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This last week was National Library week, I want to thank everyone who participated in making our week a success. Our M&M guessing jar winner was Payton Ebert. The winner of the Adult drawing was Ana Monasterio. We held an internet class last week, and we had a full house for our speaker Charlotte Endorf.

We have had many donation by the following people. Georgia Peterson, Don Buchanan, Wyatt Wilkins, Betty Christensen, Alex Chavez, Randall Shinn, Bill & Allie Allen, Suzi Smily, Gary Bussinger, Traci Alberts and Jessica Anderson. A big thanks to all of you!

Our new books that we have received in March are, Call the midwife: a memoir of birth, joy and hard times, The Monuments Men, Power Play, In the Sanctuary of Outcasts, Hopeful, Killer, First Love, The Hero, The Chance, The Wanderer, Crimson Rose, April’s Rain, A hidden Truth, A Shining Light, A Simple Change, A Captain for Laura Rose, Seaview Inn, Valley of Fire, Stone Cold, The Chase, Moving Target, and Evening Stars.  We also added four easy readers, 24 Juvenile, 8 Juvenile Teen.

Kenady Stanton will be our intern this summer, we thank the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Nebraska Library Commission and the Nebraska Library Association to make this internship possible.

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Happy National Library Week!

The Rock County Library has on an average, 12 patrons per hour that come through the door!

A little bit of information for you….Did you know that the Rock County Library has a total of 845 Patrons!

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Charlotte Endorf


Charlotte Endorf will be present a program “Nebraska Spirit:  The North Platte Canteen,” at the Rock County Public Library on      April 10th at 7:00 p.m.  Everyone is welcome – Refreshments will be served.  This program is made possible by the Humanities Nebraska as part of the HN speakers bureau.  During World War II, American soldiers from across the country rolled through North Platte on troop trains enroute to Europe and the Pacific.  Learn the story of the community that turned a railroad depot into a legend and touched the lives of more than six million soldiers from 1942 – 1946.



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One Book One Nebraska 2014

Governor Dave Heineman signed a proclamation on January 16, 2014 honoring 2014 One Book One Nebraska: Once Upon a Town: The Miracle of the North Platte Canteen by Bob Greene. People across Nebraska are encouraged to read this story of how North Platte, Nebraska, a plains community of only 12,000 people, came together during World War II to provide welcoming words, friendship, and baskets of food and treats to more than six million GIs by the time the war ended. Award-winning journalist Bob Greene is a CNN contributor and a New York Times bestselling author who originally set out to write Once Upon a Town because, as he says on the book’s first page, he was looking for “…the best America there ever was.” He found it in North Platte, on the site of the old Canteen down by the railroad tracks. In this nonfiction story, Greene discovers the echoes of a love story between a country and its young people. During World War II, American soldiers from every city and walk of life rolled through North Platte on troop trains en route to their ultimate destinations in Europe and the Pacific. This small town, wanting to offer warmth and support to the servicemen and women, transformed its modest railroad depot into the North Platte Canteen. Every day of the year, every day of the war, the Canteen—staffed and funded entirely by local volunteers—was open from 5:00 a.m. until the last troop train of the day pulled away after midnight. Once Upon a Town tells the story of how this plains community and the surrounding towns stepped up to boost the morale of more than six million GIs by the time the war ended.

Libraries across Nebraska will join other literary and cultural organizations in planning book discussions, activities, and events to encourage Nebraskans to read and discuss this book. The Rock County Public Library has one copy of Once Upon a Town and will be receiving multiple copies around March 12. Overdrive has two copies of the e-book and one copy in audio format.  This book has been selected for the April adult book discussion to be held at Rock County Public library. Anyone may join this discussion by simply stopping by your library to pick up a copy of the book.

The One Book One Nebraska reading program is entering its tenth year and is sponsored by the Nebraska Center for the Book, Nebraska Library Association, Nebraska Library Commission, and Humanities Nebraska.  Updates and Nebraska activity listings can be found at and posted on




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OverDrive Password

On January 29, 2014, library patrons will be required to enter a unique password assigned to the Rock County Public Library for county residents to use when signing into their OverDrive accounts to download their free e-books and audio titles. The library has been instructed to not post this password on the web because it is only for Rock County residents. Please call or e-mail the library at 402-684-3800 or e-mail to get the password.

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Changes to Overdrive E-books Announced

1) Patrons may checkout up to six items at a time.
2) The Spanish version of the patron interface is now available by choosing it from the drop-down menu next to the Sign In button in the upper right corner of the page.

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Deadline Extended

Due to the cold weather, The Read Around the Rock, “Twelve Days of Christmas,” family story walk deadline has been extended to 5:00 p.m. on December 23rd.

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“Twelve Days of Christmas” Story Walk

The “Twelve Days of Christmas” Story Walk will begin December 1 through December 12th. Flyers with details of the story walk will be sent home with students.  The pages of the book will be displayed in stores around town and families are encouraged to walk and read together.  Each student may answer the questions on the back of the flyer and receive a free book at the Rock County Public Library. This event is sponsored by the Bassett/Rock County Chamber, Rock County Education Association and  the Rock County Public Library.

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The “Gobble Up a Good Book” pajama story hour has been postponed to Wednesday, November 13 from 7:30-8:30 p.m. at the Rock County Public Library.  All students ages 3 (by September 1) through 2nd grade are invited to come in pajamas.  Best loved blankets, stuffed animals or dolls understood.  No pre-registration required.

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Pajama Story Hour Planned

The annual pajama story hour, “Gobble Up a Good Book,” will be held Wednesday, November 6, 2013 from 7:30-8:30 for students age 3 through 2nd grade. Students must be age 3 by September 1. Come in pajamas. Best loved blankets, stuffed animals or dolls understood.

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