Summer Reading 2016

May 24th, 2016

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Ponca Carnegie Library invites all children to join the library for “On Your Mark, Get Set, … Read!” This year’s theme is Health, Sports and Fitness. We will also talk about the 2016 Summer Olympics taking place in Rio de Janeiro this August.

Registration opens Wednesday, May 25th for all children ages 4 to 18.

Weekly programs begin on June 8th and run until July 14th.

Blue Team (Ages 4 to 7) will meet each Wednesday morning starting June 8th at 10:30 a.m. Program lasts about an hour.

Red Team (Ages 8 to 11) will meet each Wednesday afternoon starting June 8th at 1:00 p.m. Program lasts about an hour.

Green Team (Ages 12 to 18) will meet each Thursday afternoon starting June 9th at 4:00 p.m. Program lasts about one and a half hours.

Readers of all abilities are welcome. If you are unable to attend these times, you are welcome to register as an independent reader.

The Meaning of Names

May 14th, 2016


Friends of the Library will be hosting a book discussion over The Meaning of Names by Karen Gettert Schoemaker on Thursday, June 9th at 7 PM at the library.  This book is the One Book One Nebraska book choice for this year.  Written by a Nebraska author and set in Stuart, Nebraska during World War I, this book is a must-read for Nebraskans.  You may borrow a book from the library or join the discussion without having read the book.


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Story Hour Ends

May 14th, 2016

Story Hour for the 2015-2016 school year ends on Wednesday, May 18th.  Thank you to all the volunteers who keep the program going.  Thank you to parents and children who use the program.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash 2016

March 5th, 2016

HCO7 HCO6 HCO5 HCO4 HCO3 HCO2Seuss2 Seuss 5 Seuss 4 Seuss 3Cat in the Hat made his annual stop at Ponca Carnegie Library on Thursday, March 3rd.  Many young children and their parents giggled as he read Green Eggs and Ham and brought out Dr. Seuss’ birthday cake.  Face painting, photo booth, The Lorax, Seuss bookmarks, One Fish Two Fish Bowls and Green Eggs and Ham dinner plate activities led up to pizza, apple slices and birthday cake.  Thank you to Kohls workers and National Honor Society students who volunteered to make a successful event, planned by Melissa Ruhrer, and sponsored by The Friends of the Library.  Nate Ruhrer, Evan Watchorn, and Joey Lyle tended to Cat in the Hat, Thing One, and Thing Two.

Spellapalooza 2016

January 31st, 2016

The results are in!  The winning team for the 2016 Spellapalooza Event is Salem Saints and Sinners.  Second place was awarded to The Spelling B’s (Ponca High School’s National Honor Society TeamP.  Third place was awarded to The City Council  Spell Checkers.  The prize for the lowest combined age went to The GR8 Spelerz, and Best Team Name went to the Decay Destroyers.  It was a fun event and fundraiser for The Friends of Ponca Carnegie Library lighting project/children’s book project.Team Spelling B'sTeam Salem Saints and SinnersTeam GR8 SpelerzTeam Decay DestroyersTeam City council

Margaret’s Retirement Coffee

January 9th, 2016

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Friends of the Library hosted a retirement coffee for Margaret Saxon on Saturday, January 9th.  After serving as librarian for 12 years, Margaret is ready for some time for herself.  Though the day was COLD, it was warm and cozy with so many friends at the event.  Thank you, Margaret, for serving our community in the library.

Christmas Tree

December 12th, 2015


Thank you, Kerrie Lentz, for decorating our Christmas Tree.  It is beautiful.

Booksigning event

December 6th, 2015

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Local author, Teri Lukken,  signed copies of her two new children’s books at the Ponca Carnegie Library on Saturday, December 5, from 1:00 – 4:00.  Members of Friends of the Library  hosted the event, which was open to the public, and  provided refreshments.


Teri Lukken describes herself as a wife, mother of two, and a grandmother of two.  She says she has always loved reading, especially to children.  The love of books inspired her to fulfill a dream of publishing her own children’s books.

Ms. Lukken was Ponca Carnegie Library’s director for 14 years at and she is now office manager at Aitken Family Dentistry.   According to Lukken, “I write poetry and short stories in my spare time when I’m not busy with scrapbook, crochet, and puzzle projects.  I love living in Ponca where the life is good and the simple things mean the most.”


Lukken’s books are “I Love Papa and Papa Loves Me” and “Look Up Look Up!”   This book signing was an opportunity for the community to support a local author and perhaps purchase signed copies of Teri’s books as Christmas gifts.

Spellapalooza Coming in January

November 25th, 2015

When the days are short and cold in January, the Friends of the Ponca Carnegie Library plan to warm up the community with a new version of the old-fashioned spelling bee.  Scheduled for January 31 in the High School Fine Arts Center at 2:00 pm, the spelling bee is designed to raise money for the programs of the Ponca Carnegie Library.


The spelling bee is the brainchild of Melissa Ruhrer who is in charge of making everything work, with a lot of help from Friends of the Library.  Teams will compete against each other for fun prizes while earning money for the Ponca Carnegie Library. Special awards will be given to teams for Most Original Team Name, Most Team Spirit, Team with Highest/Lowest Combined Age and Best Costumes.


According to Ruhrer, “We’re looking for teams of three people made up of teachers, parents, high school students, community members, local officials, and area businesses. The more teams, the more fun for this event we are calling Spellapalooza.”


Heather Craig-Oldsen, president of Friends of the Library states, “There should be something for everyone at the community event.  For those who don’t want to try their hand at competitive spelling, all the teams will need cheering sections.  It’s mostly about having fun.  The registration fee is $25, so there may be some non-spellers out there who would be happier sponsoring a team.”


The Friends of the Library group will use funds for several upcoming projects, including providing books to young children in Ponca to encourage early reading. 


Highway 12 Quilt Show

October 11th, 2015

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Ponca Carnegie Library was one of 5 locations in Ponca to host the Highway 12 Quilt show this past weekend.  The beautiful quilts gave the library a homey atmosphere.  “Quilts are so comforting”

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