Director Retirement

May 14th, 2017

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

April 21st, 2017

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.

Opening Early

April 10th, 2017

Ponca Carnegie Library will open at 1:30Pm on Thursday, April 13th, 2017.

Games will be available.

Dr. Seuss Birthday Bash

March 25th, 2017

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.”

Coffee & Colors

March 17th, 2017

Coffee & Colors

Coloring for Adults

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

1:30 to 3:30

Stop in and enjoy a relaxing afternoon of coloring and conversation. Color books and colored pencils provided. Feel free to bring your own.

The Art of Racing in the Rain

January 30th, 2017

Ponca, NE – Friends of the Library will host a discussion of Garth Stein’s “The Art of Racing in the Rain” on Thursday, March 2, at 7:00 pm at the Ponca Carnegie Library.


Lynn Kerrigan will be the leader of the discussion of the whimsical, sad and funny look into the life of Enzo, a dog who desires to become a man. According to Kerrigan, “Being an avid dog lover, I appreciate that the book brings to life all the quirkiness that a dog’s life might be if I could sneak a peek into his life.”


The author, Garth Stein, explains, “Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver. Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing, isn’t simply about going fast. Using the techniques needed on the race track, one can successfully navigate all of life’s ordeals.”


Everyone is invited to the discussion and it is not necessary to have read the book. More information is available at the Ponca Carnegie Library.

Coffee & Colors

January 18th, 2017

Coffee & Colors – Adult Coloring

Saturday January 21st, 2017

1:00PM to 3:00PM


January 18th, 2017

Lego Club will meet Thursday January 19th 4PM to 6PM.

Bring your imagination!


December 30th, 2016

The broken pipe has been replaced and Ponca Carnegie Library will resume regular hours on Monday after New Year’s Day!

Library Closed

December 16th, 2016

Ponca Carnegie Library is CLOSED until further notice due to NO WATER.  The City of Ponca is working on the problem.

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