Archive for February, 2012

If you are having trouble logging in to Overdrive, you can call the library for new instruction.  The Overdrive module has switched over to the new software we are using.  Sorry for the inconvenience.  Changes are always coming it seems.

So, the old  user and password you have been using, won’t work as of February 13, 2012.  You will need to use your newest library card barcode number and then the password that has been set in the patron database as the pin# — Which is your last name.   You can change the password in your patron information.  Contact the library to find out how to do that.

The library has DVD’s available again.  This set of movies is provided by the Panhandle Library System.  There are several sets of 25 movies that rotate through the panhandle libraries on a quarterly basis.  Some of the titles for this quarter are:  “Rain Man”, “Matrix”, “Because of Winn Dixie”, “Shiloh”, “Shrek”, “17 Again”, “Stand and Deliver”, and “The Searchers”.  The limit is 1 per family on these special DVD’s for 3 days.

In many other countries, citizens know 2-3 other languages.  In the United States, only a handful have laerned other languages.  Here is your opportunity to learn another language or several.

February 21 is International Mother Language Day is an observance held annually on 21 February worldwide to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism. It was first announced by UNESCO on 17 November 1999. Its observance was also formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in its resolution establishing 2008 as the International Year of LanguagesThis occasion brings up the newest service offered by the Kimball Public Library – our online language learning program.  You can learn any of 80 languages through this service either from your home computer or on a library computer.  You can set your own pace and goals.

NebraskAccess is a free service provided by the Nebraska Library Commission to residents of Nebraska.  The site offers several features that are information and entertaining.  I have mention a few of these in the last 2 years, but wanted to reiterate them for you.  You can access these services with your Nebraska Driver’s License or come into the library and get a current password.

One of the features is Books in Print 2.0.  You can look up fiction books with a single search box for titles, authors, subjects and ISBN #’s (the unique number assigned to a publication) OR, with an advanced search screen.   Another feature is Non-Fiction Connection for obviously non-fiction books.  This is a nice way to look for books that you might want to read.   Other features include searches for articles from popular magazines and scholarly journals in brief and full-text;  Biographies on many, many people; and Heritage Quest Online for searching genealogy and census reports.

The staff has been working on some backlog and some donations so the following lists that are 2010 and 2011 copyrights, but are new to our library.  New Adult Fiction:  “Every Last One” by Anna Quindlen;  “Zed” by Michael Frederick;  “Locked On” by Tom Clancy (2012);  “Revenge At Hatchet Creek” by Frank Leslie; and “Queen of the Night” by J. A. Jance. 

New Non-fiction:  “William & Kate” by James Clench;  “Letters of Mari Sandoz” edited by Helen Winter Stauffer;  “Digital Photography Essential”  by Tom Ang;  “Strength Training for Muscle Development” by Mark Hatfield;  new how-to books on iPhone 4S, iPod Touch, & iPod & iTunes;  “Lost Kingdom” (Hawaiian history) by Julia Flynn Siler;  and 2 new quilt books:  “S is for Scraps” by Gayle Bong, and “Fast, Flirty, and Fun: Easy Quilts from Fabulous Fabrics” by Sarah Bisel

The pre-school children’s programs scheduled for February are: 

Feb. 8th: “Won’t You Be My Valentine”; 

 Feb. 15:  “Space Busters”; 

Feb. 22:  Dr. Seuss Birthday: 

Feb. 29:  “Wild About Books”. 

The programs are at 10:30 A.M. and open to children 3-5 years old.  Leta always has some fun books to read and some activities to go along with them.

This is a quote from the company: “The methodology of Byki is based on the theory that learning vocabulary is a great place to start when learning a foreign language and that concentrating on individual words and their translations is an effective method of vocabulary learning. The foreign language words and phrases should be reinforced along the way with pictures and pronunciation, but elements that could distract from vocabulary learning – such as sentence building – should be avoided at the beginning stages of language learning. A solid vocabulary is an important foundation for successfully mastering a new language.”

 The software is available and you can log in from home or at the library on the computer with your library barcode.  If you are interested in doing this and want a tutorial on how to get around the software, please let the staff know and we will set up a time.

When the question was posed on the weblog, several people agreed that they would like to have the option to learn a new language.  Biki or Transparent Language Learning Software offers lessons online that can be done at your own pace.  Learn as much as you want in any session.  There are over 70 languages to pick from and some are English as a second language.

This month, the library purchased the software to provide this service.    I am hoping to have this ready for public use this week with further information in the next news article.  Let us know if you are interested.  It is free to the public and can be used from home or from the library.


New adult fiction:  “Lunatics” by Dave Barry;  “End of Days” by Tom Sniegoski;  “Wolfsbane” by Andrea R. Cremer;  “The Fire” by James Patterson and Jill Dembowski; “The Devil’s Elixir” by Raymond Khoury;  “D. C. Dead” by Stuart Woods;  “Covert Warriors” by W. E. B. Griffin;  “Copper Beach” by Jayne Ann Krentz;  “A Devil Is Waiting” by Jack Higgins;  “Breakdown” by Sara Paretsky;  “Gideon’s Corpse” by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child;  “The Hunter” by John T. Lescroart;  “Jaguar” by T. Jefferson Parker;  “Need You Now” by James Grippando;  “Gun Games” by Faye Kellerman and more.

New adult fiction:  “A Devil is Waiting” by Jack Higgins;  “A Walk Across the Sun” by Corban Addison;  “Breakdown” by Sara Paretsky;  “Heather Song” by Michael Phillips;  “Love In A Nutshell” by Janet Evanovich;  “Need You Now” by James Grippanco;  “Prey: a novel” by Linda Howard;  “Private: #1 Suspect” by James Patterson;  “Soft Target” by Stephen Hunter;  and “Winter Palace” by Eva Stachniak.  We have many new large print and several new westerns.

“The Nebraska Center for the Book is an organization that brings together the state’s readers, writers, booksellers, librarians, publishers, printers, educators and scholars to build the community of the book.”  They value the richness that books bring to many lives.  They support programs to celebrate and stimulate public interest in books, reading, and the written word.  The Nebraska Center for the Book is an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress since 1990.  (Information taken from the Nebraska Center for the Book newsletter).


            In an effort to connect people across Nebraska the organization began a program of “One Book One Nebraska” – one Nebraska author each year.  Through the years the books choices include, “My Antionia” by Willa Cather;  “One False Move” by Alex Kava;  “Crazy Horse” by Mari Sandoz; “Restoring the Burnt Child” by William Kloefkorn and other poetry and prose.  In 2012 the One Book One Nebraska choice is “I Am a Man:” Chief Standing Bear’s Journey for Justice by Joe Starita.  Mr. Starita is a professor at UNL and presents lectures throughout Nebraska.  We will be getting the book for your enjoyment.  You can read more about Joe Starita in the NCB newsletter in the library.  For information about other events look at