Archive for February, 2012

There are many new books just about ready for you to check out and put holds on.  You can place holds online at http://alexhost4.goalexandria.com/7056688.  Use your patron card barcode # and your last name to log on.  You may change your password, but the library does not keep track of passwords.    Have a wonderful week.

The Friends of the Library have been working at cleaning up and rearranging the books that are for sale in the West Room.  The books are organized by author in the fiction section and by subject in the non-fiction section.  There are separate shelves for the large selection of audios and movies.  There is also a large selection of children and youth materials.  These items are on sale anytime the library is open. 

 The membership in the Kimball Public Library Friends of the Library is only $2.00/year.  Membership is always open and welcome.  You can join at the library, with any Friends member or at the annual meeting coming up on April 15, 2012.

The Nebraska Overdrive is a free service that is provided by the Kimball Public Library to its patrons.  We have seen a big increase in the enrollment in this program over the last year and even more this year.  Many received gifts of I-pads, Kindles, eReaders, etc. for Christmas the last 2 years.  The influx of enrollments across the state has resulted in the Nebraska Overdrive Consortium purchasing more copies of popular books and more book titles especially the eBooks.  When you see that there are many holds on a book that you want, be patient because the system already has or will obtain more copies as demand dictates.  Thus the waiting period isn’t that long.  Also, please note at the bottom of the screen, there is a place that says books available at any time.  These are books from the Gutenberg Project which made many, many books available that the copyrights have expired.  If you are interested in learning more about this program, we can help you through it.  Classes may be offered in the future.

Within the next couple of weeks, the library will be receiving some new computers.  One of the computers is designed for people who have problems with reading.  The computer will be able to scan and then read the item to you.   If you have letters or documents that are hard to read due to eye deficiencies, the computer will read them to you.  There are many more advantages to this computer which we will emphasize in further information. 

 The other computers will add more stations to what the library already has.  There are many times that people have to wait 30 minutes to get a computer, so this will help during those times.

These computers are provided through grant money from the Gates Foundation and the government.  The Nebraska Library Commission has worked hard for 3 years to obtain the grants and to distribute the computers and other equipment to the libraries that applied to receive them. 

 We will be receiving 4 new computers in addition to the ADA computer.  We have already received an adjustable ADA desk and an ADA chair.  We have also received a power point projector for meeting purposes here in the library.  We do have wireless access, so meetings can be held via internet services to the outside areas.  Just ask us if you are interested in using this service and equipment. 

 There seems to always be new things coming down the pike.  Watch for news on the language learning access that we will be providing soon.  Have a great week.

“Nebraska Memories” is an archived collection of photographs of places, buildings, people, animals and many more categories that relate the history of Nebraska.  If you are interested in history, especially the history of Nebraska, this is a fun site to visit.  http://memories.ne.gov/

You can browse by area, town, or category to find out interesting facts.  From the Panhandle area, Crawford has entered many photos. 

 The Friends of the Library and the Plains Genealogy Society have many pictures in their collections that we are hoping to get cataloged and then submitted to Nebraska Memories.  If you have anything to share let us know.  If you would like to see the items here at the library please let us know to arrange a time.  There are many photos that need documented yet.

Leta has lined up some more Storytime programs on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. for children ages 3-5.  If you haven’t been able to come before, you can start anytime.  Just stop in and signup so that we know how many to plan for and for names and phone #s in case of cancellations.  The topics for January will be “Winter”, “Rumble in the Jungle”, “All Aboard”, and “Fairy Tales”.   Leta reads stories to fit the theme and has some art projects for the children.

New Non-fiction:  “National Geographic Complete Photography”;  “Lessons in Classical Drawing”;  “An Unquenchable Thirst: Following Mother Teresa …”;  “Wheat Belly”;  “Help for Writers”; “The Mayo Clinic Diabetes Diet”;  “Diary of a Player” by Brad Paisley; “No Higher Honor” by Condoleezza Rice; and we finally have “Gabby: a Story of Courage and Hope”. 

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. 

Do we remember Rin Tin Tin and how he performed heroic acts to save somebody?  The book is here and ready for checkout.  “Rin Tin Tin was born on a battlefield in France in 1918 and rescued by an American soldier. . . . Orlean’s engrossing, dynamic, and affecting biography of the dog who became an icon of loyalty and valor will reignite Rin Tin Tin fever in yet another time when heroes are in acute demand.” —Donna Seaman, Booklist, August 2011

 New Fiction:  “Heather Song” by Michael Phillips;  “D. C. Dead” by Stuart Woods;  “Covert Warriors” by W.E.B. Griffin; “The Devil’s Elixir” by Raymond Khoury;  “Vigilante” by Stephen J. Cannell;  “Red Mist” by Patricia Cornwell;  “Micro” by Michael Crichton;  “The Scottish Prisoner” by Diana Gabaldon;  “Dead Last” by James W. Hall;  and “Soft Target” by Stephen Hunter.

New Young Adult fiction:  “Fallen 1: Fallen and Leviathan” & “Fallen 2: Aerie and Reckoning” by Thomas E.  Sniegoski;  “Goliath” by Scott Westerfeld;  “The Sign of the Black Rock” by Scott Chantler:  “Dead End in Norvelt” by Jack Gantos;  and “Bloodlines” by Richelle Mead.

            Large Print Fiction:  “A Lasting Impression” by Tamera Alexander;  “The Inverted Forest” by John Dalton;  “The Dovekeepers” by Alice Hoffman (getting great reviews);  “White Truffles In Winter” by N. M. Kelby;  “A Sound Among the Trees” by Susan Meissner;  and “Cain” by José Saramago.

            In the children’s section there are new “Curious George” books, Disney Fairy books, “Scooby-Doo” books, and “Eco-Pig” (ecology) books.

I don’t usually give reviews of books in the library because there are too many to read and review.  However, am putting in a plug for “The Boy in the Suitcase” by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnete Friis.  It is a Scandinavian novel recently translated into English.  It has been receiving great reviews.  A Red Cross nurse who helps illegal refugees in Copenhagen gets caught up in a murder and kidnapping case as she rescues a drugged three-year-old boy in a suitcase.

 

New Non-fiction:  “How Civilizations Die (and Why Islam is Dying Too)” by David P. Goldman;  “The New Deal: a Modern History” by Michael A. Hiltzik;  “Columbus: the Four Voyages” by Laurence Bergreen;  “The Library of Congress Illustrated Time Line of the Civil War” by Margaret E. Wagner;  “The White House: the President’s Home in Photographs and History” by Vicki Goldberg;  “The Knitter’s Book of Socks” by Clara Parkes;  and “Emily Post’s Etiquette” by Peggy Post and others.  Also new to our library but older copyrights are a few books on entertaining and homemaking, “The Ultimate Tea Diet”, “Simple Italian Snacks”and several more.