Monday, December 27, 2010


January (Julie Olsen)

-The Space Trilogy by C. S. Lewis

(You may choose to read either the entire trilogy or only the middle book, called Perelandra. First is Out of the Silent Planet, third is That Hideous Strength. Perelandra is just fine as a stand alone, but they are all fairly short books--you choose. This will be different from our usual fare. I think you will be surprised if all you've previously read of Lewis is some essays and Narnia. I've actually found these at DI, our library has one copy, I'm sure they're not costly.)

February (Melissa Thomas)

-And There Was Light: Autobiography of Jaques Lusseyran, Blind Hero of the French Resistance. This is an incredible book about a young blind man who led a large part of the underground resistance in Paris during Nazi occupation. It is somwhat costly, around $12 from Amazon. Library has one, I have one. Very worth owning.

March (Randi Jorgenson)

-Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller by Sarah Miller (Don't know how easily available this one is at this moment, but it's a short one. We may have to pass some copies around.)

April (Krislyn Elliott

Bleak House by Charles Dickens

See you soon! Krislyn contact Krislyn to become a member.

Thursday, October 21, 2010


A Brief History of Cache County
Chief Bear Hunter of Cache Valley Utah
Peter Christensen: Saga of Community and Family Pariah( this story would make a soap opera blush)
Automobile History of Cache County, Utah
Short Stories on Newton
• The Midnight Bell by various authors
Short stories on Clarkston, Utah
• Clarkston's Frankenstein Monster of the 1940"s by Dennis Griffin
• The Ringing of the Clarkston School Bell at Midnight by Dennis Griffin
The Life, Times and Riddle of Cache Valley’s Black Jack Nelson
All of these stories were made possible by Larry D Christiansen
History of the Barker Store 1869-2010 by Diane Barker Patton
These stories are made available for you to check out . They can be found in the history section (F832)
Sarah does a great job keeping our childrens , Teens and Christian fiction updated at the library.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010


Fur trade in early Utah -

1857-58 – The Utah War -

1863 The Battle of Bear River in southern Idaho -
-- Shoshoni version
-- U.S. Army version

1869 Completion of the Transcontinental Railroad -

1873 the narrow gauged railroad into Cache County; then into Idaho and on to Montana –

1882 James H. Martineau, "The Military History of Cache County."
Tullidge’s Quarterly Magazine Vol. 2 no. 1 (April, 1882): 122-131.

1888 the land grant agricultural college – Utah Agriculture College –

Interesting Features:

Mormon Battalion Veterans - brief sketches on veterans

Early School Districts

Dams, Reservoirs and Lakes
a. Newton Dam (1872) & Newton Project Utah (1941-1946) -
b. Hyrum Project Utah (1933-34) -
c. Porcupine Reservoir (1964) -
d. Lakes in Cache County -

Lake Bonneville -

Shoreline of Lake Bonneville -

Mountain Men Rendezvous Sites -

Bear River -

Early irrigation practices –

Development of dry-farming techniques –

United Orders -
The United Order in Mendon and Newton with Insights on other Cache County Branches - by Larry D. Christiansen [Word doc with endnotes, new window]

Old Ephraim -


Jim Bridger -

Henry Ballard -

William Hyde’s Journal - Cache County period -*.html

John Jenkins -

Marriner W. Merrill -

Peter Maughan -

Charles W. Nibley -

Oliver C. Ormsby - by Larry D. Christiansen

Simon L. Smith - by Larry D. Christiansen

Hezekiah Thatcher - A Pioneer of Cache Valley Commerce

Moses Thatcher -
John A. Widtsoe -

Ezra T. Benson -

William B. Preston -

Chief Washakie -

Chief Bear Hunter - brief biography Cache Valley era


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Friday, August 27, 2010


Recommended Reading
Have you visited Section F in it you will find local histories of Newton, Clarkston, Cache Junction and Utah State Histories. Some of them are downright good reading , such as our local bandit Black Jack Nelson, Story about Logan trying to move Martin Harris’s body to Logan., the story behind the founding of Newton in the History of Clarkston, Old newspaper clipping of both Newton and Clarkston.
Good authors and books
1. Karen Harper
2.Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
3.Discourse of Brigham Young compiled by Widstoe. (You don’t need to wonder what this Prophet meant, as you do in some of the Old Testament Prophets.)
4. Orson Scott Card books about Rebekan, Rachel & Leah. Sarah
5. Brandon Mull
6.Jane by Mike King
7.Lost Innocence


