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  1. February Book Nook!

    February 7, 2020 by kbretschneider

    It’s February, the month of love, and if you’re looking for a good love story make sure you stop in to check one out.  We also have a large selection of movies if you’re looking for a good romantic comedy for Valentine’s Day.  If bettering your relationships, especially with that special someone in your life, is on your to do list for 2020, we have several great relationship improvement books that can help you build lasting and positive relationships.  Stop in and see what we’ve got!

    Lego Club continues!  We had a great attendance of young patrons for our Lego Club in January and we will continue to offer Lego Club two Thursdays of every month through the month of May.  In February, those dates are February 6th and 20th from 3:45-4:45.  This club is open to 2nd-6th graders and is a great opportunity for kids to express their imagination.  Lego club is cooperatively funded by a Youth Excellence Grant from the Nebraska Library Commission, the Lied Battle Creek Public Library Foundation, and through the donations of the community. 

    The Battle Creek Library Foundation needs you!  Our foundation is always accepting new members.  The Foundation is a group of people who believe the library is an important part of the community.  They help make improvements to the building, provide prizes for the Summer Reading Program, purchase books for the library to put in its collection, and help support the various programs that the library does throughout the year.   Come to the next meeting, Thursday, February 6th at 6:30pm in the library meeting room to join this community-impacting group.

    New Books!


    Country Guesthouse — Robyn Carr

    Forever Hidden – Tracie Peterson

    Hindsight – Iris Johansen

    Lady Clementine – Marie Benedict

    Lake Season – Denise Hunter

    Moral Compass (book and audio) – Danielle Steel

    Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers – Brian Kilmeade

    Tiny Habits – BJ Fogg

    Treason – Stuart Woods

    Vanishing – Jayne Krentz

    Young Adult:

    Toll – Neal Shusterman

    One of Us is Lying – Karen McManus

    Junior Fiction and Junior Reader:

    Bad Guys in the Baddest Day Ever – Aaron Blabey

    Bad Kitty Joins the Team – Nick Bruel

    Bo’s Magical New Friend – Rebecca Elliott

    Diana Princess of the Amazons – Shannon Hale

    Eva’s Campfire Adventure – Rebecca Elliott

    Karen’s Witch – Ann M Martin

    Narwhal on a Sunny Night – Mary Pope Osborne

    Notorious – Gordon Korman

  2. Abominable Movie Showing January, 3rd at 2:00pm!

    January 2, 2020 by kbretschneider

    Popcorn will be available! Bring your own drink!

  3. Happy New Decade!

    December 23, 2019 by kbretschneider

    Library Book Nook – January 2020

    Happy New Year!  If you find yourself trying to stay out of the cold, swing by the library first and check out a book, movie or a puzzle.  We have several puzzles that are available for a renewable two week period.  From 300 to 1500 pieces, we have puzzles that are sure to help you pass the long winter months. 

    New in 2020 we will be offering a Door to Door program.  Any individual who is unable to get to the library due to age, surgery, illness, or disability can call the library and have books, movies, puzzles, etc. delivered to their home.  We will deliver on Tuesday afternoons and only within the city of Battle Creek.  If you are interested in this service give the library a call!

    We will be having a Teddy Bear Sleepover on Friday, January 10th.  Children are welcome to bring a stuffed animal to the library on Friday before 6:00pm.  The stuffed animal will spend the night at the library having all kinds of stuffed animal fun!  Then the next morning, Saturday, January 11th, the children are welcome to come back to the library for Story Time at 9:00am.  They will see and learn all about the fun their stuffed animal had overnight and take their stuffed animal home. 

    Lego Club is starting!  Thanks to donations and a grant from the Nebraska Library Commission we are able to start a Lego club for students 2nd-6th grades.  We will have January’s  LEGO club on Thursday, January 9th and 23rd from 3:45-4:45.  No reservations are necessary at this time but depending on the turnout we may have to limit the amount of attendees in the future. 

    New Books!!!

