Nebraska Wildflower Week is being observed from June 1-9, when many of Nebraska’s prairies and gardens are at their prime. Nebraska Statewide Arboretum serves as coordinator for Wildflower Week activities, bringing together organizations and individuals across the state that recognize the value of wildflowers—not only for their beauty but also for what they imply and symbolize. You can test your wildflower identification skills in early June at www.facebook.com/NeArb. Events, photos and more information will be continually updated at arboretum.unl.edu/wildflower.
“During every week from April to September there are, on the average, ten wild plants coming into first bloom. In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.” Aldo Leopold, Sand County Almanac
Rock County Public Library is seeking to fill Director position starting March 1, 2014. Please call 402-684-3800 or stop by the library for complete job description. Submit complete resume with references no later than 5:00 p.m. June 15, 2013.
You will see a new cheerful face on staff at the Rock County Public Library this summer. Saresse Clay has been selected as the 2013 intern funded through a 21st Century Librarian Internship Grant. Saresse will be a senior next fall at Rock County High School where she has been involved in many activities. While serving as an intern, Saresse will develop an enlightened view the role of libraries and librarians, understanding the behind-the-scenes library operations, and an understanding of the role of technology in libraries. This project is a cooperative project of the Nebraska Library Commission and the Nebraska Library Association and funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program.
National Library Week will be celebrated April 14-20th: Communities matter @ your library. The Rock County Public Library joins libraries in schools, campuses and communities nationwide in celebrating National Library Week, a time to highlight the value of libraries, librarians and library workers.
Libraries today are more than repositories for books and other resources. Often the heart of their communities, campuses or schools, libraries are deeply committed to the places where their patrons live, work and study. Libraries are trusted places where everyone in the community can gather to reconnect and reengage with each other to enrich and shape the community and address local issues.
Librarians work with elected officials, small business owners, students and the public at large to discover what their communities needs are and meet them. Whether through offering e-books and technology classes or programs to support early literacy, librarians listen to the community they serve, and they respond.
The Rock County Public Library is celebrating National Library Week by sponsoring a guessing game and drawings for free books. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.
You can receive free training on Microsoft Word – Intermediate, a two session class, through Northeast Community College on Monday, April 15 and Monday, April 22 from 6:30–9:30 p.m. at the Rock County Public Library. Please call 402-684-3800 or e-mail email@example.com to register and save your spot. This project is supported in part by the Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as administered by the Nebraska Library Commission.
Kay Lynn Kalkowski will be presenting the 2013 One Book One Nebraska book discussion, O Pioneers!, by Willa Cather at 7:00 p.m. on March 19 at the Rock County Public Library. Kay Lynn is a lifelong teacher of American literature. She has a doctorate in Leadership Studies from the University of Nebraska Lincoln through the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources. Nebraska marks its ninth year of One Book One Nebraska, selecting and promoting a title for Nebraska citizens to read to celebrate the literary richness of our state. Nebraska libraries and other literary and cultural organizations statewide plan activities and events to encourage all Nebraskans to read and discuss the same book. Residents are encouraged to stop by the library to pick up a copy of O Pioneers! to read and join us for this event. Refreshments will be served.
February is Black History Month. You can join the adult book discussion group in reading the book, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” by Rebecca Skloot for their regular meeting on Tuesday, February 19, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. This tale is true and explores the racism, greed, the idealism and faith in science that helped to save thousands of lives but nearly destroyed a family. Copies of the title are available at the Library and members usually read the selected book before meeting for discussion. Anyone may join this discussion by simply stopping by the Library to pick up a copy of the book.
O Pioneers! by Nebraska author, Willa Cather, has been selected for the 2013 One Book One Nebraska title. Nebraska marks its ninth year of One Book One Nebraska, selecting and promoting a title for Nebraska citizens to read to celebrate the literary richness of our state. Nebraska libraries and other literary and cultural organizations statewide plan activities and events to encourage all Nebraskans to read and discuss the same book. The adult book discussion has selected the title for their March discussion with hopes of securing a special speaker sometime this spring for discussion of the book. Residents are encouraged to read this title and join us for this event.
Two new non-fiction best-seller books, Killing Lincoln and Killing Kennedy by Bill O-Reilly have been purchased in memory of Lyle Kops by the Rock County Public Library Foundation, Inc. Other New Adult Books – The Secret Keeper, Kate Morton; A Winter Dream, Richard Paul Evans; The Panther, Nelson DeMille; Sleep No More, Iris Johansen; Notorious Nineteen, Janet Evanovich; Killing the Blues, R. B. Parker; The Forgotten, David Baldacci; The Sins of the Mother, Danielle Steel; The Racketeer, John Grisham; The Last Man, Vince Flynn; Merry Christmas Alex Cross, James Patterson; A Season of Angels, Thomas Kinkade; Angels At The Table, Debbie Macomber; The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party, Alexandria McCall Smith; The Giving Quilt, Jennifer Chiaverini; The Perfect Hope, Nora Roberts. Love Finds You at Home for Christmas; Annalisa Daughety; Devil’s Gate, Clive Cussler; The Breath of Dawn, Kristen Heitzmann and Lone Star Trail, Darlene Franklin.