Archive for January, 2015

free public records database resource we would like the library to link to.


We have already linked with several other sites across the state of Nebraska. Here are a few of the most recent.

 In addition to linking this with the library’s website, we are going to set the library up with a complimentary 10 year membership to our main website. This will be accessible to patrons, librarians, and anyone involved with the library. This is to show our gratitude in helping us in our main mission to centralize free public records.  We hope you will consider adding this link to your site. Thanks so much for your time!


Are your kids growing too fast to keep them in clothes? We have “Upcycled Fashions for Kids: 31 Cute Outfits to Create From Found Treasures”. Other new non-fiction includes “Unofficial Guide to”; “A Culinary History of the Nebraska Sand Hills”; 2015 Warman’s Antiques & Collectibles”;

For the Kids we have new Lego idea books, “Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments” and “Sew in Style: Make Your Own Doll Clothes”.

New adult fiction: “Deadline” by John Sandford; “Viking Bay” by Kay Hamilton; “”The Assassination Option” by W. E. B. Griffin; “Tear Down and Die” & “Kicked to the Curb” (a new series) by Joanna Campbell-Slan; “Gretel and the Case of the Missing Frog Prints” by Paula Brackston; “”Hannah’s Joy” by Marta Perry; “Die Again” by Tess Gerritsen and a complete set of 7 Christian fiction books set on the Dismal River and called the Dismal River Series by Lloyd Warner formerly of LaGrange, Wyo.

New adult fiction: “”Deceived” by Irene Hannon; Saving Grace” by Jane Green; “Another Night, Another Day” by Sarah Rayner; “Rain on the Dead” by Jack Higgins; “Daughters of the Nile” by Stephanie Dray; “Hush” by Karen Robards; “Robert B. Parker’s The Bridge” by Robert Knott; “Down on the Gila River” by Ralph Compton and “Wait for Signs” by Craig Johnson.

New non-fiction: “The Cause of All Nations: an International History of the American Civil War” (about how the US Civil War effected many other countries); “When Books Went to War” by Molly Guptill Manning; “Soldier Dogs” by Maria Goodavage; “Tiny House Living” and an updated “Complete Guide to Wiring” with updated codes.

Coming in February is another Historical Scan Day. The first one of these was very successful and we are looking forward to another one. It was so fun. The date is February 7, from 9 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. You can pop in anytime. And a Pinterest class on February 21.

We are looking for anything historical that pertains to the area and the families and businesses of the area. Examples are photographs of people, buildings and things; documents (land, marriage, etc.); or letters about life here or history like the wars. If you want to leave the materials and pick them up later, you can have that option.

The next Brown Bag Book Club is February 10 at noon with “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot. It is a true story about a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown. Amazing that these things happen.

The Winter Reading program “Hot Reads for Cold Nights” is off and running again. It will run January 12 through March 17, 2015. Since it is too cold to do anything else, come in or call us to sign up. There will be many new books and prizes again. Rate the books you read and enter each time for a weekly drawing. This year the Challenge is to read 5 books in 5 different genres in order to get out o your comfort zone and stretch your reading wings!

Books read on your eReader from Nebraska Overdrive will count.  Just let us know when you finish them.

New Young Adult: “The War Within These Walls” by Aline Sax; “ The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer”, “The Evolution of Mara Dyer” and “The Retribution of Mara Dyer” by Michelle Hodkin; “The Queen of the Tearling” by Erika Johansen; “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs. There are several new Barndon Mull additions to his series.

New Large Print: “Mrs. Hemingway” by Naomi Wood; “Bitter Greens” by Kate Forsyth; The Butcher” by Jennifer Hillier; “I Love You More” by Jennifer Murphy; “The Daughter of Highland Hall” by Carrie Turansky; “Becoming Bea” by Leslie Gould; and “On Borrowed Time” by Jenn McKinlay.

New Non-fiction: “Captive Paradise: a History of Hawaii”; “The Fifth Field”; “Nebraska POW Camps” by Melissa Amateis Marsh (a Western Nebraska Author); “Joan of Arc”; “American Saint: the Life of Elizabeth Seton”; and “The Mortal Case for Fossil Fuels”.

The new website is the College Database. I’d recommend making the College Database available to your patrons via your library’s website:




If you have any questions about the website, data partnerships, or features, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly.


Thank you,


Wes Ricketts

Vice President & General Manager

Communication & Partnerships

The College Database




The data sources and partnerships used to create The College Database include:


  • NCES ( is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data related to education. It provides consistent, reliable, complete, and accurate indicators of education status and trends.


  • IPEDS ( is the primary federal source for data on U.S. colleges, universities, and technical and vocational post-secondary schools.


  • Carnegie Classification ( is a framework widely used in the study of higher education, both as a way to represent and control for institutional differences, and also in the design of research studies to ensure adequate representation of sampled institutions, students, or faculty.