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.


The Carpet Fundraising is an ongoing project. Many of you are still bringing in Main Street Market receipts and the second batch of receipts totaling  $100,000.00 has accumulated.  Thank you for helping us out with your receipts. There is still a big need for monetary donations through the Carpet It! Campaign by buying “books” for $25.00 each and getting your name on the wall of books. Just ask at the circulation desk. So other projects are in the works through the Friends and the Library Board – stay tuned.

There will soon be announcements about some grant challenge funding for this.  For every $2.00 someone gives another $1.00 will be matched.

The Library is going to start a LEGO CLUB.  The rules aren’t set up yet, but will involve having parents attend with the children.  It will likely be once a month for a while.  August is our target date.  Watch for news.  Donations of Legos would also be welcomed.


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”.