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The next Brown Bag Book Club is October 13 and the book is “Thunder Dog: the True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust” by Michael Hingson. “It illuminates Hingson’s lifelong determination to achieve parity in a sighted world and how the rare trust between a man and his guide dog can inspire an unshakable faith in each one of us.”

Beginner’s Computer Class is October 13 & 15 at 10:00 a.m. The Facebook class is October 20 at 10:00 a.m. Please sign up at the library or call 235-4523.

The Lego Club got off to a great start. There were 30 children and 25 adults in attendance. The items they created are on display in our display cases for 1 month. In this first session they could create anything they wanted. The following sessions will have themes and challenges for them.   The pictures were posted on Facebook. Even the parents had fun. 

The Club will meet again on September 22 at 6:00 p.m., October 27, and November 24th.  Children must signup with a parent.  Parents are required to stay in the library with their children.  This is fun.

The Annual Friends of the Library Book Sale will be on September 26, from 11:00 – 3:00.  This will be a huge sale.  Lots of Westerns, children’s books separated by age and subject, many paperbacks — romances, mysteries, general, some old chairs and desks, books on CDs and music CDs.

Many of the books can be used for crafting too.

The display in the cultural Room will be doll houses by Nancy Turner. If you have a nice doll house you would like to show, please let us know. The 3-D printer will be on display also.

Pre-school Story time will start on Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 10:30. This is for ages 3-5 years and not in school.   The theme for the first week is Green (frogs). Sept. 16 will be Triangles; Sept. 23 is Red (Apples); and Sept. 30 is Body Science *STEAM.

The Club Next After-school Program will begin on Sept. 8 at 3:45 p.m. The themes are: Sept. 15 is Billions of Insects; Sept 22 is Honeybees; Sept. 29 is Ant Antics. The activities will include stories, crafts and science.   The UNL Extension staff will again partner with the library staff and present science oriented topics for learning with books, experiments and sharing.

The Adult 3-D Design class is set for Saturday, Sept. 19 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. There is no fee for the class and there is a limit of 6 people in the class. There will be a small printing charge if you wish to print out the design. This is fun. Please sign up at the library.

A 3-session beginning computer class will be held on Tues. Sept. 15, Thursday the 17th and Tues. the 22nd from 10:00 – 11:30 each day. Class size is limited to 4 people. This class will make you more comfortable with getting around the software and using the Internet. Please sign up at the library.

The Carpet Fund campaign kicked off with a $2,600.00 check from the Friends of the Library in April of 2014.

Since then over $7,000.00 was raised with the ‘Buy a Book’ promotion.  Then we received a grant for $5,000.00 from the Kruetz-Bennet Donor Advised Fund.

Main Street Market receipts were dropped off and tabulated.  For every $100,000 the library gets $1,000.00.  We are almost to the third $1,000.  We appreciate this so much.

The Howard and Peggy Atkins Donor Advised Fund granted a ‘Challenge Grant’ — matching funds up to $3,000.00.   For every 2 dollars donated by individuals, they will match 1 dollar.  So far there is $3,600+ toward that.  There is one month to go on this.

The Mystery Dinner Theater and the 5 K run also brought in some funding.  A memorial from Dr. Doug McConnell contributed to this fund.  We are getting close to ordering the carpet and expect to install it in January 2016.

Thank you to all who have helped.


I haven’t been here for a while.

The library had a busy and successful summer.  The Summer Reading Program with “Everybody is a Hero” theme was well attended and lasted 6 weeks this year.  The Maker Camp with the 3-D printer software had 7 productive students and they designed items to print.  The Entrepreneurship Camp had 8 children attend for 7 weeks of learning about creating, financing, planning and running a business.  It was a big project but it was fun to see their creative minds working through the steps.

The Library received some grant funding from 2 foundations that helped pay for the 3-D printer, Legos and carpet.  We are blessed to have Jamie as a grant writer and to have received these grants.

The Friends of the Kimball Library annual meeting is Sunday April 19, 2015 at the Kimball Public Library Cultural Room at 2:00. David Seay will be traveling from eastern Nebraska to share history and music with us with his program “The Traditions in “Traditional” Folk Music”. Mr. Seay examines how over the generations folk traditions of different cultures have merged to become our own traditions as immigrants have found their way to Nebraska. This presentation features demonstrations and stories of folk instruments such as harmonica, penny whistle, Indian flute, ocarina, pan pipes, yak horn, bugle, musical saw, banjo, singing bowl, and limbertoys. There may even be harmonica lessons. Children are encouraged to come enjoy the music.

There are a couple of vacancies on the Friends board.  If you are interested please contact Jamie or Jan at the library.

The Brown Bag Book Club had their last luncheon session this week.  The book was about Vietnam and the gals who attended said they learned more about the war and were impressed by the woman journalist that spent 7 years in Vietnam.

The group will start again in September with a fascinating list of books.

This week Leta and Jamie pulled books from the shelves to show Nebraska Authors. There are many of them in addition to the well-known ones – Sandoz, Koozer, Kava, Welsch & Cather to name a few. Others include Rainbow Rowell, Deb Carpenter-Nolting, Ladette Randolph, Jeff Barnes, Charlotte Endorf, Melissa Amateis Marsh, Mary Connealy, Stephanie Grace Whitson, Nellie Snyder Yost, and surprise –Nicholas Sparks (born in Omaha) plus several others. We hope you will enjoy many of these authors.

The Winter Reading Program for adults ends Tuesday, March 17 at 2-3 p.m. with cookies and a drawing for grand prize (a basket full of books and goodies) at 2:30. Leta has put up a display of the books that received the best reviews from people who participated. It is always interesting to see what our readers enjoy and recommend.