Read, Look, Learn Episode 2: Halloween with Paradise Donuts

Read, Look, Learn Episode 2: Halloween with Paradise Donuts

Read, Look, Learn Episode 2: Halloween with Paradise Donuts

Join us for episode 2 of Read, Look, Learn!

About twice a month we’ll take a look at a topic with books from our catalog, then go out into our neighborhood and see if we can find someone to tell us more about it.

This time we’re talking about Halloween and making donuts! Many thanks to Paul Scholes of Paradise Donuts & Gelato for sharing with us.

Read, Look, Learn Episode 2: Halloween with Paradise Donuts

Join us for episode 2 of Read, Look, Learn! About twice a month we'll take a look at a topic with books from our catalog, then go out into our neighborhood and see if we can find someone to tell us more about it. This time we're talking about Halloween and making...

Read, Look, Learn Episode 1: Martial Arts

Join us for episode 1 of Read, Look, Learn! About twice a month we'll take a look at a topic with books from our catalog, then go out into our neighborhood and see if we can find someone to tell us more about it. This time we're talking about martial arts! Many thanks...

COVID-19 UPDATE – Curbside Delivery Until Further Notice

COVID-19 UPDATE – Curbside Delivery Until Further Notice

COVID-19 UPDATE – Curbside Delivery Until Further Notice


our services will be temporarily limited to curbside only



As previously announced, with the change of assessed risk level from Moderate to High as set forth by the Eastern Idaho Public Health Department, our services will be temporarily limited. This change is to protect the health of our employees and patrons and to do our part to slow the spread of Covid-19 in our community. Services will be available for 6 hours each weekday, Monday through Friday.  We hope to return to regular services as soon as possible.

Hours of operation​:​

  • Monday & Tuesday: 9 am – 3 pm
  • Wednesday & Thursday: 1 pm – 7 pm
  • Friday: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Closed Saturday

To use our curbside service, patrons may place up to 15 items on hold using our online catalog, or by speaking with a librarian by telephone during the previously listed hours. Please allow 48 hours for us to get your items ready. The automated system will alert you via phone or email when your items are ready for pickup.

When you come to the library, please use the one-way entrance on the west side of the building and have your library card or photo ID ready. Further instructions will be posted.

Our Take n’ Go kits for all ages will be available for pick up during our curbside hours.

Registration for new library cards will be available during our curbside hours. Please fill out the online registration form prior to visiting the Library and have your temporary library barcode, photo ID, and proof of address ready.  

 Thank you for your understanding and support.

The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.

Albert Einstein

Instructions for Curbside

Please use the one way entrance on the West side of the building, which is accessible from 1st North.

  1. Have library card or photo ID ready.
  2. Fines and fees can be paid by phone ONLY at 208-356-3461
  3. Can place holds on items either online or by talking with a librarian. Please do not leave a message!
  4. Holds will be available 48 hours after you have been notified.
  5. Return Items through book drop. Kits can be returned at the Community Room doors during our curbside hours.
  6. No kits may be checked out at this time.

Teen Summer Crafts – Pony Bead Dream Catchers

Teen Summer Crafts – Pony Bead Dream Catchers

Pony Bead Dream Catchers

Week 6 of Teen Summer Crafts

Build a glow-in-the-dark pony bead dreamcatcher! You will need:

  • 5 ft plastic string
  • 6 red beads
  • 12 orange beads
  • 24 yellow beads
  • 36 green beads
  • 24 clear beads
  • 48 purple beads

APRIL Teen Activities

TEEN ANIME CLUB  Come and watch Ouran High School Host Club. There will also be a fun TEA PARTY! Wednesday April 13th. 4:30pm, Community Room. For ages 12-18. YOUNG LEAGUE OF WRITERS How can you incorporate HUMOR and COMEDY into your writing? Discuss with others at...

TEEN CRAFT: Art Deco Duct Tape Art

Art Deco is a term used for a specific style of design that was popular in the 1920's. Create your own work of art using Art Deco as inspiration. Materials needed: Mat board Template Two tones of duct tape (to create contrast) Clear tape (to tape on template) Exacto...

