Celebrate National Library Week!

ALA_NLW2015_336x280All week long we’re having contests and giveaways! Two lucky winners will each receive a $20 Gift Certificate, one from Hemelstrand’s and the other from Arapahoe Floral. Students can guess the book in the jar and win a movie prize package. Here are some of our other cool events:

Tues: @ 7pm-PJ Story Time. Wear your jammies and hear a fun story. We’ll send you home with a bedtime snack.

Wed 5-7 pm: Book signing by Cowboy and Christian author Warren Dunlap. Also come to listen to local musical artist Tom Whipple.

Thu @6 pm: Ancestry.com training.

Fri @ 7 pm: Family movie night. You bring your lawn chairs and we’ll provide the popcorn!

 

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Unlimited Possibilities-here @ Your Library

When you think about your library, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Books? Well, think again. Yes, books are our foundation. Your local library also offers access to the tools and technology essential to the economic and cultural lives of their communities. We help people apply for jobs and find information for their small businesses. We are a link to resources for people who are new to this community and are searching for answers to a range of questions from where to find housing, to information about local schools. We help kids and parents with their homework questions and provide resources to teachers at every age level. We bring programs, performers and resources to rural communities. Not everyone has access to wireless internet or owns the newest electronic device, but they can access those things here. Sometimes we leave the library to bring our resources to those who need them. The possibilities are unlimited!

That’s the theme for this year’s National Library Week:  Unlimited possibilities @ your library. During the week of April 13th-18th we’ll be having contests and giveaways. Hemelstrand’s and Arapahoe Floral will each be sponsoring a $20 gift certificate to two of our lucky contest winners. Stop in for your chance to play. There’s a lot going on during this week:  April 14th is PJ Family Story Time at 7pm. Wear your PJ’s and bring your favorite stuffed animal or blankie. Kids and families will hear a story and leave with a bedtime snack.

On April 15th from 5-7 pm Warren Dunlap, cowboy and Christian author will be doing a book signing and sale of his latest title I O You Ranch. As RW Hampton describes it, “Stir in romance, intrigue, twists and turns, and a message that put a lump in this cowboy’s throat and conviction in his heart!” Also stop by that evening to listen to the musical talent of local artist Tom Whipple.

An Ancestry.com training will be held the 16th from 6-8pm for those who want to learn more about their family’s history. Then join us for a Family Movie Night on April 17th from 7-9 as we show Night at the Museum 3:  Secret of the Tomb. Please bring your lawn chairs and we’ll provide the popcorn. Unlimited possibilities here @ your local library!

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Dr. Seuss Contest Winners

5th GradeAnd the winners are….the 5th Graders of Arapahoe Public School! Last week we took pictures of each class that visited the library,  from Kin-8th grade. Each photo was submitted to our Facebook page and the class that received the most likes by Dr. Seuss’ birthday gets to have a cupcake-reading party at school!

This year’s winner is the 5th Grade! We’ll be on our way with a red cupcake, a blue cupcake and maybe even some green eggs and ham!

 

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Library Edition of Ancestry.com is now here!

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Thanks to a successful holiday bake sale, our Friends of the Library group have sponsored a yearly subscription to the Library Edition of Ancestry.com! You can now access thousands of historical records from not only here in the US, but also internationally. Patrons can create their own personal story by saving their information or using their email address to create a discovery page. If you would like to make the most of your research time, training sessions are available. Please contact your library for more details!

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Nebraska Beautiful

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Do you want to buy some cookies? Or see the girls from Frozen?

The Thanksgiving leftovers have dwindled down to nothing but a stray black olive and the cranberry casserole from Aunt Betty that no one was brave enough to eat. So let’s loosen our belts and soldier on to December, as brave as Clara’s Nutcracker Prince, where visions of sugar plums and other yummy things dance through our heads. Our Christmas selection of books is on display; The Gift by Richard Paul Evans, Martha Stewart’s Cookies cookbook and The Little Matchbox Girl to get you started. Or try The Best Yes: Making Wise Decisions in the Midst of Endless Demands by Lysa Terkeurst.

Don’t want to bake, but still want to have some homemade goodies for family and neighbors? Please stop by your library this Saturday, December 6th for our Holiday Bake Sale sponsored by our Friends of the Library. Beginning at 9am and running until 11:30, coffee and rolls will be served while people can pick out holiday treats to take home. The proceeds will go towards programming for both adults and young people. We’re also having a big book sale-take a bag home for a $1.

Do you want to meet Anna and Elsa from Frozen? The sisters are visiting us here at your library, also on Saturday, December 6th at 5pm. This event is only for children in the 2nd grade and younger, please. The Frozen sisters will read a story and sing a song. Parents can then take their child’s photo with the characters afterwards. Don’t be a Grinch, visit your library!

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It’s Turkey Time

funny_turkey_cartoon_thanksgivingTry to find this turkey in disguise here at your library and enter for your chance to win a $25 gift card sponsored by Wagner’s Supermarket just in time for Thanksgiving. While you’re here, check out our new books and audio books.

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Boo View Back Again

ItCameFromThe Boo View is back again! We had so much fun last year, that we invite everyone to join us Halloween night from 6-7pm for tricks and treats! Children of all ages are welcome to walk through our Haunted Library and visit Dr. Frankenstein’s Laboratory. Please bring in your decorated pumpkins and those that are most creative will win prizes. Nothing too scary here, just ghoul fun!

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Archaeology Month

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For the month of September we’ll have Indiana Jones trivia, marshmallow pyramid building and an archaeological dig in the children’s section where each explorer can take home what they dig out of our site. You may also try to guess who our celebrity mummy is before we unmask them at the end of the month. Each week we’ll provide a clue and remove another gauzy layer.

And, of course, we have books that transport you to the past both close to home and to ancient Egypt. We have true-life stories from Nebraska’s past and fictional books, such as the librarian approved Amelia Peabody series by Elizabeth Peters.

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Grandparent’s Day

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Celebrate Grandparent’s Day this Thursday September 11th at 7pm. Have your child bring a grandparent or other special person to create a keepsake craft. The group will listen to a short story and take home a bedtime snack.

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