Archive for August, 2012

New Fiction:  “Odd Apocalypse” by Dean R. Koontz;  “Haven” by Kay Hooper;  “Trickster’s Point” – the newest by William Kent Krueger;  “By Starlight” by Dorothy Garlock;  “The Absent One” by Jussi Adler-Olsen;  “The Ranger” and “White Shadow” by Ace Atkins (Army Ranger stories);  “The Judge” by Randy Singer;  and “Struggle” by Wanda E. Brunstetter.

New Westerns:  “Texas Bloodshed” (the Sidwinders Series) by Willim W. and J. A. Johnstone; and “The Killers of the Cimarron” by Frank Leslie.

New Non-fiction:  “Raptors of the West: Captured in Photographs” by Kate Davis; “Piece of Cake: One-bowl, No-fuss, From-scratch Cakes”;  and “Tool School” by Monte Burch.

New Adult Fiction:  “Over the Edge” by Mary Connealy;  “Odd Apocalypse” by Dean R. Koontz;  and “Haven” by Kay Hooper.

UNMC Medical Librarians and the National Library of Medicine to offer free informational sessions

Learn how to search for quality health information at free workshops

Free informational sessions on how to search for health information and how to evaluate health information sites will be offered in 21 communities across the state Sept. 18 through Oct. 5.

The sessions, which are open to the public, are led by medical librarians from the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Consumer Health Information Resource Service (CHIRS) and the National Library of Medicine. These sessions are part of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) through the Nebraska Library Commission.

“Increasing access to consumer health information leads to better informed consumers,” said Nancy Woelfl, Ph.D., director of the McGoogan Library of Medicine at UNMC.

The training sessions will enable citizens to make better informed decisions regarding their family’s health care requirements, she said, adding that these services have an economic impact because they are delivered at no cost through the CHIRS program at the McGoogan Library of Medicine and its library partners across the state.

“CHIRS provides the most current, reliable information available and is a great service that most people are unaware of. We hope to change that through these workshops,” Dr. Woelfl said.

This project is supported in part by the U.S. Department of Commerce National Telecommunications and Information Administration BTOP. Additional funding is provided by the American Recover and Reinvestment Act and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Participating libraries are listed below.

Sept. 24 – 10:00am – Sidney Public Library

Sept. 24 – 2:00pm – Kimball Public Library

Sept. 27 – 9:00am – Alliance Public Library

Sept. 27 – 2:00pm – Chadron Public Library

Sept. 28 – 10:30am – Rushville Public Library

The Farmer’s Day celebration will be coming soon – Sept. 29.  The Friends of the Library will have the Annual Book Sale and there are many books to choose from.  It will open right after the parade and run until 3:00 p.m.  The plans for the display in the cultural room are taking shape and there will be more information next week. 

Last week it was mentioned that the library would be offering more computer training classes.  The first one is from WNCC providing a First Time Basic Computer Skills class at the library.  There will be three 1.5 hour sessions on Tuesdays beginning Sept. 25th and ending Oct. 9, 2012, with a morning class at 10:00 a.m. and an evening class at 6:30 p.m.  For more information and to register, contact Jeanette at the Chamber of Commerce or Jan at the library. 

On Monday, Sept. 24, Medical librarians from the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Consumer Health Information Resource Service and the National Library of Medicine will be at your library to provide free informational sessions on how to search for health information and how to evaluate it.  This is open to the public and will begin at 2:00 p.m.  There will be demonstrations and hands-on practice if desired.

The Wednesday Pre-school story time will begin on September 12, at 10:30 am.  Please come in and register your children, ages 3-5.  The story-time themes will be posted next week and on the weblog – http://

The themes are: Sept. 12, “Hurray for the Red, White and Blue.  Sept. 19th will be “Going Buggy” and Sept. 26th will be “Books that Sing”.  The programs begin at 10:30 am.

The library staff keeps track of several kinds of statistics every day.  One of them is how many people come to the library.  During the last twelve months we have had over 12,200 people, up 3,000 from last year.  Many of them use the computers and many of them check out books.  Our two meeting rooms were use 323 times during the same time period.  Statistics are kept for the library use to see where the needs are and adjustments can be made in the services offered if needed.  Statistics are also used for the city council and the county commissioners.  The Nebraska Library Commission and the American Library Association add our statistics to those from all the libraries to help with current and future plans for the library world.

New Large Print Fiction:  “Tall Cotton” by Lori Copeland;  “Alice I Have Been” by Melanie Benjamin;  “The Overton Window” by Glenn Beck;  “Casting Off” by Nicole R. Dickson;  “Never Too Much” by Lori Foster;  “Tate” by Linda Lael Miller:  “The Signal” by Ron Carlson;  “Days of Gold” by Jude Deveraux;  “Never Walk Alone” by Paula Detmer Riggs:  “Golden Lies” by Barbara Freethy; “Last Days of Dogtown” by Anita Diamant;  “Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict” & “Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict” by Laurie Viera Rigler and many more.

New Western:  “Outlaw Canyon” by Lewis B. Patten;  “Apache Kid” by Will Henry;  “Dry Gulcher” by Wayne D. Overholser;  “North to Texas” by Noel M. Loomis; and more by authors Lauran Paine, Max Brand, Alan, LeMay, L. L. Foreman, Jack Curtis and more.

            There are also many new large print mysteries and general fiction.

The library has the catalog (or list of what the library contains) on the Internet.  The address is  The library card number is the user name and your last name is the password.  The password can be changed as you desire, but the library will not have a record of the changed passwords.  You can see what you have checked out and renew books 1 time and place hold on books.

New Non-fiction:  Nolo’s Guide to Social Security Disability:  Getting and Keeping Your Benefits”;  “Simplicity Simply the Best Sewing Book: the Essential Reference for All Home Sewers”;  “After Custer: Loss and Transformation in Sioux Country” by Paul L. Hedren;  “Organic Gardener’s Companion: Growing Vegetables in the West”;  “Like No Other Place:  the Sandhills of Nebraska” by David A. Owen;  “A Daughter’s Tale:  the Memoir of Winston Churchill’s Youngest Child” by Mary Soames (an autobiography):  “Her Majesty:  Queen Elizabeth II and Her Court” by Robert Hardman;  “Rez Life: An Indian’s Journey Through Reservation Life” by David Treuer;  “Pakistan On the Brink: the Future of America, Pakistan and Afghanistan” by Ahmed Rashid and “Russia: a 1,000-year Chronicle of the Wild East”.

Overdrive for eBooks is still going strong.  The program is available to all libraries in Nebraska.  The Kimball Public Library pays a fee to the Nebraska Library Commission to be able to access this service for our patrons.  More libraries are signing on to Overdrive each month, which means more people are trying to access the audio and eBooks.  Thus, the newest and most popular books are not always available.  To get around this, look for the box that says “Available books” and check that.  Then you will find some choices.  You may also put books on hold and patiently wait for them.  The Library Commission is purchasing new books and more copies of popular books all the time, so there will be more choices in the future.  Overdrive:  User is the library card#, password is the last name.

Although there are not too many activities at the library right now, the staff is busy preparing for the fall.  Since it is budget time for the next fiscal year, Oct. – Sept., all aspects of the library are being reviewed.  The goal of the library is to provide programs and materials that serve the interests and needs of the community.  Books, magazines, computers, children’s programs will, as always, be continued.  We are hoping to provide more opportunities as the time goes along.  An example is books clubs which are very popular in many towns around the area.  Would you be interested in an adult book club?  Or a teen book club?  More computer classes?  All suggestions are welcome.