December Library Activities

The Friends of the Library held their annual Christmas Bake Sale on December 13.  There were many, many delicious baked items as well as time to visit with friends over a cup of coffee and roll.  Approximately 100 people attended the morning event with nearly $800 in sales.  Thank you to all those who baked items and also for purchasing items to help the Friends of the Library.

Children made Christmas tree ornaments for our tree in the Library.  The ornaments were made with  folded cupcake/muffin papers to look like a tree and then decorated with bling!  002

The evening and noon What’s Cookin’ groups met in December.  Hostesses were Brenda Alberts, Cheryl Loschen, Dona Casper and Pat Beck.  The evening group served taco bites, turkey salad on croissants, snowman cheeseball with crackers, upsidedown cranberry cake and hot cider.  The noon group served chicken roll-ups with cheese sauce, cheesecake, plates of fudge and candy and hot cider.  Great food and a fun time!!

A special story time and cookie decorating for the preschool class was December 18.  We read several Christmas books and The Book with no Pictures followed by the children decorating their sugar cookies and eating them.  Also, after school on Dec. 18, K – 8th grades decorated sugar cookies and ate them.  We had some great decorators!

On December 22 there will be a party after school with stories, games and refreshments for K – 8th grades.  We will be opening some special gifts for the library.  Crafts will be on Monday, Dec. 29.  Toddler/Preschool age at 3 p.m. and K-8th grades will make duct tape projects at 2 p.m.  Game Day and hot chocolate will be on Tuesday, Dec. 30 – toddlers/preschool at 3 p.m. and K-8th grades at 2 p.m.  On Friday, Jan. 2 will be movie & popcorn at 2 p.m. for all ages.  Finally on Monday, Jan. 5 we will be cooking at 2 p.m. for grades K – 8th.

It was a very busy month!  Thank you for all your support this year.  Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

What`s Cookin`at the Library?

We are starting a new program this fall for those who love recipes, cooking, nutrition, gourmet, fun and more!  There are two groups filled and we would welcome anyone wishing to start another group.  Each group is limited to 16 and meets once a month, October through May in the  evening or at noon.  If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Vicki at the library.

Summer Reading Program 2014


Join us for lots of fun!  Here is our schedule:

Wed. July 2          11:00a.m.          Marshmallow Fun – experiments, stories, games & treats

Thu. July 10         11:00a.m.          Puppet Show by the Urban Prairie Puppet Company

Wed. July 16        11:00a.m.          Have a BLAST at your Library! – exploding experiments, stories & treats

Thu. July 24         10:00a.m.         Edgerton Explorit Center – Lots of Science Fun!!!!

Wed. July 30        11:00a.m.          Candy Experiments – experiment and explore with stories, experiments & treats

OverDrive Challenge in June

OverDrive® issued the challenge and the Nebraska OverDrive® Library Consortium accepted. OverDrive® challenged the Consortium to grow circulation in June 2014 by 25% to beat the best month’s circulation on record. In return, the Consortium will receive $1,500 of content credit. An additional 8,500 items will need to be checked out by Consortium patrons in June to achieve this goal.

Please help us beat our best month’s circulation record!

Moved In!

The Hildreth Public Library is open again!  We finished our expansion and renovation and invite you to stop in to take a look.  The library space has doubled providing room for more seating, materials and programs.  Library hours are Monday 3 – 6, Tue & Thu 1-7, Wed 1-6, Fri 1-5 and Sat 10 – noon.029


The temporary library will be closed May 5th – 10th while we move into our newly expanded library.  Book Club will meet Wednesday, May 7 at noon and the garden program on heirloom tomatoes will be at 1:00 p.m.  There will be an Open House on May 11th from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  The library will reopen on Monday, May 12th.  Sorry for any inconvenience.

Progress on Expansion Project

Library Expansion 015266These pictures show the newly added restroom and storage room as well as the sheet rock that has been installed.  Also, included is a picture of our temporary library in a corner of the City Hall.



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Construction Progress…


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Wall removed between library and fire hall

Wall removed between library and fire hall

The Library has been temporarily moved to the City Hall side of the building until construction is completed.  Books, movies and computers are available and operating hours remain the same.  Construction for the library expansion project to date has included plumbing installed for the new restroom and drinking fountain.  In the original library space, the east wall has been removed as well as the ceiling, lighting, carpet and circulation desk.  The two spaces are now one expanded space.  The new east wall is framed and the electrician has installed new electrical outlets.

Moving Out…


Making Cookies…

Only a few days left in the library before moving out for construction so we made cookies!  What great fun making and eating Christmas cookies!256254