On the Same Page

A Community Reading Event

Each winter we host a month long community reading event we call On the Same Page. Basically, we hand out hundreds of copies of a selected book and then spend a month exploring it through activities, lectures, concerts, and contests. Think of it as a county-wide book club. Read with your neighbors and friends, talk about what you read, and come and join in the fun.

February 2022

Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne

Your votes chose this classic!

Book Kit Release!

Monday, JANUARY 24

This February we’ll be celebrating A. A. Milne’s timeless book with a host of activities. Prepare for the festivities by picking up a copy of the book beginning January 24. The first 100 can get a kit with the book, reader’s guide, honey recipes, colored pencils, activities, balloons, and more. One kit per household please. After the kits are gone, we may not be able to provide the pencils and balloons, but we’ll still have a few hundred books available and can give out instructions for the activities as long as anyone’s interested.

Storytime For Grown-Ups

Friday, February 4, at 7:00 pm

Ever notice that all the characters in Winnie-the-Pooh have decided neuroses? Let’s read a few stories and discuss their problems and the way that their friendships help them function.

Dr. Winnie-the-Pooh:”

Academic Applications of A.A. Milne’s Hundred Acre Wood

Wednesday, February 9, at 7:00 PM

Join BYU-Idaho English Professor Jacqueline Harris she explores how different academic areas like psychology, literary studies, mathematics and more have used Winnie-the-Pooh as a model for applying their own disciplinary theories.

See Professor Harris’ Full Presentation

A Honey of a Day for Crafts

Saturday, February 12, at 1:00 pm

Stop by this afternoon for a quick craft. We’ll have something for all ages.

Open Book Discussion with the Take a Break Book Club

Thursday, February 17, at 6:30 pm

Join us for an open and informal discussion of Winnie-the-Pooh.

Stuffed Animal Sleepover

Friday, February 18, at 6:30 pm

Bring your favorite stuffed friend to the library for a story and a graham cracker and then leave them for a slumber party. We realized that some stuffed friends may be too shy to stay without their kid protectors. That’s OK, they can still come for the story and meet others. If they stay, we’ll have a couple of librarians that will stay with them so they don’t get too scared. We’ll try to keep them from getting to wild!

A Birthday Party!

Friday, February 26, at 7:30 pm

Winnie-the-Pooh ends with a birthday party; and since it’s the library’s birthday as well, this seems a fitting ending for 2022’s On the Same Page. Join us for cake and ice cream, balloon animals, pin the tail on Eyeore, and other activities. We’ll also look at photos taken on last week’s Stuffed Animal Sleepover and make sure our friends didn’t get into any mischief.

A Walk Around the Hundred Acre Wood

Logs due by noon, Tuesday, February 22

Pooh, Christopher Robin, and all of their friends love to go for walks and explore their woods. During February, you might want to imagine that you’re taking a stroll with them.

If you were to walk all the way around a hundred acres, it would equal 1.6 miles. Could you walk that far in a day? Maybe you could set a goal for how many days in the month you’d like to walk 1.6 miles. If that’s a bit much for your legs, maybe you’d like to make a goal to walk around the forest over the course of the week. Are you like Tigger and full of energy? Perhaps you want to try for twice around the woods each day, or even more! All that activity makes me want a little something. Where’s my honey?

You set your goal. Our log will help you keep track. Anyone participating in the challenge, whether you meet your goal or not, can turn in this card to be entered into a drawing for a set of A. A. Milne books. We’ll have the drawing at our birthday party the evening of February 25th.

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD YOUR LOG

A Photo Expotition!

Entries Due by noon on Tuesday, February 22.

Join Christopher Robin and friends on a further expotition by seeing how many of these things you can find and photograph. We’ll want to see you in the photo as well! Turn in your photographs by noon on Tuesday, February 22nd. Make sure you have your name, phone number, and library card number visible. We’ll announce the winner at the birthday party on February 25th.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FULL LIST OF THINGS TO FIND

Reader’s Guide

Since 1926, Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends—Piglet, Owl, Tigger, and the ever doleful Eeyore—have endured as the unforgettable creations of A.A. Milne, who wrote this book for his son, Christopher Robin, and Ernest H. Shepard, who lovingly gave Pooh and his companions shape.  These characters and their stories are timeless treasures of childhood that continue to speak to all of us with the kind of freshness and heart that distinguishes true storytelling. Join us in the Hundred Acre Wood, where Pooh is a whimsical philosopher, staunch friend, plump, and fond of honey. He calls himself a Bear of Very Little Brain, but is wise and loving.

Reader’s Guides

Here are some of our previous reader’s guides from past years’ events:

Persuasion by Jane Austen (2021)

Anne Elliot is the overlooked middle daughter of an aristocratic family who rejected Frederick Wentworth’s proposal of marriage becuase of his poor social standing and connections.  When he returns years later, Anne must confront the life she left behind.

Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie (2020)

A free-spirited and mischievous young boy who can fly and never grows up, Peter Pan spends his never-ending childhood having adventures with his friends on the mythical island of Neverland.

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Emmuska Orczy (2019)

Armed with only his wits and his cunning, one man recklessly defies the French revolutionaries and rescues scores of innocent men, women, and children from the deadly guillotine.

Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling (2018)

The delightful tales of whales and cats and kangaroos and crabs and ….  Enchanting and funny, these fantastical stories continue to delight each and every generation.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (2017)

On the fabled Orient Express, thirteen travelers, each bearing a secret, will find themselves suspect in the most ingenious crime Hercule Poirot has ever solved.

A Room With a View by E.M. Forster (2016)

The enduring delight of this tale of Edwardian romantic intrigue is rooted in Forster’s colorful characters, including outrageous spinsters, pompous clergymen, and outspoken patriots.

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  • Friday: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
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Closures in 2022

  • January 1 – New Year’s
  • January 17 – Martin Luther King, Jr., Day
  • February 21 – President’s Day
  • March 25 – Staff Development Day
  • April 2 – Closed for Maintenance
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