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.

Thanksgiving, a National Holiday


The library has many children’s books to check out for children to read this Thanksgiving.

For adults, we have:

The Thanksgiving Book: an illustrated treasury of lore, tales, poems, prayers and the best in holiday feasting

The Thanksgiving book: a companion to the holiday covering its history, lore, traditions, foods, and symbols, including primary sources, poems, prayers, songs, hymns, and recipes : supplemented by a chronology, bibliography, web sites, and index

America’s hidden history: untold tales of the first Pilgrims, fighting women, and forgotten founders who shaped a nation

Those are just a few titles of some great books to read this Thanksgiving season.

May your Thanksgiving be filled with the magic of Autumn and the blessings of family and friends.

The library will be closed Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday, but we will resume normal hours on Saturday.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Kilgore Memorial Library Staff!

Banned Books Week

Celebrating the Freedom to Read

September 21-27, 2014


Artwork Courtesy of the American Library Association

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982. According to the American Library Association, more than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. There were 307 challenges reported to the office of Intellectual Freedom in 2013, and many more go unreported.

ALA’s 10 most challenged titles of 2013 were:

1. Captain Underpants (series) by Dan Pilkey

2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

4. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good For a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone

7. Looking for Alaska by John Green

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

9. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

10. Bone (series) by Jeff Smith

Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all the people in the community that the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.

Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

Celebrate the freedom that you have to read. Come to the library and ask for a challenged book!


September is Library Card Sign-Up Month!

Stan_Lee_PSA_728x90Library Card Sign-Up Month is an annual promotion of getting a library card and using the library. Do you know what you can do with your library card? Here are a few ideas:

Visit our website’s page about applying for a library card to learn more. If you already have a library card, celebrate by using the library this month and spreading the word! What do you enjoy most about your library card?


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:-)

Library Summer Book Sale

Mark your calendar for the Kilgore Memorial Library Summer Book Sale! Members of the Friends of the Library can attend a pre-sale from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 25th. The sale is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 26th.

Plan to support Kilgore Memorial Library’s Book Sale. The sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Library who volunteer their time to raise money to purchase books for the library and host special events for all of us to enjoy throughout the year. We will be selling used books, audio books, children’s books, and regular and large print books. Fill a reusable tote bag with all the books you can get in the bag for just $5 – a real deal! And you get to keep the tote bag!

We thank the Friends for the wonderful support they give to the library and we hope to see you support this very worthy event this weekend!

We want you to be a Friend!

Do you treasure the library as an important part of the community? Do you wish to be more involved in supporting the library? Join the Friends of the Library–a group that raises money for and donates to the library, sponsors fun programs, and encourages the use and improvement of the library.

The Friends of the Library typically hold a couple different fundraising events during the year. There are two book sales every year, which are put on by the Friends. Friends members have access to preview the book sale one day before it starts, allowing them to have first choice. In the past, the Friends of the Library have put together gift boutiques and a soup sale to raise funds for the library. These funds are used for programs and to order many of the materials available for checkout at the library.

The next Friends of the Library meeting is going to be held on Monday, July 14th at 12 p.m. Become a member and go to the meeting to see the titles that were ordered for the library by the Friends and get clued in on the Friends events!

Want more information? Go to our website’s Friends of the Library page to read more and fill out a Friends application. Or, come on into the library and ask for an application.

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!

Allow me to introduce myself…

LibbyHello! My name is Libby and I’m excited to begin posting to this blog. I enjoy learning about technology and trying new things, and blogging will be a fun way to do both. I hope that this blog allows us to reach people with library news and information that is important to them.

Here’s a little bit about me–

Interlibrary loan and purchasing books for the adult collection are both focuses of mine. When our library does not have an item you are looking for let me know. If the title is one that will fit our local collections I will buy the book for our library or I can ask another library to loan the book to us. I also help at the front desk with checking out books and answering questions. If you need help while you’re using the library computers or checking out e-books on your e-reader, I’d be happy to work with you to troubleshoot your technology issues.

When I’m not at the library, I love to read (of course!) and cook. I’ve challenged myself to read 52 books this year, and so far I’m on track. If you have book suggestions, I’m always looking to add to my to-read list. Next time you come to the library, I’d love to meet you!