Stories, music, film, travel, art—our Library will keep you coming back for more.
Our collections are tailored to appeal to the widely diverse residents of and visitors to our Valley. We endeavor to bring the best new publications and media releases to our patrons across a wide range of subjects and genres. Let us know what interests you!
Adult fiction books are in the west wing, alphabetized by author. The collection includes bestsellers, suspense, historicals, romance, classics, and world literature from Achebe to Zusak. There are many local and regional authors scattered through the stacks, including Vardis Fisher and Ernest Hemingway, thrillers by Ridley Pearson and Dick Couch, and modern and classic western literature ranging from Jim Harrison and Ivan Doig to Judith Freeman and Mary Clearman Blew.
Mystery flanks the Fiction shelves on the right, very close to the Young Adult and Children’s Library, where you will find fiction for all reading levels and interests. Mystery is our most popular print collection, where you will find Christie, Chandler and Conan Doyle, Craig Johnson and C. J. Box, Donna Leon and Eliot Pattison, cozies, historicals, noir, and thrillers. Tour Venice with Donna Leon, explore human nature in Cambodia with Colin Cotterill, or solve crime in Tibet with Eliot Pattison. Our mystery collection travels everywhere.
The SF collection is tucked in the corner to the left of the Fiction stacks. It houses authors from the Golden Age, including Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein, Sturgeon, Silverberg and some lost gems by Cordwainer Smith and Edgar Pangborn. Fantasy is well represented from Andre Norton to Guy Gavriel Kay to the latest Game of Thrones books. TV and movie compendiums, steampunk, space opera, New Wave and post-post-modern can be found in the SFF cul-de sac. Channel your inner Philip K. Dick and scan the SF (darkly).
Click here to find the most recent releases in all genres in our in the alcove near the front desk. New rental fiction is circulated for only a week to encourage speedy turnaround times for new books that are in high demand.
Many of our most popular fiction books are loaded on Nook devices. Take up to 80 books on your next trip, in one easy-to-carry device. Just ask our librarians about the circulating Nook kits.
Large Print books are located in the New and Rental Book alcove at the start of the Nonfiction collection.
Our nonfiction collection radiates out from the comfy chairs beyond the fireplace. The stacks are organized by Dewey subject, and searchable by keyword in the catalog. We have strong collections of politics and current events, art and design, literature and history. The collection also ranges from education to crafting to writing includes serious literature from around the world, as well as holding a fair-sized graphic novel section with some adult themes. Our culinary and recipe section has particular depth and range for all flavors of chefs. Interested in a subject? Ask a librarian!
Nestled at the core of the Nonfiction collection between 910 and 920, the Biography section uses the Dewey number 92, followed by the first three letters of the biographical subject. Works about Einstein’s life can be found at 92 EIN, while Tupac Shakur is just down the stack at 92 SHA.
The Lister Collection was amassed by Johnny Lister, Ketchum’s famous and nationally renowned astrologer from the town’s heyday in the sixties and seventies. There are more than 700 books from his collection scattered through the nonfiction shelves that address many areas of parapsychology and social and mental health issues, including Chinese medicine, palmistry, iridology, numerology, the I Ching, and many other eclectic subjects. It may be the largest collection of it’s kind in the intermountain west.
One of the strongest collections in the library, the history and culture of countries worldwide can be located in the Dewey range 900-999, as well as many biographies of world travelers and historical figures. Peruse Herodotus or Hungary, recent conflicts in the Middle East or the Civil War, the founding of the United States, and the most recent political history around the globe. We also have a particular collection dedicated to Native American and Pre-Columbian History and Idaho History located near the Regional History Library. If you don’t find what you need, ask a librarian—we are glad to help.
If you are looking for a travel guidebook to a specific country or region, visit our Departure Lounge to the right of the Reference Desk. We have nearly 800 travelogues, guides and travel DVDs covering all corners of the world, and some in near-Earth orbit.
Many of our most popular nonfiction books are loaded on Nook devices. Take up to 80 books on your next trip, in one easy-to-carry device. Ask a librarians about the circulating Nook kits.
Large Print books are located in the New and Rental Book alcove at the start of the Nonfiction collection.
The Community Library Carries Over 120 Periodicals!
Scan our offerings in the alphabetical list below. In addition to sports, entertainment, health, environmental and business magazines, we also have a strong public affairs and foreign policy collection. Our daily newspapers include The New York Times, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Idaho Statesman, and the Twin Falls Times News. Sunday papers include The Seattle Times, The Salt Lake Tribune, The New York Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle. Local papers include the Sun and the Idaho Mountain Express.
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Love Media? So do we.
We have a strong collection of theatrical releases, quality TV series, and documentaries in both the Children’s and Adult libraries. New films are added monthly to the media shelves. We are also thank the Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival and Festival of Woman series for donating documentaries that have been shown at their past local events to our circulating collection. The DVD collection also contains many Teaching Company courses for lifelong learners, covering subjects from philosophy to physics, ancient history to modern computer privacy issues. Choose from over a thousand documentaries or films for your home enjoyment!
Travelling? Commuting? Working around the house or garden? Check out our books on CD to jazz up that time spent waiting for road construction, or to speed the chores. The fiction, mystery and science fiction audiobooks are organized by author, and the nonfiction CDs are shelved by Dewey subject—just ask a librarian to help you find what you need. We add new audiobooks every month, focusing on new and popular titles and authors. We also have many Teaching Company courses on audio CD to listen to while road tripping or driving to work. Learning a language? Check out the language learning section near the computer stations to brush up on Spanish, French, Croatian and many other languages.