TEEN CRAFTS: Winnie-the-Pooh Weaving

Learn how to weave a Winnie-the-Pooh for our On the Same Page event! Materials needed: Frame 15 thumbtacks White yarn Blue yarn Yellow yarn Template to refer to From home: scissors, sharpie, hammer, and tape

TEEN CRAFT: Tea Stain Art

Use your imagination to make art with tea stains. Materials needed: Watercolor paper Two black tea bags Heated water (to steep the tea bags) Piece of cardboard (to prevent bleeding and staining under the paper) Spoon or brush

Teen Craft: Push Pin Word Art

Make some fun word art! This could be your name, an activity you love, a favorite book, a place you love to visit... you decide! Just be sure it will fit before you begin. Materials needed: Mat board (or other material sturdy enough) Thumbtacks Pencil Hot glue...

NOVEMBER 1st-15th Teen Activities

GAME & CHESS CLUB  Come learn the game of chess, plus other fun games!Every Monday from 4:30-5:30pm in the Community Room. For ages 9-18.   TEEN ACTION COUNCIL Meet with other teens to discuss the activities that the library has.  Wednesday November 3rd from...

Teen Craft: Pirate Skull

What's a pirate's favorite subject? ARRRt! Dress up a skull in some pirate gear with this new Teen Craft. Materials needed: Skull Tissue paper Beads Craft feathers Paper clip Sparkles Glue

October TEEN Activities

TEEN ANIME CLUB   It's Halloween month so we're doing an Anime Cosplay! Dress up in a cosplay, watch some Anime, and enjoy treats with our Anime Club! Wednesday, October 13th, from 4:30-5:30pm in the Community Room. For ages 12-18. Masks encouraged but not required....

Teen Craft: Zen Doodle Pumpkin

"Hello, gourd-geous!" First Teen Craft for October will be a Zen Doodle Pumpkin. Make your own Zen design on a foam pumpkin to get you in the Halloween mood.  Materials needed: Foam pumpkin Tea light Push pin Sharpie

Teen Craft: Hanging Notepad

Make a cool hanging notepad for your locker or room by gathering these materials and following our video instructions. Materials needed: Two ribbons Piece of decorative paper  Two popsicle sticks Thread Binder clip Metal folder bracketRoll of paper (we provided you...

Summer STEM – Cave of Wonders Wishes in the Light – Lava Lamps

Summer STEM – Cave of Wonders Wishes in the Light – Lava Lamps

Cave of Wonders Wishes in the Light - Lava Lamps

Week 6 of Summer STEM from Your Library
Watch the Instruction Video

Travel to the Cave of Wonders and make a wish in the lights with this lava lamp! This is a bubble lamp in a bag.

Things you will need include:

  • ziploc bag
  • antacid tablet
  • water
  • oil
  • UV light
  • highlighter
  • paper towel

Enter the Summer STEM drawing!

Enter to win STEM-themed prizes by sending us a photo of you doing one of these activities! Place the photo in the body of your email (no attachments) and send it to We’ll hold drawings at the end of the month!

Kid + Tween JUNE Activities

SUMMER READING 2022- OCEANS OF POSSIBILITIES School is out and the sun is (mostly) shining... that means it is now SUMMER READING! Sign up at the booth in the front foyer. You can also sign up through the app Beanstack. 1st prizes: starts June 21st2nd prizes: starts...

APRIL Kid + Tween Activities

 FAMILY FRIENDLY FILM NIGHTS  Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday @ 4pm in the Community Room. SCHEDULE:April 19th: The Secret Garden (1949) Children under 12 must be accompanied by someone 14 or older.     KID + TWEEN STEAM KITS For ages 6-11. Now in person!Every 1st...

Kid + Tween STEAM: Q Tip Bow & Arrow

Have lots of fun with this very mini bow and arrow! Materials needed: Popsicle sticks Q-tips Duct tape (to decorate) Dental floss From home: pencil, nail clippers, marker, and scissors Note: soak popsicle stick in a bowl of warm water before starting

Kid + Tween STEAM: Halley’s Comet Catcher

Make a fun comet catcher! Materials needed: Foil, folded Square piece of paper - origami size in the kit Yarn Model magic 

Kid + Tween STEAM: Pigpen Cipher

Can you stump your friends and family with the ciphers you create? Gather the materials below and follow the instructions to find out how!  Cipher papers (images coming soon) 2 Brads

Kid + Tween STEAM: Pom Pom Poppers!

