Archive for June, 2012

Father’s Day is June 17, 2012.  Fathers have been honored throughout the last 4000 years in one way or another and in many countries according to Wikipedia. 

The campaign to celebrate the nation’s fathers did not meet with the same enthusiasm–perhaps because, as one florist explained, “fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have.” On July 5, 1908, a West Virginia church sponsored the nation’s first event explicitly in honor of fathers, a Sunday sermon in memory of the 362 men who had died in the previous December’s explosions at the Fairmont Coal Company mines in Monongah, but it was a one-time commemoration and not an annual holiday. The next year, a Spokane, Washington woman named Sonora Smart Dodd, one of six children raised by a civil war widower, tried to establish an official equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. She went to local churches, the YMCA, shopkeepers and government officials to drum up support for her idea, and she was successful: Washington State celebrated the nation’s first statewide Father’s Day on July 19, 1910.

Slowly, the holiday spread. In 1916, President Wilson honored the day by using telegraph signals to unfurl a flag in Spokane when he pressed a button in Washington, D.C. In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge urged state governments to observe Father’s Day.  1972, in the middle of a hard-fought presidential re-election campaign, Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday at last.

The library is planning a special After Hours Computer Lab Open House on June 11 (Monday) from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m.  The community is invited to come see the computers and learn about services that can be utilized on the computers.  Please plan to join us. 

Demonstrations will showcase websites that provide services for citizens in accessing information to “advance access to employment, learning, health information, and E-Government services.”  There are 10 websites that offer these services free to anyone who needs them.       E-government services include the Nebraska Judicial System, the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and the Nebraska Department of Labor.  The Nebraska Judicial System website includes information on divorces, child custody and child protection, definitions of legal words and explanations of legal procedures.  With the Nebr. DHHS website one can create an account and follow his/her case concerning benefits; find explanations of benefits in Nebraska and forms to apply for benefits.  The Nebraska Department of Labor website allows for filing for unemployment, job searching and creating an account to keep track of searches.  Employers can post job openings.

Two of the websites provide access to medical information, the University of Nebraska Omaha and a Mid-continent network of medical libraries.  The Nebraska Center for Rural Entrepreneurship is a great site to assist communities in creating employment and to help provide encouragement to younger adults who want to stay in the areas they love.  Other websites are the Center for Rural Affairs, The University of Nebraska Extension Service, The Nebraska Community Foundation and Central Community College.

Memorial Day began in Waterloo, New York in 1866 – 146 years ago and was called Decoration Day.  Veterans marched through town and the citizens decorated the graves.  It officially became a National holiday in 1971 on the last Monday in May.  The service at the cemetery is always moving and a strong reminder of the sacrifices of the military.  It is also a day to remember all our ancestors.  Do you know about yours? Or wonder about them?  In this library, as in many libraries, there is information on microfilm and in the Plains Genealogical Society collection.  

The Summer Reading Programs for all ages started  Wed., May 30.  The program for the children, ages 5-11 is at 10:15 will Officer Loy and Fritz.  Other ages are always welcome to attend.  Sign-up for all the programs is ongoing. 

To date, 6/4/12, we have 56 children, 12 teens and 18 adults.  Wonderful!

The next program is on Night Creatures, Wed. June 6.  June 13 is “Space, The Final Frontier;  June 20 is Dream Jobs with guest, Colton Daum talking about being a pilot; and the last one is June 27 with “Camp Out!”

It is not too late to sign up. 


Mother’s Day goes back to the era of ancient Greek and Romans mostly in celebration of the goddesses.   Modern roots of Mother’s Day history can also be traced in UK where a Mothering Sunday was celebrated.  Mother’s Day in the United States is not quite 100 years old.  Pioneering women of their times, Julia Ward Howe and Anna Jarvis were instrumental in establishing the celebration. In 1872 Julia Ward Howe, who wrote “Battle Hymn of the Republic”, worked hard for the day but wanted it to be a day of prayer and reverence, not commercialism.  It was originally celebrated in June.  Anna Jarvis was an activist and a social worker and honored her mother with carnations at church.  She was a lobbiest and was instrumental in the getting every state in the union to celebrate the day.  On May 8, 1914, President Woodrow Wilson made it official.   Today the festival of Mother’s Day is celebrated across 46 countries (though on different dates) and is a hugely popular affair.   In the vast majority of the world’s languages, the word for “mother” begins with the letter M.  (Taken from the website:  The website contains much more information on the history, “momisms”, and a lot of trivia. 

            May Day or May 1st, used to be a special day also.  It is a celebration of the arrival of spring.  It is believed that the holiday originated in Roman times as a festival of flowers.   Children celebrate this day by making small baskets filled with treats or flowers to give secretly to friends and neighbors and dancing around the May pole.  It is a common custom (and lots of fun) to leave the basket on the doorstep of a friend, ring the doorbell and run away.  If the friend sees you before you get away, you owe them a kiss!

New non-fiction:  “The Power of Validation: Arming Your Child Against Bullying…”;  “The Gingerbread Book”;  “Aurora: An American Experience In Quilt, Community & Craft”;  “Trails of Yesterday” by John Bratt with introduction by Nellie Snyder Yost;  “Engines of Change: a History of the American Dream in fifteen Cars”;  “God’s Hotel: a Doctor, a Hospital, and a Pilgrimage” by Victoria Sweet;  “Raising Unicorns: Your Step-by step Guide to Starting a Unicorn Farm”;  “The Everything Parent’s Guide to Positive Discipline”;  “Parenting Through Divorce”; “What a Daughter Needs From Her Dad”;  and “What a Son Needs From His Dad: How a Man Prepares His Sons for Life”.

New Fiction:  “Fall From Grace” by Richard North Patterson;  “”Force of Nature” by C. J. Box;  “Gossip” by Beth Richardson Gutcheon;  “The Innocent” by David Baldacci;  “Crystal Gardens” by Amanda Quick;  “What Doesn’t Kill You” by Iris Johansen;  “The Witness” by Nora Roberts;  “A Sandhills Ballad” by Ladette Randolph;  “There is No Dog” by Meg Rosoff;  “The Body In the Boudoir” by Katherine Hall Page; “Dead Level” by Sarah Graves;  “Breaking News” by Fern Michaels;  “Robert B. Parker’s Lullaby” by Ace Atkins; and “The Best Cowboy Stories Ever Told” ed. by Stephen Vincent Brennan.

Fantasy Fiction:  3 books by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman – “Bones of the Dragon; “Secret of the Dragon”; and “Rage of the Dragon” and “The Wind Through the Keyhole: a Dark Tower Novel” by Stephen King.

            New Large Print:  “Enchantments” by Kathryn Harrison;  “Finding Our Way Home” by Charlene Ann Baumbich;  “The Odds” by Stewart O’Nan;  “Lone Wolf” by Jodi Picoult;  “Stand By Me” by Neta Jackson; and “An Available Man: a novel” by Hilma Wolitzer.

            New Non-Fiction:  “A Safe Place For Women: Surviving Domestic Abuse and Creating a Successful Future” by Kelly White;  “A Complete Guide For Single Moms” by Janis Adams;  “Alone and Invisible No More” (Geriatrics) by Allan S. Teel;  “Dude, You’re Gonna Be a Dad” by John Pfeiffer;  “Electric Motor Maintenance and Troubleshooting”  by August Hand;  “Oklahome City” (a look back to the bombings) by Andrew Gumbel;  “The Volunteers’ Guide to Fundraising”;  “The Great Taos Bank Robbery” by Tony Hillerman;  and “Trails of Yesterday” (trail drives and the cattle industry) by John Bratt.