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Thursday, August 12, 2010


Summer has ended and it's time for our closing party for
Summer Reading. Come prepared to get Wet on Aug.
18 at 10:30 at the Park. Certificates and prizes for all
those that finished Summer Reading from June 9 - July
28. Lots of fun for everyone

Friday, June 4, 2010

Birthday Bash,Summer Reading Program and Hugh Book Sale

The Newton Town Library would like to thank Randi Jorgensen for coordinating our Story Hour during the last 10 years. What difference this has made to our children’s reading habits.
We would also like to invite anyone in Cache Valley to “COME TO OUR BIRTHDAY PARTY” on JUNE 9TH@ The park @10:30 AM.. and sign up for the Summer Reading Program, fun for all. We are also having a HUGH BOOK SALE: paperbacks 25 CENTS, hardbacks 50 CENTS or fill a sack for $5:OO. Sale runs Wednesday June 9 to Saturday June 12 during regular Library hours and during the Birthday Day party. Sale will be held in the North room of the Town Hall @ 51 East Center St. Library Hours: Wed 3 to 6pm, Thurs 10am to 1pm and 3 to 7pm, Sat Noon to 4pm.
Cleo Griffin Librarian

Thursday, June 3, 2010

The Literate Mother,

Last week we attended the Book Expo of America in New York City. It was an amazing couple of days filled with book exhibits from around the world, author signings, editor and publisher panels, and, surprisingly, Condoleezza Rice and John Stewart sharing the same stage. We picked up a slew of new books to review for The Literate Mother, many of which are advance copies that won't be available until Fall. We are excited to introduce you to these new titles that editors and publishers will be pushing once the kids go back to school, so stay tuned this summer for the inside scoop on what is up and coming in the world of young adult literature.

Our most recent reviews
The Last Olympian:Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Book 5 (grades 4 - high school)
Swear to Howdy (grades 8 - high school)
On Etruscan Time (grades 4 - 7)
Once Upon a Marigold (grades 4 - 9)
Beauty (grades 6 - high school)
Ruby Holler (grades 4 - 7)

Make some great memories this summer!
The Literate Mother

View all of our reviews online at

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Make a Splash, READ! Come to our Birthday Day Party June 9th 10:30 am

Make a Splash, READ! Come to our Birthday Day Party and sign up for the Summer Reading Program. When June 9th @ 10:30 am @ the Park

***Hugh Book sale 25cents for used paper backs 50 cents for used hard backs. Fun for everyone . 3 reading PROGRAMS

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Literate Mother

Browse through our newest reviews at
The Literate Mother

The Messenger (Grades 6 - High School
Gathering Blue (Grades 6 - High School)
Crown Duel (Grades 6 - 9)
Beastly (High School)
The Westing Game (Newbery Medal, Grades 4 - 7)
The King of Attolia:The Queen's Thief, Book 3 (High School)
The Fairy Tale Detectives (Grades 4 - 7)
Tombs of Terror (Grades 6 - High School)
Fang: Maximum Ride Book 6 (High School)
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You (High School)
The Queen of Attolia:The Queen's Thief, Book 2 (High School)
Peter and the Starcatchers (Grades 4 - 9)
Heir Apparent (Grades 6-9)

Wishing you beautiful May flowers,
The Literate Mother

Sunday, May 9, 2010


She could not give her children gold,

So she gave them faith to have and hold,

She could not give them royal birth,

A name renown throughout the earth,

But she gave them seeds and a garden spot,

And shade trees when the sun was hot.

She could not give them a silver spoon,

Or servants, waiters night and noon –

She gave them love and a listening ear,

And told them God was always near.

She could not given them ocean trips,

Abroad majestic sailing ships,

But she gave them books and quiet time,

Adventures found in prose and rhyme.

She could not give them worldly things,

But what she gave them was fit for kings,

For with faith and books and sod,

She made each child aware of God.

