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October 2014
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Hooper Public Library Director
Cherie Anderson-Hooper Public Library 128 N. Main St. P O Box 45 Hooper, NE 68031
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The Bookenders book club at Hooper Public Library will have a special guest speaker at their next meeting. The book selection for the month of October is THE ORPHAN TRAIN by Christina Baker Kline. “Between 1854 and 1929, so-called orphan trains ran from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by pure luck”. This book portrays the story of a woman who was sent by rail to an uncertain future.
Lorna VonSeggern from Scribner will be a Guest Speaker at our next book club meeting, sharing stories of her own mother who came to this area in the same way. The public is encouraged to attend this event at the Hooper Public Library Monday Oct. 20th at 6:30p.m.
If you are interested in reading this book stop in at the library to check it out! If it is currently checked out we can reserve it for you. We also recently received a large book order of many newly released titles. Stop in and see the selection. We also take book requests for new books. Forms are available at the library to request favorite titles or authors or you can drop us a line at or visit our Facebook page and leave a message there. “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body” – Keep your mind in shape!

Special Guest Speaker at Book Club October 20th

Mark your calendar! October 20th at 6:30p.m. we will have a special guest speaker at The Bookenders book club meeting. The book selection for October is ORPHAN TRAIN by Christina Baker Kline and Scribner resident Lorna VonSeggern will be sharing stories about her mother who arrived to this area on an Orphan Train.

New titles ready for check out


“The Husband’s Secret” by Liane Moriarty, “Blossom Street Brides” by Debbie Macomber, “The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion” by Fannie Flagg, “Driving With the Top Down” by Elizabeth Harbison, “Angels Walking” by Karen Kingsbury, “Windigo Island” by William Kent Krueger,” Holding a Tender Heart” by Jerry S. Eicher, and “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline.



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IT’S NATIONAL LIBRARY CARD MONTH! Come to Hooper Public Library today and sign up for a library card if you do not already have one. There are many free services offered at HPL; public computers, free Wi-Fi, research and study areas, meeting room, book, magazine and movie check out, book clubs, Nebraska Overdrive and other special programs. Copies, computer printing and Die-cut machine use are also offered for a small fee.

Hooper Public Library will be participating in the Midwest Treasure Hunt this weekend by having a Baked Goods & Used Books & Movies Sale. This will be held Fri. Sept. 12th and Sat. Sept. 13th 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m. both days. We are asking for donations of used books and/or movies and if you would like to volunteer to make baked goods for our sale we would welcome that also. Baked goods can be dropped off for our sale on Thur. Sept. 11th before 7:00p.m. or Fri. Sept. 12th at 9:00 a.m. All proceeds from our sales will go toward building improvements. If you would like to donate directly to this cause please see Cherie Anderson at the library.

We have had a good response so far to our survey sent out in the water bill this month. If you have not filled yours out and returned it please do so. And if you did not receive one please stop at HPL or the City Office to pick one up. We want your input at Hooper Public Library!

Library Survey

In this month’s water bill Hooper residents will find a short survey for Hooper Public Library. Please fill this out and return it directly to the library, in our night drop box, or you can return it with your water bill payment. If you do not receive a water bill or live outside of town we encourage you to pick up a survey so that you can have input as well. These will be available at the library or at the city office. This survey is intended to help us improve or expand our services to you so your input is very valuable, whether you currently use the library or not.
Hooper Public Library will also be participating in the Midwest Treasure Hunt by having a Baked Goods & Used Books & Movies Sale. This will be held Fri. Sept. 12th and Sat. Sept. 13th 9:00a.m.-1:00p.m. both days. We are asking for donations of used books and/or movies and if you would like to volunteer to make baked goods for our sale we would welcome that also. Contact Cherie Anderson at the library (654-3833) to sign up to provide for the Bake Sale. All proceeds from our sales will go toward building improvements. If you would like to donate directly to this cause please see Cherie at the library.

HPL News

Summer is upon us and it’s a great time to enjoy a book while you sit in the shade sipping your lemonade!  Hooper Public Library has a wide variety of books, magazines and movies for all ages.  If you do not have a  library card stop in and sign up today, there is no charge for this public service.  Not only can you check out books at the library but having a library card also gives you access to Nebraska Overdrive, this allows you to check out books on your Kindle, Nook or other tablet free of charge.  There are thousands of titles available through Nebraska Overdrive and you will enjoy how user friendly it is.  Stop in and ask for more information! 
Recently we added a new program at HPL.  We will now be showing a family friendly G-rated movie at 10:00 a.m. every Sat. All ages are welcome at SATURDAY CINEMA but children 7 & under must be accompanied by an adult or caregiver.  
A big thank you goes out to those families who have donated DVD’s to our collection lately.  We are building our collection of DVDs and phasing out VHS tapes.  If you have movies in DVD form that you would like to donate to the Hooper Public Library we would love to add them to our collection.
We will be closed on July 4th in honor of Independence Day so there will be no Coffee Corner for the month of July.  Book clubs continue to meet over the summer so if you are interested in joining a book club,  inquire at the library.  We offer a Junior book club for 4th grade on up and an adult book club as well.  Our summer reading program FIZZ, BOOM, READ  is full with 50 children registered and there will be some special summer story times coming up as well.   Watch our Facebook page and website for details on upcoming events at HPL.

