Solar Eclipse Workshop

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Recipes Wanted!

Our Friends of the Library are collecting recipes for a community recipe book and we need your favorites! We encourage you to look up grandma’s old recipe and one of your current recipes. Small anecdotes may be included with each submission. You can make a copy of your recipe at the library, fill out a paper form or post your pic of a recipe on our Facebook page by following the link below.

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Patchwork of the Prairie

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PJ Story Time

National Library Week will begin on April 18th at 7 PM with PJ Story Time! Kids and their families are welcome to wear their PJ’s to the library, hear a sweet story and get a bedtime snack. Kids can also bring their stuffed animals and have them spend the night. The librarians have a special stuffed animal camera that will watch over the animals that night. You may pick up your animal the next day along with any photographic evidence of the animals’ nightly antics!

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Teen Advisory Board

Our Teen Advisory Board met before the Christmas break to appoint officers and to start planning for next year. Once those housekeeping issues were done, pizza and shenanigans were had by all. This group helps the librarians make decisions about programming and purchases geared to their age group. If you have a child in JH or High School, they’re welcome to join! Please call the library for details.

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Mad Science Mondays

20160908_125123Mad Science Mondays are back. In collaboration with UNL Extension Educators, kids will create their own snacks and focus on the science of food. Space is very limited! Call or email to save your child’s spot. This is free and open to children ages 8 and up.

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Summer Reading Finale

13718681_963833727061037_2934181231729876802_nThis year’s Summer Reading Finale was held at the South Park Walking Trail. Kids and parents “read” the book Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Pena. Participants were instructed to twirl, hopscotch, flip a pancake  or complete other activities as they moved from page to page. Root beer floats helped beat the heat and summer reading kids each got a movie pass to enjoy at the Crystal Theater.

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Summer Reading Winners

13724890_963835937060816_146790238081045028_oSummer Reading Winners Announced!

Kylee was our top participant in JH/Highschool. Emma read 4,805 pages, Easton read 4,528 pages and Molly read a whopping 11,338 pages this summer! Overall our participants read over 63,000 pages this summer!

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Libraries Transform

TransformHelp us Celebrate National Library Week!   We’re offering the following:

April 11th:  Facebook 101. Need help with Facebook? Join one of our free training sessions. Morning session is 10 AM-Noon. Afternoon session is 1-3PM. Class size is limited. Call the library to register.

April 12th:  Lego Club for Everybody:  APS’s Kin-8th visits this day, Lego Club after school for anyone in Kindergarten and up this day!

April 13th:  Indoor Golf for people in 7th-12th grade. Starts at 5:30 PM. Pizza provided. Registration appreciated so we can order enough pizza.

April 14th:  My Heritage Genealogy Training. Stop by the library from 1-5 for one-on-one assistance with this research database.

April 15th:  Fine Forgiveness Friday:  Bring an item for the Food Pantry and for every item donated, a portion of your fine will be forgiven, at the librarian’s discretion.

Dueling Pianos at the EMCC at 7 pm. Still need a ticket? Call the library to inquire about availability.

April 16th:  Board Game day from 9-Noon. Bring your favorite snacks and we’ll provide classic and new board games. Suggested ages for the games are 8 years old and up. Story Time for 2nd graders and younger is every Sat at 10 AM.

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Genealogical Research Tools

The digitized archives of the Arapahoe Mirror along with various editions of newspapers from Holbrook and Edison are once again available to researchers for their personal use anywhere they have internet access. The years from 1879 through the year 2000 may be accessed at

Patrons may visit the library to access all the years from 1879-2015.

Another database called My Heritage, made available through NebraskAccess, can also be used from your home. NebraskAccess provides Nebraska residents with free 24/7 access to premium databases containing thousands of full text popular magazine and journal articles; primary source documents; genealogical, health, legal, small business, and science resources. The Nebraska Library Commission purchases subscriptions for Nebraskans with funding from the State of Nebraska and the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
How do I log into the My Heritage database? First visit the NebraskAccess site at Click on the Log in link at the right hand side of the page. You then have a choice of exploring nearly 20 various databases.

This database contains genealogy resources with more than five billion historical records from 48 countries including census and other government records, historical records, and photographs. And you can log in from your couch! If you need any assistance, please contact the library.

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