Deb Robertson began leading the Kilgore Memorial Library in the fall of 2013. Prior to moving to York Deb was the Director of academic libraries in Sioux City, Iowa; Abingdon, Virginia; and Norfolk, Nebraska. She earned her Master's Degree in Library Science in 2000 from Emporia State University in Kansas. Deb and her husband Jim have two married children who live with their families in Norfolk and Omaha. For Deb, the only thing better than working in a library is spending time with her grandchildren.

Resolving to read more in 2017? The library is your secret weapon.

When the clock struck midnight on December 31st, people around the world undoubtedly made resolutions of all kinds. All around the internet you’ll find articles and lists of ways to help you keep your promise to get healthy, de-clutter your home or improve your life in one way or another. If you’re resolving to read more in 2017, we’ve got your secret weapons: the library and OverDrive.

For people who have decided to start reading more it can be difficult to know where to begin. That’s where librarians come in. Reaching out to your library is a great way to get a book recommendation. Librarians can offer you suggestions based on books you’ve read in the past, television shows or movies you like or activities you’re interested in.  Not sure how to get started?  Simply stop in and ask one of our friendly staff!

Join a club!
Often times, people stop reading because it can be a very isolating activity. While we love the ability to lose ourselves in a new book, enjoying the experience with others is a great way to stay motivated to keep diving into books. This is why book clubs are so popular. They let you share your thoughts on a book with others who have read it as well (Not to mention that snacks and wine are often involved). Libraries frequently set up book clubs both at their physical locations and digitally by utilizing their OverDrive collection. OverDrive holds our own, worldwide eBook club several times a year called the Big Library Read that lets you be a part of a global reading community.  Want to join or start a book club?  Kilgore Memorial Library has a list of resources for you to use on their website.

Variety is the spice of life
When people ask me what kinds of books I read I reply, “good ones”. I used to stick to specific genres but I found myself getting in a rut because the books could blend together. Now, I try to switch up genres with every book I read. It keeps my brain from being able to guess what will happen with the plot and I am constantly discovering different kinds of characters. The library’s OverDrive site makes this easy to do as finding new genres is as simple as searching for “historical fiction” or “Mystery”.  Our online catalog also offers links to ‘similar authors’ to help you find new authors who write in a similar style to your favorite author.

Read on the Go
Another reason people tend to let their resolution to read more slip is because they, “don’t have time to read.” Digital audiobooks remove that excuse as you can access your favorite books with nothing more than your phone and a pair of headphones. In fact, you can use audiobooks to hit two resolutions. Listening to a great audiobook is a great way to power through those arduous runs or workouts on your path to a healthier life. I also use audiobooks to pass the time while sitting in traffic or when I’m doing chores. Thanks to digital audiobooks from the library, I can be reading even when I don’t have time to sit down with a book.

It’s no secret that most people abandon their resolutions after a few weeks or months but thanks the library, you can spend all year reading and listening to books no matter how busy you are. With so many wonderful books coming out this year, there has never been a better time to #ResolveToRead.

Resolving to read more in 2017? was first posted to OverDrive Blogs by Adam Sockel on January 5, 2017, under Library.  Edited for this post by Deb Robertson on January 5, 2017.





Yes, Audiobooks are Real Books

Yes, audiobooks are real books

Do audiobooks leave the brain distracted and disjointed or are they just another way to enjoy and absorb a story? Are audiobooks real reading, or c504x504_audiobook-loveheating? With the rise of podcasting and storytelling events, both highly respected mediums, why do audiobooks continue to suffer this stigma?

