What Treasure Valley librarians recommend

Boise Public Library

“Making History: Have a Blast With 15 Crafts” by Wendy Freshman.

Juvenile nonfiction. This book contains 15 projects that share a bit of history for kids. A Minnesota trapper hat, a Civil War sewing kit, a Nifty ’50s apron and a Paul Bunyan action toy are among the projects presented. Each project has a list of supplies, a template and clear colorful instructions and pictures.

Nampa Public Library

“It’s a Long Story: My Life” by Willie Nelson.

Adult nonfiction. “What I say is that this is the story of my life, told as clear as a Texas sky and in the same rhythm that I lived it. It’s a story of restlessness and the purity of the moment and living right. Of my childhood in Abbott, Texas, to the Pacific Northwest, from Nashville to Hawaii and all the way back again. Of selling vacuum cleaners and encyclopedias while hosting radio shows and writing song after song, hoping to strike gold. It’s a story of true love, wild times, best friends and barrooms, with a musical soundtrack ripping right through it. My life gets lived on the road, at home and on the road again, tried and true, and I’ve written it all down from my heart to yours. Signed, Willie Nelson.”

Eagle Public Library

“Abroad at Home: The 600 Best International Travel Experiences in North America” by National Geographic.

Adult nonfiction. With this book, you can experience hundreds of destinations and cultures across the globe without ever leaving North America. You’ll discover countless old country neighborhoods, authentic international restaurants, foreign festivals, unique markets and bazaars and much more.

Meridian Public Library

“Get Started Quilting: The Complete Beginner Guide,” by Jessica Alexandrakis.

Nonfiction. These surprisingly simple tutorials provide you with a foundation of methods and skills that will make any quilt easy to tackle. In addition to a complete overview of tools, you’ll learn how to view and think about fabric, and how to mix and match to create the right palette. From the first cut to the last binding stitch, this simple guide teaches you how to quilt, from start to finish.

Kuna Library

“Safekeeping” by Jessamyn Hope.

Adult fiction. It’s 1994 and Adam, a drug addict from New York City, arrives at a kibbutz in Israel with a medieval sapphire brooch. To make up for a past crime, he needs to get the priceless heirloom to a woman his grandfather loved when he was a Holocaust refugee on the kibbutz 50 years earlier. There Adam joins other troubled people trying to turn their lives around.

Garden City Library

“A Sister to Honor” by Lucy Ferris.

Adult fiction. Spanning two cultures so distant as to be otherworldly, this novel tells of a young Pakistani woman, Afia Satar. Longing for an American education so she can return to her country and help her people, Afia travels from Pakistan to New England with her brother along as her protector. But when her family receives word that she is adjusting to American customs, Afia is no longer safe — not even from her own brother.

Ada Community Library

“Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace” by Anne Lamott.

Adult nonfiction. When you have a fine writer using a good sense of humor to make wry observations of herself, the world and humanity, plus a perspective tempered by wisdom, the results are wonderful. Anne Lamott opens up her soul and somehow looks inside the reader’s at the same time. Her faith is the basis for much of her hope, and the no-nonsense way she shares her experiences with friends both dying and in need makes essays such as “The Ham of God” unforgettable.