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Statistics show that a majority of people in other countries learn 2-3 or more different languages.  In the U.S. only 9% of the population knows a second language.  The library is willing to offer the community access to an online language learning site if there is any community interest.  The Mango Learning Company provides online access to 33 different languages plus 15 English as a second language programs.  The languages offered include Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, German, and more.  There is unlimited access in the library or from your home as long as you are a library patron.  The lessons are shown with sounds, grammar, repetition and feedback.  There are also cultural notes that help understand how their language works in different situations.  Their goal is getting you to conversational language quickly, not just words and their meanings.  I did a trial on Japanese and German and was impressed.  Please let the library know if you are interested in this offering.

Yes, it’s that time of year again: Halloween!

And there is no better way to celebrate it then with a parade featuring all of Kimball’s youngsters dressed as ghouls, goblins and who knows what else!

The Halloween Parade will be on October 28th and everyone is to meet in front of the Library at 4:00p.m.

Also, don’t forget to ask the Great Pumpkin for good weather this year!

                Wow! I can hardly believe it is October already. The months seem to fly by faster and faster every year, but it’s nice to see that our patrons still take time out of their busy schedules to curl up with a book or listen to one of our audio books.

                October has a lot of fun holidays and events including Columbus Day, which we will be closed for, and Halloween, which is another post all on its own! But a little known fact about October is that from the 17th to the 23rd it is Friends of the Library Week.

                The Kimball Friends of the Library do so much for our library that it’s nice to take a week just to honor them. Every year they raise money through book sales and donations. This year in particular they have used the money they raised to help pay for new large print books and a new shelf some of you might have noticed!

                So the staff of the library would like to give a big thank you to the Friends of the Library for everything they have done and will continue to do!

Beginning in early October, the library will be offering a new service for our community and patrons.  You will need to be Kimball Public Library Card Holder to take advantage of this service. 

Patrons will be able to log into Overdrive and download audio books to read on the screen or to save to a portable device.  If interested, please stop in at the library for more information.  More information will also be posted on this site and in the Observer.  To view the site go to

Coming Saturday, October 16, 2010

Rachelle Eversole of Broadwater is a Bob Ross Painting Certified Instructor and will be teaching a class at the Kimball Pulbic Library Cultural Room from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Students will not need to buy anything for the class except a roll of paper towels.  Canvas, paints, brushes and 6 hours of instruction are included in the fee of $60.00.  If you wish to sign up for this class, please bring contact information and the money to hold you place to the staff at the library.

Rachell has graciously donated a painting to help raise funds for a new microfilm reader/printer.

Several people had a great time looking at the city photo from 1919 and finding their house and trying to identify the individuals in the 1948 County Fair picture.  We will keep these photos available for more opportunities to view and identify.  Please don’t hesitate to come in and look at these pictures.  More photos will be exhibited throughout the coming months.

October is Library Card Month!!  This is a campaign to get new patrons into the library.  But, it is also an opportunity to update our patron database.  New plastic library cards will replace the paper cards currently used as soon as they arrive.  As soon as the new cards arrive in the next couple of weeks, we will begin to hand them out.  Thanks for supporting your public library and the changes that are happening to improve service to you.

                The freedom to read is protected by the First Amendment.  However censorship still occurs in this day and age when people succeed in getting books removed from their local school or library.  Banned Book Week is an annual event that sheds light on censorship and promotes intellectual freedom.

  • A challenge occurs when an individual or a group, usually with the best intentions, attempts to have a book removed. Not all challenges are successful. 
  • Many books now considered classical have been the target of banning.

                For more information, please visit our library during September 25 through October 2.

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Traveling Exhibit about Midwest Prisoners of War in Nazi Germany Coming Soon

     Hardly anyone alive today is aware that the first U.S. troops sent to fight in WWII came from the Upper Midwest, or that the region’s 34th “Red Bull” Division served the longest uninterrupted duty in U.S. military history—about 600 days. Even fewer know that, as some 1,800 mostly Midwest soldiers were captured in one night in North Africa in February 1943, until the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944 the most U.S. POWs in Nazi-German camps came, per capita, from the same region.

