Tournament of Books

March Madness is coming, are you ready? How do you prepare? Do you fill out brackets? Do you follow the team stats? Or, are you like me and barely know what teams might be contenders?

Do you prepare by stocking up on books to read while every TV in the house is tuned to a basketball game? If so, we have the bracket for you! Stop in the library and pick up a bracket for our “Tournament of Books”. In our bracket, we pit old and new favorites against each other. Similar title? Similar cover? Similar story line? Who did it better? There are non-fiction and fiction contests. Thrillers and more literary titles. Hopefully, there is something for everyone.

Vote for books you think should win every two weeks and make sure you fill out a bracket and submit it. We will pick one prize winner every two weeks from the voters and there will be a grand prize winner for whoever has the best bracket. You can begin anytime and voting for the Sweet Sixteen is due March 10. Elite Eight voting ends on March 24 with the winning book being announced on April 7. Good Luck!


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George Flippin Day at the Library

I first heard about George Flippin when I was working as a para in Mrs. DeMers 4th grade class at Cross County. As part of their Nebraska unit, Kathy came out and did her presentation about George.

Since then, I’ve heard much about George Flippin. I am guilty of what Kathy refers to as the “eye glaze” sometimes when listening to more about George Flippin. I have not read the book, but have talked with Kathy many times during her writing and researching. I’m no expert, but I can give you the basics about George Flippin at least. Saturday, we celebrated George Flippin Day at the Stromsburg Public Library and I have to say, while listening to the speakers, my whole perspective changed. I’ve only ever thought of George in his context to this town. He was a doctor. He owned a chicken farm. He won shooting contests. He was arrested for voting in an election. He did not own the first car in Stromsburg.

Archive unit

It wasn’t until Larry Britt, board member for the Nebraska Black Sports Hall of Fame, spoke of how George Flippin’s determination to be educated opened doors for other young black men to be educated that I began to see him in a more complete way. Larry, and later, Preston Love, former UNL football player, both mentioned that because George broke the color barrier, other young black men had opportunities no one before them had.

Larry Britt

It wasn’t until George’s great-great nephew, Gordon Harrod, spoke of George Flippin’s civil rights activities outside of Stromsburg that I saw him as an activist for his time. It wasn’t until Gordon read the words that the Friends of the Stromsburg Public Library had printed and hung above the archive unit in their entirety and gave the context of the speech, that I realized that a black man spoke words over half a century ago that still apply today. It really reminded me how long this struggle to “Recognize the majesty of the mind and not the color of the face” has gone on and wonder if we’ve made any progress.

Gordon Harrod

George Flippin did many things that no matter the color of his skin would still have made him memorable. It’s the fact that he did all these things and never thought of letting the color of his skin stop him that made him remarkable.

New items at the library include, “The Prisoner” by Alex Berenson, “Wicked City by Beatriz Williams, “Lost City of the Monkey God” by Douglas Preston, “Kings Cage” by Victoria Aveyard, “A Book of American Martyrs” by Joyce Carol Oates, “What to Do With a Box” by Jane Yolen and Chris Sheban and “NOPE!” by Drew Sheneman.

Quote by George Flippin


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Flash Sale on Monday!

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Friends of the Library Open House

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Library Holiday Hours

The library will close at 3 pm on Friday, December 23rd and will reopen on Tuesday, December 27 at 12 pm. 

We will be closed January 2 in observance of New Years and will reopen Tuesday, January 3 at 12 pm. 


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New Services at the Library

We are excited to introduce two new services at the Stromsburg Public Library. We have become members of the Central Nebraska Consortium which now gives our patrons access to Zinio for Libraries and OnceClickDigital Audio.

A little information about both services, Zinio for Libraries is a digital magazine service. Very similar to Overdrive, you will be granted access using your library card number. You will then create an account that will enable you to read magazines online or download them to a device. There are more than 100 magazines titles available in current issues or back issues. The magazines are simultaneous usage so that means your favorite magazine is always available. You also don’t have to worry about a magazine disappearing from your device as there are no checkout time restrictions.

OneClickDigital Audio is an online audio book library very similar to OverDrive, except again, you don’t have to worry about placing holds. These titles are also simultaneous use. You select your checkout period at the point of checkout, up to 14 days. It looks like files need to be added to your computer, then transferred to your device, but I’m sure on that.

Dorinda and I have not played around with these services much as yet so we may not be able to answer all your questions, but feel free to start using either of these services by visiting or to set up an account. This account can be linked to both sites for use. It looks like Zinio has user guides and tutorials on their help page and OneClickDigital has FAQ and tutorials. We plan on holding classes for both services after the first of the year.

