Kuna Reads!

This is a PlayawayWe get new books nearly every day at Kuna Library, and we love watching them fly off the shelves.  Here’s just a sampling of what’s new on for you to check out, and don’t forget that you can place reserves on books from home through the library website.  Add your name to the reserve list and we’ll call or email you (your preference) as soon as it’s available for you.
Adult Fiction

The Eleventh Victim by Nancy Grace.  CourtTV’s Nancy Grace releases her first fiction thriller.  Inspired by events from her own life (like the main character, Nancy Grace’s fiance was also murdered), this suspense novel follows a former D.A. being stalked by the serial killer she once put away.  He claims 10 of the murders he was convicted of, but denies the 11th, setting the story’s mystery up.

The Hope of Refuge by Cindy Woodsmall
South of Broad by Pat Conroy
Intervention by Robin Cook

Smash Cut by Sandra Brown.  Sandra Brown focuses on crime and suspense in Smash Cut, released last week. Inspired by film noir, this story gets readers wondering just how far a film fan might take his obsession.  Far enough to kill for thrills by reenacting classic film killings, or is it all a setup with a deeper motive?

Blindman’s Bluff by Faye Kellerman

That Old Cape Magic by Richard Russo

The Girl Who Played with Fire by Steig Larsson

Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann.  This NYC-based novel has received outstanding reviews, and even found its way to Amazon’s Best Books of 2009 list-in-progress.  The arresting sight of a man walking a tightrope between the twin towers (the book is set in the seedy ’70s) spans out into the stories of 10 different New Yorkers.  McCann’s New York is trashy, dim, and totally absorbing.

Young  Adult Fiction

The 39 Clues: The Black Circle by Patrick Carman

Playaway Audio

Borderline by Nevada Barr
Dead and Gone by Charlaine Harris
Wicked Prey by John Sandford
Tea Time for the Traditionally Built by Alexander McCall Smith
Fugitive by Philip Margolin
Fatally Flaky by Diane Mott Davidson

Adult Nonfiction

Mommywood by Tori Spelling

The Undaunted by Gerald Lund

Supersonic Saints 2 by John Bytheway

Large Print

Finger Lickin’ Fifteen by Janet Evanovich

DVD

17 Again

The Jonas Brothers in Concert

Mobsters & Mormons

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SpongeBob SquarePantsWe can only stay away from storytime for so long…  Weekly storytimes are back at the library at noon on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. This week’s theme is “As Seen on T.V.”, so expect appearances from favorite characters like Dora, Diego, SpongeBob and more. Plus, we’ve got some cool giveaways for all kids at storytimes this week, so drop in for a half hour of stories and fun.

The countdown to regular programming is on, so keep your eyes and ears open for updates on Music and Movement sign-ups, which will be available soon!

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Lego pancake chef

Phew!  It went by like a whirlwind, but the Flapjack Attack was huge this year!  Starting at 9:00 a.m. on the dot, the library’s parking lot was filled with families lined up for pancakes.  Since we’re working the “Be Creative” theme this summer, library staff decided to take our own advice and think outside the box. Way out.

Picture pancakes by the dozen in shades of neon green, hot pink, bright turquoise, and rich purple.  Then picture topping them with neon whipped cream and a generous helping of sprinkles.  Oh, and butter and classic maple syrup, of course!

While the cooks weren’t sure about colored pancakes, the kids in attendance loved them.  (Did you expect anything else?)  We’re not sure how many pancakes we cooked exactly, but the crowd was pretty close to 500.  Ever cooked for 500?  We’re kind of exhausted…

Kids were entertained by a Transformer visit, a dance party, plenty of autographs from our summer stars, and—a personal favorite—a guest visit from some of our Tales to Tails regulars.  Rugby and Bailey got the star treatment, and we can’t wait to see them again when Tales to Tails starts up again in a month. Pancakes and puppies, and a truckload of chocolate milk; who could ask for anything more?

Thanks, Kuna, for making our annual pancake breakfast another huge success.  We’re thrilled that you came out and we appreciate your support.  And we’ve already got some ideas up our sleeves for next year…

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The last weekly summer reading program finished up yesterday, and it ended with a bang.  Over 300 people came out to Footloose and Fancy Free programs this week and participated in our family dances.  (More than 300! That’s a huge turnout, especially for the last week—Kuna rocks!)  We did the chicken dance, the hokey pokey, the cha-cha slide and yes, the pancake dance. That leads us to…

We’ve still got one big party up our sleeves, though, and that’s the Flapjack Attack!

Be Creative Pancakes

Who:  The entire Kuna community is invited

What: Free pancakes and fun all morning long

When: 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29

Where: The Kuna Library on the corner of Maple and Syrup

You’re invited to attend this free community event, gobble up some deliciously creative pancakes, and join the fun.

Plus, keep your eyes peeled for some special guests from the Tales to Tails reading program, which will resume this fall as school starts.

See you there, Kuna!

