Elmwood Public Library

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Regular Hours Resumed!

Written By: elmwood - Jun• 08•20

The Elmwood Public Library has resumed its normal hours effective June 8! We still have a few pandemic adjustments to services, but we are glad to be able to welcome back the members of the Elmwood community!

We want to thank ALL of our patrons for their understanding and flexibility during this difficult and confusing time. We truly appreciate your support.

Adjusted Hours & Services

Written By: elmwood - Mar• 23•20

To better obey the state guidelines during the Covid-19 outbreak, the Elmwood Public Library will enact the following practices through April 30.

  1. Book Pick-up Only. Patrons cannot browse stacks. Books may be requested ahead of time via Facebook, email (ElmwoodLibrary@outlook.com) or phone (402.994.4125).
  2. Adjusted Hours. Monday through Thursday 12pm-2pm. Saturdays 10am-12pm.
  3. No Public Computers. At this time, patrons are not allowed to utilize the library’s computers.
  4. Online E-Books. Patrons are encouraged to access books via the Overdrive and Libby apps. Know your individual card # and the community PIN (streeter) to borrow books online.
  5. On-Site Inventory Access. Search our on-site catalog by clicking here!

If you should have any questions or needs during this time, please feel free to contact our staff. We will work with you to help meet your needs! We thank you for your understanding as we work through this trying time together.

Book Club

Written By: elmwood - Feb• 06•20

The Elmwood-Murdock Book Club had its first trial meeting in January. With so much interest and high participation numbers, the group went ahead and set another meeting for Monday, March 2 at 6:30pm.

This month’s book selection is Alex Kava’s “One False Move.” Alex Kava is a popular mystery/thriller author who grew up in Silver Creek, Nebraska, and now divides her time between Omaha and Pensacola, Florida. This novel was chosen in 2006 as the subject for “One Book, One Nebraska.”

“One False Move” is a psychological thriller about the fallout from an abortive bank robbery. Melanie Starks and her seventeen year-old son get talked into helping her ex-con brother pull-off the heist. Now they’re on the run and there’s nothing to lose.

Read the book and come to the meeting on March 2 to discuss the book among friends in a casual and friendly setting. Anyone and everyone is welcome!

For those wishing to check-out the book, contact the library to see if they have any copies to loan!

Pre-K Story Time!

Written By: elmwood - Aug• 29•19

Miss Anne entertains children ages 3-5 with some stories and organized fun.  We meet on Thursday afternoons during the school year.  Hope you can join us!

What a Bargain!

Written By: elmwood - Jul• 24•19

The American Library Association (ALA) is a source of great help to our nation’s libraries.  Among other things, their staff provides an auditing tool to help libraries calculate their value (in monetary terms) to their community.  Library Director Anne Pope recently crunched the budgetary and usage numbers from 2018 and came up with a surprising result!

“The ALA places different values for number and types of books borrowed, hours of computer use, meeting space utilization, etc.  In 2018 the Elmwood Public Library gave $61,500 towards our community.  In that same year, our entire operating budget was only $25,000.  So when you think about it,  this community gets a lot of bang for their buck!”

Anne went on to say that while book lending is the primary function of the Elmwood Public Library, it’s by no means its only occupation.  “We have Wifi, public computers, printers, faxing capabilities, media equipment, Interlibrary loan services, e-book and audio book capacity.  We even have online access to the Small Business Reference Center, Legal Information Center and Encyclopedia resources.  A lot of these resources are online and easily accessible to those who have a computer in their home, but don’t have the means to get to town.  If you have a library card, I can give you the secret passwords and you’re all set!”

Feel free to stop by the library and take advantage of the many resources available to young and old!

Summer Reading Kickoff!

Written By: elmwood - May• 09•19

Elmwood Public Library will be holding their Summer Reading Program on Wednesdays in June.  To celebrate the event, we’ll be hosting a community party in the park!

Sunday, June 2, we welcome all of our friends from Elmwood, Murdock and the surrounding communities to join us at the Bess Streeter Aldrich Park from 4pm-6pm.  There will be food trucks (The Tastee Trailer as well as Kona Ice) with meals and snacks available for purchase.  There will also be kids’ activities, face painting, and live music from The String Beans at 5pm! 

From pop and country to rap and rock n’ roll, these goofy guys of The String Beans perform a wide variety of original, family-friendly songs about all the things kids love: animals, cartoons, food, science, sports and more! Each show is hilarious, inclusive and spontaneous, and each catchy tune is designed to get every audience dancing and singing along!

​We suggest that you bring a lawn chair or a picnic blanket.  Come for the food!  Stay for the music!  Help us celebrate our community and what our public library has to offer!



Summer Reading Program is a fun and free experience for children ages 4-12.  If  your child is currently enrolled in their second year of PreK through 5th grade, this is for them!

Current Preschool through first graders will meet on Wednesday, June 5, 12, 19 & 26 at 1pm.  2nd graders through 5th grade meet at 2:30pm on the same dates.  Our theme this year is, “A Universe of Stories,” so we’ll be talking about space, aliens, astronauts and more.

Please register your child ahead of time so that we can make sure to have enough supplies and snacks for everyone.  Registration sheets may be picked up at the library.  If you have questions, feel free to call a librarian at 402.994.4125 or email elmwoodlibrary@outlook.com.


Elmwood Public Library Receives Grants

Written By: elmwood - Apr• 08•19

The Elmwood Public Library is proud to announce that the organization has been awarded grants from four separate entities totaling just over $3,000.  Library Director Anne Pope commented, “The mission statement of the Elmwood Library is to encourage life-long learning for our citizens by providing them the resources and services that they need.  These gifts will go a long way in doing that!”


