The Community Library, Ketchum, Idaho. First Post!

Welcome to the new Library Blog for The Community Library, serving Ketchum, Sun Valley, Triumph, and the world.  Please excuse any disarray–we are still under construction.

Still, there is always time to talk about books! We welcome your comments, observations, and reviews about all the books, vids, sound recordings and services at the Community Library.

To kick off, the most recently finished book on my home shelf is The Big Burn, recounting a devastating outbreak of fires in the Idaho panhandle in 1910. The fire was so intense it burned border to border and well into the Montana prairie. Smoke carried beyond Newfoundland into the North Atlantic.

The descriptions of the fire are terrifying–the descriptions of the political maneuverings behind the scene are nearly as appalling. The author follows the careers of Theodore Roosevelt and Gilbert Pinchot and the creation of the fledgling Forest Service in the face of dire opposition from corporate interests and their Congressional supporters. The political tactics used at the turn of the 20th century sound very familiar to the 21st century ear.

Both book and talking book CD sound recording are available at the library, Dewey number 973.911.

Published in: on June 20, 2011 at 7:47 pm  Comments (3)  
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  1. Love the background photo! The book looks very interesting and I will put it on my list.

  2. My husband’s grandmother was a young girl when her extended family were evacuated from a narrow canyon in the midst of fire and smoke. They had to lift the car over falling trees. When they went back to see if there was anything left after the fire was out, all they found were round globes of iron. Their stove and pans had gotten so hot that they had melted and formed into spheres. Or so the story goes…

    • Fire bad! (to quote Mel Brooks.) I remember fire torching in the Sierras in the sixties, and the Castle Rock memories are fresh for us all. The local fire departments may already be readying their Firewise brochures for the Fourth of July. Mountain living–going from Avalanche Season straight into Bursting Into Flame Season…


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