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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New to Overdrive?

Does your child need to read a book and take an AR test? Are you traveling somewhere and want to listen to a new audio book? Or maybe you just want to try something different that we don’t carry on our shelves? Try Overdrive! If you have an electronic device with access to the internet, you can pick an eBook or Audio book from thousands of options. There’s everything from mystery to romance, historical fiction, non-fiction and lots for kids and teens!

NE Overdrive is a FREE service to all of our patrons. You’ll never have late or overdue fees. Children in grades 5th-12th also have access to this service. To get started, all you need to log in is your patron id number and a PIN. Please call or visit the library to get started. Already have your login info? Just scroll over to the right hand side of this site and click on the digital collection for kids with content geared just for them. Or click on the download link which gives you access to every item. Happy browsing and downloading!

P.S.-check out our “For Kids and Teens” tab to do an AR search for the titles you’ve selected.

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Grandparent and Special Friends’ Day

Grandparents-Day-heartCalling all kids! In honor of Grandparent’s Day, please join us on September 22nd at 7 pm. Bring a grandparent or another special person that evening to hear a story, make a keepsake craft and enjoy a yummy treat!

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Super Hero Training Has Begun!

20150601_101101 Keeping their hidden identities secret, our summer reading participants avoided the lasers, went through the minefield, crawled through the bat cave, were found worthy enough to wield Thor’s hammer and rescued the teddy bear from the hot lava! And we read a book! On Monday, we’ll meet again to meet a real super hero-a firefighter. Bring your swim suit/trunks and a towel.

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Summer Reading Schedule


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Register Now for our 2015 Summer Reading Program!


Registration begins now for this year’s Summer Reading Program:  Every Hero Has a Story! Kids from ages 3 and up are encouraged to join this free program. We welcome children of all abilities. Each week we’ll explore super heroes and be visited by the real-life super heroes that live and work in our community. Not every hero wears a cape!

We meet on Mondays beginning June 1st. Contact us here at the library for times. Your kids will play games, create crafts and of course, read! Each participant will track their reading throughout the summer. We’ll conclude the program with certificates and rewards for those participated by attending the program and / or turning in their weekly reading log.

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