Jennifer Fowler took over the position from Caroline Chilewski as Library Director for the Loup City Public Library September 1, 2012. She has trained for her current position for the past two years taking courses through the Nebraska Library Commission, while being the library clerk. She also worked for the Loup City High School as the library media aide for a year. She moved to Loup City in 2002 from Lincoln. She now lives close to the Fowler family farm between Loup City and Arcadia with her husband, Clay, and their three sons Rylan, Trenton, and Nathan. Jennifer is excited about the opportunity to be the librarian for the community and looks forward to serving your needs!

Apr 302014

“Going to the library gives people the same kick as getting a raise does — a £1,359 ($ 2,282) raise, to be exact — according to a study commissioned by the U.K.’s Department for Culture, Media & Sport. The study, which looks at the ways “cultural engagement” affects overall wellbeing, concluded that a significant association was found between frequent library use and reported wellbeing. The same was true of dancing, swimming and going to plays. The study notes that “causal direction needs to be considered further” — that is, it’s hard to tell whether happy people go to the library, or going to the library makes people happy. But either way, the immortal words of Arthur the Aardvark ring true: “Having fun isn’t hard when you’ve got a library card.”


The link to the article is as follows:

Thanks for the news NPR! We knew there was something to this book thing all along. Now we have a study to back what our gut feeling was.

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Apr 232014


YES!  The Loup City Public Library will have summer hours!

Summer Hours will begin on Monday, May 19th and will be as follow:

Sunday and Monday : CLOSED

Tuesday : 9am -1pm and 2pm -6pm

                                                                      Wednesday : 2pm-8pm

                                                                       Thursday and Friday : 2pm – 6pm

                                                                            Saturday : 2pm-5pm

The library will also be beginning new rules regarding children on the computers starting on May 19th.  Children who are not working on a project of some kind, are only permitted to be on the computers for one hour per day only.



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Overdrive Password Will Soon Be Required

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Jan 172014

There will soon be an Overdrive password that will be required to log in to your Overdrive account. Please stop in at the library to learn the Loup City Public Library’s password. We are unable to publicize it on the website or on facebook. It IS an easy-to-remember one word password!


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Upcoming Author Visit in Loup City!

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Jan 172014

02Author “Cowgirl Peg” Sundberg will be doing a series of appearances in Meridian Library System libraries the week of January 20th. The following programs are open to the public:

January 21st: Ainsworth Public Library at 7:00 p.m.

January 22nd: Loup City School/Public Library: 10:30 focusing on K-3; 1:30 focusing on grades 4-6.

January 22nd: Kearney Public Library & Information Center: 4:00 p.m.

With the younger kids (K-3), she will be talking about her books and how they teach about manners and behaviors. With the older kids (4-6), she will be talking about the writing process.

Feel free to google “Cowgirl Peg” Sundberg and her books! They carry wonderful messages and would be a great addition to your children’s collection of books in your home.

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Oct 162013


I’m going to be talking to you about reading.  I’m going to tell you that libraries are important.  I’m going to suggest that reading fiction, that reading for pleasure, is one of the most important things one can do.  I’m going to make an impassioned plea for people to understand what libraries and librarians are, and to preserve both of these things.

Click on the link below for more of this wonderful lecture given by Neil Gaiman.  “We have an obligation to imagine”…He gives The Reading Agency annual lecture on the future of reading and libraries with a focus on young people.

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading, and daydreaming!

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Oct 102013

Have you ever thought of joining up a book club? October is National Reading Group Month, and we are looking forward to starting up a book club or two!
There are so many advantages to being a part of a book club! You may end up reading books you normally wouldn’t pick up, you will be a part of interesting discussions, you may even get to know a few people you wouldn’t normally wouldn’t have the opportunity to!
Sound good? Let us know if you are interested! Message us on our library’s facebook page, call us at 745-1589, or stop in!

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Oct 102013

The winners for the ‘Get a Library Card’ drawing were Samantha Kusek and Todd Schneider! They each received a $20 Chamber Cash certificate. We have had several NEW patrons come into the library during the month of September. We love giving out new library cards!

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Oct 032013

Please excuse the mess during the month of October! We have gotten new bookshelves in our library and are rearranging our collection to better suit your needs. Be patient with us! Hopefully the library will be more conveniently situated when we are completed. Thank you.

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Sep 112013

Another successful summer reading program is in the books. This year over 700 books were read and over 1550 points were earned by our busy readers! The top ten children reading the highest number of books, and the top ten children earning the most AR points (points earned from taking a computer test on the book read) received extra prizes and chamber bucks.

“Our goal was to encourage reading throughout the summer months” said Jennifer Fowler, Loup City’s public librarian. “We’ve been busy this summer, attendance was excellent. Hopefully, the teachers notice the difference in the children that participated in the program.”

Our top reader for the number of books read goes to Christina Boncyznski, who read 52 books! Following close behind reading 50 books is Danica Heil. Aidan Glidden received third place with 46 books read. Jeslyn Dvorak, Delanie Heil, Courtney Goc, Kennidy Murphy, Jessica Stieb, Bailey Kuehl, and Eva Jaixen received recognition as well for rounding out our top ten.

Our top reader for the number of AR points earned goes to Courtney Goc who had 340.7 pts! Second place goes to Taylor Ference (203.2pts), and third place to Christina Bonczynski (115.5pts). Emily Morrow, Gretchen Hodge, Bailey Kuehl, Tianna Nelson, Trey Vogler, Delanie Heil, and Sydney Wardyn also all received recognition for placing in the top ten.

Thanks, as always, to all the parents, caregivers, and kids who signed up, read, and participated in this summer’s program!
Thank you to the following supporters, the Loup City Subway and St.Paul Pizza Hut, for offering prizes to the highest achievers.

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Aug 202013


What is a library? It seems obvious to me what a library is. But when attempting to sum up exactly what a library is, its a little more difficult than I would think it should be.

What pops into your mind when you hear the word ‘library’?

I think of a cool and quiet place filled with books of all sizes and colors. I think of the musty smell of old books. The feeling of calmness comes to mind, as a library has always been somewhat of a sanctuary to me. I appreciate the fact that I can borrow books, read about the worlds within the pages, and return them without paying a cent.

Type in ‘what is a library’ in the search engine and you get all sorts of answers.

“A library is a building that houses books to lend to people. Libraries are free for users to come and use books.”

“A library is a building where you can go in there and borrow books for a certain period of time. There are libraries in a lot of places including there is probably one in your school.”

“A library is somewhere that you can find all kinds of books. Some people like to go to a library to study. It is always quiet in a library.”

“A library should be a collection of information, sources, resources, and services.”

Visit our library today.  See what all we have to offer you.  Encourage your children to become familiar with the library.  Its one of the most useful places left that they can visit for free!   

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