Kimball Public Library
208 So. Walnut
Kimball, NE 69145


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September 2014
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The library will be closed this Friday, 4th and Saturday, 5th for the 4th of July Holiday.  We need a break.  :)

See you next week.

Jan & Staff

The Kimball Public Library Board is in the process of raising money for new carpet for the whole library.  It will take at least $18,000.00 to accomplish this.  The last time carpet was installed in the main section was 20 years ago and it cost $3000.00.  Can you believe that difference?

There are 2 ways you can give and more opportunities later.  The first way is to ‘buy a book’.  For every $25.00 that you give, your name will be written on a book.  We need to sell 720 books to raise $18,000.00

The second way is to bring your Main Street Market grocery receipts to the library to be counted toward a donation from Main Street Market.  Many charities use these receipts to raise money for their organization.  It takes $100,000.00 in grocery receipts to raise $1,000.00.  The receipts add up quickly, but it will take a while.  We have about $6,000.00 now.



This year’s Summer Reading Program FIZZ BOOM READ! for grade school children is coming to a close with the wrap up party Going Out with a Bang on Wednesday. The children will use food science to make a fizzing sweet treat.

This was the highest attended SRP in the last three years with an average of 48 children each Wednesday for the programs. Sixty eight children signed up and it looks like 50% or more will reach their set reading goal. Children who reach their reading goal will be entered to win one of fifteen $529 NEST 529 College Savings Scholarships. Five will be awarded in our congressional district.

A BIG THANK YOU goes to all the presenters of our Summer Reading Program. They all made science fun and hopefully sparked a lot of interest in the many areas of science. Thanks to: Cynthia Gill, Taylor Evans, Jenn Dillinger, Kenneth and Vickie Mars, Leta Liesch and Larissa Binod.

Thanks also to college student Diane Baluska for volunteering her help each Wednesday as well as the following teens; Carley Schadegg, Kaden Adrian, Abigail Johnson, Jodell Schulte, Hannah Marks and Ethan Culek-Schaeffer. Thanks to all the parents, grandparents and caregivers who brought the kids each week and pitched in to help with the crafts.

FIZZ BOOM READ! for preschoolers ended Friday, June 27 but preschool parents can still bring in the reading activity chart by the end of July to earn a treat for your preschooler.

The teen reading program Spark a Reaction and the adult reading program Literary Elements will end July 2. Several teens have qualified for the first ever Kimball Library Lock In on July 18. Adults in the Summer Reading can come to the library and draw for a nice prize through July 11.

The Kimball Public Library has  chosen to take advantage of another grant offered through the Nebraska Library Commission and FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). The staff and volunteers will be doing some online training for the next couple of months. Then there will be information available to the community through programs and other venues at the library.  This looks exciting and definitely a learning experience for the staff and volunteers. 

Choose Privacy Week is held annually May 1 – 7. Choose Privacy Week is an initiative that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. With all the digital surveillance, others know how much time you spend on Facebook, the Internet, e-mails; where your searches go and how many times; how much you owe on credit cards, when you insurance expires; and a multitude of other things.

Today, the American Library Association is joining a nationwide day of action calling for reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the law that says the government can access your email and documents in the cloud without a warrant. ECPA is one of the Internet’s most outdated laws – it was enacted in 1986, before most people had access to a home computer or email. If you would like to learn more or join in the conversation, you can visit

The 2014 Summer Reading Program theme is “Fizz, Boom, Read” and will focus on science projects.  Leta has some fun speakers and projects planned again this year.  There will be six session on Wednesdays, beginning May 28 and going through July 6 with the wrap-up program.

Leta will be getting the Summer Reading Program to the classes at school this week. Parents, please watch for the information. The sign-up period will be in May and the first session will be May 28, 2014 (Wednesday) at 10:15.   Sign-up at the library.  We are already starting to receive registrations.

During the past year the library has been fortunate to have a student intern, Courtney Hunsaker. She has become an asset in filling in and assisting staff with shelving, helping patrons, providing technical computer skills in promoting library activities including Farmer’s Day and Summer Reading Programs. She developed and presented programs twice for the Pre=school Story Time. We thank her for her work, wish her the best as she graduates and goes on to college, and we enjoyed getting to know her.

Soon Abigail Johnson will be an intern. The Internship is provided with funds up to $1000.00 per library through the Nebraska Library Commission, the Nebraska Library Association and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Abigail will be starting about mid-May and after some training she’ll be ready to help with our busy Summer Reading schedule. The purpose of the Internship is to introduce young people to the many facets of the library world – public, school, academic, medical, legal and other libraries. This is a method of recruiting students into the library science field.

The week of April 1-5 was Money Smart Week and this week the education is being continued today through Money Smart Kimball and Jennifer Provance with an educational program for the 5th and 6th grade classes. Her topic will be comparison shopping for the 6th grade. Thank you Jennifer.

Here are some financial websites that might have information for you: has financial videos for young adults and much more; is a site that rates credit cards that promote cash back; and degrees of financial literacy is a free program of the nation’s certified public accountants to help Americans understand their personal finances through every stage of life.

During the Money Smart Kimball presentation for the 5th and 6th grade classes 4 students won a drawing for $10.00 to add to their saving account or start a savings account. The winners who have come to claim their funds are Brendan Walker & Chelsea Malson in the 6th grade and Sydney Keller & Jaden Lee in the 5th grade.  Congratulations to those students.  They were all excited about the plan.  If they keep their account current or add to it for 6 months, they will each receive another $10.00.

There is some new landscaping in the front of the library.  It has been difficult to keep the original planting thriving because of the big shade tree.  So the board decided to put in some landscape rocks and some benches, which should arrive soon. We think it will be more attractive and interesting and easier to maintain.   Thank you to Jim Ryschon and his department for helping to transport and place the rocks.  Jim also contributed a few smaller rocks to add interest.

Two new benches will be added soon.

New Adult Fiction:  “Night Diver” by Elizabeth Lowell; “A Wanted Woman” by Eric Jerome Dickey; “Astonish Me” by Maggie Shipstead; “Under Cold Stone” by Vicki Delany; “Carnal Curiosity” by Stuart Woods; “Keep Quiet” by Lisa Scottoline; “The Other Story” by Tatiana de Rosnay; “The Collector” by Nora Roberts; “Thomas Kinkade’s Angel Island: Harbor of the Heart” by Katherine Spencer; “Murder By Music” by Barbara Graham; “Waiting for Wednesday” by Nicci French; & “And the Dark Sacred Night” by Julia Glass.

New Non-fiction: “The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government”; “Sustainable Compromises: a Yurt, a Straw Bale House, and Ecological Living”; “Prairie Forge: the Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II”; “A Grizzly in the Mail and other Adventures in American History”; “Grandmother’s Wisdom” and “CDL Exam: Air Brakes Endorsement”.

New Large Print Fiction: “The Headmaster’s Wife” by Thomas Christopher Greene; “Last Bride” by Beverly Lewis; “Minding Molly” by Leslie Gould; “Butterfly Palace” and “ Safe in His Arms” by Colleen Coble; “Dream Dress” by Janice Thompson; “Killing Cupid” by Laura Levine; “When Shadows Fall” by J. T. Ellison; and “Murder, She Barked” by Krista Davis.

New Audios: “Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter”; “Close Your Eyes” by Iris & Roy Johansen; “A Revelation in Autumn”, “The Hope of Spring”, “The Pieces of Summer”, and “A Vow for Always” by Wanda E. Brunstetter; “Killing Cupid” by Laura Levine; “The Divergent Series trio” by Veronica Roth; and “Concealed in Death” by J. D. Robb.