Archive for October, 2011

The week of Oct. 16-22 was National Friends of the Library Week.  The Friends of the Kimball Public Library is a big supporter of this library with their encouragement and their financial contributions.  Over the last year or more, they have helped purchase some shelving so there are more books available for checkout.  They also contributed to the Early Literacy Station which provides a learning computer for Ages 2-10 with learning games in math, science, reading, and more.   The organization has also purchased audio/visual materials and provided the Nebraska Life Magazine each year.  The Library Board and staff are very thankful for the help they have given us. 

            The Friends of the Kimball Public Library is a volunteer organization.  If you have a desire to join the Friends please stop in.  The annual membership is a whopping $2.00.  The Friends hold their annual meeting in April of each year and present an educational and informative program for the community.

The Children’s Story Time for November continues at 10:30 am on Wednesday mornings.  The themes will be “Fall”, “Dinosaurs”, “Food, Glorious Food”, “Thanksgiving”, and “Down on the Farm”.  See you all at the library for Halloween.

The first week of the new Children’s Storytime was a success.  Leta read a few books and sang some songs for the group.  The adults enjoyed the program too.    It is not too late to join in, just come to the library to sign up.  The programs will be every Wednesday at 10:30 am except Thanksgiving week.  Leta also visited the day care group last Wednesday and entertained several children.

The themes for October included “Insects”, “Firemen and Fire Safety”  , “Bears”, and “Halloween”.  Thank you to Vickie Mars for helping out.

New Adult Fiction:  “The Race” by Clive Cussler and Justin Scott;  “Adrenaline” by Jeff Abbott; “The Darling Dahlias” by Susan Wittig Albert;  “Chihuahua of the Baskervilles”  by Esri Allbritten;  “Robert B. Parker’s Killing the Blues” by Michael Brandman; and “Lethal” by Sandra Brown.


New Non-fiction: “10 Mindful Minutes” by Goldie Hawn;  “A Contest for Supremacy” by Aaron L. Friedberg;  “The Secrets of the FBI” by Ronald Kessler;  “Push Has Come To Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve” by Steve Perry;  “If I Have To Tell You One More Time” by Amy McCready;  “Maggie Meister’s Classical Elegance: 20 Beaded Jewelry Designs”;  “American Pickers Guide to Picking” by Libby Callaway (with others);  “Killing Lincoln” by Bill O’Reilly;   “The Black Banners: the Inside Story of 9/11” by Ali H. Soufan;  “Eleventh Day” (9/11) by Anthony Summers;  “The Third Wave: a Volunteer Story” by Alison Thompson;  “Harold: the boy Who Became Mark Twain” by Hal Holbrook; and “America’s Quarterback: Bart Starr”  by Keith Dunnavant.

The library does provide eBooks through Overdrive.  And Overdrive supports Kindles now.  Come to the library for the whole story or go to and browse through the compatible devises and the available books.  The library purchases the license to make these books available for you with financial and support assistance of the Nebraska Library Commission.  This is repetitive, because not everyone has heard about this offering yet.

New Adult Fiction:  “The Night Circus” by Erin Morgenstern;  “Shirley” and “Villette” by Charlotte Bronte; “Touchstone” by Laurie R. King; and “Among the Mad” by Jacqueline Winspear.   There are many more coming soon.


New Non-Fiction:  “Washita: the U. S. Army and the Southern Cheyennes, 1867-1869” by Jerome A. Greene: and “A Dirty, Wicked Town (Tales of 19th Century Omaha)” by David L. Bristow.  There are several more non-fiction and biographies coming soon.


The staff has added several new books for the youth section including mysteries, dog stories, sports and ghosts.  Also in the Young Adult Fiction we have “Shadowcry” by Jenna Burtenshaw:  “The Carrier of the Mark” by Leigh Fallon;  “The Margrave” (Relic Master #4) by Catherine Fisher;  “The Throne of Fire” by Rick Riordan; and “Freshman: Tales of 9th Grade Obsessions, Revelations, and Other Nonsense” by Corinne Mucha plus a few more.

LIBRARY HAPPENINGS  by Jan Sears   (October 24, 2011)

 Here are some tid-bits from this week in history.  How things have changed!

1774 – The First Continental Congress of the U.S. adjourned in Philadelphia.  (Things have changed here — do they adjourn anymore?)

1858 – H.E. Smith patented the rotary-motion washing machine.  (Hard to live without these)

1939 – Nylon stockings were sold to the public for the first time in Wilmington, DE.  (Many of us don’t want to wear these now)

1927 – The first newsreel featuring sound was released in New York.

 1955 – The microwave oven, for home use, was introduced by The Tappan Company.

1962 – American author John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature.

 I’m sure some of us can remember a few of these things, but it is amazing how far we have come in a few years.  We still have John Steinbeck books on the shelves and the stories are just as good as they were then.  But now we can get them on eBooks – Kindles, Nooks, eReaders, I-Pads, etc.  Check with the library for compatible devises, OR, check at


One special new book that a patron recommended is “Out of My Mind” a work of fiction by Sharon M. Draper and an Coretta Scott King Award winner.  Melody is 11 and has Cerebral Palsy so she can’t speak and teachers assume she can’t learn.  But she has absorbed what she has observed and it is stuck in her head making Melody go “out of her mind”.  She discovers something that will help and at last she has a voice.

 New adult fiction:  “The Towers” by David Poyer;  “Bright’s Passage” by Josh Ritter;  “Attachments” by Rainbow Rowell;  “French Lessons” by Ellen Sussman;  “Son of Stones”  by Stuart Wood and several books by William Kent Krueger, set in Northern Minnesota about an ex-sheriff who still manages to get involved in solving the areas mysteries.  He is an award winning author.