Archive for August, 2013

The Pre-school story time will begin again on Wednesday, September11, at 10:30 a.m.

Leta has the program themes for September and October.  Please come in and pre-register if possible to give us an idea of how many children we need to accommodate.

Sept. 11 — Catch the Reading Bug

Sept. 18 — Ants in My Pants

Sept. 25 — Itsy Bitsy Spiders


The RAG Time is for children in grades 3-6 and is an after school program on Fridays 2 times a month.  There will be reading and crafts.


For Nebraska Public Radio listeners, there are currently programs on libraries titled “Keys To The Whole World: American Public Libraries”.  One of the sessions was on Carnegie Libraries and the man behind them.  “At the start of the 20th century, the ruthless, self-made steel industrialist paid $60 million for 1,689 public libraries to be built in communities around the U.S. “The man who dies rich dies in disgrace,” Carnegie wrote.  (Quote from NPR.)  You can get more information at

In a survey 90% of the public stated that libraries are important to the community.  Several states do not fund libraries including Texas which has drastically cut spending for direct services including the Summer Reading Programs.  And Vermont where libraries have to request funds at a town meeting.  Funding in Vermont depends on what other events or disasters have taken place.

This library is grateful for the support of the community, the city council and the county commissioners.  Relatively speaking the library budget is not large compared to other entities in the city and county, but is so important for access to information and education.

The annual Friends of the Library Book sale will be coming up the end of September.  If you have books to donate to that please bring them in.  There are many books already for sale on an ongoing basis when the library is open.  VHS tapes are free.  There is a good selection of large print fiction, some westerns, and a growing selection of Science Fiction and Fantasy.  There are also many books for children.  Please come in and shop.

The Annual Sale date is September 28, after the parade and until 3 P.M.

I’ve returned from a 2 week trip of quilt related education and visiting family and friends, thus, there weren’t any columns the last two weeks.  On my way to Indiana, I visited the Mark Twain historical buildings, etc. in Hannibal, Mo.  It was a fun stop to see the town and visit the Mississippi River.  I also visited the Abe Lincoln Museum and Library in Springfield, Ill.  This was a wonderful exhibit and I would highly recommend it.  Then I listened to the audio book Killing Lincoln by Bill O’Reilly.  It was filled with great details on the last 15 days of President Lincoln’s life.  What an intriguing story and well work reading or listening to if you haven’t already.

Here at the library, the staff worked extra hours and kept the library operating.  My thanks to them for pitching in.

The Kimball Public Library participates in the Panhandle Library System’s rotating DVD collection and we get 4 different sets of movies each year for you to enjoy.  There are 20 DVDs in each set and the newest one just arrived.  The rules are 1 per family for 3 days.  In each set there are comedies, childrens movies, a non-fiction and couple of westerns and several general fiction.  The current set includes;  Twilight, Appaloosa, NFL Greatest Follies, Suzy Orman:  Women & Money, Murphy’s Romance, Batman Begins, and Madagascar 2.

            We are also adding some DVDs to our permanent set.  Again some are fiction and some are non-fiction, including:  Happy Feet, The Borrowers, The Indian in the Cupboard, We Bought a Zoo, Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, Bee Movie, Open Season 1 & 2, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Miracle at Sage Creek, Solomon Butcher: Frontier Photographer (a documentary by NET and Nebraska State Historical Society, Pride & Prejudice, The Cat in the Hat, Fantasia 2000, Gettysburg (a drama) and more.

Book review – There is Joanna, a social worker;  Sadie, a retired school teacher;  Stanley, a prominent lawyer;  Rachel, a recent widow; Abby, a twelve-year-old who visits Sadie;  and C. J. who does hair and nails for the residents of Pine Haven Assisted Living and Hospice Center.  These are some of the people you will meet in Jill McCorkle’s novel Life After Life.  You, the reader will learn their stories and how each of them face death with their own brand of grit & humor.  A very special book.

We have many new large print books, several of which are highly recommended by reviewers, and there are some great options for young adults and older adults in the Young Adult section.  Let’s face it – we just have lots of books to read.

Courtney’s reading recommendations for teens and up are The 39 Clues.   This young adult series is the perfect summer read for your teen on the go.  The books are written by a myriad of authors seamlessly weaving together an incredible story of excitement and adventure, as we follow Dan and Amy on a clue chase that sends the siblings around the world hunting a secret that is bigger than they ever imagined.”

            Leta’s reading synopsis is on ‘Deep Zone’ by James Tabor – “(it) introduces the heroine, Hallie Leland, a microbiologist, who is pitted against a lethal epidemic and a murderous conspiracy.  The book is a well-paced and well-written thrill – one you will find hard to put down.”

            We keep adding more Large Print novels, suspense and mystery and non-fiction for you to enjoy.  ‘Mary, Lou, Rhoda, and Ted, and All the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic’ in large print should be a fun read.

This book recommendation is from Leta.  The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate is the 2013 John Newbury Award winner for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children.  The book is told from the viewpoint of Ivan, a silverback gorilla who lives at the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade.  He doesn’t miss his life in the jungle until Ruby, a baby elephant arrives and changes his life.  It’s a story about friendship, hope and art.  Although it’s an older age children’s books, adults will love Ivan too!  It is 305 pages of easy reading.

Amity & Sorrow is a new book by Peggy Riley and is reviewed by Karen Beguin.  It tells the story of two sisters and their mother who escape from a polygamist cult.  It is a story of family, love and religious belief and how these issues effect the lives of the sisters and the people they meet.  You will love it or hate it.

Have you seen the ads by James Patterson on TV about getting your young people to read?  He recommends his 5 book series – Middle School – about surviving and bullying and all those early teen issues.  We have them all and hope you will encourage your teens to read this summer.  Reading helps them wind down from all the physical activities, gets them away from the computers and helps them when it comes to getting back into school.

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