September Book Club Selection


The Library’s Book Club will be meeting on Monday, October 3rd at 7:00pm to discuss the book, A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley

Summary; When Larry Cook, the aging patriarch of a rich, thriving farm in Iowa decides to retire, he offers his land to his three daughters. For Ginny and Rose, who lives on the farm with their husbands, the gift makes sense-a reward for years of hard work, a challenge to make the farm even more successful. But the youngest, Caroline, a Des Moines lawyer, flatly rejects the idea and in anger her father cuts her out-setting off an explosive series of events that will leave none of them unchanged. A classic story of contemporary American life, A Thousand Acres strikes at the very heart of what it means to be a father, a daughter and a family!




August Book Club Read

atonementThe Library Book Club will be meeting on Monday, Sept. 12th @ 7:00pm to discuss the Atonement by Ian McEwan.

His symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose.

On a hot summer day in 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment’s flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia’s childhood friend. But Briony’ s incomplete grasp of adult motives–together with her precocious literary gifts–brings about a crime that will change all their lives.

As it follows that crime’s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.—Amazon

1000 Books Before Kindergarten Awarded!

aliza and adalyn

Congratulations to Aliza and Adalyn Marsh, daughters of Chris and Kassy Marsh, Hartington. They just completed the “1000 Books Before Kindergarten” program. Both of them received a medal and certificate, a prize and a free book from the library for their reading accomplishment.

Aliza and Adalyn are regular visitors to the library. Some of the girl’s favorite books are Doctor DeSoto and anything about the life of Ladybug Girl. Aliza will be attending kindergarten at HNPS this fall.

This program was launched to instill the love of reading, get children ready for school, and to encourage more parent/child library visits. Books are logged and prizes are awarded along the way. One of the best ways to encourage pre-reading skills is to spend time sharing books each and every day! Reading provides a solid foundation, a key to school and learning success.

When you, as a parent, read to your child, you help him or her develop the skills they will need to learn to read by themselves. If you are interested in learning more about this reading journey for your child, please stop by or call the Hartington Public Library at 402-254-6245.

Get Your Murder Mystery Team Together Now! The Investigation begins August 1st!

Time to clue in at the library…

     It’s murder at the library with the kick off of the “Underground Murder Mystery” on Monday Aug 1st.    For patrons 14 through adult, there is plenty of motive, means and opportunity to figure out.  It will take team of 2 to 5 persons a week of sleuthing, searching and games to identify the killer.

     This free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  “Other libraries have had great success doing these all in one night.  I think ours will be a first having it over a week with new clues posted every couple of days both on the library  and community Facebook pages as well as the crime board in the library”, states Friends member Julie Meirose.

     Team signups begin the week of July 25th at the library.  Events start with the scenario being posted Monday night, August 1st followed by the viewing of the crime scene and treats in the library all day Tuesday August 2nd.  Teams receive a crime packet with the list of suspects and the coroner’s report then they are off following the clues!  Additional clues will be provided through the week leading up to final predictions on August 8th.  Plans are underway for the reveal and team prizes.  Team progress can be tracked on the crime board posted in the library. Here is your chance to be the next Sherlock Holmes or Agatha Christie, so start gathering your teammates and don’t miss the fun!