Archive for July, 2012

There will be a class on Saturday, August 11 at 9:00 am for anyone who wants to learn or know more about using Kindles with Nebraska Overdrive.  Shari Lingren will be the helper.  Please sign-up at the library soon so we can plan enough spaces and provide handouts.  There is no charge for this. 

There will be a “Learn To Do e-mail” class.  The size of the class will be limited to 2-3 at a time and the times can be arranged to fit your and my schedule.  Come into the library to sign-up for this also.

New Large Print:  “Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea” by Morgan Callan;  “The Little Russian” by Susan Sherman;  “Where Lilacs Still Bloom” by Jane Kirkpatrick;  “The Art of Hearing Heartbeats” by Jan-Philipp Sendker;  “Half-blood Blues” by Esi Edugyan;  “Restless in the Grave” by Dana Stabenow;  “River’s Call” by Melody Carlson;  “Blue Bottle Club” by Penelpe J. Stokes;  “Hiss of Death” by Rita Mae Brown;  “Piano Teacher” by Janice Y. K. Lee;  and “Deadlocked” by Charlaine Harris.

            New Christian Fiction:  “Leaving”, “Loving”, & “Longing” by Karen Kingsbury (with “Learning” coming soon);  “Irish Angel Series” by Jill Marie Landis:  “Half-stitched Amish Quilting club” by Wanda E. Brunstetter;  “Saturday Morning” by Lauraine Snelling;  “Chasing the Sun” by Tracie Peterson; “The Key on the Quilt” by Stephanie Grace Whitson;  and “Katie’s Way” by Marta Perry.

                New Large Print Western fiction:  “Thunder Over Lolo Pass” and “War Cry” by Charles G. West;  and “Black Mesa” by Zane Grey.

Since the economy is down and jobs are scarce in this area, this website might be of interest to you.

The library computer lab and the partnerships of Nebraska entities have been mentioned in the last few weeks.  Another one of the websites that are showcased on each public computer in the library is The Nebraska Center for Rural Entrepreneurship.  This organization will work with libraries to provide training to engage youth in being active in the community.  They have webinars and several area of information for anyone interested in promoting youth and keeping them in the community or bringing them back to the community.  http://www.energizingentrepreneurs.org/site/

The library has an ADA computer for use by people with visual disabilities and other physical issues.  We would love to show anyone how to use it. 

The staff spent time with Devra from the Nebraska Library Commission learning about the fancy software on the ADA computer.  There are 4 programs on the computer that offer assistance to visually impaired citizens of the community.  JAWS (Job Access With Speech) is a computer screen reader program for Microsoft Windows that allows blind and visually impaired users to read the screen either with a text-to-speech output.  It reads scanned documents, e-mails, and information from the Internet.  Zoom Text is a magnifier that allows material to be enlarged and read more easily.

            Dragon Naturally Speaking is a program that takes dictation and reads to the operator.  Kurzweil 1000 specializes in providing reading and writing software to assist people who are blind or partially sighted, or who have learning disabilities, such as dyslexia and Attention Deficit Disorder.   These programs also help people with arthritis and can’t type easily or people who are trying learn a second language with voice assistance.

The adult summer reading activity with the theme “Between the Covers” was well attended.  18 adults read books and gave brief reports about the books.  There is a notebook on one of the tables that has all the reports.

A few of the adult participants met on June 27 and shared their stories, had refreshments and received their prizes.  There was some talk about starting a book club.  Anyone interested?

Thank you to all the volunteers and parents who helped Leta and the rest of the staff with the extra work the programs entail.  We finished the “Dream Big, READ”, program with 75 registered children ages 5-11.  And Leta deserves an extra star for all the efforts she went to. 

The final youth Summer reading program was fun for the children.  The “campout” was held in the community room with a tent and children brought blankets and sleeping bags to use while listening to Leta read stories, campfire songs were sung and then we all had hotdogs out on the lawn.  Thank you the Mars family for the use of the tent and to the Friends of the Library for providing the hotdogs and buns.

The library computer lab open house was informative and people who attended learned some interesting background about the newest technology equipment in libraries.  Holly Woldt, a technical support person from the Nebraska Library Commission talked about the different phases of the grant.  Another guest, Margarita Gurrola from the Nebraska Department of Labor expressed enthusiasm for the services offered at the library for the workforce.  She will be doing some training with the Nebraska Library Commission to learn more about this statewide project.

New Non-fiction:  “In God’s Shadow: Politics in the Hebrew Bible” by Michael Walzer; and an older one that has been frequently requested – “Same Kind of Different As Me” a biography, by Ron Hall and Denver Moore with Lynn Vincent. 

“Cronkite” by Douglas Brinkley;  “The Blood of Heroes: the 13-day Struggle for the Alamo” by Jim Donovan; and an older one – “Courage and Consequence” by Karl Rove.

New Adult Fiction:  “The Storm” by Clive Cussler;  “Summer Breeze” by Nancy Thayer;  “The Bourne Imperative (#10)” by Eric Lustbader;  “Bad Faith” by Robert Tanenbaum;  “Little Night” by Luanne Rice;  “Honor” by Janet Dailey;  “Farishta: a novel” by Patricia McArdle;  “Redshirts” by John Scalzi;  “Little Century: a novel” by Anna Keesey;  “Amped” by Daniel H. Wilson;  “Porch Lights’ by dorothea Benton; and more.

“Let Love Find You” by Johanna Lindsey;  “The Third Gate” by Lincoln Child;  “XO: a Kathryn Dance Novel” by Jeffery Deaver;  “Carry the One”  by Carol Anshaw;  “A Discovery of Witches” by Deborah E. Harkness;  “Gone Missing” by Linda Castillo;  “Wicked Business” by Janet Evanovich;  two books by a new author to the library__ Randy Singer – which are legal suspense stories;  “The Mapping of Love and Death: a Maisie Dobbs Novel by Jacqueline Winspear.

            New Young Adult fiction:  “Masque of the Red Death” by Bethany Griffin; “Loss” by Jackie M. Kessler; “Lucy”, “May” and “Hannah” by Kathryn Lasky (Daughters of the Sea Series).  Many of the Young Adult and Juvenile fiction come from the Junior Library Guild which choses well written and appropriate materials for the age groups.

                      We have many new large print books in.  Some of them are Christian fiction but most are not.  These will be listed next week.  Have a nice week and Fourth of July.

Need some summer projects?  “The Complete Guide to Sheds:  Utility, Storage, Playhouse, Mini-barn, Garden, Backyard retreat and more”;  “The Complete Guide to Western Plains Gardening” ;  “Taunton’s New Front Yard Idea Book” “365 Motorcycles You Must Ride” and “Fly-casting Fundamentals” by Lefty Kreh may give you some ideas along with many other similar books on the shelves.

            Summer health:  “50 Things You Can Do Today To Manage Hay Fever”  by Wendy Green;  “The Vaccine Book”  by Robert Sears M.D.; and “I Have Parkinson’s:  What Should I Do?” by Ann Andrews; 

Summer Cooking:  “The Juicing Bible” by Pat Crocker; “101 Gourmet Cake Bites” by Wendy Paul; “The Gingerbread Book” by Allen D. Bragdon.

Traveling this summer?  The library has some travel guides and “The Lincoln Highway: Coast to Coast From Times Square to the Golden Gate” (a new edition);  “New Mexico: a Photographic Tribute” and the “Grand Canyon”.  And you might want to brush up on some safety measures – “The SAS Self-defense Handbook” by Barry Davies.