Jul 29

Last Week of Summer Reading!

Dear Patrons of all ages,

This is our LAST week of summer reading!  Believe it or not — the last 9 weeks have flown by!

But even though all good things must come to an end ….. we always end with lots of fun!  Save the date for this Friday, July 31st, at 10:30 am for our END OF SUMMER READING CARNIVAL!!!!    After a short ceremony, where prizes are handed out (and Mayor Realph is our special guest!) it’s on to the carnival!  Fun games, lots of prizes, a great lunch — and … wait for it….. cotton candy!!!!    Woo Hoo!!!!

Those who created books will be able to pick them up on Friday, and reading certificates will be available.   Come one and come all — all ages welcome!!!

This event is free and open to the public.


And yes … story time and Legos will be held this Thursday.


REMINDER:  Programming, except for Scrabble Club on Tuesdays, will end on Friday after the carnival and will not resume until the Tuesday after Labor Day.   Thank you all for help making this summer FABULOUS!

~~~ Miss Gayle


Jul 14

Special Programs Coming Up! SAVE the Dates!

The Blair Public Library is hosting two Humanities Nebraska programs in the upcoming week, helping the library celebrate Heroes in History.

Historical Edutainer Darrel Draper will perform as President Teddy Roosevelt on Sunday, July 19, 2015, at 1:30 pm.  President Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States, is famous for his energetic personality, range of interests and achievements, leadership of the Progressive Movement, and his “cowboy image.”  Darrel specializes in costumed portrayals of historical figures that played major roles in the events that shaped our state and nation.

Chris Sayre, Musician, will present Nebraska’s Musical Smorgasbord:  Music from Various Ethnic Groups in Nebraska on Tuesday, July 21st, at 10:30 am.   This program explores the rich diversity of folk music that has been a part of Nebraska’s history from the time it was a territory to the present day.  Audiences will be delighted with the oral history and the button accordion, concertina, dulcimer, guitar, mandolin, musical saw and zithers!

These events are for all ages and are free to the public.  Both presentations will be held at the City Chambers, located at City Hall,  218 So. 16th St., Blair, NE.

These programs are two  of approximately 300 programs offered through the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau. The more than 165 available speakers include acclaimed scholars, writers, musicians, storytellers and folklorists on topics ranging from pioneer heritage to ethics and law to international and multicultural issues, making it the largest humanities speakers bureau in the nation.

Speakers are available to any non-profit organization in Nebraska. Each program lasts 30 minutes to an hour, plus a question-and-answer period.

The most frequent users of the HN Speakers Bureau are primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, libraries, museums and historical societies, agencies for the elderly, rural organizations, churches, arts organizations and ethnic organizations. Humanities Nebraska sponsors the largest Speakers Bureau program in the U.S. according to the National Endowment for the Humanities.

For a information detailing the available speakers and guidelines for booking them, please access our website at www.humanitiesnebraska.org (Speakers section) or contact the Humanities Nebraska at 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 330, Lincoln, NE 68508, phone (402) 474-2131, fax (402) 474-4852 or e-mail info.humanitiesnebraska.org.

Jul 03

Enjoy The Weekend !

The library will be closed tomorrow, July 4th, for Independence Day.  Have a safe weekend and we’ll see you Monday for more summer fun!!

Jun 22

It’s Animal Week !!

Pets and animals can be heroes too!!!    This week Wildlife Encounters will be held at the City Chambers at 10:30.  These folks bring the coolest animals!

Our Wednesday movie will have 101 dogs with spots …. :)    and our 2nd Annual PET EXPO will be held Friday in the front parking lot starting at 10:30 am.

Come join ALL the fun this week … Lego Club, Board Game Club, story times …….   and keep those reading journals and bingos coming in!!!!!


Jun 17

Unusual Activity – Please Note!

We have recently been contacted by patrons who have received telephone solicitations from the library.  The person(s) initiating the phone call claim they are from the library, are working from a report which shows “your account has expired” and that you must pay the $25.00 fee to update your account.

Please note — the library does not contact you by phone regarding your account expiration.  You do receive an email from us if we have your email address.  PLEASE do not give your information to this person.  If you are contacted, please ask for one of the librarians (Gayle, Wendy, Connie or Celeste).  By no means pay with a credit card or bank withdrawal.  The city/library does not accept credit cards.

We would appreciate your calling the library and letting us know if you receive a phone call like this.  If you have the caller’s phone number or name, that would be useful.   Our databases have NOT been compromised.  We believe these are random calls.

Thank you!  We at the library take confidentiality seriously.   We appreciate your help in this matter.  —- Miss Gayle


Jun 12

Gateway News

Gateway to the West days are here!    For those who were helping with this year’s library float, we are sorry to announce that the library has pulled their float from the parade.  The upcoming weather report indicates a high probability of thunderstorms right at parade time.  Thank you to all who were willing to join in the fun, but your safety means a lot to us!

Jun 01

Summer Reading Sign Up Is Underway !!!

Summer reading registration is underway !   Truthfully, you have until July 6th to sign up, but come on in and get an early start.  Programming begins June 8, 2015, with craft day and teen book club!   This summer, there are 105 programs to fill your days and lots of books to enjoy during the evening.   Check out our summer calendar and watch our online calendar for daily events.  So much to do, so much fun!   EVERY Hero has a story!


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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.


Amazon.com 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 …



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