Have lots of POPPING fun with this Pom-Pom Popper! The kit includes: Paper clips Balloons Rubber bands Launch material Directions: 1 - Cut the bottom off of the paper cup.2 - Tie a knot at the open end of the balloon.3 - Cut the top 1/2 inch of the balloon off,...

Kid + Tween STEAM: Catapult!

LOOK OUT!  This awesome catapult will send things FLYING. Here is what you will need to put this together:   10 pencils  Spoon 16 rubber bands Soft launching materials (pom-poms, marshmallows, etc)

Kid + Tween STEAM: Blubber Bag & Bird Feeder

Our first Take N' Go STEAM kit for October is learning how creatures survive and thrive in cold climates. The kit comes with a super cool BLUBBER BAG, plus supplies to make a bird feeder. You will need: Crisco (from the Blubber Bag)  Pine cone String Sunflower seeds...

September Kids + Tween STEAM Craft

Find out why cats' eyes glow with this craft! Materials needed: Clean can Scissors 4x4 black trash bag piece Rubber band Flashlight

Summer STEM: Animal Coding Game

Our Summer STEM from Your Library program is made possible by our sponsors: the Idaho Commission for Libraries and the Idaho STEM Action Center. A big thank you to them for their support!This fun and interactive STEM activity will teach the technique of "If-Then,"...

Story Time – May 12, 2020

Story Time – May 12, 2020

Story Time – May 12, 2020

Story Time – May 12, 2020

10:30 am ONLINE on Facebook – ages 2 to 5

In our storytime trip around the world, we have lost our giant teddy bear, Balloo!

He’s gone to the mountains! Can you help us find him? Make sure you fill out your passport and come along with us. Do you know what animals live in the mountains? What is the tallest mountain in the world? Find out in the following books and activities. Parent tip- when watching a read-aloud video with your children, try muting the volume and reading the story with your child.

​For the next two weeks in online storytime, we will visit four different biomes around the world. We have included a link to print off a passport so the children can keep a record of all the places we will visit.

Early Literacy Tip and Activity:


Rhyming is an important part of phonological awareness. It helps children break down words into smaller sounds and identify similar sounds in different words. This skill will help them when they sound out words to learn to read.


Sing “The Bear Went Over the Mountain”, but insert rhyming words such as: The bear went over the mountain, the bear went over the mountain The bear went over the mountain, to see what he could see. And what do you think he saw? And what do you think he saw? He saw a goat in a boat, he saw a goat in a boat. He saw a goat in a boat, That is what he saw.


Books Presented

How Mountains are Made
by Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld

Even though Mount Everest measures 29,028 feet high, it may be growing about two inches a year. A mountain might be thousands of feet high, but it can still grow taller or shorter each year.

Find it in our Catalog

Wordy Birdy
by Tammi Sauer

Wordy Birdy LOVES to talk, but does she love to listen? NOPE. One day, while she’s walking through the forest, her gift of the gab gets her into hot water. It’s up to her long-suffering, heard-it-all-before pals Squirrel, Raccoon, and Rabbit to save their distracted friend.

A Stone Sat Still
by Brendan Wenzel

This is the story of a seemingly ordinary rock—but to the animals that use it, it is a resting place, a kitchen, a safe haven…even an entire world.

Bear Wants More
by Karma Wilson

When springtime comes, in his warm winter den a bear wakes up very hungry and thin! Bear comes out of hibernation and he’s VERY hungry. He eats everything in sight–but he still wants more! Bear’s friends finally help him satisfy his HUGE hunger by throwing him a surprise birthday party.

Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays

The Bear Went Over the Mountain

The bear went over the mountain, the bear went over the mountain The bear went over the mountain, to see what he could see. And what do you think he saw? And what do you think he saw? He saw another mountain, he saw another mountain, he saw another mountain, And that is what he saw.

He saw a skunk in a bunk…
And that is what he saw.

