Like “Doctor Who’s” Tardis, the Elmwood Public Library is so much bigger on the inside! That’s right. While our building may look tiny as you pass by on 4th Street, you’d be surprised at the number of media and services we offer!
Interlibrary Loan. Need a book, but we don’t have it on-site? We’ll borrow it from our collegues and they’ll mail it to us. Our patrons can borrow it for up to a month.
Technology Issues? We offer free WiFi, Network printing ($.25-$.75/sheet), desktop computers, photocopies, digital scanning services and more. Note that our WiFi signal reaches out several hundred yards from the building. So, in cases of emergency, you can park in front of the building and still access our signal!
Book Club. Once per month we choose a common novel to read. Copies are provided (free of charge) by the Nebraska Library Commission. Patrons are invited to the book discussion, but attendance is not required. Sometimes we just like to read and share ideas with our neighbors.
Digital Media. Read a book on your phone or iPad. Hundreds of thousands of online titles available. Magazines (US Weekly, New Yorker, National Geographic and more) children’s picture books, the newest John Grisham novel, they’re all at your fingertips . . . FOR FREE!
Ages 4-11 are welcome to sign-up for our Summer Reading Club program. We meet on Thursdays during the month of June. Advanced registration is required to ensure we have enough supplies for everyone. If you have questions, stop in or contact a librarian at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Your age group and name. Kids (under age 14). Adults.
Entries for February reads are due on March 1. One entry per individual per month.
Our hope is to start a community conversation about books. Also, by telling the library what’s popular in Elmwood and Murdock, we can better anticipate your needs and wants for our inventory! Prizes include a $5 in EMMA bucks (good at several Elmwood-Murdock businesses) and a sweet treat to sustain you while you read your next book! There will be one prize for awarded for an adult and one for a kid EACH MONTH during this promotion! Your chances of winning depend upon how many entries we get each month.
If you need a book to read, there’s still time! Stop into the library and pick-out a novel or two. Our hours are:
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.
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!
PBS is currently running a series on Tuesday nights entitled, “The Great American Read.” Leaders in entertainment, politics and education are reviewing the top 100 most popular books in America and they’re slowly counting down to America’s number one favorite book. You can vote for your favorite by clicking here! Our staff checked the list against our current inventory, and while we have a majority of the titles, do have a few holes in the list!
Here’s where Elmwood Library needs your help. Check your books at home. Do you have one of the following titles in GOOD to LIKE NEW condition and are you willing to donate it to the library? Or, if you are so inclined, could you purchase the title from a bookstore and gift it to the library? We would be VERY grateful! Help us participate in “The Great American Read!”
A Confederacy of Dunces – John Kennedy Toole
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
Beloved – Toni Morrison
The Color Purple – Alice Walker
Don Quixote – Miguel de Cervantes
Ghost – Jason Reynolds
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams
The Joy Luck Club – Amy Tan
One Hundred Years of Solitude – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Tales of the City – Armistead Maupin
Their Eyes Were Watching God – Zora Neale Hurston
It’s just around the corner. E-M Public Schools are back in session August 16. While the school libraries are a wonderful source for books and reference materials, don’t forget your public library has many Pulitzer Prize winners, literary classics, and new titles coming in all of the time. We also utilize an interlibrary loan program to borrow books from other locations throughout the state!
Our librarians are familiar with the AR program that the school utilizes to encourage young readers. We can help make decisions by looking-up almost any book title to see its point value for your child!
Some of our latest additions are:
The Most Magnificent Thing(0.5 pts)
If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t! (0.5 pts)
Dork Diaries: Not So Secret Crush Catastrophe (3 pts)
Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: Treaties, Trenches, Mud and Blood(2 pts)
Just like the rest of you, the library is tired of the cold temperatures and looking forward to sunshine and sunny days! As such, the library staff has been working hard on some Spring Cleaning projects!
The YOUTH FICTION section of the library has been updated and reorganized. With a generous donation of some very nice books, we’ve put several book series together so they are easier to find. Series including “Magic Treehouse,” “Encyclopedia Brown,” “American Girl,” “Mighty Robot” as well as some graphic novels are now much easier to find!
Also, the library has purchased some heavy-duty library shelving to replace some of the older wooden sections that we have now. The big move will probably take place in mid-May. In the meantime, if you happen to have any cardboard boxes to use as temporary storage for the books, we would love to have them!
We’re also culling out some of the older non-fiction books to make room for more topical subjects. So, if you ever come in and can’t find something, just ask. It may have been moved to a temporary location!