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“Love Beneath the Covers”

If you know me even a little you know that I love to read. I always have. Reading is my escape, reading is my TV, reading is my relaxation, and I’m blessed to say that reading is part of my job! Much to my high school English teacher’s chagrin and to the chagrin of some of my mentors I’m not a literary reader. I’m what some would call a “fluff” reader. I want a book to grab my attention right away and pull me through the story. I want a book to so engross me that I cannot put it down and do what I’m supposed to be doing. I respect a book that focuses on characterization and less on dialogue, but I’m probably not going to move it to the top of my “to be read” list.

Unlike some readers I’ve never had the urge to write a book, at least not a fiction book. I have great respect for the craft of writing a fiction book and know that I don’t have the patience for most of it. That doesn’t mean that every aspect of writing a book doesn’t fascinate me, it does! I love to read author’s blogs and hear about the process, how they dreamed up the characters, the plot, why they chose the setting they chose, all of it. I feel it helps me enjoy the books even more.

Recently, I’ve been hearing about a documentary called, “Love Beneath the Covers” which focuses on the romance novel genre and was very excited to hear that it was coming to Netflix this week. I started watching it this morning while I was on the treadmill and I was in book geek heaven! I’ve been trying to decide if I can count watching it as professional development or even receive continuing education credits for it so I have a reason to watch it at work. (To all those who pay my salary, don’t worry, I didn’t take it that far.) There are some very startling statistics that cover the volume and readership of romance novels that astounded me, but what I liked is the fact that they interview professors of literature, bloggers, authors and everyday people. They cover the scope of the writing process, the love of reading, the author’s back stories and even how one woman turned her love of the genre into a job working for the authors!

If you love books, I recommend this documentary. Even if you “poo poo” the romance genre and can’t believe people read it, I recommend this documentary, you might be surprised at what you learn, I was!

If you love romance novels or think maybe you should give it a shot, we have received some new books over the last week you might enjoy; “The Boy is Back” by Meg Cabot, “The Life She Wants” by Robyn Carr, “Ashton Park” by Murray Pura and not new but currently on the shelf, Sandra Brown’s latest, “Sting.” These books cover the romance genre from contemporary fiction, historical fiction, inspirational fiction to mystery fiction and all of them fall under romance.

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New Books!


“Two by Two” by Nicholas Sparks

“The Life She Wants” by Robyn Carr

“News of the World” by Paulette Jiles

“Napoleon’s Last Island” by Thomas Kenneally

“Twelve Days of Christmas” by Debbie Macomber

“Winter Storms” by Elin Hilderbrand

“Order to Kill” A Mitch Rapp Novel by Kyle Mills

“Precious and Grace” by Alexander McCall Smith

“A Gathering in Hope” by Philip Gulley

“High Heat” by Richard Castle

“Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult

Christian Fiction

“This Road We Traveled” by Jane Kirkpatrick

“The Devoted” by Suzanne Woods Fisher

“Waves of Mercy” by Lynn Austin

Non Fiction

“Think Better, Live Better” by Joel Osteen

“Crippled America: How to Make America Great Again” by Donald Trump

“Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman: Conservation Heroes of the American Heartland” by Miriam Horn

“Killing the Rising Sun” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard

“Hungry Heart” by Jennifer Weiner

“Love Your Life Not Theirs” by Rachel Cruze

“The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World” written by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams

“Forty Autumns: A Family’s Story of Courage and Survival on Both Sides of the Berlin Wall” by Nina Willner.

Young Adult

“The Hammer of Thor” by Rick Riordan

“Interference” by Kay Honeyman

Junior Fiction

“The Inquisitor’s Tale” by Adam Gidwitz

Junior Non Fiction

“365 Things to do with LEGO Bricks”

“Guinness World Records 2017”

“Guinness World Records 2017 -Gamer’s Edition”

“Dining with Dinosaurs: A Tasty Guide to Mesozoic Munching” by Hannah Bonner

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New After School Program Starting in October

Please click the link below to our new page!

After – School Snack Time

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New Look for the Library

Typically when you enter the library you might anticipate the smell of books, but if you come to the library in the next week or two you might be able to detect the smell of paint. The Stromsburg Public Library received a facelift over the long Labor Day weekend with new paint in the main library, meeting room, and hallways. Bret Orsborn of Beasy Painting in Stromsburg did a great job in helping us pick colors and in painting the entire main library over the long weekend. He finished painting the trim, meeting room and hallways during the week after he completed work at his day job.

Kile Lindburg was also a huge help in choosing a color scheme and picking up samples to try on the walls. I could not have done this without her.

We are still working on getting back to normal, while the shelves are pulled out from the walls we are looking at adding outlets and in anticipation of a new display item, the magazine racks will be moved downstairs. This change was also coming as we will soon be transferring to a digital magazine system similar to OverDrive for the use of our patrons at home. Look for more information on both of these items in the near future. Please be patient as we finish up these projects.


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