The Elmwood-Murdock Merchants Association (EMMA) gave $250 to the library to purchase a new SmartTV and rolling stand.  The device allows library staff (or public speakers) the ability to easily stream web content via the library’s WiFi.  The Nebraska Arts Council awarded the library over $400 to assist with the “Party in the Park” this June.  Cass County Tourism granted over $500 to pay for library signage and marketing materials.  Finally, the library was very excited to learn they had been awarded $2,000 by the Midlands Community Foundation.


“Midlands is a great organization that has been making gifts to non-profits in Cass and Sarpy counties for years,” stated Anne Pope.  “In 2019 they decided to help area libraries cover the costs associated with their Summer Reading Programs.  This is a huge boon to us as our budget for this event is usually only $250 per year.  I’m so excited about the books and supplies we’ll be able to share with the kids this summer!”


Director Anne Pope says that receiving four grants in one month is pretty rare, and she doesn’t expect it to happen again anytime soon, but she and the library board are grateful and excited about what the gifts mean to the community as a whole.

Visually Impaired Resources

Written By: elmwood - Jan• 07•19

Did you know that the Elmwood Public Library has a nice selection of Large Print books available?  We also receive a rotating collection of Large Prints on a monthly basis from the Morton-James Public Library in Nebraska City.  If you have a specific topic of interest or favorite author that you would like to see made available via Large Print books, please let one of our library staff know!  We can specifically request these materials for you.

Also, with the help of the Nebraska Library Commission, your Elmwood library can obtain free audiobooks and Braille materials for those with a visual or physical condition, or a reading disability which limits use of regular print.

Elmwood Public Library is working hard to meet the needs of our visually impaired patrons.

Holiday Movie Day!

Written By: elmwood - Dec• 13•18

Hey kids!  If you happen to be B-O-R-E-D over Christmas break, here’s something fun to do.  Come to the library on Thursday, December 27.  At 12:30pm we’re going to pretend we’re in Hawaii and watch the Disney favorite, “Lilo and Stitch!”  Popcorn and drinks provided.

Mom & Dad, if your kid is over the age of 5, it’s ok to leave them with us!  We’ll have semi-responsible adults supervising the kids until 2pm.

Archived Elmwood Newspapers Online

Written By: elmwood - Nov• 14•18

Elmwood Newspapers 1896-1953

Time travel IS possible!  (Well, at least it is on the internet.)

The Elmwood Public Library is proud to announce that Elmwood’s newspapers published from the late 1890s to the last issue published in 1953 are now available online via the Elmwood Public Library.  When the Elmwood newspaper stopped publishing it was known as the Elmwood Leader Echo.  Earlier in its history there were two newspapers the Elmwood Leader and the Elmwood Echo. They later merged.  Another Elmwood publication (Weeks Review) was also available in the 1890s. The process to search for people, places or events in our town’s history is made very simple by the website’s search engine.

The funding for this project was provided by Kirby and Cindy Drake in memory of Kirby’s parents Arthur & Gwineth (TenBroeck) Drake and their 15 children that grew up in Elmwood and graduated from Elmwood High School.  The Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation was instrumental in helping the Drake’s relay funding for this project so it could take place and the George Blessing family granted copyright permission for the last decades of the Elmwood Leader-Echo.  The copies can be accessed via a permanent link located on the Elmwood Public Library’s website.

Cindy Drake is the Librarian of the Nebraska History Library at History Nebraska (formerly the Nebraska State Historical Society). History Nebraska has been microfilming Nebraska newspapers since the 1950s.  This includes Nebraska newspapers published since the territorial days to the present.  This large collection for the State includes all available issues of any newspapers printed in Elmwood.  The State of Nebraska does not fund the digitizing of Nebraska newspapers at this time.  Any digitization of Nebraska newspapers is supplied by local entities (libraries, local historical organizations, foundations, or in this case private individuals).  The History Nebraska Microfilm Lab under the direction of Mary Woltemath, will send their film to vendors who will scan, digitize, and in most cases OCR (make word searchable) the microfilm when it is paid for by local sources.  The company that scanned the Elmwood newspapers and hosts the site where they are stored is Advantage (located in Iowa).

When History Nebraska originally filmed the bulk of the Elmwood newspapers they were continuous over many rolls of microfilm.  Sometimes missing issues or short runs of a newspaper cannot be spliced with the original microfilm.  For that reason, History of Nebraska would microfilm together on one roll issues of many different community publications and call them “filmstrip rolls.”  This is what happened with some issues of the Elmwood newspapers.  On some rolls of filmstrip microfilm where some Elmwood newspapers were located, there were also copies of other newspapers from other communities across the State.  Instead of solely scanning the Elmwood newspapers, Advantage scanned the entire roll.  This way, the treasures of other communities have been digitized as well.  For that reason, you will see listed publication for other community newspapers including those of Brownville, University Place, Thomas County, Alliance, Axtell and others.

As of right now, online access is available for Elmwood newspapers printed up to May 4, 1950.  It came to the attention of Cindy Drake that the last roll of microfilm for the Elmwood newspaper did not make it to Iowa to be scanned.  That will be corrected and soon the remaining issues through September 24, 1953 will be on the website very soon.

The Elmwood Public Library wishes to extend their sincere thanks to Cindy & Kirby Drake, their families as well as the Bess Streeter Aldrich Foundation for helping to implement this important historical reference for our community.    We encourage everyone to explore the website at their leisure.  Those with questions about using the site may visit the Elmwood Public Library for a little extra help.