fun and goofy ones.
For everyone. Find it here.
Almost American Girl by Robin Ha: This graphic novel is a memoir of the author’s experiences coming to America from Korea as a teenager. This is one of the most beautifully written and poignant books I have ever read. Please, someone else, read this.
For young adults and up. Find it here.
It’s Sho-time: Shohei Ohtani is What Baseball Needs by Sean Gregory and Karl Vick, Time Magazine, April 25/May 2 issue: I don’t think Shohei Ohtani is an American citizen, but by all rights, and in my subjective (and by subjective I mean correct) opinion, he should be America’s Sweetheart. I invite you to find out that it’s possible to care about baseball—either again or for the first time.
For everyone. Find it here.
Minari, written and directed by Lee Isaac Chung: This movie follows a Korean-American family as they work to start a farm in Arkansas. This is the most amazing cast. I never knew I could feel so many feelings in the space of two hours.
PG-13. Find it here.
The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang: I must warn you—this is a romance novel, as the name implies, there is kissing (and more) inside this book. If you have ever watched anything on HBO, you’re likely fine. This book really does a number on societal stereotypes around who gets to be a leading lady in a romance novel.
For grown-ups. Find it here.
The Community Library, Hailey Public Library, and Bellevue Public Library are co-hosting this year’s valley-wide Adult Summer Reading program. The theme, “The Place We Live: Reading and Knowing Home,” aims to encourage newcomers and long-time locals alike to explore our fascinating cultural and natural history. For example, participants could read a book by an Idaho or Wood River Valley author, watch a local parade, or visit a nearby nature preserve.
The 2022 Adult Summer Reading program will run from Memorial Day Weekend and end Labor Day Weekend. In-person and on-line registration opens Saturday, May 28th at each library and ends Tuesday, September 6. After registering, participants will receive a passport available in English or Spanish. For each book read or activity completed, participants will get their passports stamped at their ‘home’ library and receive a ticket for a chance to win great prizes. In addition, two adults will be selected from each library to enjoy a casual dinner at the historic Ernest and Mary Hemingway House in September.
For more information on how to participate through The Community Library, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 208-726-3493. A link to registration is forthcoming!
By Kelley Moulton
The Constitution of the State of Idaho was signed on July 3rd, 1890 following the first Constitutional Convention, held in August of 1889. Representatives from across the state came together in Boise to hold a discussion on every important topic covered by the Constitution.
Of these members, there were four members representing Alturas County. Alturas would later be split into Elmore, Logan (which would also disappear), Lincoln, and Blaine counties between 1889 and 1895.
One of these Republican delegates was James W. Ballantine of Muldoon is pictured in this portrait. Ballantine, the Superintendent of the Little Wood River Mining and Smelting Co., was a Registrar for Muldoon, and he would also take interest in ranching and merchandising. He was joined by fellow Republican delegates James H. Beatty of Hailey and A. Joseph Pinkham of Ketchum.
The Democrat delegates consisted of Orlando B. Batten of Ketchum, Patrick McMahon of Ketchum, and Lycurgus Vineyard of Hailey at Convention representing Alturas County. Colonel Ballantine would be a popular politician, securing numerous nominations for public offices but refusing many due to his desire to focus on his own business. He would be elected the Mayor of Bellevue several times and was just 8 votes shy of being a United States Senator. He would later die in 1907 of heart failure.
To learn more about Idaho’s Constitution, please visit The Community Library and see Creating and Conserving the Constitution. This touring exhibit was created by the Idaho State Historical Society and will be hosted at The Community Library until June 25th, 2022.
Diana Pringle, Retail Associate at the Gold Mine, recommends The Breakdown by B.A. Paris.
The Breakdown follows Cass, who decides to go against the wishes of her husband on a rainy night and take the dangerous shortcut home. She notices a car pulled over with a woman inside, just staring blankly out the window, why wasn’t she waving for help?
Feeling spooked, Cass decides to drive off. Days later she finds out the woman was brutally murdered, a woman she had newly befriended.
Cass is overwhelmed with guilt and cannot stop wondering what would have happened if she stopped and helped the woman. Starting that day, her life begins to fall apart.
She is consumed with guilt about the death of her new friend. Her mind now becomes her new worry as she forgets appointments, where she parked her car and items she ordered for a baby she is not expecting. Then the silent calls come everyday and Cass feels she is being watched. Cass doesn’t know who she can trust, including herself.
This is a fast moving, who-done-it, psychological thriller… something I do not normally read and I was pleasantly surprised. I randomly grabbed this book from the book room at the Gold Mine.
You can always be sure to find a great read on the bookshelves of the Gold Mine!
2022 Reading List at The Community Library
- Rita Dove: Playlist for the Apocalypse available in print and Libby eAudiobook
- Ocean Vuong: Time Is a Mother available in print, Axis 360 ebook, and eAudiobook
- Anthony Doerr: Cloud Cuckoo Land available in print, large print, Noon eReader, Axis360 ebook, and Libby eAudiobook
- Anthony Doerr: Ciudad de Las Nubes available in print/Spanish Collection
- Kali Fajardo-Anstine: Woman of Light Print and digital versions are on order
- Judith Freeman: MacArthur Park available in print, Libby eAudiobook, Nook eBook, and NookGlowlight #6; Also on Vimeo with Judith in conversation with Jenny Emery Davidson
- Lauren Groff: Matrix available in print, Axis360 eBook & eAudio, and Libby eAudiobook
- Sanaë Lemoine: The Margot Affair Print and digital versions are on order
- Alexander Maksik: The Long Corner Print and digital versions are on order
- Imbolo Mbue: How Beautiful We Were available in print, large print, Axis360 eAudiobook, and Libby ebook
- Kalani Pickhart: I Will Die in a Foreign Land available in print
- Barbara Ascher: Ghosting available in print
- Alan Pesky & Claudia Aulum: More to Life Than More available in print; Also on Vimeo: A Conversation with Alan Pesky and Claudia Aulum at The Community Library
- Kathryn Schulz: Lost & Found available in print, large print, and Libby eAudiobook
- Natasha Trethewey: Memorial Drive available in print and Libby eAudiobook
- A. Scott Berg: Wilson available in print, Nook ebook, and CD
- Arthur C. Brooks: From Strength to Strength available in Axis 360 ebook; Print and digital versions are on order
- Rebecca Donner: All the Frequent Troubles of Our Days available in print and Libby eAudiobook
- Geoff Dyer: The Last Days of Roger Federer available in print and Libby eAudiobook
- Elizabeth Kolbert: Under a White Sky: Nature of the Future available in print
- Sebastian Malla: The Power Law: Venture Capital & Making of a New Future available in print and Libby eAudiobook
- Heather McGee: The Sum of US: What Racism Costs Everyone available in print, Axis 360 ebook, and Libby eAudiobook
- Yascha Mounk: The Great Experiment: Why Diverse Democracies Fall Apart available in print, Libby ebook, and Libby eAudiobook
- Evan Osnos: Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury available in print and Libby eAudiobook
- Ben Rhodes: After The Fall: Being American in the World We’ve Made available in print and Libby eAudiobook
- Erich Schwartzel: Red Carpet: Hollywood, China & the Global Battle available in print and Libby eAudiobook
- Terry Tempest Williams: Erosion: Essays of Undoing available in print, Axis360 eAudiobook, and Libby eAudiobook