Popular Authors Return to Ponca

Back by Popular Demand, Tricia Currans-Sheehan and Jeanne Emmons will return for a presentation at the Ponca Carnegie Library on Thursday, September 14, at 7:00 pm.  The two authors will discuss their writing collaboration on a young adult trilogy, Skin Deep, for which they are seeking publication.  Four years ago, they conceived the idea of the trilogy, and they have now completed all three books.  They will share their writing process and the struggles and challenges of writing and publication.  They will also read excerpts from the first book of the trilogy, The Rash.


Many will remember when Tricia Currans-Sheehan read from The Egg Lady and Other Neighbors the last time she presented in Ponca. That book was the winner of the Headwaters Literary Competition (New Rivers Press). She has published stories in 60 literary magazines and her novel, The Secret of Sister Jerome, was a finalist for the Marguerite De Angeli prize. She is editor of The Briar Cliff Review and teaches courses in adolescent literature, 20th century literature and composition at Briar Cliff University. The Ponca Carnegie library’s copy of Currans-Sheehan’s The River Road: A Novel in Linked Stories is a popular addition to the collection.


Jeanne Emmons has published three collections of poetry, and her fourth, The Red Canoe, is forthcoming. Her work has won the Minnesota Voices, Backwaters Press Reader’s Choice, Comstock, James Hearst, and Sow’s Ear poetry awards. Her fiction and poetry have appeared in numerous literary journals, including Alaska Quarterly, The American Scholar, Prairie Schooner, and River Styx.  She is poetry editor of The Briar Cliff Review. Many will remember Emmons’ reading from her collection of poetry in The Glove of the World.


The book discussion and signing is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call the Ponca Carnegie Library.


The Books are Here!

Today, we received the book kit for the next community book discussion sponsored by Friends of the Library.

Stop at the circulation desk to grab a copy. The book discussion will be on Thursday October 5th, 2017 at 7:00 pm here at the library; so you have plenty of time to read this fabulous book.

 Wishing students a successful year of learning! Fall library events will be starting soon. Stop in and get your free pencil. Mary & Patti



 The Ponca Carnegie Library welcomes Mary Climer as its new library director. Mary is a recent  transplant from Kalamazoo, Michigan and began her Nebraska life in Emerson as librarian at Gardner Public Library in Wakefield, Nebraska. ” I am delighted to be here and looking forward to serving the community.” Mary Climer

Coffee & Colors

Coffee & Colors ~ Adult Coloring

Come and join us for a bit of whimsy on Saturday, July 15th at 1:30 pm for our monthly adult coloring program. This program is hosted by local artist, Jonny Binkard, in the Kingsbury Community Room.

An assortment of coloring books, pencils, crayons and markers will be available, or feel free to bring your own supplies.

There is no instruction, no lesson, and no agenda. Just chose a picture that delights you, color it any way you wish. No judgement. No pressure. Some of us even color outside the lines. It’s a stress-free zone to explore your creative side.

Have fun, relax, and make some friends.

This program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments provided.

Ponca Carnegie Library will accept donations of adult coloring books.

Mad Science of Iowa – July 12th, 2017 at 11:00am

July 12th, 2017 at 11:00am

“Construction and Demolition!” Impact Assembly Show

Mad Science of Iowa will do experiments such as: Building a human “kid” dome; Kids standing on eggs until they finally break; Windbag structures; Demolition Catapults, Vortex-generating tools, balloon and mini-“dynamite” (firecracker) explosions; and Building a large Arch w/keystone block. They will also demo some of their new LEGO-neering construction gadgets! Truly designed to please those of all ages.

Hope to see your there!


This event is free and open to the public. We encourage parents to bring their children for this amazing show.

Director Retirement

Beth Foulks will be retiring from her library positions at both Ponca Public School and Ponca Carnegie Library in May. She has served as director at the public library for sixteen years and as the media specialist at the school library for eleven years.  She has served on the boards of Northeast Library System and Three Rivers Library System.  Beth says she thoroughly enjoyed her work in both libraries, getting acquainted with other librarians, and learning about libraries at classes, conferences and workshops.  She feels privileged to have been involved with the 2006 expansion/renovation project at Ponca Carngie Library and the set-up of the school library in the 2011 Ponca  School expansion/remodel project.  She looks forward to having more time available for her family, especially her 101 year-old mother and her twin 2-year old grandchildren.

Coffee & Colors

Join us for Coffee and Colors on April 29th, 2017 at 1:30pm to 3:30pm in the Kingsbury Community Room.

Color books and Colored pencils will be available. Feel free to bring your own.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash

Thursday, March 23, was the day Ponca children celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss at the Ponca Carnegie Library. The event, chaired by Melissa Ruhrer, attracted children and their parents to an evening of educational and fun activities, as well as good food.

According to Ruhrer, “We could not have sponsored this event without the tremendous support of many volunteers.” Volunteers included members of the Ponca High School National Honor Society, who performed a skit and led multiple fun and educational activities for the children.  Members of Friends of the Library wore festive red shirts and served food, which included pizzas from Cook’s Country Store and a birthday cake decorated by Paula Larson.

This year’s “Cat in the Hat,” Nate Ruhrer, led the children in a trivia game about Dr. Seuss. Trinity Greer served as an excellent “Thing One” and was an overall help to the children.

Library director, Beth Foulks, noted, “Face painting is always popular with the children, but this year the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) activities attracted a lot of attention. Even the older kids spent time engineering towers of plastic cups that impressed all the guests.”