The science of listening: decoding and translating

Daniel Willingham is one of the most respected authorities on learning styles and has written a lot about audiobooks. He explains that there are two basic processes happening when you’re reading. There is decoding, or translating the strings of letters into words that mean something. And then there is language processing, or comprehension — that is, figuring out the syntax, the story, et cetera. Researchers have studied the question of comprehension for decades, and what you find is very high correlations of reading comprehension and listening comprehension. As science writer Olga Khazan noted in 2011, a “1985 study found listening comprehension correlated strongly with reading comprehension — suggesting that those who read books well would listen to them well. In a 1977 study, college students who listened to a short story were able to summarize it with equal accuracy as those who read it.” Listeners and readers retain about the equal understanding of the passages they’ve consumed, in other words.

Not only are audiobooks a valid form of reading, but there might be some benefits that readers of the written word miss. According to Two Guys on Your Head podcast, “because you can’t go back and re-read when you listen you are more likely to extract the deeper meaning from things quicker.” Could it be that audiobooks boost reading comprehension and analytical skills?

This kind of data might explain the discovery that podcasts help children learn to read. Audiobooks can help the struggling reader, too, who might get frustrated with where they “should” be and give up too soon. Experiencing some success and enjoyment can fuel the hunger to practice and engender an appreciation for reading. “Listening while reading helps people have several ly9515_ocd_read-your-way_bkmrk_thumbsuccessful reading events in a row, where they are reading “with accuracy and enjoyment.” And, listening has been shown to help with decoding, a fundamental part of reading.”

Kilgore Memorial Library has audiobooks available in a variety of formats.  Readers will find traditional cases with physical CDs along with another popular format, the Playaway.  For those readers who prefer downloadable audiobooks, we offer collections from OverDrive and OneClick Digital.  Let us know if we can help you find your next audiobook!

Yes, audiobooks are real books, was first posted to OverDrive Blogs by Patti Carlyle on October 13, 2016, under General, Schools.  Edited for this post by Deb Robertson on November 28, 2016.







Time to plan your reading supply

With the Christmas and New Year holiday’s just around the corner.  Dec 25I thought it would be a good idea to remind you to stock up on plenty of books to make it though the days we will be closed to celebrate the upcoming holidays with our families.  Kilgore Memorial Library will close at 3:00 pm on Thursday, December 24th and will re-open at 10:00 am on Saturday, December 26.  We will close at 3:00 pm again on Thursday, December 31st and will re-open at 10:00 am on Saturday, January 2nd, 2016.

The staff here at Kilgore Memorial Library hope that each of you have a wonderful holiday season with your family and friends.  We look forward to serving you in 2016!

We have a new staff member!



We have added a new face to the staff at Kilgore Memorial Library.  Diane will be working at the circulation desk from 11:00 am until 3:00 pm Monday through Friday.  Thanks to Mother Nature this is Diane’s second day with us and she is already wandering the stacks and shelving books on her own!  We are thrilled to have an extra person to help us during what is one of the most hectic times of the day at the library.

Do you have your new library card yet?

kilgore mem library logo2Since arriving at Kilgore Memorial Library as the new library director I have listened to and learned from many of you.  Mostly the library staff.  I am sure that they are beginning to think to themselves, be careful what you wish for because it might just turn into more work!  In the past 15 months we have worked to improve the networking and computing infrastructure, we designed and developed a new website, implemented a new catalog interface, designed new logo for the library, and improved many other things along the way.  Now we are in the process of working to update our patron database.  To do this we are issuing brand new library cards to each patron.  Do you have yours yet?

Each new card comes with a regular wallet card, two key fob cards and the option to scan the barcode into a loyalty app for electronic use.  Each new card also comes with an instruction sheet that offers several tips for using your library card.  What it is trying not so subtly to say is, USE YOUR LIBRARY CARD.

For extra assurance that you have all the information you need we have created a step-by-step list of how to log into and use your online library account.  Once you are logged in you will be able to do everything listed in the instructions along with use all the services listed at the online catalog home page.  Yes, even librarians have to deal with change!  So you will notice that the online catalog screen you will see today looks different from the one in the screen shots of the tutorial.  That is because that software was update recently.  To learn more about this new interface we have created this 41 second video just for you!

