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We have a very special treat at the Library this month! Some of the young ladies up at the elementary school are excellent at Origami (the ancient art of paper folding) and have consented to display some of their pieces.

Back in my teacher days, my classes tried that and let me tell you it is not that easy.  Some of my attempts are in the display and it is not hard to figure out which pieces are mine!

Stop in and check out the work of these young ladies. We have paper and books so you, too, could give it a try! Some folks have quite a knack for it and their pieces are beautiful.

Cake Winner!!

On February 28th we had our drawing for the heart-shaped cake. We had nearly 100 entries in the pillowcase. Our winner was Erica Bovee who, with members of her family, was actually present. The youngster reaching into the pillowcase was Josh Bovee (the youngest person in the Library at the time) Erica’s son.

Remarking on the odds of him drawing out a Bovee name, Erica said with a laugh, “The odds aren’t so great. I’m here nearly every day!” As a student, Erica is here nearly every day! We proctor tests and quizzes on the computer for some of the college classes when needed.

Congratulations to the Bovee family!


In January a report was given to the Village Board that contained some figures about the Library. Some of the numbers are amazing!

Last year 2,407 people came into the library checking out 2,886 items: adult fiction books, Christian fiction books, CDs, DVDs, magazines, juvenile books, easy reader books, reference and non-fiction books, romance books and cake pans. They read some of the newspapers we get and worked on the public computers. Five hundred fifty-seven e-books from Nebraska Overdrive were credited to our town.

The library gets 24 magazines five of which are donated. We have three weekly newspapers (two donated) and a daily. In 2014, 184 adult books were added to the collection. Seventy-four children’s books, 18 DVDs, five new games (X-Box, Wii and PS3) were also added.

Included in our nearly $150,000 collection are 123 audio books, 346 video or DVDs, 3 activity packs, 20 games and 42 cake pans. We have (if I read the form correctly) over 8,000 books here.

Pretty fantastic numbers for our town! Thank you and hats off to all of you who helped Bancroft be so phenomenal! I am so proud of you all!

If you are not among those numbers, consider stopping by to (heh, heh) check us out!

Laura Ingalls Wilder Birthday

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s birthday Story Time last Saturday was a success! Thirteen youngsters and eight adults came out for our party. (Of course we always want more to attend our functions.) Our youngsters heard some stories and colored pictures of who would be living in their own Little House in the Big Woods with them. They are on display here at the desk making a fine artistic addition to our decor. Refreshments were furnished by the Library and Ru-de’s. Britanny Cole and Lesa Bargmann were the readers.

We are now thinking about our next celebration — St. Patrick’s Day is on a Tuesday this year….

And then there is Easter….

Stay tuned for more about our next celebration….

Book Reading Group

January 29th was the Book Group meeting and Mary Connealy was a guest! She is such a delightful person and graciously added much to our discussion. We learned a lot about the writing process. She encouraged each of us to write down our own “stories” of our lives as a time capsule of the times in which we live. She shared the example of when electricity came to the rural area and its effects on her mom.

Our next book is Still Alice by Lisa Genova and the meeting is scheduled for February 26 at 7:00 p.m. Check out a book here and then join us for a lively discussion.

You Gotta Find Heart!

For February “Heart Month” the we here at the Bancroft Library are having a “You Gotta Find Heart” contest. The prize will be a heart shaped cake.

Each day a special heart will be put in plain sight in the library. Patrons need to spot the heart and write their name and phone number on a slip of paper to be put in a container for a drawing. The drawing will be held on Saturday, February 28. The winner need not be present for the drawing although the librarians cannot be held responsible for a cake left too long at the library!

As you know the more you visit, the more you enter, the more chances to win! Only one entry per visit is allowed, please. And don’t forget to visit our “Romance” section during heart month.


Celebrate! Come On!

Laura’s birthday is coming on Saturday, February 7. Join us at the Bancroft Public Library for a birthday party to honor Laura Ingalls Wilder on the date of her 148th birthday. We will celebrate with some stories and refreshments beginning at 10:30 a.m. here at the library.

Visit the Laura Ingalls Wilder display at the library during February and learn a little more about her life and times. All ages welcome.

Did you know Laura was born about one month before Nebraska became a state on March 1, 1867?

December 2014 – Whew!!

Whew is right! December is here already and the new system for library checkouts and checkins is in place. We are adapting to it – or it to us! Some of the features are new, exciting and wonderful. We so appreciate the patience some of our folks have had as we go about “adjusting”. We have a new patron computer and our desk computer is new. Of course there are some things about the new computers that take some getting used to!

Two of our newest holiday books are The Mistletoe Promise by Richard Paul Evans and Melody Carlson’s The Christmas Cat. We also have a few new holiday books for the youngsters including Santa is coming to Nebraska by Steve Smallman. They join some of the special holiday reads folks enjoy at this time of the year.

We have added some new westerns and biographies to our “New Releases” shelves.

Be sure to check into (and, perhaps, check out!) our selection of holiday cookbooks, craft and decorating books. We also have a selection of cake pans for special occasions. For quick ideas, we have a good selection of magazines that can be checked out also.

We are planning a January story time on a Saturday — the date has not been set yet. Always we try to find those less busy times of the year. It seems there are none any more!!

During these hectic days we hope you find a little “me” time to enjoy a relaxing read. Certainly, Ruthann and I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas/Holiday season and that the New Year brings with it all you could hope for.


E-books and E-audio books

E-books and E-audio books are available at the Bancroft Public Library through Overdrive at the Nebraska Library Commission.
All you need is your library card number and the password. You can contact the library to get your card # and the password- our telephone # is 402 648-3350.