Archive for May, 2011

New fiction books this week are “Sixkill” by Robert Parker;  “Blood Trust” by Eric Van Luster;  “A Time for Patriots” by Dale Brown;  “The Devil’s Light” by Richard North Patterson;  “Rogue Warrior” by Richard Marcinko;  “Buried Prey” by John Sandford;  “The Butterfly’s Daughter” by Mary Alice Monroe;  and “Night Road” by Kristin Hannah.   New non-fiction:  “If You Ask Me” by Betty White;  “From This Moment On” by Shania Twain;  “Normal Gets You Nowhere” by Kelly Cutrone;  and “Your teacher Said What?” by Joe Kernan.

The last few weeks, I have mentioned that the library has been working toward converting to new software.  There are several reasons for this, but mostly it will provide you with user friendly access to what we have in the collection either at the library or at home.  The second important reason is so we can be “hooked up” to other libraries in the Panhandle and you can see what other libraries have.  The total Panhandle project will extend over several months as other libraries come on board. 

Meantime, at the Kimball Public Library, the staff and a few volunteers have been going through all the 25,000 records in the collection and getting them consistent per section of the library and adding more information where needed to make searching for items easier for you, the public, and for us, the staff.  This process has been time consuming and like I said last week, taking more time than we realized.  But, we are gaining.  This leads up to the week of being closed, May 30 to June 4, to physically go to the shelves for the final steps in co-coordinating the barcodes to match what in in the new software program.

This is a reminder that the library will be closed for one full week beginning with Memorial Day weekend, Saturday, May 28 through Saturday, June 4.  I know we will be busy again the next week and possibly have some new books for you again.  Summer Reading sign-up will continue from June 6 through June 13.  Looks like it will be a busy summer.  Stay safe.

Hi adults and teens,

We have something for you also.  All you have to do is sign-up by June 13 and read books.  You then turn in a very brief book report and that will make you eligible for prizes at the end of the program in July.  The only rules are that you have to be signed up and read books checked out from the Kimball Public Library.   The wrap-up programs with be July 11 for Teens and July 12 for Adults.  The adults can share about the books they read and if they were good or not.

The library is getting ready for the Summer Reading Program.  The first session will be on June 13 at 10 a.m. sharp.  The musical program will follow the summer reading 2011 theme “One World, Many Stories”.  David Marsh will provide music from around the world using many instruments and uplifting and humorous songs and stories to entertain all of us.  Children who are under 5 years old may also attend this program.   David is the first musician to work with the Nebraska Humanities Council and has done over 100 musical programs for youth.  We are excited to kick off the Summer Reading Program with his talents.

“The Nebraska Public Library Commission was established by an act of the Legislature on March 27, 1901, and the office of the Commission was opened in the State Capitol on November 11 of that year. The Commission was charged to “encourage the establishment of libraries where none existed and the improvement of those already established.” In 1933, due to economic hardships, the Legislature passed a bill abolishing the Library Commission and establishing in its place the Nebraska Public Library. It was relocated to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where the University Librarian served as Public Library Commissioner. The Nebraska Public Library Commission was re-established by law in 1935 and moved to an office in the new Capitol Building. In 1952 the Commission was designated by the Library of Congress as the official distribution center for the Books for the Blind program. In 1972 the Nebraska Public Library Commission assumed its present identity as the Nebraska Library Commission

Nebraska has a long tradition of library service, beginning with military post libraries, continuing with literary society libraries founded during Territorial times, women’s club libraries, Carnegie libraries, college and school libraries, and the modern libraries of today.”   There just under 300 public libraries in Nebraska.

Hi all,

The staff are gearing up for Summer Reading.  The frist program will be on June 13 — which is a Monday — with David Marsh who will give us a musical program “Music From Around the World”.  He is young and enthusiastic and the program will be a great kick-off for the summer.

The other 3 programs will be on Wednesdays — June 22, 29 & July 6.  More details will be posted as we get closer.

Finally, some new books to announce in the column. 

Adult Fiction:  “Minding Frankie” by Maeve Binchy; “Miles to Go” by Richard Paul Evans; “Cold Wind” by C. J. Box;  “The Wedding Promise” by Thomas Kinkade;  “Mobbed: a Regan Reilly Mystery” by Carol Higgins Clark;  “Red on Read” by Edward Conlon;  “Live Wire” by Harlan Coben;  “Save Me” by Lisa Scottoline;  “The Fifth Witness” by Michael Connelly;  “Chasing Fire” by Nora Roberts;  “Devious” by Lisa Jackson;  “44 Charles Street” by Danielle Steel;  “The Pope’s Assassin” by Luis M. Rocha;  “The Judgment” by Beverly Lewis; “Treason at Lisson Grove” by Anne Perry;  “Eve” by Iris Johansen;  “The Sixth Man” by David Baldiacci;  “Toys” by James Patterson and Neil McMahon;  “I’ll Walk Alone” by Mary Higgins Clark;  “Mystery: an Alex Delaware novel” by Jonathan Kellerman;  and “Friendship Bread” by Darien Gee. 

Adult non-fiction:  “River Monsters: True Stories of the Ones That Didn’t Get Away” by Jeremy Wade; “Liberty Defined” by Ron Paul; and “Bossypants” (a biography) by Tina Fey.

So, to spend a little time on my soap box, here are some thoughts.  There are so many reasons to keep libraries open and available, especially in harder times.  Citizens are trimming their budgets too.  The library provides information to all levels of interest and needs.  Libraries provide: computers which provide access to job openings, job applications and continuing education;  access to testing such as ACT, SAT, ASVAB & more; court systems; tax information; political information; health information and a host of other opportunities.  I hear comments weekly from library users about how important the library is to them and to our Kimball area community.  I thank the community and our city officials who support the library.  Okay, I’m off the soap box.