We have two music collections, for a very wide range of popular and classical music. The popular collection has jazz, blues, urban, pop, rock, folk, latin beat and world music. This collection is housed in pull-out browser drawers near the circulation desk. The musicians and albums can be searched in the catalog just like an author.
The Besler Collection of classical music is located in two black browser boxes, next to the Music Station, and holds more than 1,000 quality classical music performances generously donated by the Besler family. Each year, we add more music that is showcased by the Sun Valley Summer Symphony.
Prefer your music live? We have a small stable of guitars, including a Fender and a Little Martin, that can be checked out for play, practice and even first time users. They are on display in our Music Station, where we have also shelved a number of instrument instructional books and collections of a wide variety of sheet music, from Dylan to showtunes.
The Besler Collection includes symphonies, concertos, opera and solo pieces. There is a particular focus on composers from central and northern Europe, including Mahler, Mendelssohn and Brahms and Wagner, but also ranging to composers from every part of the world. Some works are duplicated, so classical music aficionados may listen to the varied interpretations of classical pieces by many different artists and symphonies from around the world. The heart of the collection was generously donated by Janis Heaphy in memory of Max Besler in 2008. Every year since, curator Fredric Boloix has added new works that relate to the Sun Valley Symphony series held each summer at the Pavilion.
For travelers and power readers—we have Nook eReaders and iPads loaded with dozens of recent bestsellers and classic titles. Carry a mini-library in your pocket or carryall, without weighting yourself down on the run. New to the circulating device collection this spring–6 new Nook Glowlights, with a clearer and faster interface.
On the fence about getting a tablet? Check out one of our iPads and experiment with the pre-loaded apps and links to get a feel for how it works for you. We also have children’s and young adult Nooks loaded with titles from summer reading lists and popular kids’ reads. Just ask our librarians about borrowing or placing a hold on the device of your choice.
We have created a collection dedicated to our many traveling patrons, holding many of the books in the Dewey 914-919 range, including guidebooks, travelogues, DVDs and pictorial coffee table books. Located just past the Reference Desk to the right, you can explore the world without leaving the library, or plan your next excursion down to the bed and breakfast and bistro dining. Using just your imagination and our vintage travel books, you can also explore Africa, Brazil or Hawaii at the turn of the last century with Victorian adventurer Burton Holmes, or trek the high road to Tartary with Abbe Huc. From armchair to jet plane to yak cart, we can transport you there.
Need some online resources to consult while you are on the road? Check out our online Departure Lounge resources from the internet on the fly!
Our collection of Spanish Literature, biography and nonfiction is located near our computer stations just past our Reference Desk. It includes both fiction and nonfiction books, from Gabriel Garcia Marquez to new releases. We also have many print, audio and DVD resources for learning English or Spanish as a second language.
Looking for an online free resource for learning new languages? Duolingo Online provides a free and fun way to treat language learning like a game. It works on computers, tablets and smart phones for learning on the go.
Do you have a favorite Latin or Iberian author? Ask a librarian to make an interlibrary loan or acquisition request. We are always looking forward to new recommendations to add depth and breadth to the collection for our patrons.
French, Spanish, ESL, Norwegian, Mandarin, Pashto, Croatian, Swedish, Romanian, Guarani, Japanese, Navajo, Malayalam, Basque, Latin and much more
Our Language Learning Lab and covers dozens of languages and ESL resources. It is located between our computer stations and the Departure Lounge past the Reference Desk. It includes many books, audio CDs and DVDs dedicated to teaching new language skills. We have resources touching on over fifty languages, including Sahaptin, Basque and Swahili. In addition to our circulating collection of books and media, we have the Rosetta Stone language learning software installed just off the Research room, where patrons can introduce themselves to over 15 languages with verbal drills and listening skills.
Already travelling? Want an app you can use on your smartphone or tablet? Try Duolingo online for a different kind of language learning online platform, that uses gamification to teach dozens of languages. You can play alone or pit your knowledge against online competitors learning on your level.
Near Fiction, just outside the Regional History Department, we’ve gathered our circulating nonfiction books and biographies on Ernest Hemingway and his influences in one collection for easy perusal. The collection includes local authors, such as Tillie Arnold and William Smallwood, who knew the writer, critiques, anthologies, letters and essays. More Hemingway books, video resources, photos and ephemera can be located in Regional History.
Consider attending our Hemingway Symposium in the fall! This year’s event will explore Hemingway and his time in Cuba.
This collection is located just outside the Regional History Department and delves into the early cultures and peoples in the western hemisphere from the Arctic Circle to Tierra del Fuego. The time frame moves from paleo-Indian lifeways through the post-Columbian era and into the modern era. The books follow the First Nations and their interactions with the colonial expansion, with a focus on the Northwest and Great Basin tribes before the state of Idaho existed. The Native American Collection is interleaved with the Idaho History collection for those who may be interested in the historical context of the growth of the state and the development of our current intermountain culture and lands.
The Idaho History Collection explores Idaho’s past and present and its rapid cultural shifts through time. The collection includes a wide variety of resources on politics, land use, geology, social issues as well as the history and development of the state since it was carved out between the Hells Canyon and the Tetons, the Great Basin and the Canadian border. The Idaho History Collection is co-located and interleaved with the Native American and Pre-Columbian History collection, providing deeper context and a longer look into the past and native cultures.