Staff Picks

If you haven’t checked out our recently added selections,

here are two of our staff favorites that are available for checkout:

Librarian Patti recommends: Old Bones by Nora Kelly (Book #1 in a series): “Old Bones has it all: chills, thrills and a blend of history, along with archaeological expertise you can only get from a Preston & Child novel. I loved spending time with Nora Kelly and Corrie Swanson, and look forward to seeing them in future adventures. Longtime readers will be rewarded not only by this pairing but by some other surprises leading up to the conclusion of this exciting read.”―Bookreporter

Director Melissa recommends: Greenlights byMatthew McConaughey(This is available on audio) “A Renaissance man on the big screen, McConaughey shows he is the same on the page. Mystical and spiritual but mostly just wonderful, Greenlightsis an inspired memoir that celebrates the idea that it’s the journey rather than the destination that will fulfill us.”—Michael Connelly, author of Fair Warning

Upcoming Events:

May 25thUNL STEM programming begins

June 1stSummer Reading begins

June 3rdCommunity Event – Animal Adventures Balloon Show

Thank You~

To all of you who participated in our fundraiser Cards for a Cause.

We are almost half-way to our goal of purchasing the mobile LEGO station. If you missed out on our fundraiser and would

still like to help us reach our goal, donations can be mailed in or dropped off at the library.

Don’t forget to stop in and check out our selection of new books.

Library staff orders new books monthly and patron suggestions are always welcome.

Nebraska Author to Discuss Novel

Ponca, NE – Friends of the Library will host Nebraska author, Tammy Marshall, in an online discussion of her novel, The Clearwater House, on Thursday, April 1, at 7:00 PM. 

Marshall says she is excited to discuss her book with Ponca readers. She states, “I got to know quite a few residents during the four years my son, Trevor Wright, was the assistant boys’ basketball coach in Ponca. I attended many games, including the state championship game in 2017 when Ponca faced off against my very own students of Neligh-Oakdale! Ponca welcomed me with open arms at every game I attended, so I’m looking forward to some equally warm embraces from the literary side of the Ponca people.”

According to president of Friends Heather Craig-Oldsen, “This Nebraska novel is engaging and filled will twists and turns. I love that it is set in a small Nebraska town, not far from Ponca.”

Tammy Marshall has been a high school language teacher for thirty years. In that role, she has worn many hats: one-act coach, speech coach, play director, flag corps coach, mentor, National Honor Society advisor, and class sponsor. She writes a bi-monthly column about books and book-related topics called “Novel Thoughts” for the Norfolk Daily News, and she has also written feature stories for that newspaper and a regional magazine.

Marshall is a lifelong resident of Nebraska and the mother of two grown children. 

Marshall is a lifelong resident of Nebraska and the mother of two grown children. Learn more at, or follow her on Instagram at @tammymarshallauthor.

The online discussion is open to the public. Contact the library for more information, as well as to borrow a copy of The Clearwater House.

We’d be so happy to see you!

We are here. We are open and we have lots of new books for you!

Hours: Monday through Friday 12pm to 6 pm & Saturday 10am to 12pm

Lots of exciting things are in the works. The library is working on a plan to resume our in-house programming.

We are currently planning our Summer Reading program entitled Tails and Tales.

Staff is working with Ponca State Park to resume our monthly programs.

What’s Happening

Great news for our library patrons that use OverDrive !

OverDrive now has over 2,000 magazines available!

Due to the pandemic, our library has had certain restrictions put in place in order to protect our

patrons. We have not been able to put out newspapers or magazines for patron perusal.

Many of our patrons have missed reading their favorite magazines.

Now when patrons log onto OverDrive they will have access to all of the most popular magazines.

If you are not familiar with OverDrive or need help logging in, please call the library during business

hours. You will need your library card number to log onto OverDrive.

Snow Many Great Books!

2021 Winter Reading Program
December 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021

The Nebraska Regional Library Systems and the Nebraska Library Commission want citizens of
Nebraska to stay warm this winter and enjoy the terrific library books available in public libraries
across the state. To participate, go to or download the Reader Zone app on your
smart device. Register for the Snow Many Great Books! program with this 5-digit code 93723.
Complete at least eight of the twenty challenges by February 28th to be eligible for a Grand Prize
Drawing for one of three $50 Visa Gift Cards. Please choose books you’ve never read from your home
library. Books can be fiction or nonfiction, and J, YA, or Adult. Contest is open to all Nebraskans ages
10 and older. Drawing will be held March 15, 2021.

  1. Read a book with “snow” in the title.
  2. Read a book set in a place where it typically snows.
  3. Read a book in bed, under a blanket.
  4. Read a book with a recipe in it.
  5. Read any large print book.
  6. Read a nonfiction book about a winter sport.
  7. Read a book with a picture of a penguin or a polar bear on the cover.
  8. Read with a scarf and gloves on.
  9. Read a book about traditions.
  10. Read a favorite book from your own childhood.
  11. Read a book that became a movie.
  12. Read to someone younger than you.
  13. Read a book on a cold and snowy day.
  14. Read a book with “blue” in the title.
  15. Listen to any audiobook.
  16. Read in your pajamas.
  17. Read a book where winter plays a part in the story.
  18. Read a book with a one-word title.
  19. Read a classic you’ve been meaning to read.
  20. Read a book recommended by your librarian.

This activity is supported in part with funding from the State of Nebraska and from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provision
of the Library Services and Technology Act as administrated by the Nebraska Library Commission.