Happy Thanksgiving

thanksgivingThe Kilgore Memorial Library staff would like to wish all of our patrons a very Happy Thanksgiving. It is a special time of year for traveling with friends and family to enjoy time together. Wishing you safe travels.


Don’t forget the Library’s Soup Sale on November 26th at the City Auditorium. Delicious soups and jars of jam will be available for sale. All proceeds go to the Kilgore Memorial Library.

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month


Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting individuals in every community regardless of age, economic status, gender, or race. Domestic violence can result in physical injury, psychological trauma, and in severe cases, death. These consequences can cross generations and last a lifetime.

We at Kilgore library are here to share a number of resource books and CDs, so if you need help stop by.

Other resources: Blue Valley Behavioral Health 402-363-6128 and Hope Crisis Center 1-877-388-4673 which provides services in Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Saline, Seward, Thayer, and York counties.


A Few Things…

September is National Library Card Sign-Up month! So come in and get a Kilgore Memorial Library card for you and your family.

We love to get little ones signed up so they can come and enjoy our programs. We offer Toddler Fun Time on Wednesday mornings beginning at 10am and Story time at 10am on Fridays.

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A Few Things

Welcome back college and area students!! Wow, summer went very quick. We hope you had a good one!

A new feature at Kilgore Memorial Library that has been added to the online catalog is Learning Express 3.0. It can be found under Electronic Resources. It’s a good resource to help your educational and career goals. You do need a library card so you can sign in for the resources available for you to use so stop by the library and get your library card if you do not have one. Our hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 10am to 8pm. Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10am to 5pm. We are closed on Sunday.

For additional information see our website at http://libraires.ne.gov/York.

As always, we are here to help you.

Being Mortal : Free event to discuss bestselling book about end of life care

YORK – On August 23, at 11:30 a.m., the York Country Health Coalition End of Life Partnership and Kilgore Memorial Library are holding a special community book discussion on Atul Gawande’s bestseller “Being Mortal.”

Described as a “book that has the potential to chance medicine – and lives,” “Being Mortal” dives into the hard truths of end of life care and the role medicine should and shouldn’t play within aging and death. Gawande, a practicing surgeon, presents eye opening research and gripping stories of his own patients and families to discuss the struggles of his own profession and what can be done better in the treatment of those in hospice care.

The book discussion will be held at Kilgore Memorial Library and will include an expert panel of Dr. Darrell Loschen, Janice Cunningham, APRN, Director of Social Services at York General Hospital Rita Maloley, MSW, and Assistant Administrator for Tabitha Kyle Stroh.

Other end of Life Partnership health professionals will be in attendance and offer insights throughout the conversation. Lunch will be provided during a special video interview with the author.

Anyone interested in a discussion of this book, or the topic it covers for “What Matters in the End” is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The event will end with a question and answer session with the expert panel—a great opportunity for community members to learn more about end of life care.

“We are so happy to provide an opportunity to the community to discuss this important topic,” said Kilgore Library Director Deb Robertson. “Partnering with professional organizations like the End of Life Partnership for community programming is always exciting for the library.”

This event is free but RSVPs are encouraged at kilgore@cityofyork.net or by calling 402-363-2626.

For more information, contact Deb Robertson at 402-363-2626 or Rita Maloley at 402-362-0440.

New literature helps patrons avoid scams

The Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection in Washington DC has released the first free Spanish-language fotonovella as part of their initiative to raise awareness about scams targeting Latino people. It’s a story of a couple struggling to pay for their daughter’s college education. Rafael has been out of work for months and he’s out of ideas for how to start paying back the money they owe. Maria hears an ad for a company that promises it can help, but it could be a scam. Through Maria and Rafael’s story readers learn the signs of a debt relief scam, what to do if they’re having trouble paying their debts, and how to report debt relief scams to the Federal Trade Commission.

We have ordered some Spanish copies and fotonovella book markers in English/Spanish. They will be available to anyone who would like to pick up one at the library.

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.

More info at http://bettyauchard.com/.


This month I am very pleased to introduce you to two new employees here at Kilgore Memorial Library.



calebCaleb Groves joins our staff filling one of our new positions as Social Media Coordinator. Caleb is from Blue Hill, Nebraska and a graduate of Hastings College. He also works at the York News Times as a graphic designer. Caleb is a talented artist and in his spare time he enjoys making paper illustrations. One of his creations has been selected to appear in the book 20 Years of Tomb Raider by Meagan Marie.










Maegan Detlefs fills our second new position as Social Media Coordinator. Maegan is from Spearfish, South Dakota and a graduate of York College. She 11265405_10203920960973915_2998832321556277339_nalso works at York College as an Event Coordinator. She and her husband, Stephen, have two adorable dogs (Pixel and Maybe). Maegan enjoys singing, theater, and writing, 11542116_10203918906682559_5463767135464140912_nis obsessed with the hit musical Hamilton and has seen every episode of the Gilmore Girls at least five times.






Welcome Caleb and Maegan! We are excited to have you join our Staff!!



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 http://nebraska.lib.overdrive.com 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 http://nebraska.lib.overdrive.com.

A few things…

Summer-Flowers-Desktop-HD-WallpapersSummer programs are under way here at Kilgore Library. If you haven’t signed your children up for the different programs it’s not too late! We have programs for all ages from pre-school to the young adult and even a fun reading competition for the adults between our library and Seward Memorial library. There are weekly prizes for all ages!!

Also, we have information and forms to sign up for the Nebraska 150 Reading Challenge. For more information you can visit the site at www.nebraska150books.org.

The contest runs from now until February 28,2017. Prize drawings will be held on Nebraska’s 150th birthday, March 1, 2017.