Welcome Back!

Welcome back from summer break, students!!

Come to Kilgore Memorial Library to do some research but don’t stop there. The library has information, activities, and services. Here are a few suggestions:

UntitledGet a library card, learn how to check out and return items, take an audio book or DVD home or download an e-book. We have online reference resources. Using the catalog you can search for material or place a hold on an item. We also offer Inerlibrary loan. If there is a book we don’t have in our collection we can borrow it from another library and all you pay is $2.50/book for shipping.

Plan a visit and see what we have to offer. The library staff is always happy to assist you.

See you at the library!

Friends of the Library Used Book Sale

colourful-old-book-high-definition-wallpaper-download-old-book-images-freeThis week the book sale is going on here at the library!

Come and check out the nice selection of donated books. The sale begins with a sneak preview on Thursday, July 23 from 5pm to 8pm for Friends of the Library members only. If you would like to join the Friends of the Library you may come on Thursday night and pay your $10 membership at the door. 

The sale will open to the general public on Friday, July 24 during our normal library hours which are 10am to 5pm as well as Saturday, July 25 from 10am to 5pm.

So come on out and help support your library!!

Behind Every Great Community is a Great Library!!

thIt’s June, a busy month for everyone. We have a lot going on at the library.

Summer reading is in full swing for children and adults.This is the third year for the Summer Smack Down who reads more on HWY 34 competition between York and Seward. If you haven’t already signed up please stop in and register and help us keep the traveling trophy here in York for another year!

Don’t forget the York Story Walk. The current book is “I Love Bugs!” What a great way for children, parents, and grandparents to read and enjoy a walk along the Beaver Creek park trail.


diploma and booksThe Kilgore Memorial Library staff would like to wish “congratulations” to all the graduates in the area! Wishing you much success in the next chapter of life!


Patrons, we hope you are enjoying the new service Kilgore Memorial is offering. The new Zinio has a wide selection of popular magazines. They are full digital copies you can read on your computer or mobile device.


A reminder: the library will be closed on May 25th Memorial Day. We will reopen on Tuesday, May 26th from 10am to 8pm.

Have a safe Memorial weekend!





springAre you ready for Spring to be here? I sure will be glad when it warms up and we can shed the coats and sweaters, seeing the grass green up and seeing the trees bud outside are a sure sign that spring is coming soon.

Thanks to all who came to the Friends of the Library book sale again, it was a great success and we appreciate all the hard work that goes into getting it set up. The money goes to many wonderful programs for both adult and children and to buy new books.

Have a good week!

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.

Check out library materials with your phone!

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When checking out books, many of our patrons either don’t have their library cards with them or the card is lost, so we have a habit of looking up a person’s card number to check out their library materials. However, beginning in January, the library will be handing out new cards and requiring patrons to use that card to check out. This new policy will be put into place to ensure privacy and guard against identity theft.

If you’re anything like me, finding your library card in your purse or wallet almost takes longer than choosing the books you want to read. I typically have what I need in my purse, but finding it amid everything else is the difficult part. But, do you know what I always have on hand? My phone.

The library director, Deb, and I recently discovered that there are apps for our smart phones that will keep track of our library card barcodes. The app that we tested for our library is called CardStar, and the concept is simple. Download the app from the App Store on your phone and click the icon to add a new card. The app lets you either manually type in the barcode number or scan the barcode with your phone. Then, after saving the barcode, you can use the app to display your library card number. Kilgore Memorial Library now has scanners that are able to read your library card barcode on your smart phone. So, if you have trouble remembering to bring your card or even finding your card, this app may be a good idea to make your checkout at the library easier. This way, you don’t have to worry about searching for your library card–it’s always in the same place.

This app can be used to store some of your other cards, like business loyalty cards or rewards cards. However, when you bring your phone with the card number to the store, the business will have to own a scanner that will read a barcode from a smart phone. So, check with the store that you want to go to before you leave your card at home, just in case they are unable to scan it!

If you want to learn more, come into the library and we’ll help you get it set up on your phone. Do you know of other apps that are similar to CardStar? What do you like to do to keep your cards organized?


Happy holidays!

wreathI can never think of Christmas without a warming glow that lights my heart with happiness. My thoughts turn to the wonderful Christmas season. We have Christmas music playing, so come and check out a good Christmas book or relax and read in the library. One delightful read is a book written by Jason F. Wright called Christmas Jars. Keep some tissues on hand for this holiday story that is sure to be a Christmas classic! The story inspires each reader to perform a random act of kindness in the form of a Christmas jar.

Stop by the library and view the wonderful display of the Avenue of Trees and vote for your favorite trees during library hours. We thank the people who were so gracious to decorate a tree and to the Friends of the Library for coordinating this event each year. The trees add a special touch to the library during the Christmas season.

The library will be closing at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24th.  We will be closed on Christmas Day,  Thursday, December 25th as well as Friday, December 26th.  In addition, the library will close at 3 p.m. on December 31st and will be closed for the day on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2015.

Best wishes for a happy holiday season from the Kilgore Memorial Library staff!