We certainly hope that you are enjoying all of the improvements we have made to our services.  If you have an idea for what could make library services more enjoyable let me know.  I am always looking for ways to make more work around here!

York Uncorked

wine glass 2Do you have plans for Valentine’s Day yet?  If not allow me share an idea with you.  The Friends of Kilgore Memorial Library have partnered with Tom Mason, from Kirk’s Korner, to create a new fundraiser.  The first annual “York Uncorked” will be held at the library from 5:30 – 8:00 pm.  This is an after-hours event for adults only.  Many library friends member’s will be sharing decadent chocolates along with other snacks while distributors from Kirk’s Korner will be offering a fine wine collection as well as whiskey, vodka and
scotch for tasting.

Tickets for this fundraiser are $15 before the event and $20 at the door.  Each ticket includes a commemorative wine glass etched with the York Uncorked logo designed by our own Irene Duncan.   All proceeds will be used by the Friends group to support library collections and a variety of programs.  The doors will open at 5:30 for those who would like to stop by before going to other events.  For those who prefer to go out for dinner and finish their evening with friends at the library we will be celebrating until 8:00.  Tickets are available at Kirk’s Korner and the Library for payments by cash or check.  Credit or debit card sales are available at the Chamber Office.

Please consider attending this wonderful event to support the Friend’s of Kilgore Memorial Library and all they do for our library.

Calling all library enthusiasts!

If you are reading this posting, may I make the assumption that you are at the very least interested in the activities of Kilgore Memorial Library?  Since this blog has less than a dozen subscribers, more than likely you are a supporter of the library who is not only interested in our news but also what you might be able to do for us.  With these assumptions in place, I am hoping that you might be willing to help with feedback on the impact our services have on your life.

Here are some specific ways you can help:

Every year the Nebraska Library Association hosts a Library Advocacy Day in Lincoln.  This event is held to connect Nebraska libraries with lawmakers and to recognize volunteers on a statewide level.  As the 2015 event is being planned, a request has been sent to us for help.  The request is for testimonials “to tie the statistics from last year’s public library survey into photos and quotes from actual library users to more personalize the experience”.  If there are services provided by Kilgore Memorial Library that have helped you in a way that you would be willing to share, we would like to hear from you.

Locally, the County Commissioners and York City Council are interested in hearing how citizens lives are impacted by the services we provide.  The Library’s Citizen’s Advisory Board members, Friends of the Kilgore Memorial Library, and Kilgore Memorial Library Foundation Board members are also interested in hearing how the library services they help provide are impacting the community.

As we work to keep your library accredited by the Nebraska Library Commission, a strategic planning process will be necessary in 2015.  If you would like to help shape the future of library services by participating in this process, I would like to hear from you!  Please reach out to me at anytime with your thoughts about how we are doing as we develop library services to meet the needs of the community we serve.

You are invited to join us

Earlier this summer you were invited by Libby to consider joining our Friends of the Library group, but did you know you do not need to be a member to attend the events they host?  The Friends work hard to promote the library and its services and when they host an event it is for the community we serve and we serve all who come into the building!

So if you are interested in activities like:

  • hearing a New York Times best-selling author talk about her work,
  • interviewing the main character of a book and learning more about the grieving process from local experts,
  • attending a Veteran’s Day event with a U.S. Consul General as he shares his experiences that lead to writing a biography,

check out our new schedule of events web page that promotes the events the Friends will be hosting in the coming months!

The next time you think there is nothing to do in York — remember to check out your library!

P.S.  You will also find date reminders of standing favorites like the Festival of Trees and the next book sale along with the plans for our soup sale booth at the Holiday Gift Fair on this new web site.  — You are welcome:-)

Ready, Set, READ

As anyone who has visited the library since school ended knows Summer Reading Club for children has started with a FIZZ and a BOOM! There are over 300 children registered to read and enjoy the summer reading programs held at the library.  And there will be more — registrations continue to come in daily!

