Happening at HPL

Time flies when you’re having fun! Last week marked my 7th anniversary as Director & Librarian here. Lois & Kay are still my trusty substitutes and keep things running smoothly when I am not here.

Our Board of Trustees consists of 5 members of our community and they recently elected officers.

Michael Mattes serves as president, Sally Oberg is vice president & Jamie Volpp is our board secretary. Anne Skidmore & Kelly Abrahams also serve as trustees.

Recently the board & I were able to accomplish a goal we have had for quite some time.  We purchased a new awning for the front of the building and it looks great!

On Halloween I greeted 80 trick or treaters and the adults who accompanied them.  It was busy fun night but I did manage to snap a few pictures of the cute costumes that came through.

The holidays are fast approaching now and we will have Mrs. Santa Claus story time again this year at the Main Street  Extravaganza so watch for details on that!

If you don’t have a library card here stop in and get one today!  In addition to books, magazines & movies you can check out,  Hooper Public library offers many services including, Nebraska Overdrive, free Wi-Fi, computers for patron use, copies, die cut, meeting room use & inter library loan.

Stop in and check it out!

Work begins for our new awning!

A big thank you to George and his crew from the City of Hooper for removing the old awning in preparation for the new one to be installed next week.  We are excited about this as it has been a goal of the library board and mine to get this replaced for some time now.

Did you know?

Did you know? …..you can access our card catalog via our website or Facebook page? At our webpage just click on the card catalog tab and type in any title, author or subject to see if we have what you’re looking for in our collection. If we do, and you’d like to place it on hold just give us a call or come on in and check it out!

Did you know?…… Hooper Public Library offers a wide variety of DVDs to check out for free! You can also access these titles in our card catalog. You may check out up to four movies at a time and keep them for one week.

Did you know?….. we offer free Wi-Fi and have computers in the library for our patron’s use.

Did you know?….. we offer black-and-white copies, diecut machine use and inter library loan for a small fee.

Did you know?……we have a cozy children’s corner complete with puppets and a puppet theater. There are always puzzles and activities available to do or just find a cozy spot to read or study.

Did you know? …..We have a GREAT library here in Hooper and we welcome everyone in the Logan View district to use our services!


Hooper Public Library’s summer reading program was held June 6-9 this year.  Our theme, BUILD A BETTER WORLD focused on some of the things we can do in our world to make it a better place. We had wonderful programs this year provided by Academy Science from Valley and The Nebraska Extension Office from Fremont.

Day 1 of our Summer Reading Program was so much fun! With help from Kathy & Michael of Academy Science, we all made rockets and got to launch them outside. 🚀

Day 2 of SRP had the children building “planters” like the kind you pull behind a tractor. They had fun engineering different designs and trying them out. Thank you to Emily & Karna from the Nebraska Extension Office for teaching the kids some fun facts about soil.

Day 3 at SRP was another fun one for our little “engineers”. Emily read a fun book titled “The True Story of the Three Little Pigs” by Jon Scieszka. She gave the children a lesson in building and they designed paper bridges & stick houses to see what design could withstand more weight or wind.

We had a small group but our last day of Summer Reading Program was full of fun! The children heard a great story titled THE FORT ON FOURTH STREET. It was about using simple machines to build a fort. Before the story children got to tell their favorite part of the week and “punch a prize”, they personalized reading journals that they got to take home, and each child designed their own Lego creation that we put in the window on display.😊 Each child also took home a treat bag along with a bookmark promoting our Nebraska Overdrive program.
It was a great week at HPL!

There will be more fun summer activities coming up. Please watch our Facebook page for more details. Happy Summer Reading to all!

Summer Reading Fun

Used Book Sale Ending Soon/ Sign up for Summer Reading Program by June 1st

There is just a few more days to come and browse our selection of used books for sale. You get FOUR hardcover books for just $1.00 or .25 each or get TEN paperbacks for just $1.00 or .10 each! We still have a lot of books and a great selection. Stop in and fill up a bag before it’s too late. 🙂 All proceeds benefit our summer reading program for children.

BUILD A BETTER WORLD summer reading program at Hooper Public Library begins June 6th and children MUST BE SIGNED UP by June 1st to attend so please don’t delay! It is imperative that we have registrations for each child attending so that we have the needed supplies for the fun activities we will be doing Tuesday, June 6th- Friday, 9th. 

Stop in or call 402-654-3833 for more details.


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Prices Slashed at Used Book Sale – Come see our Great Selection!

Our used book sale continues at Hooper Public Library. This will go through the end of May and prices have been slashed! We want to get as many books in the hands of readers as we can. All paperbacks are now 10 for one dollar and all hard covers are 4 for one dollar. We still have a great selection so come on in and fill up a bag to take home today. We have many children’s books, various nonfiction for adults and children, some Christian teaching materials, and plenty of popular adult fiction in hardcover and paperback. Open hours at Hooper Public Library are Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday from 2 PM to 7 PM and Friday and Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM.
All proceeds from the sale go to benefit our summer reading program for children.

Generous Donations

Recently our library has been blessed with two very substantial donations. Last week a check for $500.00 came from Redeemer Lutheran Church here in Hooper. This was taken from their proceeds made at the annual Waffle Supper. They decided to show their appreciation for the town’s continued support of that fundraiser by sharing with the community. The Board of Trustees and I will determine how to use those funds in the near future.
Every Friday the library hosts Coffee Corner which is open to the public but the majority of the people who come are from the local G.G.C.G. coffee group. This group has supported the library in the past but this year it was an extra surprise when I came to work the Friday after my birthday and the group not only sang Happy Birthday to me, but presented me with a card & flower in appreciation for Coffee Corner AND a check for $200.00 for the Summer Reading Program. This group of ladies and a few others have not only been coming to our weekly program since it began in 2011 but Lois Schulenberg and Kay Livingston (pictured with me) have worked at the library when needed for the past 7 years, and even before that they were volunteers. The program, which averages from 12-15 people per week, has brought many new patrons into the library that hadn’t been here for years and even got some of them reading again. Many of them have also encouraged other residents in Hooper and the surrounding area to use our library.
On behalf of Hooper Public Library I express the utmost appreciation for these gifts.


Come browse our used book sale going on now! We have a huge selection of adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction. All hardcover books are just 2 for $1.00 and all Paperbacks are just 4 for $1.00. We have popular authors and a wide variety of Christian books and teaching materials. All proceeds from this sale will benefit our summer reading program for children. The sale will run through April but stop in today so you can choose from the best selection!