Well, it’s finally starting to melt around here. I’m so happy for the sunshine! I’ve spent much of the winter holed up reading. In fact, I’ve really enjoyed a lot of ebooks and audiobooks from the Idaho Digital Consortium since we joined in December. If you haven’t yet, you should come into the library to get your membership number and password so you can get onto the Consortium (https://idahodigital.overdrive.com/) available online or on the Libby app on your smartphone.
With this nice weather, I’m thinking I should get outside and get to work, but who am I kidding!? There’s still almost 3 feet of snow in my yard, and what is exposed of my driveway is quickly turning to mud. I can’t get any work done yet, a great excuse for more reading!
Today, I’m going to recommend two books we have on the shelves here at the library: “Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded” by Simon Winchester, and “Thunder Dog” by Michael Hingson.
I love Winchester’s well researched books. He delves into science and history, connecting things in surprising ways and providing contrast to the present. Krakatoa is the story of one of the most cataclysmic volcanoes and one of the first worldwide news events (thanks to new technology – the telegraph). Even though that may seem like heavy material, I think this book could be easily enjoyed while laying on a cruise ship lounge chair or the beach, or while curled up on your couch with three feet of snow outside. If you’re fascinated by natural disasters, like me and my daughter, you’ll especially love it.
Michael Hingson’s Thunder Dog is one of the most inspirational books I’ve ever read. Michael was born blind and with the help of his guide dog was able to escape the Twin Towers on 9/11. Going back and forth between that harrowing event and his upbringing, the book has wonderful messages about resilience, parenting (especially children with disabilities), making the most of your life, and of course also the loyalty and capability of guide dogs.
Both of these books are here at the Donnelly Library, so make us a part of your staycation! If you’re lucky enough to be headed to warmer climes this Spring Break, download the Libby app and you can access titles instantly on your phone, tablet or computer.
I saw some little birdies today, so soon all this snow will melt. Happy Spring! From Library Trustee Laura Bettis