Now it is time for the adults to join in. As we learned in an earlier post by Mrs. A. family reading time is valuable and I believe when children see adults enjoying books and reading it reinforces their own enjoyment.  What child doesn’t want to emulate an adult they adore?

An opportunity for reading and fun.

Kilgore Memorial Library and Seward Memorial Library are competing again this year to see “Who Reads More on Hwy. 34.” As many of you know the 2013 Summer Reading Smackdown trophy went to Seward and we need to bring it to York this year.

Summer Reading Smackdown Trophy

Summer Reading Smackdown Trophy

Here’s how it works:

  • The contest takes place from June 1 through August 30.
  • You receive one punch for each fiction, non-fiction or young adult title you read (or listen to). A book with READ, BOOK or SUMMER in the title earns two punches!  When you fill a five-punch card toss it in the book count box to help York win the Smackdown.
  • Reading counts will be tallied on Wednesday each week during the contest. You will be able to watch the competition as it progresses at .
  • There will be a weekly prize winner drawn from the punch card entries. The more cards you have in the box, the better your chances to win will be each week.  Simply write your name on the back of your filled punch card to enter.
  • The culmination/celebration event will be Tuesday, September 16 at 7:00 p.m. when NYT bestselling author Melanie Benjamin will be in York to talk about her journey as a reader and a writer. The final prizes from the “Prize Vault” will also be awarded at this event!


Books downloaded from our eBook collections also count in the Smackdown contest and those from OverDrive will count twice! Not the same way that books with READ, BOOK or SUMMER in their title will in the Smackdown competition.  They count in the Smackdown and OverDrive is offering $1,500 in content credit to the Nebraska OverDrive Consortia if we increase downloads by 25% over the download count from June 2013. Plus, the Nebraska library that increases its own use the most in June will win a prize for their library! So download titles from OverDrive and read or listen and help York win in two ways!

As always, if you need help with any step of using our eBook collections please let us know. We will be happy to help you get started.


Deb Robertson

Deb Robertson

Hello to you from your library director, Deb Robertson. As those of you who have been following this new blog have already learned, there are some very interesting characters working for you at Kilgore Memorial Library. I am thrilled to count myself as one of them! This team is not only open to ideas, they have their own ideas, and they love to learn! They do all of this because they want KML to be the best library ever – what more could a library director wish for?

In the short six months that I have been here amazing things have happened – not just amazing because they are wonderful but also amazing in that it has all happened in just six months!  We have re-carpeted the entire library, painted walls, refurbished all of the furniture, updated our technology infrastructure, designed and implemented a new website, hosted larger and larger gatherings during Friday morning story times, updated the process for getting our new books on the shelf quicker for you, implemented a double check-in process (this insures that we all know when titles we are waiting for are available), applied for grants, implemented new internal workflow processes, gotten to know each other, attended workshops and webinars, made presentations, and we have had fun doing all of it!

Just so you don’t get the impression that everything is smooth sailing and that every idea is met with joy and excitement I would like to share with you how the implementation of blogging has transpired. There has been excitement on some levels, there has been fear on many levels, and there has been just a little resistance. All of that took place before the first posting went public! Now that we have all done it once and know just how easy it is to get Libby to help us, all of the nerves and apprehension are gone. I happen to know that two staff members already have their next story ready to post. They can’t wait to share with you information they believe you will be interested in learning about from your library. To keep the flow of information coming to you somewhat regularly each full-time staff member plans to post at least once each month.  For you this means you can watch for at least one post from the library each week. I get to chime in anytime I have news from my point of view to share.

So, let me end this introductory message and get out-of-the-way so that the rest of the librarians here can start sharing with you some fun and exciting news from their perspective at the library. Oh yes, please keep your comments coming! We truly enjoy having your input and feedback on the topics we share.

Take care!