    Adult Books

    All the Flowers in Paris – Sarah Jio

    Bloody Trail of the Mountain Man – William W. Johnstone

    Christmas Bells – Jennifer Chiaverini

    Criss Cross (book and audiobook) – James Patterson

    Genesis – Robin Cook

    How Happiness Happens – Max Lucado

    A Minute to Midnight – David Baldacci

    The Rise of Magicks – Nora Roberts

    Smoke Screen – Terri Blackstock

    Spy – Danielle Steel

    Sword of Kings – Bernard Cornwell

    Code of Honor – Tom Clancy

    Twisted Twenty-six – Janet Evanovich

    Young Adult & Junior Fiction

    Alex Rider, Secret Weapon – Anthony Horowitz

    Broken Throne – Victoria Aveyard

    The Queen of Nothing – Holly Black

    Top Secret Smackdown – Marc Barnett

    Junior Readers and Picture Books

    Alien vs. Bad Guys – Aaron Blabey

    Do-You-Think-He-Saur-Us – Aaron Blabey

    Superbad – Aaron Blabey

    The Big Bad Wolf – Aaron Blabey

    The Cool Bean – Jory John

    Dog Man: Fetch-22 – Dav Pilkey

    The Bathtime Battle – Shannon Hale

    Black Forest Burglary – Thea Stilton


    Downton Abbey-The Movie


  4. Book Nook for September 2019

    August 29, 2019 by kbretschneider

    The Library Book Nook — September 2019


    School is back in session and things at the library are picking up again as well.  Our monthly Saturday morning storytimes for kids through 2nd grade returns on September 7th.  How are you doing? Story Time will focus on books that talk about emotions and feelings. We will sing some heartfelt songs and even have a smiley snack.  All are welcome!


    For adults this month we have a new Book Club starting up!  We will meet the last Monday of every month in the meeting room.  We will offer the chance for adults to come at either 9:00 in the morning or 6:00 in the afternoon.  Adults do not need to come to both sessions but are welcome to if they want to socialize or hear others perspectives on the books.  We will always have coffee and the chance to talk with others about some pretty awesome books. Best of all we have extra copies of the books so there is no need to spend any money!  Stop by the library and pick up a copy to begin reading this month’s book!


    Our Book Club book for September is Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman.  This quirky, curmudgeonly young lady finds herself infatuated with a singer and realizes she must change to get his attention. Through hilarious attempts to change the engrained routines of her life and with evolving friendships with the new IT guy and an old man , Eleanor Oliphant  

    takes the reader on a life changing journey from a friendless, damaged soul who is just fine to a person who cherishes her life and the people in it.  Be ready to laugh and shed a tear or two!


    Finally, thank you to all who helped make our Movie Under the Stars a success!  From financial donors who helped cover the movie license, to donors of equipment, to Farmers Pride for refreshments, to family and board members who helped behind the scenes, to organizers of Summer City Fest, to the Ball Association for use of the field, to those who take care of the park, and many more we thank you!  We are humbled to be a part of such a generous and supportive community. Thank you!


    New Books:


