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Sunday, 21st January 2018
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Neill Public Library News


Date:    12/19/17  
To:  Local Media
Contact name/phone/e-mail:  Joanna Bailey/509.338.3252/ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Event/Date: Call for Artists - Pullman utility box vinyl wrap

The Pullman Arts Commission invites artists living on the Palouse to submit works of art for Pullman's next utility box wrap!  To celebrate the City of Pullman’s 130th anniversary next year, art should reflect the unique attributes and characteristics that make Pullman a special place to live, work, and play.  Selected artist(s) will receive a $100 stipend.  No entry fee required.  Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2018.

All works of art shall be subject to the following selection criteria:
1. Be appropriate in size, scale, and material for the environment in which it is to be placed.
2. Be durable.
3. Have high resistance to vandalism.
4. Be maintainable at a reasonable cost.
5. Be screened for content prior to installation.

Applications are available from this link and the Pullman Arts Commission Facebook page.  For any questions, email the Pullman Arts Commission at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

I don’t know about you but there is something about the beginning of a new year that feels awash in excitement and opportunity. And although I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions in the traditional sense, I’m all about tradition when it comes to New Year’s Eve. The traditions my sweet husband and I share involve our individual and collective perspectives, hopes, efforts and dreams. 

Our first tradition finds us at our computer to watch a 1993 Oprah show where Ms. Winfrey is conversing with her beloved mentor Maya Angelou.  One of the things Ms. Angelou shared was her personal perspective and experiences related to the concept and practice of “courage.”  She believed “courage” to be the most important of all the virtues. Without courage, any virtue can be practiced, but only sporadically. With the practice of courage comes opportunities for consistency. And it is the consistent practice of common virtues – kindness, respect, trust, charity, acceptance, compassion, honesty, humbleness, gratitude - that can change each of us and others with whom we share this world.  We have watched this powerful program for the last twenty-five years.  We can’t imagine our New Year’s Eve without it. 

Next, we have a feast of some of our favorite foods and then head outside with our New Year’s bowl, slips of paper and matches. We each take paper and write our regrets for the year-about-to-end. We put them into the bowl and burn them, watching our regrets vanish into the silence of the night.  Next, we write our hopes and dreams for the New Year and place them into the bowl. We set them ablaze and watch their embers rise toward a sky hanging with stars. Like gossamer threads they soar upward and outward, carrying our individual wishes along with our shared hope for this world to be a more peaceful and equitable place for all.  

Finally, we head inside and see if we can actually make it until midnight. The older we get, the less likely that is to happen. But it matters not, for we have done what is meaningful and traditional to us.  How about you?  Do you have traditions?  And do any of them involve reading or finding a comfortable spot in which to simply “be”?  If so, I hope you know we’re here for you at Neill Public Library.  We have an abundance of reading material, including books to check out or download to your devices. And, our comfortable chairs, quiet nooks and helpful staff await you. Happy New Year!  Happy Reading!

Kathleen Ahern

Childrens' Librarian

The City of Pullman Arts Commission is seeking a candidate to serve on its board of commissioners. The position is currently open for a full term (January 2018 – December 2020).  A full term is 3 years. The Commission meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at 4 p.m. in Neill Public Library’s Young Meeting Room. 

The Pullman Arts Commission (PAC) cultivates the visual and performing arts to enrich the quality of life of the community through its vision, advocacy, and financial support, connecting residents, students and visitors to diverse aesthetic and cultural experiences. This Commission works to acquire City Council approved artwork for the City and is responsible for the acquisition, documentation and conservation of the City art collection.

Persons interested in serving on the Arts Commission should complete the Application for Vacancy online at: or in hardcopy at Neill Public Library. 

The position will remain open until filled. Submit applications to Mayor Glenn Johnson, City Hall, 325 SE Paradise St, Pullman, WA 99163.



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