Summer Reading is Coming!

We’ve watched webinars, attended workshops, read manuals and scoured Pinterest all in preparation for our upcoming Summer Reading at the Stromsburg Public Library! Events will start in May for the Teen and Adult program and continue throughout the summer with the kid’s program running the month of July.  Watch for details in the Polk County News, our Facebook page and this webpage! We will start adding events to the calendar soon, so keep an eye out!

In the meantime, can you guess the theme for this year’s summer reading from this photo?


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Movie Showing at the Library

Saturday, March 2, 2013


In honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2, we will show a movie based on one of his books! We will also celebrate with some birthday treats.

Children grade 3 and up are welcome-younger children are welcome with a parent.

See you Saturday!

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Valentine’s Books at the Library

Valentine’s Day is on it’s way next week and the Valentine’s books have hit the shelves. The kids can read about their favorite characters and what happens to them on Valentine’s Day. We have Splat the Cat, Arthur, The Berenstain Bears, Curious George and many more favorites.

If you are looking for a good read for Valentine’s Day Amazon has compiled a list of 50 Great Love Stories, one for each state in the Union! Check out their list here. Many of the books are available at the Stromsburg Public Library.

Come check out Valentine's Day at the Stromsburg Public Library!
Come check out Valentine’s Day at the Stromsburg Public Library!

We have two new books from some of the hottest names in romance fiction; Nora Roberts and Janet Evanovich available now at the library too. Don’t forget the DVD’s! Check out your favorite romantic comedy such as “Leap Year”, romantic tearjerkers like “Nights in Rodanthe” or “We Bought a Zoo”, a movie that will warm your heart.

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New Audio Visual Titles at the Library

Recently, the Stromsburg Public Library purchased some new interactive titles for our Children’s section. Each book comes with it’s own code so when you log onto the website and enter the code, it opens the book you are holding in your hand! You then have the option of having the book read aloud to you, or you can choose to read the book online yourself.

Come check out these titles today!

AV2 books purchased by the Stromsburg Public Library
AV2 books purchased by the Stromsburg Public Library


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Book Club Resources

Maybe your New Year’s resolution for 2013 went something like this, “I’m going to take time to read more this year!” With that thought in mind, you downloaded a book onto your brand new Kindle, dusted off your library card and headed to the library or picked up that book that’s been gathering dust on your bedside table for a year and started reading. Now, it’s the middle of January and your library book is overdue, your Kindle needs charged and the winter premieres of you favorite shows demanded more attention than your paperback. How do you get back on track?

One way to challenge yourself to read books is join a book club. A book club is a gathering of people who have all read the same book.  These gatherings can be as simple or complex as you make it. Some book clubs serve food and beverages, some don’t. Some take turns meeting in each other’s homes, some meet at a local restaurant or coffee shop. Or the local library, like the one that meets in our meeting room every third Tuesday of the month.

If you can’t make it to the library for our book club, maybe you’d like to start your own. You could start a book club at work with your coworkers and once a month discuss the book over lunch. Host a book club in your home or in your church.

The Nebraska Library Commission has many resources available for book clubs. Visit the “Resources for Book Club Groups” on the Commission’s web page by clicking here. This page has book club guides, links to blogs by other book clubs, and online webinars on how to start a book club.

Book club kits are available from the Nebraska Library Commission and from our local Northeast Library System. These kits contain numerous copies of a book so no one has to spend money to be a part of the book club. The Stromsburg Public Library can order these kits for you as well as submit Inter Library loan requests for additional books. We’d be glad to help you! A book club is a fun way of reading more in 2013.

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eBooks Available from the Stromsburg Public Library

NebWebGraphicSonyReaderStromsburg Public Library strives to meet the needs of our patrons in any way that we are able. One way we do this is by providing access to free eBooks and audiobooks.

OverDrive is an online collection of audiobooks and eBooks available to patrons for check out. eBooks are compatible with most popular devices and many may be downloaded directly to the device without the use of the computer. Audiobook files must first be downloaded to the user’s computer before transferring to a compatible device.

I highly encourage you to visit the website Browse the collections and see what is available. I especially like the “Lost in the Virtual Stacks” section. You never know what hidden gem you may find.

Begin using OverDrive by clicking the “Getting Started” tab on the left hand side of the page. You can check the “Device Resource Center” to make sure that your device is supported by OverDrive, then learn how to use OverDrive by clicking the “OverDrive Help”  button. This is the most valuable tool on the site.

The “OverDrive Help” section has articles and videos that cover every device and how to use them in conjunction with OverDrive.  The videos are very detailed and literally take you through every step of the installation and use.

To set up your account with OverDrive you will need your library card number. If you don’t have your library card, please call the library at (402) 764-7681 and one of the librarians will help you.

If you have any difficulties getting started with OverDrive, please stop by the library and we will be happy to assist you!




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Vacation Story Time at the Library

Are your children already bored with the holiday vacation? Nothing to do? Send them to the Stromsburg Public Library’s Vacation Story Time!

Snow and snowmen will be the theme of the story time held on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 10:30 am. We will be reading stories, singing songs and having a fun time with different activities. Students in grades K-5 are welcome!royalty-free-snowman-clipart-illustration-1118850

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