    Bitterroots – CJ Box

    Catering to Nobody – Diane Mott Davidson

    Cereal Murders – Diane Mott Davidson

    Dark Age – Pierce Brown

    Desperate Creek – Alex Kava

    Evvie Drake Starts Over – Linda Holmes

    Frontier America – William W. Johnstone

    Game of Snipers – Stephen Hunter

    Half Finished – Lauraine Snelling

    Healing Jar – Wanda E. Brunstetter

    Inn (Book and Audiobook) – James Patterson

    Labyrinth – Catherine Coulter

    Lake of the Ozarks – Bill Geist

    Mustangers – Andrew J. Fenady

    Real Murders – Charlaine Harris

    Romanov Ransom – Clive Cussler

    Someone We Know – Shari Lapena

    The Third Victim – Phillip Margolin

    Three Bedrooms, One Corpse – Charlaine Harris


    Young Adult

    Maybe This Time – Kasie West

    Junior Fiction

    Oceans Between Stars – Kevin Emerson

    Sunny Side Up – Jennifer L. Holm

    See You on a Starry Night – Lisa Schroeder

    Surfside Girls: Mystery at the Old Rancho – Kim Dwinell

    Wish on All the Stars – Lisa Schroeder

    Junior Readers/Picture Books

    Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls – Dav Pilkey

    Field – Baptiste Paul

    Ranger in Time: Night of Soldiers and Spies – Kate Messner

    Owl Diaries: Trip to the Pumpkin Farm – Rebecca Elliott

    The Very Last Castle – Travis Jonker

  5. Hopping time to be in Battle Creek!

    April 1, 2019 by kbretschneider

    April is here and there is so much going on this month at the library and in the community!  We have an exciting living history program presented by Darrel Draper where he will perform in character as President Theodore Roosevelt.  This educational and entertaining program is for people of all ages and will be held at the Community Pride Care Center at 2:00 Sunday, April 7th.  The next Saturday the library will be stuffed with children and families as they get to make their own stuffed animal at our Make a Pal Stuffing Party.  Ms. Cherie Werner will read a heart-warming story about the wonderful role our stuffed friends make in our lives then the stuffing will begin!  If you missed the pre-order date there are extra “pals” available for the cost of $12 each.  Inquire at the library for more information.

    Do you love pancakes?  If you do April in Battle Creek is going to be a lip-smacking month for you!  On April 7th the youth group at St. Johns will be having a pancake feed from 10:30 to 12:30 with Grubbs providing their delicious pancakes.  Then on Saturday, April 13th the Battle Creek Lions Club will take to the griddle to flip up some mouth-watering pancakes at the community clubhouse in the city park.  They will begin serving at 10:00 and continue till 1:00.

    While are mouths are watering over pancakes, don’t forget there’s also a few more Friday night Knights of Columbus Fish Fries at St. Patrick’s Parish Hall.  They serve from 5:30-8:00pm and carryouts are available!

    Our schools have book fairs, plays, and sporting events as well this month.  One event to note is the Battle Creek Scholarship Banquet on Friday, April 5th.  The speaker will be alum, Angie Klein.  Make sure you call the high school for your reservations!

    Is that music you hear?  Well, not yet, but there will soon be music and dancing at the Fire Hall for the Annual Fireman’s Ball on April 13th from 8:00pm to 1:00am.  Ask your favorite fireman for tickets!

    That’s not the end to the Battle Creek events!  Easter is coming!  That means worship services at St. Patricks and St. Johns but also a special visit from the Easter Bunny.  There will be an Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 0-8 at the city park on April 13th at 11am.  So on April 13th, you and your child can come to the library at 9 make a stuffed pal, head to the park for some pancakes from the Lions Club, have the children find eggs at 11 and then go home take a nap and find a babysitter and come back into town for a night of music and dancing.  Sounds like a hopping fun day and a wonderful month to be in Battle Creek!


    PS… If we’ve missed any community events, we apologize!

  6. February: A Month to Love and Honor

    February 14, 2019 by kbretschneider

    In the midst of the coldness of winter, we get to enjoy the wonderful month of February. Not only is February the shortest month, it is the month of love with Valentine’s Day falling in the middle. We set this day aside to remind ourselves to simply say, “I love you” to our friends and family. February is also a month where we get to honor. We get to honor those who have served our country in the highest public office, the presidency. We also dedicate this month to remembering and honoring those who have struggled for their civil rights by observing Black History Month. Whatever you chose to do this month in the midst of the coldness of the continual winter, we hope you take the time to simply love and honor. And, if you are so moved, we’ve got plenty of books to help you do both.

  7. A Fond Farewell

    November 13, 2018 by kbretschneider

    It is almost time to bid a fond farewell to our library director of 17 years, Kathy Bretschneider.  Kathy has served the community of Battle Creek faithfully with her wit and knowledge of all things English.  The City of Battle Creek will host an open house for Kathy on Friday, November 30th from 3pm to 5pm in the library meeting room.  Come wish this special lady a very happy retirement!

