Archive for April, 2011

The library has obtained some DVD movies for patrons to borrow.  There 24 movies on a rotational basis every 3 months through the Panhandle Library System. 

The rules for checking out these DVD movies are a 3 day checkout, and 1 movie per family at a time from this collection.  There are movies for adults and children.

This set include “Charlie Wilson’s War; “No Country for Old Men”;  “Tender Mercies”; “Dora the Explorer Super Babies”; “The Wind in the Willow”;  “I Love Lucy, Season One”; “9 to 5”; “Four Little Girls”;  “Battlefield of the Mind” by Joyce Meyer; “Super Cross”; “Terminator”; “In His Father’s Shoes”; and 12 more.

I have been the new director for 1 year and 1 month.  Thanks to the support of the Friends of the Kimball Library and the library board, we have added new shelving in the children’s area and shelving for magazines and Clean Harbor regulation notebooks in the adult area;  received 4 new computers from the Gates Foundation with matching funds;  added OVERDRIVE for downloadable audio and eBooks;  added the new Microfilm reader/printer/scanner;  and the Early Literacy Station for children aged 2-10; and are moving toward new catalog/OPAC software;  cleaned and rearranged and many other things.   It has been a busy year and we hope everyone will enjoy and utilize the new additions.  Funds for the Early Literacy Station were also provided by The Firstier Bank and Points West Bank.  Children seem to be enjoying this new machine.  Stop in and get a personal tour.

It seems early yet, but the staff is making plans for Summer Reading Program.  It is scheduled from June 13, 2011 until July 6.  The library needs ice cream buckets and round oatmeal cardboard containers or round hot chocolate mix cardboard containers for craft projects.  If you have some to donate to the program, just drop them off at the library. 

We are excited that the meeting rooms in the library are getting more use.  The community is invited to use them.  If they are used for educational and civic purposes there is no charge.  If they are used for social purposes there is a small fee.  Recently the rooms have been used by the Tai Chi classes and by the newly formed photography group.  Both are something new and positive for the community.

The staff is making plans for Summer Reading Program.  It is scheduled from June 13, 2011 (a Monday) until July 6 (a Wednesday).  The library needs ice cream buckets and round oatmeal cardboard containers or round hot chocolate mix cardboard containers for craft projects.  If you have some to donate to the program, just drop them off at the library.  And Thank you.

Sunday afternoon, The Friends of the Library hosted a very entertaining and informative presentation on “The Forts of Nebraska” by Jeff Barnes from Omaha.  Mr. Barnes was a very knowledgable speaker, had wonderful slides to show and gave us some very interesting history about our beautiful state of Nebraska and how it related to the history of the United States at that particular period of time.  He covered 11 Forts in Nebraska beginning with the first one in 1820, Ft. Atkinson.  Nebraska forts were outstanding and important, especially Fort Kearny (at Kearney, NE) and our beloved Ft. Robinson.  The library will have his book, “Forts of the Northern Plains”, available soon.  It covers forts of the plains during the Indian Wars.  Mr. Barnes has driven over 13,000 miles in researching and photographing these historical sites.

National Library Week is April 16-22, 2011 and the library will celebrate on Wednesday, April 20 with after business hours open house that day.

The library board is planning for the event and the public is welcome.  Please come in and say hi during that week (and other times too).

The Early Literacy Station has arrived and is working.  This computer contains educational games for children ages 2-10.  It has a colored keyboard coded for vowels, consonants and numbers.  Everybody who has seen the keyboard wants one.  It is available for use now, but parents must accompany their children, especially the younger ones.  We hope the community will take advantage of this wonderful service.  The funds to purchase this great tool for children came from the Friends of the Library, Points West Bank, Firstier Bank, and the Community Garage Sale.   Thank you to all of you.

On Sunday, April 10, at 2:00 p.m., the Friends of the Library will host their annual meeting and program.  The Program will be on “The Forts of Nebraska” and presented by Jeff Barnes through the Nebraska Humanities Council.  He will present a power-point presentation on the 12 forts in Nebraska and their 2000 year history and some little known facts.  He was a journalist and has written two books.

Another project of the library board is to decorate two panels on the west end of the building.  An art contest is open to anyone who wants to submit a design.  If you drive down the alley on the west side of the library and look up, you can see a painted section (where there used to be windows), that are in need of some upkeep.  The library board is open to receiving any type of design, especially those that have to do with Kimball. 

Again, the goal is to decorate two panels on the west end of the building.  The library board is open to submission of any type of design and as many as you would like to submit.  The size of the boards will be about 4′ X 12′.  Ideas for you to think about are historical, a panorama, current area projects, a library theme, a funky or graphic design, children reading and playing, etc.  There have been a few inquiries and we are looking forward to receiving the designs. 

The deadline has been set for June 1, 2011 and there will a Chamber Bucks Award.  Submit as many designs as you would like.

The library board is selling flowering bulbs.  The orders can be placed at the library or through any library board member.  Bulbs available for order are Purple Liatris, Gladioli, Peacock Orchids, President Red Cannas, Daylily, Blue Boy Tall Phlox, Mexican Shell Flower, Giant Elephant Ear, Oriental Lilies, Pink Bleeding Hearts and more.  This should be a good money maker for the library.  Orders need to be placed by April 15th.  It is not too late to order yours.  Please come into the library to view the choices and place your order if you haven’t been contacted by a board or friend member.  Both groups truly appreciate your support.