Archive for September, 2014

The library with the help of Kim Sharples is hosting some evening craft times using books that would normally be discarded.

The first one this fall was Sept. 23 and the project was a hanging file folder made with book covers and decorating them.

Next month, the meeting will be on Oct. 7 at 6:30 at the library.  Please join us in this fun creative time.

Facebook and setting up an e-mail, Sept. 23, 30 & Oct. 7 at 10:00;

eReader Help is Sept. 18 at 10:00;

Google Apps or Docs is Sept. 25 at 6:00.

Pinterest is on Saturday, Oct. 1, 9:00 – 12:00. Please sign up for all these events at the library or call 308-235-4523.

SCAN DAY is coming on Oct. 14, Saturday, 10:00 until 2:00. The staff will also help with scanning on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 12 & 13. There are two purposes for this project. One is to collect more history for the Historical Files and the other to help you preserve your documents and memories. Items that can be scanned are legal papers, birth certificates, baptismal records, photographs, etc.

These are both after school programs for grade school children.  The UNL extension personnel will again be presenting some of the programs.

Club Next is for children in Grades 1 & 2 and RAG-time is for Grades 3-5.  They meet at 3:45 every Tuesday.  The same topics will be presented to both groups, sometime together and sometimes separately or separated for crafts and games.

Sept. 16 is ‘You Are What You Eat, and Sept. 23 is ‘Camouflage: Outdoor Educaiton’.  Sept. 30 is ‘Reading with Rover’.

See videos on Facebook.

Story Time began on Sept. 3 with ‘A is for Apple’.  Leta will be going through the alphabet with stories and crafts for ages 3-5.

This week is ‘C is for Cat’ and the Dr. Seuss cat will make an appearance.  Next week for ‘D is for Dog’ Clifford the Big Red dog will join in.

The programs are at 10:30 – 11:00 and there is always room for more.

The Brown Bag Book Club (named because you can bring a lunch to the meeting) began this fall season by reading “The Bean Tree” by Barbara Kingsolver.  The group was small but they enjoyed a very good book that has remained popular for a long time.

The book for October 14. is ‘The Book Thief’ by Marcus Zucas — also very popular.  It is about a girl who ‘collects’ books during the dangerous time of WWII.  When her family hides a Jew things change for her.  A movie has been made from the book.

In November the book discussion will be on  ‘Unbroken’ by Lauren Hillenbrand.  She is also the author of ‘Secretariat’.  The book is about a soldier who tries to survive on a raft boat in the middle of a big ocean by using the ingenuity he learned as a disruptive teen.

These book discussions are at noon on the second Tuesday of the month.  Bring a sack lunch with you and enjoy the friendly conversation.  You don’t have to read the book to come.

Three volunteers went through all of the school records that were given to the library archives probably about 1976-77 when the last 2 rural schools closed their doors and sent their children to town. The last school districts to close were Dist. 4 & 5. The records that we have include the years 1889 through 1976. There are volumes of legal papers covering transfer of lands from district to district. Districts were formed and later on combined with others and dissolved. It was fun looking at some of the voter’s signatures and where all the districts were located. Originally the County of Kimball was District 3 in Cheyenne County. Later there were a total of 42 districts in Kimball County. This collection contains a multitude of fascinating facts and it would be great if someone wanted to do more research on this subject for a paper. All the documents were probably researched for the Kimball County History book and there is a map in the history book to see. Now they are re-boxed by ‘reports’ and cataloged for easier research.

“Smart Investing @ your library® Builds Nebraska Communities” is a grant awarded by the American Library Association and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation to the Nebraska Library Commission and the Northeast Library System to provide financial literacy training at 22 libraries across Nebraska. Kimball Public Library is one of them. The staff and volunteers finished training on the many aspects of financial literacy in order to better answer questions from the public. There is a display of books that was received for the library collection. Many of the books have been checked out already. There are plans for some mini informative ‘sessions’ and a major session beginning in January.

The Friends of the Kimball Library are alive and well. They have been in existence for 45 years now and provided many assets to the Library. When new members were recruited we realized many didn’t know about the Friends. The Friends formerly organized in 1969 and is thought to be the first Friends of a Library in the state of Nebraska. At the 3rd annual meeting in 1971, they began to focus on collecting histories of the immediate area. Luella Mockett, Jean Long, Marian Abramson, Dorothy Clark, Eva Lee Perry, Lois O’Hare, Marian Tritt, Marcella Oldaker and many others worked hard to collect and file family history, business history, house histories, photographs and more. This collection is available to the public for research. As the director, I am thankful for all the work that was done the last 45 years.

The Oral History project is an off shoot of the collection. We are still collecting oral histories and any other histories that would pertain to the area. If you have stories to share, manuscripts and documents from organizations, clubs, pictures, district school records, etc. please talk to us about them.

Debt-Free Forever: Take Control of Your Money and Your Life” by Gail Vaz-Oxlade; “Entreleadership” by Dave Ramsey; “The New Arabs” by Juan ricardo Cole; and “Neil Armstrong: a Life of Flight” by Jay Barbree and many more financial literacy books and DVDs.

“Travels with Casey”; “Last Chain on Billie”; “Elephant Company”: and ‘The Family: Three Journeys into the Heart of the Twentieth Century”.

“Never Turn Your Back on an Angus Cow” by a veterinarian, Jan Pol.


“Nine Lives to Die” by Rita Mae Brown; “Top Secret Twenty-one” by Janet Evanovich; “Terminal City” by Linda A. Fairstein; “The Glass Kitchen” by Linda Francis Lee; “The Arsonist” by Sue Miller; “Invisible” by James Patterson & David Elli; “Cop Town” by Karin Slaughter; “That Night” by Chevy Stevens; “Nantucket Sisters” by Nancy Thayer; “The Beekeeper’s Ball” by Susan Wiggs; “The Good, the Bad, and the Emus” by Donna Andrews; and “Power Play” by Catherine Coulter.

“Artic Rising” & “Hurricane Fever” by Tobias S. Buckell (science fiction); “The Dead Will Tell” by Linda Casteillo; “The High Druid’s Blade” by Terry Brooks (fantasy); “The Visitors” by Sally Beauman; “The Competition” by Marcia Clark; “The Stager” by Susan Coll; “Sisters of Treason” by Elizabeth Fremantle; “California: a Novel” by Edan Lepucki; “Landline” by Rainbow Rowell; “Night of the Hunter” by R. S. Salvatore (fantasy); “The Girls of August” by Anne Rivers Siddon; “Deceived” by Randy Wayne White; and “Act of War” by Brad Thor.

“Last to Know” by Elizabeth Alder; “Shots Fired” by C. J. Box; “Wayfaring Stranger” by James Lee Burke; “Ice Shear” by Martha Cooley; “Betrayal” by Christina Dodd; “The Sweet Spot” by Stephanie Evanovich; “The Book of Life” by Deborah E. Harkness; “The Pearl That Broke Its Shell” by Nadia Hashimi;   “Remains of Innocence” by J. A. Jance; “Sight Unseen” by Iris Johansen; “Eden in Winter” by Richard North Patterson; “Hounded” by David Rosenfelt; “The Heist” by Daniel Silva; “A Perfect Life” by Danielle Steel; “A Wedding in Provence” by Ellen Sussan; “Margaret Truman’s Undiplomatic Murder” by Donald Bain; & “Cut & Thrust” by Stuart Woods.