  8. Summer heat leads to Autumn breezes- – –

    September 21, 2018 by kbretschneider

    Squirrel Eating Acorn

    From Labor Day to Patriot Day and Autumn’s haunting call, this month reaches out to pull on your memories and  walk you through life’s changes. This is  a month of enchanting color to push you onward toward a quiet reverie as memory reclaims your longings.

    What can the Fall do to fulfill your dreams and brighten memories? A tug at your heart, a whisper to your brain will lift your heart towards old memories and new good times. No one can see what you feel, but you can fully feel what you see in a turn of season.

    Watch children race toward a pile of leaves, yellow, orange, tan and red. In a flash of energy they leap and spray the leafy mount, rolling and falling toward a merry heap of arms and legs reaching for the exhilaration of the season. Anyone else watching might wish for such freedom, and resist the display of childlike feelings. Little ones recognize a wondrous event and dive right in. Shouldn’t we all, in some way?

    Never resist the call to enjoy nature’s call for play or the fragrance of a zesty Autumn! It’s a treat!

  9. School bells ring–are ya listening?

    August 11, 2018 by kbretschneider

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    It’s Fall, y’all, and the youngsters are heading back to school. It’s a great time of year for the children, as they will soon begin to have lots of friends and fun both during and after school.

    Their parents will also enjoy this season for many reasons. There’s a break from parental oversight while they’re in school. School will provide plenty of activities for children to enjoy and for parents to see and hear also.

    Some of the most enlightening things happen at teachers’ conferences and sports events–not to mention school plays and band events. Members of the same family can easily enjoy the talents each member has at these moments, and quite often there are great things to brag about and a few funny ones to giggle over.

    Now, I’m not saying that school isn’t a serious business. For goodness sake, I taught Junior High and High School students for 15 years. But the parts that stick in your heart the most should be the fun, the learning, and ‘oopses’ that go along with it.

    Memories of these times can be something to cling to in not-so-fun times and revived to encourage us all to cling to our past a little. Have a great year kiddos. Enjoy, enjoy, parents. I’m a parent and grandparent and I wouldn’t trade any of the serious or hilarious times.

    Have fun teachers, principals, lunchroom cooks, school nurse and all the other folks who live at school. It’s worth it.                                                                                                    Image result for school days images

  10. Be Cool, Back to School

    July 12, 2018 by kbretschneider

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    July will soon slide into August and many wonderful opportunities are looking for you, kids. You still have a few short weeks of summer fun, of course, and that is a real opportunity.

    One thing you could do is take a vacation to somewhere close that is not expensive and yet full of fun; like: the County Fair in your area–or a rodeo if it’s close enough. Explore area lakes and rivers (with your family and friends) and find out how great it is to be a Nebraskan. Some Nebraskans enjoy inviting their neighbors for an outdoor dinner, especially if they live in the country. Someone who might be visiting from out of state would most likely love an invitation to a country barbecue (or even a small town barbecue): does anyone have Gov.Pete Ricketts’ email?

    Other ideas might include visiting grandparents wherever they live or inviting them to your outdoor barbecue.

    You might even try writing a card or note to the teacher you will be working with next school year: tell he or she what your best qualities are or an activity that you’ve never tried in school–like being pen-pals with the principal.

    Summers are short but there is still some time to look around and describe to your mom or dad what is best about Nebraska summers. Better yet write a pen pal and invite them to see how much fun we have.

    Remember always that if you and your friends were born in Nebraska, there are many children who weren’t. You could start a Pen Pal Club  with your classmates and write to those children asking them what is  the best feature of their state. How do you find them? Start with cousins or friends who live elsewhere. Or when you go back to school ask the new kids who just arrived. It’s a great way to find a new friend.

    And don’t forget to tell everyone how great the weather is here in good old Nebraska!