     “Behind Barbed Wire”, touring seven Midwest states in the spring and summer of 2008, including Illinois, Missouri, Indiana, Ohio and Michigan, explores the experiences of Midwest prisoners of war (POWs) who were imprisoned in Hitler’s Third Reich, and the human context in which their experiences took place. The St. Paul-based, non-profit educational organization TRACES created this exhibit. The exhibit, housed in a converted school bus, will reach nearly 120 schools, libraries, and historical societies along the way.

     Barring unforeseen difficulties the BUS-eum will be in [TOWN] from [TIME AM/PM] to [TIME AM/PM] on [DAY OF WEEK], [MONTH/DATE] 2008; it will be at the [NAME OF INSTITUTION], at [STREET ADDRESS]: the local contact person is [NAME], at [PHONE NUMBER] or [EMAIL ADDRESS].

“Behind Barbed Wire” poses five primary questions:

—why did some Midwest POWs survive certain conditions or experiences, while others did not,

—what roles did art, freetime and religion play in helping those men who did survive imprisonment by the Nazi regime,

—why did some Germans or Austrians assist Midwest POWs, while others did not,

—how did the liberated POWs later come to terms with their own experiences, and

—how do countries once in armed conflict reconcile with each other: how do nations and the individuals who constitute a nation get beyond war?

     As the opening panel of the exhibit reminds viewers, “The prisoner of war experience is one few men or women know directly. Being taken prisoner is, in itself, neither dishonorable nor heroic. Capture is largely an accident; often, it comes as a complete surprise and is frequently accompanied by injury. Usually, the confinement is painful; too often, it is fatal. In war, not everyone is lucky: some lose. Those taken captive are part of the unlucky ones.”

      As the exhibit’s first text explains, “There were three main waves of Midwest POWs: those captured in North Africa in 1943, those pilots shot out of the sky during the air war over Europe, and those soldiers captured at the Battle of the Bulge, near the war’s end. Each wave of Midwest POWs in Nazi Germany had its own experiences. All of the men who survived them, however, left a provocative legacy for those alive today—one involving the very nature of war itself: how does armed conflict between groups of people play out, face-to-face, when the guns are lowered; how ‘should’ humans treat each other and, ultimately, live together?”


New books have arrived this week and there will be more next week.  Some on the list are Body Work by Sara Paretsky;  Freedom by Jonathan Franzen;  Last Night at Chateau Marmont by Lauren Weisberger;  Lost Empire by Clive Cussler;  Maybe This Time by Jennifer Cruise;  Nothing Happens Until It Happens To You, a Novel Without Pay, Perks, or Privileges by T. M. Shine;  and 2 biographies on Edward Kennedy and John Ritter.

The BUS-eum, an extension of the TRACES Museum in Saint Paul, Minnesota, will be at the Kimball Public Library Parking Lot on Thursday, September 23, 2010 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.  The bus will contain the exhibit Behind Barbed Wire: Midwest POWs in Nazi Germany.  “As surviving Midwest POWs—let alone those community members with living memories of WWII—become fewer in number literally every day, a BUS-eum visit is a perfect time to record local history.”  from TRACES website.  The exhibit is free to the public.  The Friends of the Library are sponsoring the visit to Kimball.  The BUS-eum is stopping in several other towns, especially visiting the schools, and will be at the Kimball High School in the morning hours.

On Farmers Day, Saturday, September 25, the Friends of the Library will open for their Annual Book Sale with lots of books for adults and children and many VHS movies some of which are still popular.   The Friends are also offering some framed pictures through a silent auction.  They will be on display and open for bids starting next week.   In the Cultural Room, there will be a display of paintings by Rachelle Eversole of Broadwater, NE, a Certified Instructor by Bob Ross Studios.  In addition, there will be a display of some older local pictures and other items that will bring back memories.  Please come see these pictures and help identify the people in them.