Coffee & Colors – Adult Coloring Program

September 27th, 2016

Coffee & Colors will be held on Sept. 30th, 2016 at 1:30 to 3:30 pm.

Coloring pages from books that are designed especially for adults as well as colored pencils and crayons will be provided. Feel free to bring your own favorite coloring pages, pencils, crayons or markers.

Stop in for a bit and see what all the fuss is about.

Don’t like to color? That’s okay! Have a cup of coffee, chat a little and enjoy a stress-free time.


Library will open early on Thursday!

September 19th, 2016

The library will open at 1:30 pm this Thursday, September 22.

All children are welcome to come down work on homework, play board games, or just hang out with friends.
Hope to see you here!

Story Hour

August 31st, 2016

Story Hour

@ Ponca Carnegie Library

Starting Sept 7th, 2016


4:00PM to 5:00PM

(Early Out 2:30PM to 3:30PM)

Join Us For:

*Stories *Crafts

*Snacks *Fun

Kindergarten to 6th Grade Welcome!


August 12th, 2016
The Meaning of Names

The Meaning of Names

Ponca, NE – Nebraska author, Karen Goettert Shoemaker, has had a busy speaking schedule this summer but she is making time to come to Ponca on Saturday, August 20, 6:00 pm, at Ponca State Park for a reading and signing of her most recent novel, which is this year’s One Book One Nebraska selection.


The event will begin with a free meal provided by members of Friends of the Library, followed by Dr. Shoemaker’s reading from her newest novel, “The Meaning of Names.”  Books will be available for purchase and signing.  The event is open to the public.


According to Heather Craig-Oldsen, president of Friends of the Library, “The Meaning of Names is a deeply engaging story set in Nebraska during World War I.  Readers will learn about prejudice against the German immigrants who settled in communities like Ponca, as well as the impact of the influenza pandemic of 1918 that killed millions. Through these tribulations the power of faith, family and love prevail. It’s a great story.”


The presentation is made possible by Humanities Nebraska (HN), the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, Ponca State Park and Friends of the Ponca Carnegie Library as part of the HN Speakers Bureau.


The Meaning of Names” is one of approximately 300 programs offered through the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau.  The more than 165 available speakers include acclaimed scholars, writers, musicians, storytellers and folklorists on topics ranging from pioneer heritage to ethics and law to international and multicultural issues, making it the largest humanities speakers bureau in the nation. Information about speakers and procedures is available at


Copies of the book are available for loan at the Ponca Carnegie library and for sale at Ponca State Park.

Coffee & Colors – Adult Coloring

July 18th, 2016


Local artist, Jonny Binkard, will be hosting an adult coloring program Friday, July 22nd, from 1:30 to 3:30 in the Kingsbury Community Room.  Stop in to the library and enjoy conversation, coffee or tea, and friendship while exploring the beautiful simplicity of adult coloring.

Coloring pages from books that are designed especially for adults as well as colored pencils and crayons will be provided. Feel free to bring your own favorite coloring pages, pencils, crayons or markers.


Mime/Magician to Perform at Library

June 25th, 2016


Bring your children and laugh yourself silly at this crazy concert where artist/entertainer Fax Gilbert performs “Mime, Masks, and Magic”. Fax uses his classical mime training as a basis for a fast-paced show of physical comedy skits, masked characters, magic illusions, special effects and lively audience interaction.

See a robot go berserk, a marionette who does magic, a bodybuilder out muscled by kids, a jester entertain a reluctant queen, a transplant operation you’ll never forget, and much more. Fax will also promote the values of reading and library usage.

Since moving to Iowa from Boston in 1990, Fax has performed over 5000 programs at Midwest schools, libraries, theaters, conventions, and festivals, including over 2000 in his home state of Iowa. His latest program “Health and Happiness: A Wellness Program for Kids” joins his other popular educational school programs: “Character and Bullying” and “The Great Midwest History Play”.

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.

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