Archive for January, 2013

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Wyoming book author, C. M. Wendelboe, will be at our library to talk about his books on February 7, 2013 at 2:00 p.m.   His first two books, “Death Where the Bad Rocks Live” and “Death Along the Spirit Road” are part of a series set in Pine Ridge, so he will talk a little about that and some historical connections the characters have to that area. He is looking forward to visiting our library.  More information will be in next week’s column.  The library has his books for your reading enjoyment.  Readers of Margaret Coel will enjoy them.

January is for planning, right?  Here’s some of what’s happening.  Please take advantage of these events if they interest you


First, the Library Board will be doing some planning for the future and will meet next Monday the 14th.  If you have any constructive suggestions for the library’s future please let us know or attend the board meeting.

  • The Shutterbug Photography Club will meet this Thursday at 6 p.m. at the library to make their plans for the year with some exciting activities.
  • Bob Ross painting class is January 19th;  sign up and pay by Jan. 15th.
  • There will be another Basic Beginning Computer Class for the library.  We will have 3-4 sessions (depending on the needs).  The class will be on Tuesday mornings beginning January 22nd.  The class will cover very basic topics such as using the mouse, learning about the Internet, printing, and typing a letter.  The class is from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  Sign up at the library.
  • Want to learn about E-mails and Facebook?  There will be a session on Thursday, January 31th at 10:00 am.   Sign up at the library.
  • The library will offer a class on Kindles and Overdrive on February 2 is there is interest.  Again, sign up at the library.
  • There is some interest in doing a crafting/journaling project with paper and fabric.  Please let us know if you are interested.

Story Time schedule:  Jan. 9 is ‘Curious George’

Jan. 16 is ‘Dogs & Cats’

Jan. 23 is ‘Tall Tales and Folk Tales’

Jan. 30 is ‘Moms and Dads

Story time is on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 am.  There is always room for more.

Feb. 6 is ‘Arthur’

Feb. 13 is ‘Won’t You Be My Valentine?’

Feb. 20 is ‘Music, Music, Music!’

Feb 27 is ‘Fairy Tales’

We have had a great year at the library.  New services have been installed for the public and this keeps the library as a viable part of the community.  Can you imagine what the community would feel like if it did not have a library?

The new fax line was installed and gets used frequently each week.  Additional new computers have been added to accommodate more citizens and many times they are full all day long.  The ADA computer is back up and running providing assistance to physically disabled citizens with larger print for reading, reading printed materials to the citizen and taking dictation through Dragon Naturally Speaking (recently has been advertised on TV).  New sturdier computer desks and chairs are in place giving a cleaner and more professional feel to the areas.  A new coat of paint has been added to the walls updating the look and presenting a cozier atmosphere.

Along with all these, we still offer the same services that patrons need and want.  InterLibrary Loan of books and audios is a much used service.  We have a copier, a PowerPoint projector, a community room, and access to world of information through the Internet and the Nebraska Library Commission and its partners:  Nebraska Department of Labor, RUPRI Center for Rural Entrepreneurship, Nebraska State Court System, Nebraska Community Foundation, Center for Rural Affairs, National Network of Libraries of Medicine and the McGoogan Library of Medicine, Univ. of Nebraska Extension, and Central Community College access to computer classes.  The access to computer classes has now expanded to include WNCC, so we will be offering some classes to the public with very minor fees for paperwork.

The library staff and board are working on more offerings and upgrades to the library.  This is YOUR community and library, so please let us know community and educational needs and encourage others to let us know too.