He saw a goat in a coat…

He saw some toes and a nose…

He saw a squirrel with a girl…

He saw a deer with a mirror…

He saw a bear in a chair…

He saw a stone with a bone…

– Sesame Street

Stinky Skunk

I’m a little stinky skunk,
I’m sleeping under someone’s bunk
Nobody wants to sleep with me,
I’m as stinky as can be
Honk, honk, rattle, rattle, crash, beep, beep.
Honk, honk, rattle, rattle, crash, beep, beep.


Five Little Owls

Five little owls on a moonlit night
Five little owls are quite a sight.
Five little owls, are you keeping score?
One flew away! And then there were four.
Four little owls, happy as can be, 
One flew away! Then there were three.
Three little owls calling “Whoo! Whoo!”
One flew away! And that left two.
Two little owls having lots of fun.
One flew away! And that left one.
One little owl, we are almost done.
He flew away! And that leaves none.

– Mansfield/Richland County Public Library

This Mountain



Craft Activities

Print out this mountain coloring page or color online.

Tear paper and layer the pieces to make colorful landscapes. Each one turns out completely unique and beautiful, and all you need is paper and a glue stick.

Additional Books

Election Announcement for May 2020

Election Announcement for May 2020

Election Announcement for May 2020

An Important Announcement

From the Madison County Election Officials

We’ve received some important information regarding mail-in ballots for our upcoming primary election in May.  Please read the full text:

County/City Newsletter Text | May Primary 2020

Headline: Important Changes to Know about for the May Primary Election

In order to keep communities safe amid the growing coronavirus pandemic and protect citizens’ right to vote, Idahoans will vote in the May Primary Election from home. If you want to vote in the upcoming election, you will need to request your ballot at

Here are the three steps you need to take to vote in the May Primary Election:

1. Request Your Ballot.
You must request your ballot by May 19, 2020 in order to vote. You can request your ballot online through the Secretary of State’s Office at You can also contact the Madison County Elections for help at 208-359-6244. You can also pick up a ballot request and registration form in the front entry of the Administration Building in a box to the left of the door.

Please note, you will need to be registered to vote to participate in the upcoming election. You can register online at

2. Wait for Your Ballot.
Once you’ve requested your ballot, give Madison County Elections some time to process your request and drop your ballot in the mail. It may take up to 10 days for you to receive your ballot once you’ve submitted your request.

You can track your ballot, and confirm your ballot request has been received, at

3. Vote and Return Your Ballot.
As soon as you receive your ballot, vote and use the pre-addressed envelope to mail it back to Madison County Elections.

All ballots must be received by 8 p.m. on June 2, 2020 to be counted. Voters are encouraged to send their ballots back to us as soon as possible.

If you would rather drop your voted ballot off, Madison County Elections will have a drop off box at the main doors of the Administration Building, 134 E. Main in Rexburg.

You can help protect the health of all Idahoans and slow the spread of COVID-19 by voting from home. If you have any questions about the May Primary Election contact Madison County Elections for help at 208-359-6244.

Kim Muir, County Clerk
Brenda Stoor, Elections Director

Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.

~ Franklin D. Roosevelt

Author Visit with Wendy Swore!

Author Visit with Wendy Swore!

Author Visit with Wendy Swore!

Friday, March 6th,
from 4:00 to 6:00 pm

in the Community Room

Wendy Swore will be signing copies of her new book, The Wish and the Peacock!

This event sponsored by Barnes and Noble.

The Wish and the Peacock

A new Tween book!

Paige’s favorite family tradition on the farm is the annual bonfire where everyone tosses in a stone and makes a wish. This time, Paige’s specific wish is one she’s not sure can come true: Don’t let Mom and Grandpa sell the farm.

When Paige’s younger brother finds a wounded peacock in the barn, Paige is sure it’s a sign that if she can keep the bird safe, she’ll keep the farm safe too. Peacocks, after all, are known to be fierce protectors of territory and family.

With determination and hard work, Paige tries to prove she can save the farm on her own, but when a real estate agent stakes a “For Sale” sign at the end of the driveway and threatens everything Paige loves, she calls on her younger brother and her best friends, Mateo and Kimana, to help battle this new menace. They may not have street smarts, but they have plenty of farm smarts, and some city lady who’s scared of spiders should be easy enough to drive away.

