Off the Shelf

Check out recent book columns by FVRL staff, including the weekly "Check it Out" column that first appears in The Columbian and the monthly "Book Beat" column that first appears in The Messenger.

J. Johnston
08/10/2022 - 7:00 am
Our content manager offers a selection of books about a tried and true American institution.
J. Johnston
08/03/2022 - 7:00 am
Our content manager offers a selection of books about man's best hybrid friend.
S. Wallin
08/01/2022 - 10:54 am
Reminiscences of apple trees and huckleberry picking lead to an exploration of strange fruit, preservation, and of course, pie!
J. Johnston
07/27/2022 - 7:30 am
Our content manager offers a selection of books about wills, trusts, and estate planning, along with a sampling of new books for all ages.
J. Johnston
07/20/2022 - 7:30 am
Our content manager offers a selection of cookbooks in honor of the summer harvest, along with a sampling of new books for all ages.
J. Johnston
07/13/2022 - 7:45 am
Our content manager, as self-proclaimed cat lady, shares kitty-themed picture books along with a sampling of new books for all ages.
S. Wallin
07/06/2022 - 9:06 am
You don't have to travel far to have great adventures with these guides to our local area.
J. Johnston
07/06/2022 - 8:23 am
Our content manager shares nonfiction titles that you can choose to read at the beach or anywhere you please along with a sampling of new books for all ages.
J. Johnston
06/29/2022 - 8:00 am
Our content manager shares a sampling of new books for all ages.
J. Johnston
06/22/2022 - 7:29 am
Our content manager shares books celebrating Juneteenth along with a sampling of new books for all ages.
J. Johnston
06/15/2022 - 7:30 am
Our content manager shares fascinating, factual books for kids along with a sampling of new books for all ages.
S. Wallin
06/06/2022 - 10:38 am
Our seniors columnist looks into roller derby and other sports both past and present.
J. Johnston
06/01/2022 - 7:30 am
Our content manager shares books about pollinators of all kinds along with a sampling of new books for all ages.
J. Johnston
05/25/2022 - 9:00 am
Our content manager shares books about road tripping and travel along with a sampling of new books for all ages.
J. Johnston
05/18/2022 - 8:00 am
Our content manager shares books about sea creatures and a sampling of new books for all ages.
J. Johnston
05/11/2022 - 9:40 am
Our content manager dedicates this week's column to the memory of her mom and her varied interests.
B. Townsend
05/04/2022 - 9:21 am
Our senior columnist explores the mysteries found in everyday life.
J. Johnston
05/03/2022 - 2:14 pm
Our collection manager shares just a few of the new titles that the library gets every week.
J. Johnston
04/27/2022 - 11:37 am
Our collection manager shares books about national celebrations and events of April, and some new books for all ages.
J. Johnston
04/20/2022 - 8:32 am
Our collection manager shares a kid-focused list of books about bookmobiles, biblioburros, pack horse librarians, and more.