February 2021
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If you need assistance scheduling a COVID-19 vaccination, call us. We can help!  For current COVID-19 vaccine information and scheduling visit Teton County COVID RESPONSE and Eastern Idaho Public Health Vaccine Information.
We're Open for Curbside Service 

and buried in books! 

Get some books off the shelves and into your homes. Call us and we'll help you find what you need. We love to hear from you!
Try Light Therapy at Home!
light therapy lampsWinters are long in Teton Valley. Many people who live far from the equator experience Seasonal Affective Disorder. Using a light therapy lamp for twenty minutes, preferably in the morning, may help stabilize mood and sleep patterns. Teton Valley Mental Health Coalition partnered with Friends of Valley of the Tetons Library to purchase four light therapy lamps now available for checkout. Try it and see if you feel a difference.

Whatever your strategy, the library encourages you to attend to your mental health this winter. Reach out to friends and ask for help. Reach out to community members that might be struggling. Get connected and stay connected. If you find yourself or others in crisis, the Teton Valley Mental Health Coalition offers six free counseling sessions to residents in Teton Valley and Alta. Write to or call the library for more information. If you or a friend are thinking about suicide, please call the Suicide Prevention Hotline 1-800-273-8255 (273-TALK). Someone is there to talk 24 hours a day.
Borrow a Lamp
Borrow a Laptop

Laptops are now available for short term checkout and emergency use. Call the library to find out more.

Craft kit available Wednesday Feb 17

“It’s simply not an adventure worth telling if there aren’t any dragons.” –J.R.R. Tolkien

Cooking kit available Thursday Feb 25

February is Black History Month. This annual observance celebrates the past and present contributions and achievements of African Americans throughout history. We've assembled a collection of our favorite titles spotlighting the black experience. Visit Celebrate Black History Month 2021.
Adult Fiction
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A Message From Our VITA Volunteers

While vaccines are in the pipeline, they are unlikely to arrive in time for the 2021 tax season. We have a plan. Visit VITA Tax Prep for more information.
Recommended Young Adult Read
Idaho winters can be lonely under normal circumstances but especially this year. I miss the random occasions meeting people from different parts of the world in the grocery store, on the ski lift, at the library, on an airplane, or at a restaurant. I enjoy sharing casual conversations with visitors to the valley, listening to their unique stories and backgrounds. During these times, I find myself making new friendships in the form of fictional characters. Reading A Very Large Expanse of SeaI felt like I made a friend, two friends really, Shirin, the protagonist, and Tahereh Mafi, the author. The main themes in this book are transformation, misconception, and stereotypes. In high school, negative experiences can cause emotional upheaval, awkward moments blown out of proportion, but guaranteed with time, crushing events can morph into great expressions of self and confidence. ~ Tanya
"I wondered, for the very first time, if maybe I was doing this whole thing wrong. If maybe I'd allowed myself to be blinded by my own anger to the exclusion of all else. If maybe, just maybe, I'd been so determined not to be stereotyped that I'd begun to stereotype everyone around me." Shirin in A Very Large Expanse of Sea

Borrow A Very Large Expanse of the Sea from the library.
 Youth Programs

Felting, February 8

Join our monthly craft club. Ages 13 and up. Space is limited so sign up soon!

We want to celebrate your special day with you. Stop by the library for a book and fun birthday gifts. Sign up at least one week in advance.
 Adult Programs
An Appointment With Your Chair: Weekly Writing Sessions 

Monday’s in February & March
7:00 - 8:00 PM

How do we establish a consistent writing practice and have fun while we're doing it? What if we made an appointment with the chair? And we knew that other people were doing the same thing at the exact same time? We'll say hello, and then for 30 to 45 minutes we’ll sit and write together from a prompt.

For active writers, inactive writers, closet writers, new writers, any writer inspired by the company of other writers. Sign up weekly by noon on the day of the writing session.
Make An Appointment
Book Discussion: The Overstory by Richard Powers

Tuesday, February 15
6:30 - 7:30 PM

The Overstory is a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of the natural world. From the roots to the crown and back to the seeds, the novel unfolds in concentric rings of interlocking fables that range from antebellum New York to the late 20th century Timber Wars of the Pacific Northwest and beyond. 

Borrow The Overstory from the Library.
Do you want to start reading for March? We'll be discussing Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead by Olga Tokarczuk.
This month we'll read the Beat poets and discuss the generation in which the movement evolved. '''First thought, best thought' was how central Beat poet Allen Ginsberg described his method of spontaneous writing." Shared poems should relate to the theme. You’re welcome to particiapte without bringing a poem. Request an invitation by noon on the day of the discussion to receive a Zoom link. (Ginsberg quote from the Poetry Foundation)

Borrow these books from the library:

The Beat Book: Writings From the Beat Generation
Beat Poets
Gratitude and the Writing Life 
with Roxan McDonald
Saturday, February 6, 2021
12:00 - 3:00 PM. 
Seats are going fast so sign up soon!

Roxan McDonald will be teaching this dynamic workshop designed to help writers of all levels develop and sustain a writing practice infused with joy. If you want to be more rooted in the present moment; if you want to learn more about the craft of writing; if you resonate with a mix of reverence and irreverence, please join us for this authentic and inspiring workshop. 
The Winter Writing Workshops are a collaboration between Teton County Library and The Valley of the Tetons Library systems. Funding is in part from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Teton County Library Foundation, and Friends of the Valley of the Tetons Library.
We are thrilled to announce that Friends of the Valley of the Tetons Library was awarded a Teton Springs Foundation grant to purchase 9  bookshelves for the Driggs branch and room dividers for the new Makerspace next to the Driggs Library. The Friends join one of  eleven local non-profit organizations whose applications were fully or partially funded. We are so grateful to have been selected as a grantee. 
In 2019, Tetons Springs Foundation awarded a grant for a shed to house the Tool Library. The tools moved from cramped quarters in the basement to the more visible location in front of the Victor Branch. Need a tool you don't have at home? To learn more about what is available to borrow visit Tool Library on our website.
Ways to Support the Friends
Valley of the Tetons Library follows public health guidelines to protect the welfare of staff and patrons. Please note that in addition to regular curbside service, remote printing, bag-o-books, and take it & make it kits are available during regular hours of operation. We are monitoring county status daily as reported at and will evaluate appointment availability based on this data. If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or are exhibiting symptoms, please do not come to the library. Please call the library with any questions. Stay safe and thank you for your continued cooperation. For current information about the library's COVID-19 measures and open hours visit Current Library Information and Services on our website.
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