If I am that child, Oh God, it is because

Thou gavest me such a mother.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Quoted in the book shattered silence about Mellisa G Moore with M. Bridget Cook

Words by Marianne Williamson
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves, “Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?” Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so others won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us, it’s in everyone. Are as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we our liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.
Quoted in the book shattered silence about Mellisa G Moore with M. Bridget Cook

Thursday, March 25, 2010

“John W Nelson aka Black Jack Nelson”

FROM The Special Collection of the Newton Library
Contrary to popular belief Newton’s famous bandit “John W Nelson aka Black Jack Nelson” was still living in Newton with his 6th spouse in 1920. To read of his escapades and alleged escapades come to the library and check out our collection of stories about him and his family. Once again Larry D Christiansen has done a masterful job of putting Black Jacks past in perspective.
We also have the 1870 and 1880 census of Newton and Clarkston (which were transcribed by Larry) at the library. All of the above can be checked out at the library.

Cleo Griffin needs your help, we are trying to identify where each household lived in the 1870 per the census records. If you have pictures, histories of the following people please let us borrow them. Cleo will scan them and return them to you with a copy for you also.
Joseph or Joe Wilson , Cyrus Clark, Samuel Worthington, Arthur Goody, Godlip Surivel, James Johnson, Peter Anderson, Fredrick Busler, John Suter, Leland Whitaker, Elizabeth Loosli , Ann Eckerman, Ole Anderson, William Sparks, Alva Cummings, Willam Ricks, Paul Larson, . The spelling could be wrong as the census taker may not have known the correct spelling. Please call her @ 563-6540 or email her @ cleo144@ gmail.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010


Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries

Posted by Greg F on Thursday, March 04, 2010 / Labels: Fire /
The Newton Fire Department encourages everyone to change the batteries in their smoke detectors over the weekend of March 14th when Daylight Savings Time begins.

A free-burning fire in your home can double in size every minute. If a fire occurs while family members are sleeping and is not discovered, the chance of safely exiting the home is greatly diminished. It is extremely important to use smoke detectors as an early warning device that will allow your family members to escape before fire conditions make it impossible to exit your home.

Please review this US Fire Administration information page on smoke detectors, as a guide to the types of detectors available and how to install and maintain smoke detectors in your home.

Thursday, March 4, 2010


Starred Review. Some failures lead to phenomenal successes, and this American nurse's unsuccessful attempt to climb K2, the world's second tallest mountain, is one of them. Dangerously ill when he finished his climb in 1993, Mortenson was sheltered for seven weeks by the small Pakistani village of Korphe; in return, he promised to build the impoverished town's first school, a project that grew into the Central Asia Institute, which has since constructed more than 50 schools across rural Pakistan and Afghanistan. Coauthor Relin recounts Mortenson's efforts in fascinating detail, presenting compelling portraits of the village elders, con artists, philanthropists, mujahideen, Taliban officials, ambitious school girls and upright Muslims Mortenson met along the way. As the book moves into the post-9/11 world, Mortenson and Relin argue that the United States must fight Islamic extremism in the region through collaborative efforts to alleviate poverty and improve access to education, especially for girls. Captivating and suspenseful, with engrossing accounts of both hostilities and unlikely friendships, this book will win many readers' hearts. (Mar.)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jiménez

01/31 K. Elliott gave 5 stars to: The Circuit: Stories from the Life of a Migrant Child by Francisco Jiménez
status: Read in January, 2010

Picked this up from the library on a whim. On the back cover, one reviewer says: "A jewel of a book. The writing is full of sentiment, but not sentimentality. ...A must for the general reader, students, and professors alike. In brief, a joy to read."

Well, I have to disagree about the "joy" for the most part, some of it was very hard. But it was worth the glimpse into the life of an illegal-immigrant-migrant-worker family. The author really knew how to put it on to paper.

Some of it was agonizing, some sweet, some just made me cry in pity. He didn't describe much of their life in Mexico, but I had to wonder if it really was any better here. Perhaps it was since they stayed. ?

The ending was horrible, just too abrupt. Obviously things worked out as the author is a professor in California now, but it just felt...well, I suppose it felt a lot like the characters felt--uprooted again right at the beginning of something good.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Master Skylark: A Story of Shakespeare's Time by John Bennett

01/31 K. Elliott gave 5 stars to: Master Skylark: A Story of Shakespeare's Time by John Bennett
recommended for: History and adventure lovers
status: Read in January, 2010 — I own a copy

Picked this up a long time ago at DI, just felt like reading it--so glad I did!

