Memoirist Betty Auchard to speak on unique period of York history

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At 19 years old, Betty Auchard realized she had to grow up–fast.

In 1949, she moved from her parents home in Colorado to the campus of York College and her new role as wife to math and physics professor Denny Auchard and “mom” to the 11 college men he supervised.

She recounts her experiences during that time in her latest memoir “Living with Twelve Men…a mother in training.”

In addition to her funny and touching stories, this coming-of-age tale also chronicles a significant chapter in the history of York College: the fire that destroyed “Old Main” and its aftermath, including the closure of the school under theAuchard book cover guidance of the Evangelical United Brethren Church.

At 2:00 p.m. on July 19, the public will have a unique opportunity to hear Auchard speak about these memories in person during her book talk at the Kilgore Memorial Library.

Auchard is the author of the IPPY Award winning memoir Dancing in my Nightgown: The Rhythms of Widowhood.  In addition to writing, she enjoys presenting to audiences and narrating her own audio books.  Her stories and essays have been published in the San Jose Mercury News, Today’s Senior, and Chocolate for a Woman’s Soul series. Betty lives and writes in Los Gatos, California.

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Kilgore Memorial Library to Participate in World’s Largest Digital Book Club


Kilgore Memorial Library announced today that it will take part in the Big Library Read, the world’s largest digital Book club through public libraries that connects millions of readers around the world with the same eBook at the same time. For a two-week period beginning June 23, Kilgore patrons will be able to borrow the eBook, A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain (Pegasus Books), from and participate in a worldwide version of a local book club. There will be no waitlists for this popular mystery with a twist. Big Library Read is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading platform for eBooks and audiobooks from the library.

A Murder in Time is an intricate mystery about a brilliant FBI agent, Kendra, who finds herself transported back in time to the 1800s. Relegated to the servant class, she stumbles across a gruesome murder, and she alone recognizes they have a serial killer in their midst. Kendra scrambles to solve the case before it takes her own life – 200 years before she was ever born.  At its core, Julie McElwain’s debut novel is a puzzle, a hunt for a murderer and a quest for justice.

“Throughout my life, I’ve loved all genres of books – mystery, romance, paranormal and historical,” said author, Julie McElwain. “Maybe that’s why I’ve included a little bit of all those elements in A Murder in Time. I sincerely hope readers enjoy Kendra’s story as much as I enjoyed researching and writing it.”

Big Library Read is a free program.  To get started reading, all that is needed is a Kilgore Memorial Library card. A Murder in Time can be read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets, Chromebook™ and Kindle®. The eBook will be available with no wait lists and will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, so there are never any late fees.

“The Big Library Read program couldn’t come at a better time for our library,” said Deb Robertson, Director of the Kilgore Memorial Library. “We are in the middle of the fourth year of our Summer Reading SMACKDOWN with Seward to learn who reads more on Highway 34 and downloaded books read by participants count in the contest with Seward”

She added that patrons wanting to join the Summer Reading Smackdown can visit Kilgore Memorial Library to learn more.

The Big Library Read program is made possible through a partnership between Nebraska OverDrive Libraries, OverDrive and Pegasus Books, publisher of A Murder in Time. The title was selected based on a survey of more than 20,000 library readers. To borrow the eBook readers can visit