But even as the peacock gets healthier, the strain of holding all the pieces of Paige’s world together gets harder. Faced with a choice between home and family, she risks everything to make her wish come true, including the one thing that scares her the most: letting the farm go.

About the Author

Wendy S Swore farms on the Sho-Ban reservation where her corn maze and pumpkin patch is home to her five kids, two dogs, two geese, seven peacocks, eleven ducks, nineteen cats, and two hundred thirty seven chickens. She farms in the summers, writes in the winters, and would rather chew her leg off than eat something spicy.

Sometimes writing everyday is like pulling teeth, painful, but necessary.

Wendy Swore

A Monster Like Me

The Author’s First Book

There are trolls, goblins, and witches. Which kind of monster is Sophie?

Sophie is a monster expert. Thanks to her Big Book of Monsters and her vivid imagination, Sophie can identify the monsters in her school and neighborhood. Clearly, the bullies are trolls and goblins. Her nice neighbor must be a good witch, and Sophie’s new best friend is obviously a fairy. But what about Sophie? She’s convinced she is definitely a monster because of the “monster mark” on her face. At least that’s what she calls it. The doctors call it a blood tumor. Sophie tries to hide it but it covers almost half her face. And if she’s a monster on the outside, then she must be a monster on the inside, too.

Being the new kid at school is hard. Being called a monster is even harder. Sophie knows that it’s only a matter of time before the other kids, the doctors, and even her mom figure it out. And then her mom will probably leave — just like her dad did.

Because who would want to live with a real monster?

On the Same Page 2020 – Island Escape

On the Same Page 2020 – Island Escape

On the Same Page 2020 – Island Escape

A Tropical Paradise

Friday, February 28, starting at 7:00 pm in the Community Room

Join us as we finish our On the Same Page celebration of Peter Pan and dispel the winter gloom!

Never say goodbye because goodbye means going away and going away means forgetting.

A Host of Activities

We’ve got fun activities for all ages. Spend an evening on the beach enjoying the waves. Be sure to wear your Hawaiian shirt! We’ll have all the tropical sounds, food and fun that you could wish for, including drinks with umbrellas. 

Besides having a great time while ignoring the outside snow, participating will give you a chance at the night’s drawing for ultimate relaxation, a massage from Urban Massage. (Must be present and an adult to win, though there will be a drawing prize for the youngsters as well.)

Jane is now a common grown-up, with a daughter called Margaret; and every spring cleaning time, except when he forgets, Peter comes for Margaret and takes her to the Neverland, where she tells him stories about himself, to which he listens eagerly. When Margaret grows up she will have a daughter, who is to be Peter’s mother in turn; and thus it will go on, so long as children are gay and innocent and heartless.

On the Same Page 2020 – Open Book Discussion

On the Same Page 2020 – Open Book Discussion

On the Same Page 2020 – Open Book Discussion

As Part of the Library Book Club

Wednesday, February 26, at 1:30 pm in the Entry Foyer
Thursday, February 27, at 6:00 pm in the Entry Foyer

Children, Tweens, Teens and Adults are welcome to join this On the Same Page discussion about Peter Pan, the mischievous boy who refuses to grow up.

“Listen, then,” said Wendy, settling down to her story, with Michael at her feet and seven boys in the bed. “There was once a gentleman—”

A Story for the Ages

Our story starts as Peter Pan lands in the Darling’s proper middle-class home to look for his shadow. He befriends Wendy, John and Michael and teaches them to fly over the rooftops of London (with a little help from fairy dust). He and Tinker Bell whisk them off to Never-land, the island where lost boys play, mermaids splash and fairies make mischief. But a villainous-looking gang of pirates lurk in the docks, led by the terrifying Captain James Hook. Magic and excitement are in the air, but if Captain Hook has his way, before long, someone will be walking the plank and swimming with the crocodiles…

“It’s awfully sad,” the first twin said cheerfully.
“I don’t see how it can have a happy ending,” said the second twin. “Do you, Nibs?”
“I’m frightfully anxious.”
“If you knew how great is a mother’s love,” Wendy told them triumphantly, “you would have no fear.”

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