May 18

Overdrive Changes!!! Audio Fans – Please Read!

Great News from OverDrive – and some sad news from Overdrive!

 We are excited to announce a new listening option for audiobooks that’s coming on Tuesday, May 19, called OverDrive Listen. Similar to OverDrive Read for eBooks, OverDrive Listen offers the same ease of use; simply browse, borrow, and listen right in your browser with a single click. There are no downloads or software required; all you need is a compatible web browser.

Using OverDrive Listen, you can add bookmarks, take notes, or make highlights. On May 19, this additional listening option will be automatically added to MP3 audiobooks in your digital collection (where publisher permits) at no additional cost. There is no action required on your part.

We look forward to offering this new listening option for your users. If you have any questions, please contact your OverDrive Account Specialist.

Along with that change, however, is the loss of WMA formatted audios.  Please read:

To summarize, OverDrive has been working toward the goal of eliminating the WMA audiobook format for some time now, and they’ve convinced many publishers to provide OverDrive with MP3 versions of their titles. This is important because MP3 format is easier to download and works on devices that couldn’t handle WMA audiobooks. (Reminder: WMA audiobooks always had to be downloaded to a Windows computer first, and then transferred to a device. They couldn’t be downloaded to a Mac, and often couldn’t be transferred to Apple iPods, iPads, or iPhones due to publisher restrictions.

MP3 audiobooks, on the other hand, can be downloaded to Mac or Windows computers, transferred to MP3 players, or, using the OverDrive app, they can be directly downloaded to most smart phones and tablets.)

 Unfortunately, not all publishers have agreed to provide their content in MP3 format. This means that some audiobook titles that are only available in WMA format will be removed from the OverDrive service beginning tomorrow morning (Tuesday, May 19). Because of this, we will be losing approximately 1,100 titles from out collection, including all or most audiobooks by the following popular authors: Nora Roberts, J. D. Robb, Lee Child, Greg Iles, Dean Koontz (25 of 47), John Lescroart, Jennifer Crusie, John Green, Kristin Hannah, Debbie Macomber, Sandra Brown, Fern Michaels, Iris Johansen, Mary Balogh, Linda Howard, Karen Robards, and Jayne Ann Krentz/Amanda Quick. Note that we still own over 7,000 audiobook titles that are available in MP3 format.


May 14


Come One, Come All —- the Friends of the Library are holding their annual Spring Book Sale event, now until Saturday here at the library!   The sale runs during normal library hours!    There’s lots to choose from, and the price is right.   $3 a bag, $5 a small box, or $10 for a large box.   You can also purchase single books for a quarter a piece!

Come choose from our wide selection, and bargain shop to your heart’s content!!!

May 05

What’s Hot???? Take a Peek …..

LiarWhat’s HOT on our shelves right now?     LIAR — by Nora Roberts! If you’re a fan, this book will not disappoint you  (according to our patrons who have read it! )   New this April …. check it out!

FANTASTIC FICTION (one of your library staff’s favorite websites) summarizes:

When her husband Richard dies in a freak accident, Shelby Pomeroy is devastated. But his death reveals a horrible truth – Richard was a liar and a cheat. Now Shelby is left with the consequences – huge, terrifying debts and mounting proof that her late husband betrayed her in every conceivable way. Heart-broken but unbowed, Shelby is determined to fix her problems – if only for the sake of her gorgeous little daughter Callie. Returning home to Tennessee and the family she thought she’d lost for ever, she discovers a new sense of strength and freedom. And hope, too, in the handsome form of carpenter Griffin Lott – a straight-dealing man who couldn’t lie to her if he tried. But not everyone is thrilled to see Shelby Pomeroy back in town. And when a shocking act of violence is traced back to Richard’s shady business, it becomes clear that she is not safe from him, even in death. With her life in danger, Shelby must face the lies of the past – or lose everything. summarizes next:

Shelby Foxworth lost her husband. Then she lost her illusions …

The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn’t just dead. He never really existed.

Shelby takes her three-year-old daughter and heads south to seek comfort in her hometown, where she meets someone new: Griff Lott, a successful contractor. But her husband had secrets she has yet to discover. Even in this small town, surrounded by loved ones, danger is closer than she knows—and threatens Griff, as well. And an attempted murder is only the beginning …


Apr 21

Spring Speaker Series ….. TONIGHT !!

