Harry Potter’s World Exhibition to be at Library June 3-July 13!

Our library will be hosting the traveling exhibition HARRY POTTER’S WORLD: RENAISSANCE SCIENCE, MAGIC, AND MEDICINE, June 3-July 13!
The six-panel exhibition, using materials from the National Library of Medicine, explores Harry Potter’s world, its roots in Renaissance science and the ethical questions that affected not only the wizards of Harry Potter, but also the historical thinkers featured in the series. Although a fantasy story, the magic in Harry Potter books is partially based on Renaissance traditions that played an important role in the development of Western science, including alchemy, astrology, and natural philosophy.
This exhibition is currently traveling to locations in the US, UK and Canada. 🙂

Wright Morris Walking/Driving Tour Featured in 2013 Nebraska Passport

The Wright Morris Walking/Driving Tour is one of 80 attractions included in the 2013 Nebraska Passport.  Stop by the Central City Public Library or the Merrick County Historical Museum to begin your adventure!

The program, created by the Nebraska Tourism Commission, encourages travelers to explore Nebraska. Participants collect stamps from participating attractions and then redeem them for prizes.

Attractions selected for the 2013 program are organized into 10 special-interest tours: Hit the Hot Spots, Meet the Locals, Picture the Scene, Play Outside, Savor the Flavor, Seeing Is Believing, Sleep Tight, Tap Into It, Turn the Page and Wrangle the West.  Wright Morris Walking/Driving Tour is part of Turn the Page.

Travelers have until Sept. 30 to visit attractions and redeem their stamps for prizes. For each completed tour, participants receive a Nebraska Passport T-shirt. In addition, travelers can win 20 $1 Nebraska Lottery Scratch coupons (for 20 stamps) and a digital camera (for 40 stamps).

Participants also have the chance to be entered into a grand-prize drawing (held in October) for an Apple® iPad® mini valued at approximately $600. An additional drawing for 300 $1 Nebraska Lottery Scratch tickets will be held for all participants 19 years of age or older who turn in passports with at least one stamp.

To learn more about this year’s Nebraska Passport, visit NebraskaPassport.com.


“Trash to Treasure” Challenge Entries Need to be Returned to Library by April 1!

You still have time to participate in our “Trash to Treasure” challenge! Stop by the library and pick up one of our “trash” bags (containing various mystery items). You must use at least a piece of every item in the bag. You can make anything you want (finding inspiration anywhere). Completed items must be returned to the library by April 1! Prizes will be awarded to People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice winners!trash-and-treasure1

Please Join Us for An Open House at the Library on Saturday, April 6!

Be sure to mark your calendars, for our Open House, coming up on Saturday, April 6 (10:00 am – 1:00 pm)!  Featured at the Open House:  new technology items received through the “Library Broadband Builds Nebraska Communities Project”.  Special Remarks will begin at 10:45 am.  Program at 11:00~ Poetry Readings by Kwame Dawes & Marianne Kunkel (University of NE, Lincoln’s International Literary Journal:  Prairie Schooner Library Tour). —

Kwame Dawes, Guggenheim Fellow and winner of the 2011 Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, embarked on a driving tour in December 2012 to promote Prairie Schooner in public libraries across the state of Nebraska. Dawes is Editor-in-Chief of the international literary journal based out of the University of Nebraska. He will be joined by poet and managing editor, Marianne Kunkel.


“Blind Date With a Book Winner Announced!

Congratulations to Sylvia Erickson!  She is the winner of the “Blind Date With a Book”, dinner for two, to the Lincoln Manor Steak House.  According to the “Rate Your Date” slips, most of the “dates” with the books were enjoyed by the participants.   We heard feedback from quite a few people that they were exposed to types of books/authors that they would otherwise not have read (if they had not participated). Thanks to everyone that participated! — at Central City Public Library

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