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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.

Smart Investing @ Your Library

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.  OR Thursday, January 15, 2015

What questions do you have about your budget, getting started with investments, or retirement planning? Kimball Public Library has resources to help you find answers. We offer books, DVDs, and online resources to help you make better decisions about your money.

The Smart Investing @ your library® Builds Nebraska Communities program is coordinated in Nebraska by the Nebraska Library Commission and the Northeast Library System. The information will cover getting out of debt, planning for retirement, knowledge and resources on investing,

The aim of this training is to help people make well-informed financial decisions for themselves and their families. This financial education effort is supported in part by a grant from Smart investing @ your library®, a partnership between the American Library Association and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

This is a unique opportunity provided by your library to offer a self-directed, personally paced program. The program is current, unbiased, and confidential. It provide access to a world of information and answers for financial questions.


Take advantage of these unbiased resources offered in our upcoming Financial Education training. Join us either Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 5:30 p.m. OR Thursday, Jan. 15at 10:00 am for the kick-off of the Financial Education training offered at the Kimball Public Library. Register in advance by visiting the library to sign up, email, or call 308-235-4523. Participants who attend both the Kick-Off and Wrap-Up (February 19) events and participate in the online curriculum will be eligible to win an iPod Shuffle.


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.

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.



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.

The Altered Book workshop was Saturday and Kim taught another way to up-cycle old books.  We planned to keep doing these monthly. Several people are interested in this creative fun time. Evening sessions might be the way to go through the summer.   However, it seems there are always things to do in the summer.  So, we will start up again in the fall.  Check out or to see what is happening and get ideas.

The Old Books Craft Day on Saturday, the 22nd, is available to young adults and adults.  The supplies will be provided
but participants are invited to bring photos and scrapbooking decorative pages, etc. if they wish.  There is a small fee
of $3.00 to cover some supplies.  Please sign up at the library in person or by phone by Feb. 19 so we can set up tables and have enough supplies.  There will be ideas to start your creative juices.

Kim Sharples will show you how and will have book covers ready for use in the main project.  The class will be 3 hours long and there is a limit of 15.  If more sign up, we can do another class in the afternoon or another day. Altered book1
This will be fun.

Join us for our first Adult Winter Reading Program.  “Hot Reads for Cold Nights” kicks off on January 13, 2014.  Register at the library any time.  Read a book, listen to an audio CD, or check a book out on Overdrive (all eligible books should be from this library) and complete a simple review form and turn it in to be eligible for the prizes.  There will be random weekly prizes and a Grand Prize of a ‘Longmire’ book autographed by Craig Johnson and an Official Absaroka County Sheriff Department coffee mug.  This program will run for 2 months with the last day to turn in a review on Monday, March 17 and drawings for prizes on March 18.

Farmer’s Day is coming up quickly and volunteers, Sheri Robbins and JoAnn Knapp are planning a display on the history of the Lincoln Highway for your enjoyment.  There will be maps depicting the route through Kimball County and pictures of the roads and culverts


and underpasses.  There will also be pictures oLincoln Hwy markerf the automobiles that might have traveled through the county.  We think it will be a fun display.  There might be other activities, too. 1913 Carter Car Touring


There are many more ideas for using old books in the library and on the internet such a Pinterest.  Just type in keywords :  ‘crafts using old books’.

For children, maybe use pages out of colorful books to make a collage or modge-podge into a shape.  A bulletin board that is colorful and lots of other ideas.

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