The last of our speaker series is tonight!   Dean Knudsen, from the Desoto Wildlife Refuge will be presenting the “Bertrand Exhibit.”   The presentation begins at 7:00 in the Library’s community room.  We’re looking forward to learning about the steamboat Bertrand.  This is an interactive presentation with artifacts and question/answer session.  Plan to attend!!!

Apr 16

National Library Week!!!

Stop in and grab a cookie, a cup a coffee, or a glass of lemonade and enjoy the library!  As we recognize National Library Week, we want to THANK YOU for your support and patronage!!!   Come “Visit Your Library” and help us celebrate our library, our right to read and right to information!

We thank the Friends of the Library for sponsoring this event.   Without our Friends, and our patrons, we’d be a lonely building filled with paper.  YOU make it our library!!!     We’ll see YOU @ the library!  :)

Apr 13

Children’s Programming

Summer reading sign up will begin May 26, 2016The Scholastic Bookfair will run the first week of sign upSummer activities start June 8, 2016.

All Library Story times and children’s outreach programs will end May 1st as we prepare for summer reading.  We’ll see everyone during school visits and summer sign up!

Library story times on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday will continue at 10:30 until May 1st!   Come in and see us!!

Apr 06

Spring Speaker Series – Bob Ferguson!!!

Come one, come all to Bob Ferguson’s  “AMERICA’S HISTORY, PEOPLE AND CULTURE ON                Ferguson-300x258  POSTAGE STAMPS.”    

Event is Tuesday, April 7, 2015,  7:00 pm at the Blair Public Library

With the aid of a large-screen TV display of high-resolution stamp images, Ferguson chronicles the history of space exploration illustrated on stamps; exhibits stamps that honor the famous and introduce the not-so-famous to the public; discusses how stamps advance the understanding of diverse cultures: Native, African and Hispanic Americans; and presents pop culture milestones and icons on stamps. For general audiences – stamp collectors may also be interested.

Humanities Nebraska (HN) provides major funding for this program.  HN receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska State Legislature, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and private donations.

Mar 30

April Book Club Selection

This month, the Blair Public Library Book Club is reading the highly acclaimed first novel by Mark Haddon:

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time,
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Pick up a copy at the library if you’re interested!   Reviews can be found at

Mar 23

Spring Is In The Air – and Our Spring Speaker Series Is HERE!

Come to one — or come to all!  Celebrate Spring by attending our Spring Speaker Series!

March 29, 2015     1:30 pm  at the City Council Chambers  Charlotte-Endorf-new-200x300
Charlotte Endorf speaks on the “Orphan Train.”

Nebraskan author Charlotte Endorf starts the series off with her talk on the “Orphan Train.”    Endorf traveled more than 8,500 miles, seeking the last surviving riders and descendents to document the real-life stories of the children who rode the Orphan Trains between the years 1854 and 1929. Dressed in period attire, Endorf entertains and educates audiences of all ages about this little known Nebraska history.

Charlotte Endorf is a lifelong Nebraskan, a member of Toastmasters International (earning the Distinguished Toastmaster award twice), and specializes in speaking to elementary schools, museums, town festivals and the elderly throughout Nebraska. Charlotte has authored nine books on the Orphan Train, the North Platte Canteen and her journeys.  She also developed a documentary on the Orphan Train riders for the Madison County Historical Society.  After a trip to New York City she and an actual orphan train rider created a poetry CD of history and their time together.  She was nominated by the Madison County Historical Society and named by American Mothers, Inc. as the 2011 Nebraska Mother of the Year.  Her family developed Nebraska’s second Free Little Library in their own front yard.


Humanities Nebraska (HN) provides major funding for this program.  HN receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska State Legislature, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and private donations. 

Coming Next:

April 7th  “America’s History, People and Culture on Postage Stamps”

April 21st “The Bertrand Exhibit”

Mar 02

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss !

Happy Birthday – 111th Birthday to be exact – to the great Dr. Seuss! Where would we be without The Grinch, Cindy Lou Who, The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, Hop on Pop, and Thing 1 and Thing 2? Dr. Seuss, believer in early literacy, we thank you. You will live in our hearts forever!

Stop by the library and get your Seuss Snack — come next Tuesday night in your jammies for Dr. Seuss Story Time!  Watch Facebook for Seuss trivia ….  relive the magic!!!  And if you have just a moment …. READ!




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