Our afternoon of reading will be held at the Sargent Community Center today due to the rain. Be sure to join us for reading, fun, crafts, and activities. All ages younger than 6th grade are welcome to attend. The fun starts at 2:00 p.m. Make sure to bring your reading logs so that you can receive some Rocking Prizes!
We’re so excited. The summer reading program doesn’t start until June 1st, but we are currently doing all of the prep work. This year’s theme is “Libraries Rock!” and each child from birth to 5th grade will receive a Back Stage Pass booklet. Included in this booklet are lots of coupons that kids can use to get free stuff around town. (Pizza, ice cream, balloons, hamburgers, swimming passes, books, etc.) In order to have these coupons activated, the child must practice reading each week, and then come into the library to have their booklet stamped. The parents and child can decide how much reading they need to do each week.
Coupon booklets will be given out to the kids at school. If your child doesn’t attend Sargent Public Schools, you are welcome to come in the library and pick up a booklet.
Be sure to show your appreciation to the following businesses that have agreed to provide prizes: Sargent Swimming Pool, Trotters, The Ritz, Forget Me Not Shoppe, Sargent Post Office, and Mr. Rudy’s. Also Emily Jandreau has been a big help for lining up the prizes, and helping with the booklet.
Get ready to “rock” this summer!
The Sargent Library will be hosting a book signing for Jason “Jake” McKown on Saturday, April 21st from 9:00 a.m. till 12:00 noon.
“Nature’s Wrath” is Jake’s first published book. For those who don’t know Jake, he is blind, and yet he is able to vividly describe scenes in the story. The subject deals with the horror of what can happen when scientists experiment with cloning and genetic engineering. It is purely fictional, but very scary. It’s not the type of book that you want to read before bedtime. One of the horrible creatures in the book is a cross between a jungle mosquito, a cicada, and an earthworm. That doesn’t sound very ferocious, but it terrorizes the whole country. Jake even managed to include Sargent, Nebraska and Comstock Nebraska in his story.
Be sure to come and congratulate Jake on his new book, and also to learn about some of the exciting books he has planned for the future
We held our first book club last Wednesday evening, and it was a lot of fun. Eleven ladies showed up to discuss February’s featured book “Girl with a Pearl Earring”.
For the month of March we are reading “The Meaning of Names” by Karen Gettert Shoemaker (Nebraska author). This is a historical fiction book set in Stuart, Nebraska around 1918. It deals with the country’s prejudices against German immigrants during World War I, and also the terrible flu pandemic that killed millions.
We still have multiple copies of this book available for check out. Everyone is welcome to come get a book and join us. Our next book club will meet March 28th at 5:30 p.m.
The Sargent Library is starting a new book club that is open to the community of Sargent and surrounding towns. We are able to borrow multiple book club kits from the Nebraska Library Commission. This means that we can check out many copies of the same book. No one needs to purchase their own book to participate.
There are two different ways that readers can participate in discussing the book. Online, there is a “One Book Sargent” page on Facebook for everyone to answer discussion questions and express their comments and opinions. Also, on the last Wednesday of every month we will have a group get together at the library. (February’s get together will be 2/28/18 at 6:00 p.m.) Participants are welcome to attend one or both groups.
For the month of February, our book will be “The Girl With a Pearl Earring” by Tracy Chevalier. If you would like to participate in the book club, be sure to stop by and check out a copy at the library. If you have any questions, feel free to contact the library at 308-527-4241
There are exciting things happening at the library. Recently five very enthusiastic women (Emily Jandreau, Emily Tobias, Kallie Morse, Gwen Bye, and Tess Sinner) have been working on forming a Friends of the Library group in Sargent.
The purpose of a Friends group is to support the services and programs of the Sargent Township Library by raising funds, public awareness and community support. Previously any money donated to the library was not tax deductible because the library is not a 501c3 organization. The Sargent Friends group is a non-profit 501c3 organization that is a legally distinct entity with their own board of directors. They are organized under the umbrella of the Sargent Economic Development. All money raised by the Friends group will be given to the library to purchase new computers, for building repairs, and to help fund educational activities for children and adults at the library such as the summer reading program.
Now that they are organized, the group is looking for additional members to help with fundraising ideas and library promotion. Be sure to “like” them on Facebook, and consider including the Friends of the Sargent Library in your end of year giving.