This was a fabulous book! I think I'll read it aloud to my kids sometime. Young Nick is endearing for many reasons, but most of all for the love he has for his mother.

The author dedicates the book this way:

"All that Nicholas Attwood's was to him, and more, my own mother has been to me. And to her here I inscribe this book with a never failing love."

Isn't that sweet? It sets the whole tone for the book.

An adventure tale set in Shakespeare's time, it was a great and detailed story of life in that time. I love the descriptions and the characters are interesting and compelling. One think I appreciated was that the author didn't see fit to make the characters speak in Elizabethan English :) I loved the descriptions of Shakespeare and others.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Goodreads members have spoken!

Goodreads members have spoken! Thousands of votes were cast in the first-ever Goodreads Choice Awards. A few books dominated their categories, such as The Girl Who Played with Fire in the Mysteries/Thrillers genre. But many races came down to a photo finish. Catching Fire narrowly edged out The Help to become the all-time favorite book of 2009. The zombies of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies put up a good fight, but were bitten back in the final days of voting by the vampires of Dead and Gone. Here are the winners in each category! See the full results »

Disagree with these popular picks? Make your voice heard by voting for your favorite books of 2009 on our Listopia list, The Best Books of 2009! You can nominate and vote for any book published last year. Vote now »

Goodreads Favorite of 2009
Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins

The Help
by Kathryn Stockett
(Goodreads Author)

by Dave Cullen
(Goodreads Author)

The Girl Who Played with Fire
by Stieg Larsson

Dead and Gone
by Charlaine Harris

Science Fiction
by Scott Westerfeld

Chick Lit
The Last Song
by Nicholas Sparks

An Echo in the Bone
by Diana Gabaldon

Graphic Novel
by Neil Gaiman
(Goodreads Author)

Young Adult Fiction
Along for the Ride
by Sarah Dessen
(Goodreads Author)

Young Adult Series
Catching Fire
by Suzanne Collins

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days
by Jeff Kinney

Picture Book
Blueberry Girl
by Neil Gaiman
(Goodreads Author)
illustrated by Charles Vess

Sunday, January 10, 2010


Once you learn to read, you will be forever free."
Frederick Douglass

Inspiring books I have read lately
"The Great Serum Race" by Debbie S Miller
A children’s book about the Iditarod Trail
The Iditarod Race in March is in commemoration
of the race in 1925 to carry Diphtheria vaccine to Nome Alaska to save children’s lives. Beautiful pictures by Jon Van Zyle a musher himself. Now at the library..
Also:"Secret Believers: What Happens When Muslims Believe in Christ" by Brother Andrew ( recommenced by an institute teacher)
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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

JanWhen You Reach Me

JanWhen You Reach Me
Ratings by: Jennifer
Language: 2

Violence: 1

Sexual Content: 1

Adult Themes:0

Title: When You Reach Me

Author: Rebecca Stead

Ratings Explanation

Language: Around 10 instances of profanity. “Hell” used a hand full of times.

Violence: Sal is punched in the stomach and nose. A man is hit and killed by a truck.

Sexual Content: An innocent kiss.


Sal and Miranda, Miranda and Sal. That’s how it always was, until one day it wasn’t anymore. Best friends since early childhood, Sal and Miranda are inseparable, but one day Sal gets punched by another boy on the way home from school and he walks out of Miranda’s life with no explanation. Then she starts receiving mysterious notes that seem to predict the future. The first note tells her that someone is coming to save her friend’s life, but which one of her friends is in danger? How do all of the dots connect? Filled with emotion, this realistic representation of a 6th grader’s life in 1979 New York City will touch the heart of all kinds of readers.

I heard Nancy Pearl review this book on NPR one morning, voicing her opinion that it should win the Newbery Medal. With such an enthusiastic endorsement I checked it out from the library and my 12-year-old promptly commandeered it and read it in a few hours. It took me longer, of course, as I have much less discretionary reading time than she, but it was worth every minute. I thoroughly enjoyed this exceptional book.

Categories: Grades 4-5, Grades 6-7, Grades 8-9