September 20th, 2015
After twelve years behind the desk of the Ponca Carnegie Library Margaret Saxon has announced her retirement. According to Margaret, “I decided it was time for me to relax a little, but I didn’t want to leave until we had found a good replacement. We have found her and it has been a pleasure to train her for her new position.
At its September 17 Library Board meeting, the trustees approved the hiring of Pattie Goodier. Director Beth Foulks reported to the Board, “Patti Goodier brings with her extensive experience with children both in a professional and personal capacity, being the parent of five and having operated an in-home day care for several years. She is also proficient with computer technology, which is an essential skill in today’s library.”
Attending the end of the September Board of Trustees meeting, Goodier shared “As a child I was an avid reader and dreamed of being a librarian when I grew up. I did my best to instill by love of books and of the written word to every child that I have had the pleasure to know.”
At its meeting the Board presented Saxon with a certificate of appreciation for her years of service to the Ponca community. Saxon plans to continue to be involved with Friends of the Library and will be available to fill in at the library when needed.
September 20th, 2015
Friends of the Library are planning a road trip for their next book discussion, which will focus on “Black Elk Speaks” by John G. Neihardt. The discussion will be held at the Neihardt Center in Bancroft, Nebraska, on Saturday, October 3 at 10:00 am, followed by lunch in Bancroft.
Friends member, Myra Alley Kingsbury, created the plan for the road trip and explains, “Since Neihardt is one of our most famous Nebraska authors and since he lived in Bancroft it made sense that we would visit his home and the beautiful center that honors his memory.”
Leading the discussion will be Nancy Gillis, former Executive Director of the John Neihardt State Historic Site and the Neihardt Foundation’s Institute for Vision and Learning. In 2014 Gillis received the Addison Sheldon award from the State of Nebraska for “distinguished service to the history of Nebraska in the stories of Native Americans and the writings of John Neihardt” as well as being a consultant for the Sovereign Youth Leadership Camp. Gillis is listed on both the Nebraska Humanities Council and Wayne State College Speakers Bureaus, for presentations on topics such as Neihardt’s legacy, Native American Women’s Oratory, stereotyping of Native Americans in children’s literature and curriculum materials, as well as workshops on teaching about Native Americans for education majors and teacher in-service programs.
September 14th, 2015
Story Hour begins after school on Wednesdays starting September 16th at 3:45 – 4:45. On days when school dismisses early for professional development, story hour will meet from 2:30 -3:30.
July 6th, 2015
The Summer Reading Children’s Program will end on Wednesday, July 8th, with a puppet show performed by Lisa Laird and her wonderful Pockets Full of Fun puppets. The show will begin at 10:30 and last an hour. Besides being a lot of fun, each child will receive a prize.
June 2nd, 2015
Join us for the July book discussion of Ordinary Grace. Author William Kent Krueger will discuss his book with us at the Ponca State Park Resource Center on Monday evening, July 20th. A pot-luck meal will be served starting at 6:15 (pulled pork sandwiches will be provided). The presentation will begin at 7 PM. You may check out a copy of the book at Ponca Carnegie Library.
April 25th, 2015
The last story hour of the season will be Wednesday, May 6th after school. Summer Reading will begin June 3rd, Wednesday mornings, from 10:30 – 11:30.
March 31st, 2015
No Chess club in April due to no school on April 6.
March 15th, 2015
Area children celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday again this year with facepainting, balloons, cake and pizza, crafts and stories. Melissa Ruhrer, Friends of the Library, Kohls employees, Ponca Chapter of the National Honor Society and Caleb Foulks, together with Ponca Medical Clinic, Cooks Country Store, HyVee, Walmart and Sams Club worked together to bring an evening of fun and entertainment with a Dr. Seuss flavor.
Kohl’s Employee Crew
Melissa and a truffelo tree
Cat in the Hat with a Thing
February 21st, 2015
It’s time for the annual Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash! Don’t miss the fun!
Tuesday, March 3rd at 6 PM. Toddlers through second graders and their parents.
Cat in the Hat appearing at the Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash