Bringing the Beach Home by KellyAnne Terry - Since warm breezes, sunlight and going out in shirtsleeves seems to be eluding us in Central Montana, I am determined to bring sunshine your way – with beach reads. The beach is a far-off place, apparently just like our Spring, but with a little imagination these seashore standbys should whisk you away to summer days,
Classics Available Due to Weather By KellyAnne Terry - I love to read in winter. And I know I am not the only one – in just a few short weeks we have seen more people “stocking up” on books and movies at the library than in the first two weeks of December and January combined. The maximum for checkouts is 25 books and
Jumping Off the Page By KellyAnne Terry - This past weekend I did a little research on the various shows, movies, and actors nominated for the Golden Globes. After seeing the winners Sunday night, I was struck by the fact that the top winning shows were reimagined from books. This is really trending right now. I would even venture to say that now
A Series of Events by KellyAnne Terry - Last week Youth Librarian Dani Buehler gave us a holiday rendition of the series she offers in youth. And to build on her Serieslandia column, I am here to tell you that books in series live everywhere in the library. In today’s world of publishing, authors are encouraged to write their ideas as series, making
Little House on the Prairie, Revisited by KellyAnne Terry - Many households embrace a time of tradition as the holidays approach. There seems to be certain things we do during this season to reflect our upbringing, our values and our wish for comfort and joy. For me, I see this season as a time of wonder and imagination and I find myself revisiting some of
Welcome to Blackbird House By KellyAnne Terry - “Witches take their names from places, for places are what give them their strength.” So begins the story of the “Witch of Truro,” a chapter in the collection Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman. This is the type of book that brings satisfaction just by reading the first line of each story presented. A little magical,
Northern Mysteries By KellyAnne Terry - If a book review or book jacket says that the novel is “atmospheric,” I am immediately intrigued. Atmospheric is a relatively new term used to describe books, and can be defined as something creating a distinctive mood, such as romance, mystery, or nostalgia. Atmospheric can also mean something that is of the earth, such as
For the Birds By KellyAnne Terry - This summer I took on the little hobby of bird watching. The reason I started this endeavor was so that I could learn to identify the birds that flew into my yard. Lewistown is a perfect place to see many of the species that roam the northern plains and Rocky Mountain regions. I also did
One Woman’s Trash is Another Woman’s Treasure By KellyAnne Terry - Eight years ago this week I landed the awesome job of being the Library Director. My family and I were still new to town and didn’t know many people, but we were not afraid to jump into what Lewistown had to offer. Namely, the pool. Now, the story I’m about to relate to you is
Picture Books: Not Just for Kids By KellyAnne Terry, Director - In our youth area, picture books abound. The few words hold attention spans, and lovely illustrations and photographs enhance the story. So, let me let you in on a little secret: we have these books in the non-fiction section too! Wanderlust: Interiors that Bring the World Home by Michelle Nussbaumer is a feast for those
You Can Go Your Own Way By KellyAnne Terry, Director - Each one of us walks a different path in this world, with no two the same. I see spring as the time to try a new path. In my book picks this week, I look at a variety of journeys, by land, sea and the aspect of the human mind. These voyagers may be on
History Roundup: Montana by KellyAnne Terry, Director - A few weekends ago I helped out at the induction ceremony for the Montana Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center. During the ceremony, a short bio of the inductee is read out loud and a large group of family and friends gather together to accept the award. Eventually the Montana Hall of Fame
Project: Craft Fever By KellyAnne Terry, Director - We may be out of the cold, but it may still be awhile before spring comes our way. Now is the time to do indoor projects that you can enjoy all year long – paint that old desk, try your hand at knitting or weaving, whip up some crafts or art to make your abode
Tradition on the Literary Landscape by KellyAnne Terry, Director - Tradition means the “transmission of customs or beliefs from generation to generation.” The word tradition itself always makes me think of Tevye singing about it in the musical Fiddler on the Roof, as he proclaimed his way of life as he sought marriage matches for his daughters. Tradition! But there are many novels out there
Introduction to the “Famous Husband Club” By KellyAnne Terry, Director - Fads come and go, and then come back again. And the literary world is no different, as far as fads go. There always seems to be a new way of writing about an old topic, but authors are seeing modern and innovative material in the females behind some of the most illustrious men of
Haunted Reads By KellyAnne Terry, Director - You either love them or hate them, or maybe you just love them this time of year. Ghost stories can run the gamut from gory brain-eating zombies to the ethereal lady in white fading into the mist. I don’t think I am as fond of the actual ghost in the story as I
The Brontë Myth – Never Out of Style! By KellyAnne Terry, Director - The Brontës remain one of the greatest literary families of all time with the four siblings and their father writing and publishing works throughout their lifetime. Patrick Brontë, the father, was a curate in the parish of Haworth, England and the four out of six children living to adulthood were daughters Charlotte, Emily, and
Art for Reading’s Sake by KellyAnne Terry-Executive Director - I recently visited Seattle, WA and had the opportunity to visit the Seattle Art Museum, or SAM as it is affectionately called. SAM houses a little bit of everything, from all time periods, walks of life and artistic styles. SAM prides itself on the diversity it brings forth, and I particularly liked an exhibit that
Love Stories – An Historical Perspective - This time of year makes me think of romance... not exactly run of the mill love stories, but ones that take place in times fraught with high emotions...
Real Life Murder Mysteries–Cracking the Case - "The Temptress" isn’t the only book we have that discusses and dissects true crime into delicious little bits of scandal and secrets....
Creative Expressions - Every one has a little creativity in them...
Anne with an “E” - Anne--She was my "kindred sprit," my imperfect yet big-hearted friend, a strong-willed happy girl who made her own destiny.
Quirky–Who Writes This Stuff Anyway? - Quirkiness is all about presentation...a different way of telling the story.
Does Anyone Read Poetry Anymore? - Top five reasons why you should consider reading poetry...
Memorable Memoirs and Me - The memoirs that most speak to me are those that describe how much the land, or the space, or the room have influenced and shaped one's life.
Gaga Over Gone Girl - Dubbed a psychological thriller, Gone Girl opened a door for a new sub-genre that is all the rage with publishers and readers alike –Domestic Noir.
The Armchair Traveler - I not only love traveling, I also like to be the ubiquitous armchair traveler.