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Regular Hours Resumed!

The Elmwood Public Library has resumed its normal hours effective June 8! We still have a few pandemic adjustments to services, but we are glad to be able to welcome back the members of the Elmwood community!

We want to thank ALL of our patrons for their understanding and flexibility during this difficult and confusing time. We truly appreciate your support.

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Adjusted Hours & Services

To better obey the state guidelines during the Covid-19 outbreak, the Elmwood Public Library will enact the following practices through April 30.

  1. Book Pick-up Only. Patrons cannot browse stacks. Books may be requested ahead of time via Facebook, email (ElmwoodLibrary@outlook.com) or phone (402.994.4125).
  2. Adjusted Hours. Monday through Thursday 12pm-2pm. Saturdays 10am-12pm.
  3. No Public Computers. At this time, patrons are not allowed to utilize the library’s computers.
  4. Online E-Books. Patrons are encouraged to access books via the Overdrive and Libby apps. Know your individual card # and the community PIN (streeter) to borrow books online.
  5. On-Site Inventory Access. Search our on-site catalog by clicking here!

If you should have any questions or needs during this time, please feel free to contact our staff. We will work with you to help meet your needs! We thank you for your understanding as we work through this trying time together.

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Book Club

The Elmwood-Murdock Book Club had its first trial meeting in January. With so much interest and high participation numbers, the group went ahead and set another meeting for Monday, March 2 at 6:30pm.

This month’s book selection is Alex Kava’s “One False Move.” Alex Kava is a popular mystery/thriller author who grew up in Silver Creek, Nebraska, and now divides her time between Omaha and Pensacola, Florida. This novel was chosen in 2006 as the subject for “One Book, One Nebraska.”

“One False Move” is a psychological thriller about the fallout from an abortive bank robbery. Melanie Starks and her seventeen year-old son get talked into helping her ex-con brother pull-off the heist. Now they’re on the run and there’s nothing to lose.

Read the book and come to the meeting on March 2 to discuss the book among friends in a casual and friendly setting. Anyone and everyone is welcome!

For those wishing to check-out the book, contact the library to see if they have any copies to loan!

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Pre-K Story Time!

Miss Anne entertains children ages 3-5 with some stories and organized fun.  We meet on Thursday afternoons during the school year.  Hope you can join us!

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What a Bargain!

The American Library Association (ALA) is a source of great help to our nation’s libraries.  Among other things, their staff provides an auditing tool to help libraries calculate their value (in monetary terms) to their community.  Library Director Anne Pope recently crunched the budgetary and usage numbers from 2018 and came up with a surprising result!

“The ALA places different values for number and types of books borrowed, hours of computer use, meeting space utilization, etc.  In 2018 the Elmwood Public Library gave $61,500 towards our community.  In that same year, our entire operating budget was only $25,000.  So when you think about it,  this community gets a lot of bang for their buck!”

Anne went on to say that while book lending is the primary function of the Elmwood Public Library, it’s by no means its only occupation.  “We have Wifi, public computers, printers, faxing capabilities, media equipment, Interlibrary loan services, e-book and audio book capacity.  We even have online access to the Small Business Reference Center, Legal Information Center and Encyclopedia resources.  A lot of these resources are online and easily accessible to those who have a computer in their home, but don’t have the means to get to town.  If you have a library card, I can give you the secret passwords and you’re all set!”

Feel free to stop by the library and take advantage of the many resources available to young and old!

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Summer Reading Kickoff!

Elmwood Public Library will be holding their Summer Reading Program on Wednesdays in June.  To celebrate the event, we’ll be hosting a community party in the park!

Sunday, June 2, we welcome all of our friends from Elmwood, Murdock and the surrounding communities to join us at the Bess Streeter Aldrich Park from 4pm-6pm.  There will be food trucks (The Tastee Trailer as well as Kona Ice) with meals and snacks available for purchase.  There will also be kids’ activities, face painting, and live music from The String Beans at 5pm! 

From pop and country to rap and rock n’ roll, these goofy guys of The String Beans perform a wide variety of original, family-friendly songs about all the things kids love: animals, cartoons, food, science, sports and more! Each show is hilarious, inclusive and spontaneous, and each catchy tune is designed to get every audience dancing and singing along!

​We suggest that you bring a lawn chair or a picnic blanket.  Come for the food!  Stay for the music!  Help us celebrate our community and what our public library has to offer!

 

SUMMER READING PROGRAM REGISTRATION

Summer Reading Program is a fun and free experience for children ages 4-12.  If  your child is currently enrolled in their second year of PreK through 5th grade, this is for them!

Current Preschool through first graders will meet on Wednesday, June 5, 12, 19 & 26 at 1pm.  2nd graders through 5th grade meet at 2:30pm on the same dates.  Our theme this year is, “A Universe of Stories,” so we’ll be talking about space, aliens, astronauts and more.

Please register your child ahead of time so that we can make sure to have enough supplies and snacks for everyone.  Registration sheets may be picked up at the library.  If you have questions, feel free to call a librarian at 402.994.4125 or email elmwoodlibrary@outlook.com.

 

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Elmwood Public Library Receives Grants

The Elmwood Public Library is proud to announce that the organization has been awarded grants from four separate entities totaling just over $3,000.  Library Director Anne Pope commented, “The mission statement of the Elmwood Library is to encourage life-long learning for our citizens by providing them the resources and services that they need.  These gifts will go a long way in doing that!”

 

The Elmwood-Murdock Merchants Association (EMMA) gave $250 to the library to purchase a new SmartTV and rolling stand.  The device allows library staff (or public speakers) the ability to easily stream web content via the library’s WiFi.  The Nebraska Arts Council awarded the library over $400 to assist with the “Party in the Park” this June.  Cass County Tourism granted over $500 to pay for library signage and marketing materials.  Finally, the library was very excited to learn they had been awarded $2,000 by the Midlands Community Foundation.

 

“Midlands is a great organization that has been making gifts to non-profits in Cass and Sarpy counties for years,” stated Anne Pope.  “In 2019 they decided to help area libraries cover the costs associated with their Summer Reading Programs.  This is a huge boon to us as our budget for this event is usually only $250 per year.  I’m so excited about the books and supplies we’ll be able to share with the kids this summer!”

 

Director Anne Pope says that receiving four grants in one month is pretty rare, and she doesn’t expect it to happen again anytime soon, but she and the library board are grateful and excited about what the gifts mean to the community as a whole.

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Visually Impaired Resources

Did you know that the Elmwood Public Library has a nice selection of Large Print books available?  We also receive a rotating collection of Large Prints on a monthly basis from the Morton-James Public Library in Nebraska City.  If you have a specific topic of interest or favorite author that you would like to see made available via Large Print books, please let one of our library staff know!  We can specifically request these materials for you.

Also, with the help of the Nebraska Library Commission, your Elmwood library can obtain free audiobooks and Braille materials for those with a visual or physical condition, or a reading disability which limits use of regular print.

Elmwood Public Library is working hard to meet the needs of our visually impaired patrons.

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Holiday Movie Day!

Hey kids!  If you happen to be B-O-R-E-D over Christmas break, here’s something fun to do.  Come to the library on Thursday, December 27.  At 12:30pm we’re going to pretend we’re in Hawaii and watch the Disney favorite, “Lilo and Stitch!”  Popcorn and drinks provided.

Mom & Dad, if your kid is over the age of 5, it’s ok to leave them with us!  We’ll have semi-responsible adults supervising the kids until 2pm.

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