Library Hosting “The Civil War Experience” at Merrick County Fair July 30!

EXPERIENCE LIFE DURING THE CIVIL WAR at the Central City Public Library’s Tribute for the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War  at the Merrick County Fair  - July 30 –  Noon-2 PM

                                     Exhibits and activities include: Civil War Reinactment with the Hood Family—see what life was like for a soldier and family,  listen as they explain weaponry, foods, flags, tents, etc.  Taste “hardtack” and learn other  cool  stuff!! The Lone Tree Quilters Guild will help  you make a quilt square. Quilts were used as secret escape codes by slaves to guide them to freedom on the Underground Railroad.  You will make individual quilt blocks from paper that were part of those codes.  You will also learn the secret message that certain quilt blocks  held. Listen to Civil War era songs on old phonographs (from the early 1900’s), with Scott Musil. View the coloring contest entries and see who the 5 winners are in each of the 3 categories:  4-5 Year Olds, 6-8 Year Olds, and 9-12 Year Olds.  Please pick up a coloring page ahead of   time and color it to the best of your ability.  Return it to the library before the 29th and get  a certificate for a prize that you can redeem at the Civil War event on July 30  @ the fair. Visit with various historical characters from the Civil War as they wander around the midway.      Listen as they tell you about themselves and their lives. Take your picture in one of the Civil War photograph posters.  Be sure to bring your camera! See what school was like for children in the 1860’s by visiting the old schoolhouse. Play with the Rebel and Union toy soldiers and stage your own mock battles in our   “battlefield.” Play games from the 1860’s with the 4-H Junior Leaders, like “Blind Man’s Bluff” and others. Register for lots of  cool prizes like Union and Confederate hats,  other great stuff!

This project was made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Library of America, and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  The grants are being offered as part of the “Civil War 150” project (a project timed with the 150th anniversary to encourage public exploration of the impact of the American Civil War).

Library Events, Youth News

NYT Best Selling Author Victorine Lieske

Victorine Lieske Visit

New York Times Best Selling Author Victorine Lieske discussed her novels and the eBook publishing/selling process. She gave the audience some great tips and publishing industry insights. Her newest book is “Accidentally Married.” The book is a sweet romance about Madison Nichols, an aspiring actress that needs to find a job. Due to a misunderstanding, she is put in the awkward position of pretending to be a girlfriend of CEO Jared Jameson (not the job she was applying for)…. Want to find out more? The book is on sale now Amazon and Barnes & Noble . The three books (pictured) are also available for checkout at our library.


Library Events, New Books

Victorine Lieske will Talk @ Library this Evening (June 23) at 7:00 pm!

This evening (June 23) @ 7:00 pm, New York Times Best Selling author Victorine Lieske will be here, to talk about “Steps to Find Success Selling eBooks.” Be sure not to miss this!!
Victorine self-published her first book, “Not What She Seems” in April 2010. In March 2011, the novel hit the New York Times Best Seller’s List, where it remained for six weeks. To date, she has sold nearly 150,000 copies, most in eBook form.   Her book “How to Find Success Selling eBooks”, gives valuable advice to authors wanting to sell eBooks in the genre fiction market.
“Accidentally Married” is her latest book.  Find out more about her at:


Library Events

Celebrate Wildflowers!

WILDFLOWERS….. those beautiful, hardy native plants (of which Nebraska has a wealth of)! “Did you know that the purple cornflower (Echinacea) has medicinal properties? While we think of it primarily as a tea to boost the immune system, the Plains Indians used is as a topical anesthetic for toothache & burns.”
One of Nebraska’s top ten wildflower viewing roadways is located nearby: HWY 2 from Grand Island to Alliance.
Find out more about wildflowers at: or check out our display. #nebwildflowers
Nebraska Wildflower Week is coming up May 30-June 8.


Book Displays

Literary Elements… Adult Summer Reading Program 2014!

literary elementsBrand New this year is an Adult Summer Reading Program!  We thought that the adults would also enjoy winning some prizes and attending some programs this summer!  Registration Days:  May 22-June 3  Brochures are available @ the front desk.  We’ve got lots of fun things planned this summer.  Don’t miss out!   Like the library on Facebook for the latest updates: Summer Reading Program Brochure1

Adult Summer Reading Program Brochure (page 2)Monday, June 16 @ 7:00 pm is a Book Discussion of the award winning book “The Giver” by Lois Lowry.  We will have multiple copies of the book available for checkout, beginning May 12.

Monday, June 23 @ 7:00 pm:  NYT Best Selling Author Victorine Lieske talks about “Steps to Find Success Selling eBooks” 

Monday, June 30 @ 7:00 pm  Game Night!  Wii, P23, board games & snacks!  There will be separate games available for teens during the evening!





Library Events

Donate (May 1) Today to Central City Public Library Fund!

GoBigGIVE LogoYou can donate now to Central City Public Library Fund at:
Your gift makes a difference!

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Two Days Left Until Go Big GIVE!

Go Big GIVE!

Get ready by checking out today!

Library Events

Congrats to the National Library Week Prize Winners!

National Library Week Prize Winners

Congratulations to the winners of our National Library Week prize drawings! Sandy Jacobs (gift basket) & Karen Cobb (coffee mug & hot chocolate).
Thank-you to everyone who registered!

Library Events

Go Big GIVE is Coming Up on May 1!

Go Big Give

Go Big GIVE is only 23 1/2 days away!
The May 1 (24 hour event) is an inaugural day of online giving to nonprofit organizations in Merrick, Hall, Hamilton, and Howard counties.
Find out more @

Library Events

If You Like Downton Abbey… Try These Books!

Books Like Downton Abbey

If you like Downton Abbey…  try these books!
“Princesses Behaving Badly:  Real Stories Without the Fairy-Tale Ending” by Linda Rodriguez McRobbie
“Longbourn” by Jo Baker
“His Majesty’s Hope” by Susan Elia Macneal
“Park Lane” by Frances Osborne
“A Star for Mrs. Blake” by April Smith
“The White Queen” by Philippa Gregory — at Central City Public Library.

New Books