Happening at HPL

Summer reading program sign-ups are going on now and will continue through June 20th. Be sure to get signed up today! NO LATE registrations will be able to be accepted as supplies need to be purchased and plans finalized. This year’s theme FIZZ, BOOM, READ! will focus on things related to science. We will have activities, experiments, & crafts that involve science and reading. We will offer prizes for perfect attendance during our SRP as well as timed reading prizes for the rest of the summer. If your child will be in Preschool-4th grade next year come in and sign them up today! SRP will be held July 7th-11th this year. Older children are invited to volunteer at SRP, join our Tween book club, and/or compete in our Golden Sower challenge! Call 654-3833, check our Facebook page or website or come in ask for more details!
Adults be sure to come the first Friday of every month at 9:00 a.m. for Coffee Corner and/or join The Bookenders for their monthly meeting on June 16th at 6:30p.m. The selection for June is “IN THE LAND OF SECOND CHANCES” by George Shaffner. In this book set in Ebb, Nebraska, things are pretty much as they were fifty years ago–aside from that coffee shop–and that’s just the way folks like it. Plucky Wilma Porter is the proprietress of Ebb’s only Bed and Breakfast, and she knows everything there is to know in town: the mental state of Clara Tucker Booth Yune, a rich recluse who says only two words at a time; the gossip at Loretta Parson’s Bold Cut Beauty Salon; and the sad series of events that have led poor Calvin Millet to the edge of desperation. Calvin is the owner of Millet’s Department Store, a village mainstay for generations, but many fear that it–and the downtown–won’t survive his terrible run of bad luck.
Wilma prays for a miracle to save Ebb’s special way of life, but she’s surprised when it arrives in the form of a traveling salesman, if that’s what he is. Vernon L. Moore claims to peddle games of chance, but he sticks his nose in odd places and says things like, “uncertainty is the spice of life.” He is welcomed nonetheless, because he seems to have the power to change minds, save fortunes, and fix broken hearts.
The library also offers free Wi-Fi, public computer use, movies, magazines and of course thousands of books! Our children’s corner has a puppet theater for the children to enjoy & we just implemented a new program for the summer called SATURDAY MORNING CINEMA. Every Sat. morning at 10:00 a.m. there will be a G- rated movie playing in our cozy, comfy TV area. Come in and join the fun at HOOPER PUBLIC LIBRARY!

Tuesday May 13th is Election Day

Hooper Public Library is Hooper’s new polling place so we will be closed Tuesday May 13th for Election Day. WE WILL BE OPEN FOR VOTING ONLY!

We apologize for any inconvenience and will reopen on Wed. May 14th at 2:00 p.m.



Library Lore By Cherie Anderson HPL Director/Librarian


Spring is upon us and we have been busy at Hooper Public Library weeding our collection and making room for new and donated books and DVD’s.  We have received many wonderful donations of used books and DVD’s from local residents and always welcome more!  When donations are duplicates of what we currently have on the shelf we will keep the copy that is in better condition here and put the duplicates on our USED BOOK SALE.  We are gearing up for our annual sale now and will have all paperback books priced at 4 for $1.00 and all hardcover books will be 2 for $1.00.  You will want to come and peruse the wonderful variety of adult chapter books we have for sale. Proceeds from this sale will help fund our Summer Reading program.

On the last Friday of March we welcomed Redeemer Daycare to our story time and read some fun books about spring time.  Coffee Corner was well attended on the first Friday of April and both our adult and junior book clubs meet this month.  On Friday of last week Color Me Happy Preschool (MWF morning class) came to the library on their annual field trip.  They were given a tour of the library, had story time where they heard 2 fun stories about the using the library and they were able to try out the book drop and play in the puppet theater.  Students were reminded that it doesn’t cost anything to belong to the library and borrow books, magazines and movies or use our computers or our free Wi-Fi.  If your family does not have a Hooper Public Library card stop in today and sign up!






Hooper Public Library is Awarded Grant







Cherie Anderson, Librarian & Director at HPL was recently granted $991.00 from the Betsy Mulliken Library Memorial fund. This grant is to purchase books for the library that are by or about women.