Kuna Library is excited to announce that Fit and Fall Proof is back!  With one hugely successful session under our belts, we’re ready to rock for 12 more weeks of senior exercise.

What Is Fit & Fall Proof?

Fit and Fall Proof is a fitness class designed specifically for seniors.  A service of the Central Health District, this class focuses on strength, mobility, and balance.  There are no fast-paced dance moves here, but you will get a great workout.  For anyone ages 65 and over, this class can help keep you mobile and independent.

How Do I Join a Class?

Stop by the library during any regular class time (Mondays and Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m.).  Come a few minutes early so that you can fill out an emergency contact form and the PAR-Q (a basic health questionnaire).  Once you’ve completed your paperwork and taken a very short walking test, you’re in!  We’ll add you to the list and you can attend anytime.

What Kind of Fitness Level Do I Need to Have to Participate?

There is no standard fitness level needed.  Anyone can benefit from and enjoy Fit and Fall Proof, from the very healthy and active to those with minimal mobility.  All of the exercises included in the class are designed so that you can work to your fitness level, not anybody else’s.  We have both standing and sitting class leaders, and you’re free to stop and rest as much or as little as you need. 

What Should I Wear or Bring?

Wear comfortable clothes that you can bend and stretch in.  All you need to bring when you sign up is your emergency contact information (who to call, your doctor’s name and phone number). That’s it!

How Much Does It Cost?

Fit and Fall Proof is absolutely free.  There is no cost to join and no cost for continued attendance. 

How Often Do I Need to Come to Class?

As often as you’re able.  You’re not required to come to any specific number of classes, though patrons who attend twice a week tend to see the most physical improvement.

Will the Senior Bus Take Me to Fit and Fall Proof?

Yes, the senior bus has been a fantastic partner, and a number of class members use the local senior bus to get to the library.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask, and don’t forget to spread the word about this fun class that’s totally free for seniors.

Hoop DreamsJust when you thought you could catch a nap after a long and lovely Fourth of July weekend, Sports Week is here!  What does that mean?  Expect to be active this week at summer reading programs, with games galore, special guests, and sports-themed prizes. 

In between your holes in one, don’t forget to keep reading; this is the week for free Boise Hawks tickets for summer readers.  We have lots of folks tell us this is their favorite prize week.  After all, who doesn’t want to go out to a ball game on a beautiful Treasure Valley evening–for free

And remember, if you’ll be attending summer programs this week, wear sunscreen, since we’ll be outside on the lawns for a portion of the program. 

This week at Kuna Library:

Monday, July 6:

Fit and Fall Proof 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, July 7:

Summer Reading Program 10:30 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 8:

Fit and Fall Proof 11:00 a.m.

Summer Reading Program 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 9:

Young Adult Activity 11:00 a.m.

Young Adults can take part in Fractured Fairy Tale Puppet Theater.  Get ready to get silly, get weird, and most of all get creative with mixed-up, whacked-out, completely original fairy tale theater. 

P.J. Storytime 7:00 p.m.

It’s “What’s More American?” week at Kuna Library, where we celebrate the sights, sounds, and songs of the Fourth.  Families coming to our summer reading program (Tuesday @ 10:30 & 1:30, Wednesday @ 1:30) can expect some fresh takes on our classic tribute, with—of course!—the traditional Fourth of July parade.  Plan to be there, with your red, white, and blue on! (And sunscreen, too, of course…)

If you’re looking for some patriotic reads to celebrate the week and get you through the long weekend, consider these:

Adult Fiction:

the hornet's nestThe Hornet’s Nest by Jimmy Carter.  Yep, that Jimmy Carter.  This presidentially penned novel is the story of the American Revolution as it takes place in the South.  Spun carefully with lots of well-researched facts, this novel shows readers the effects of the revolution on American families.

Adult Non Fiction:

John Adams by David McCullough.  A triumph of 2001, this new classic is still a must-read for American history buffs.  (If you’re not up for the task, you can check out the HBO film about this founding father.)

Young Adults:

The Capital Mysteries Series: This series, designed for young readers, takes kids from the Smithsonian to the Lincoln Memorial, all in a way that’s fun and exciting.

Revolutionary War on Wednesday by Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House series) 

Judy Moody Declares Independence by Megan McDonald

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (Still a classic!)

Kate and the Spies: The American Revolution 1775 by JoAnn A. Grote

Children:

apple pie fourth of julyApple Pie Fourth of July by Janet S. Wong:  A Chinese American child fears that the food her parents are preparing to sell on the Fourth of July will not be eaten.  Will anyone eat Chinese food on the Fourth of July?  This book emphasizes the idea of a common American heritage as well as the idea that Americans are nothing if not unpredictable.

Fireworks, Picnics, and Flags : The Story of the Fourth of July Symbols by James Cross Giblin

Hats Off for the Fourth of July by Harriet ZiefertBig George : How a Shy Boy Became President Washington by Anne F. Rockwell