Our first story time will be on Monday, June 2 at 10:00. It will last 45 minutes. Each Monday and Wednesday morning in June and the first two weeks of July story time will continue. It is mainly for 3-6 year olds. A parent, baby sitter, or older brother or sister is welcome to stay with any reluctant children.
The Way Out West 4-H Club will be readers.
On Thursday afternoons from 1-2, first grade and older children are invited to an activity time. Each week from June 5 to July 10 we will do art activities, games, plays and other things.
There will also be a program for independent readers to keep track of the library books they read this summer. This is for all kids who read from first grade through high school. If they complete a designated amount of reading their name will be entered into a state wide drawing for fifteen $529 NEST scholarships. The Nebraska Education Savings Trust (NEST)College Savings Plan is giving these scholarships in partnership with the Nebraska Library Commission and the Nebraska Library Systems.
New books at the library are Dark Witch and Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts, I’ve Got You Under My Skin by Mary Higgins Clark, New Life, No Instructions by Gail Caldwell, Roseflower Creek by Jackie Lee Miles, Sea Change by Karen White, NYPD Red 2 by James Patterson, and two large print books, Wife 22 by Melanie Gideon and The Sisters Weiss by Naomi Roger.
New books are Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger, Missing You by Harlan Coben, Gemini by Carol Cassella, The Boob Girls by Joy Johnson, and Kinder Than Solitude by Yiyun Li. New large print books are The Whole Golden World by Kristina Riggle and You Knew Me When by Emily Liebert. We also have 6 new audio CDs and three new Nancy Clancy chapter books for children by Jane O’Connor.
The Elgin Public Library has received a $3,275 grant funded by the Kreutz Bennett Donor-Advised Fund, an affiliated fund of the Nebraska Community Foundation. The Fund provides support to public libraries located in Nebraska communities with populations under 3,000. The money will be matched by the Elgin Library Foundation, and it will be used to purchase microfilm of the Elgin Review, digitize 50 reels of microfilm, and purchase a searchable external hard drive.
In March we are reading Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton. We will meet to discuss it on Wednesday, March 26 at 4:00.
On Friday, February 28, Greg Tharnish stirred up the names of those entered in our reading contest (615 books read). Wayne Ives drew out the winning name, Marilyn Reilly! Congratulations to Marilyn! Our Library Foundation raised $840 with this contest! The money will be used to purchase newspaper microfilm and possible start digitization of our oldest newspapers!