Archive for February 7th, 2012
The staff has been working on some backlog and some donations so the following lists that are 2010 and 2011 copyrights, but are new to our library. New Adult Fiction: “Every Last One” by Anna Quindlen; “Zed” by Michael Frederick; “Locked On” by Tom Clancy (2012); “Revenge At Hatchet Creek” by Frank Leslie; and “Queen of the Night” by J. A. Jance.
New Non-fiction: “William & Kate” by James Clench; “Letters of Mari Sandoz” edited by Helen Winter Stauffer; “Digital Photography Essential” by Tom Ang; “Strength Training for Muscle Development” by Mark Hatfield; new how-to books on iPhone 4S, iPod Touch, & iPod & iTunes; “Lost Kingdom” (Hawaiian history) by Julia Flynn Siler; and 2 new quilt books: “S is for Scraps” by Gayle Bong, and “Fast, Flirty, and Fun: Easy Quilts from Fabulous Fabrics” by Sarah Bisel
The pre-school children’s programs scheduled for February are:
Feb. 8th: “Won’t You Be My Valentine”;
Feb. 15: “Space Busters”;
Feb. 22: Dr. Seuss Birthday:
Feb. 29: “Wild About Books”.
The programs are at 10:30 A.M. and open to children 3-5 years old. Leta always has some fun books to read and some activities to go along with them.
This is a quote from the company: “The methodology of Byki is based on the theory that learning vocabulary is a great place to start when learning a foreign language and that concentrating on individual words and their translations is an effective method of vocabulary learning. The foreign language words and phrases should be reinforced along the way with pictures and pronunciation, but elements that could distract from vocabulary learning – such as sentence building – should be avoided at the beginning stages of language learning. A solid vocabulary is an important foundation for successfully mastering a new language.”
The software is available and you can log in from home or at the library on the computer with your library barcode. If you are interested in doing this and want a tutorial on how to get around the software, please let the staff know and we will set up a time.
When the question was posed on the weblog, several people agreed that they would like to have the option to learn a new language. Biki or Transparent Language Learning Software offers lessons online that can be done at your own pace. Learn as much as you want in any session. There are over 70 languages to pick from and some are English as a second language.
This month, the library purchased the software to provide this service. I am hoping to have this ready for public use this week with further information in the next news article. Let us know if you are interested. It is free to the public and can be used from home or from the library.
New adult fiction: “Lunatics” by Dave Barry; “End of Days” by Tom Sniegoski; “Wolfsbane” by Andrea R. Cremer; “The Fire” by James Patterson and Jill Dembowski; “The Devil’s Elixir” by Raymond Khoury; “D. C. Dead” by Stuart Woods; “Covert Warriors” by W. E. B. Griffin; “Copper Beach” by Jayne Ann Krentz; “A Devil Is Waiting” by Jack Higgins; “Breakdown” by Sara Paretsky; “Gideon’s Corpse” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child; “The Hunter” by John T. Lescroart; “Jaguar” by T. Jefferson Parker; “Need You Now” by James Grippando; “Gun Games” by Faye Kellerman and more.
New adult fiction: “A Devil is Waiting” by Jack Higgins; “A Walk Across the Sun” by Corban Addison; “Breakdown” by Sara Paretsky; “Heather Song” by Michael Phillips; “Love In A Nutshell” by Janet Evanovich; “Need You Now” by James Grippanco; “Prey: a novel” by Linda Howard; “Private: #1 Suspect” by James Patterson; “Soft Target” by Stephen Hunter; and “Winter Palace” by Eva Stachniak. We have many new large print and several new westerns.
“The Nebraska Center for the Book is an organization that brings together the state’s readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers, educators and scholars to build the community of the book.” They value the richness that books bring to many lives. They support programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the written word. The Nebraska Center for the Book is an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress since 1990. (Information taken from the Nebraska Center for the Book newsletter).
In an effort to connect people across Nebraska the organization began a program of “One Book One Nebraska” – one Nebraska author each year. Through the years the books choices include, “My Antionia” by Willa Cather; “One False Move” by Alex Kava; “Crazy Horse” by Mari Sandoz; “Restoring the Burnt Child” by William Kloefkorn and other poetry and prose. In 2012 the One Book One Nebraska choice is “I Am a Man:” Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice by Joe Starita. Mr. Starita is a professor at UNL and presents lectures throughout Nebraska. We will be getting the book for your enjoyment. You can read more about Joe Starita in the NCB newsletter in the library. For information about other events look at http://centerforthebook.nebraska.gov/
There are many new books just about ready for you to check out and put holds on. You can place holds online at http://alexhost4.goalexandria.com/7056688. Use your patron card barcode # and your last name to log on. You may change your password, but the library does not keep track of passwords. Have a wonderful week.
The Friends of the Library have been working at cleaning up and rearranging the books that are for sale in the West Room. The books are organized by author in the fiction section and by subject in the non-fiction section. There are separate shelves for the large selection of audios and movies. There is also a large selection of children and youth materials. These items are on sale anytime the library is open.
The membership in the Kimball Public Library Friends of the Library is only $2.00/year. Membership is always open and welcome. You can join at the library, with any Friends member or at the annual meeting coming up on April 15, 2012.
The Nebraska Overdrive is a free service that is provided by the Kimball Public Library to its patrons. We have seen a big increase in the enrollment in this program over the last year and even more this year. Many received gifts of I-pads, Kindles, eReaders, etc. for Christmas the last 2 years. The influx of enrollments across the state has resulted in the Nebraska Overdrive Consortium purchasing more copies of popular books and more book titles especially the eBooks. When you see that there are many holds on a book that you want, be patient because the system already has or will obtain more copies as demand dictates. Thus the waiting period isn’t that long. Also, please note at the bottom of the screen, there is a place that says books available at any time. These are books from the Gutenberg Project which made many, many books available that the copyrights have expired. If you are interested in learning more about this program, we can help you through it. Classes may be offered in the future.
Within the next couple of weeks, the library will be receiving some new computers. One of the computers is designed for people who have problems with reading. The computer will be able to scan and then read the item to you. If you have letters or documents that are hard to read due to eye deficiencies, the computer will read them to you. There are many more advantages to this computer which we will emphasize in further information.
The other computers will add more stations to what the library already has. There are many times that people have to wait 30 minutes to get a computer, so this will help during those times.
These computers are provided through grant money from the Gates Foundation and the government. The Nebraska Library Commission has worked hard for 3 years to obtain the grants and to distribute the computers and other equipment to the libraries that applied to receive them.
We will be receiving 4 new computers in addition to the ADA computer. We have already received an adjustable ADA desk and an ADA chair. We have also received a power point projector for meeting purposes here in the library. We do have wireless access, so meetings can be held via internet services to the outside areas. Just ask us if you are interested in using this service and equipment.
There seems to always be new things coming down the pike. Watch for news on the language learning access that we will be providing soon. Have a great week.