The Snyder Library Board has five members:
Connie Kaup, Doris Laird, Karen Niles, Beverly Meyer, and Nancy Markel.
The library director is Elizabeth Hittle.
(Be sure to scroll to the bottom for information about our library’s services!)
Connie has lived in the Snyder area for 47 years and has held a variety of jobs. She has been the C-Store Manager, a substitute teacher, and currently is the Snyder Correspondent for both the Scribner and West Point Newspapers. Connie is active with the Snyder and Nebraska Lions Club, the Snyder Senior Center, and a member of St. Leo’s Choir. She enjoys visiting the elderly, doing crossword puzzles, spending time with her grandchildren, and baking. Her favorite book is The Little House on the Prairie series by Laura Ingalls Wilder, and she has been a board member since 2001.
Doris and her husband, Don, have lived in the Scribner-Snyder area for over 45 years. Doris is a retired school teacher; many of her years of service were at Scribner-Snyder Community Schools. She enjoys reading, quilting, decorating the house, and gardening. She also loves to travel and spend time with her friends. She has no favorite book or series, but is an avid reader and enjoys all genres. She and Don have two children and five grandchildren. Doris has been a board member since 2010.
Karen Niles has lived in Snyder for two years. Although she is a private person, she is an extremely vocal advocate for the library. Her favorite book is Kiowa Trail by Louis L’Amour, and she has been a board member since 2017.
Bev Meyer has lived near Snyder for 40 years with her husband and best friend Harvey. She is a former kindergarten and elementary school teacher and enjoys substitute teaching, teaching Sunday School, traveling, cooking, and going to the Symphony. She has several favorite books and series, but is very partial to The Yada Yada Prayer Group by Neta Jackson and the Joanne Fluke murder mystery series. Bev has been on the Library Board since 2017. Bev is also a member of the Snyder Book Club and invites everyone to join the group, which meets at 7 p.m. on the 4th Monday of every month at the library!
Bio coming soon!
Nancy Markel is always donating prizes for our programs and events, and decorations for the holidays!
Elizabeth Hittle and her son have lived in Snyder for three years. Elizabeth has lived in the Scribner-Snyder area nearly all her life, and graduated from the school there. She was the assistant/youth services librarian at the Scribner Public Library for nearly five years before becoming the new director at the Snyder Public Library in March of 2018. She is also a member of the Snyder Lions Club. Elizabeth enjoys reading, gaming, and going to library events all over Nebraska. She mainly reads young adult novels, her favorite book is Sister Light, Sister Dark by Jane Yolen, and her favorite author is Rick Riordan, creator of the Percy Jackson series.
Hello there! My name is Elizabeth Hittle (but you can call me Miss Liz!) and I am the Director of the Snyder Public Library! We are located inside of the auditorium, on Main Street (Ash Street), in Snyder, Nebraska. Our village only has a population of 300, so the library is only open nine hours a week, but what amazing things we can fit into those nine hours!!!
Yearly Events: Every year, we have a Halloween party on Halloween evening – we have games and prizes, a costume contest, and we serve hot, fresh food so everyone has a chance to eat before they go trick-or-treating!
Every December, we have a Patron Only Party (P.O.P.) to show our appreciation for all those who have visited, donated to, and helped out with our library. My library board ladies and I make the food and we mingle inside of the library so everyone can see our books, displays, and all that we have to offer!
We also have a Dr. Seuss-themed party every year, where we read Dr. Seuss books and play games, do activities, and dress up! It used to be as close to Dr. Seuss’ birthday as possible (at the beginning of March), but we have decided to make it an end-of-school/start-of-summer party instead, so we will be having it every May!
And last, but definitely not least, we have the Summer Reading Program every year, for ages 4-12, on Thursdays in July! We have four programs where we read books, do activities and crafts, and a whole bunch of other awesome things that have to do with that summer’s theme! And, at the end of July, we have our end-of-program Pizza Party! There’s lots to eat, all of the kids receive awards for the reading they did (and prizes if they excelled expectations/read the most!), fun stuff to do, and usually, we hire some kind of entertainment to come and perform for everyone! Rainbow Trout has been our favorite!
We encourage patrons to come and volunteer at ALL of these events if they would like to, so don’t ever feel too shy to come up and ask if you can help out! We really appreciate it!
Weekly Clubs: Every Wednesday, from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, we have a weekly Club Night! Each club is different, and each one occurs at least once a month. Our current clubs are: Chess Club, BINGO Night, Gym Day, and Board Game Night. At Chess Club, I teach the attendees how to play chess, play with them, and help the other patrons with their games. We hope to have a village-wide tournament someday! At BINGO Night, we play BINGO, and you get a prize for every single BINGO you get! For Gym Day, we play in the auditorium’s gym. Sometimes it’s tag, sometimes it’s basketball, sometimes it’s other organized games, sometimes it’s kickball. It always changes! And for Board Game Night, we, you guessed it, play board games! We’ve got Clue, Monopoly, Sorry, Twister, Checkers, Battleship, Scrabble, cards, and so many more! And we are always taking donations for new games for our patrons to play!
You can volunteer to help out at the Club Nights, as well, but we really just want you to participate and have fun at them!
We also have an Adult Book Club that reads a book together and meets every month (the fourth Wednesday) at our library! If you would like to join, please contact me or my library board member in charge of the book club, Beverly Meyer!
Other Services: We have free Wi-Fi, available to the public. Just ask for the password!
Four patron computers for public use – just have to follow our Computer User Agreement!
The gaming sensation, Roblox, on two of our patron computers.
Inter-Library Loan – if we don’t have the book you’re looking for, we can request it from another library for you to check out and read, without having to travel there yourself! (The book has to be at least a year old to be requested.) Otherwise, we’re pretty good at adding media that we think our patrons will like!
Newspapers and Magazines: we have four different local newspapers and ten different magazines subscriptions for you to enjoy inside of our little library!