Archive for November, 2013

As you gather and enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays keep in mind the next photography contest at the library.  The HighPoint ShutterBug Photography Club is sponsoring and promoting their newest event – Family Holiday Photos – for January.  This will be like the first one a year ago – 2 photo entries per person, 8” X 10” mounted, not framed, and will be judged and viewer’s choice awards.  It is open to all ages and will be split up into 3 age groups.  So have fun taking pictures and capturing the holiday spirit.  There will be an entry fee of $1.00 for youth and $2.00 for adults per entry.

Watch for more details.

Genealogy is the hobby of a large and growing population.  This library is not the only source of local history, but there is a great collection of genealogy research materials that is expanding as the volunteers work to gather and organize it.  There are newspapers in print and on microfilm (current up to 2003), books on how to research family history, indexed files that guide searchers to articles by family name or subject, many Nebraska history books, and files and files of other information.  People doing research come to the library from the local area and from distant places.  The Plains Genealogy Society will be giving a demonstration of 2 research sites on the computers on Thursday, December 5 at 7:00 at the library and anyone is welcome.  There is not a potluck meal as stated last week.  Sorry for the confusion.

I always seem to be behind in keeping this blog up to date.  I apologize for that, and as always, resolve to do better.

Since we are on Facebook and have a Pinterest account, that seems to be more of a priority and more current.  But I will keep up the blog also.

December will be a quiet month, but January looks to be very busy.  We encourage you to present any positive suggestions for reading materials, audio books, ways to make the library more accessible and any programs you might want.

Lately we started a ‘Brown Bag Book Club’ which will meet on the second Tuesday of the month.  Two sessions were held on Willa Cather books and the discussion related the stories to our area and presented similarities.  The next gathering will be on January 14 from noon til 1:00.  But you can come earlier and stay later.  Bring a sack lunch or something to drink if you want to eat while talking.

Money Smart Kimball is a relatively new project through the library and a small committee — Jennifer Provance, Lesa Newell, Kandi Weinbender and Jan Sears, library director.

The purpose of the project is to provide information to all ages about financial concerns and safety.  The first session presented was on Balancing the checkbook, Budgeting, and Saving Tips.  Not many attended but the comments were very positive and that we should do it again.  Participants and presenters contributed tips that they use in their lives.

Our second presentation was on keeping your personal information safe.  The presentation was at Vista Villa and gave tips on protecting your Identity.  It was a successful evening with several attending.

The last presentation was a couple of weeks ago entitled “Take the Scare Out of Medicare’.  Shari Roberds talked about the enrollment period and all the different parts of Medicare.  Part D is for the prescription insurance and she stated that there are many insurance companies offering this.  Qualified people need to shop around for the best policy for their life situation.  And fees vary according to the plan.

New Adult Non-fiction:  ‘Conquest of the Ocean’ by Brian Lavery;  ‘The School Revolution: a New Answer for Our Broken Education System’ by Ron Paul;  ‘Quick & Easy Paleo Comfort Foods’ by Julie Mayfield;  ‘I Am Malala: the Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban’, (a biography);  ‘Kate: the Future Queen’ (Biography);  ‘Eat Move Sleep’ by Tom Rath;  ‘The Sapp Brothers’ Story’ by Bill Sapp (a Nebraska biography;  ‘Etched in Sand’ by Regina Calcaterra, about child abuse;  ‘Being a Rockefeller’ (Biography);  ‘Killing Jesus’ by Bill o”Reilly;  ‘Catastrophe 1914’ by Max Hastings;  ‘Wilson’ by A. Scott Berg (a biography) and several more on health and aging.

New Adult Fiction: “Longbourn” by Jo Baker;  “Stuck” by Michael Frederick;  “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham;  “The Abominable” by Dan Simmons;  “Seven Deadlies: a Cautionary Tale” by Gigi Levangie;  “Accused” by Lisa Scottoline;  “The Litter of the Law” by Rita Mae Brown;  “Silent Night” by Robert B. Parker;  “Fallen Women” by Sandra Dallas;  ‘Critical Mass” by Sara Paretsky;  “A Nantucket Christmas” by Nancy Thayer and “A Christmas Hope” by Anne Perry.

            Large Print Fiction:  “The First Phone Call From Heaven” by Mitch Albom;  “Let It Burn” by Steve Hamilton;  “Cloche and Dagger” by Jenn McKinlay;  “Gone With the Woof” by Laurien Berenson;  “Beloved” by Robin Lee Hatcher;  “The Baby Bequest” by Lyn Cote;  and “Massacre Pond” by Paul Doiron.

The next Oral History Committee met Nov. 5 at 2:00.  These gatherings are open to anyone interested in preserving the history of the area.  Ideas were presented on how to gain more histories in shorter amounts of time.

The Prairie Tales Oral History Project met again on Nov. 19 at 2:00 to formulate plans to obtain more stories from local residents and from others who grew up in Kimball and live elsewhere.  It is so fun and exciting to hear the stories – long or short – of special, humorous, and intriguing moments of lives.  The short tales are usually with humor and add a spark to daily schedules.  If you have a fun story to share please let us know.

Please join us in January — there is no membership — just a willingness to contribute a little time to share stories.

Lemony Snicket, the author of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” has a new series called “All the Wrong Questions.”  Apparently this is a prequel to the first series, meant to understand who Lemony Snicket is and why he is who he is.    The two new titles are ‘When Did You See Her Last’ and ‘Who Could That Be at This Hour’.  Fans of Lemony Snicket might also enjoy a book for the younger children – ‘The Dark’ – a picture book to help children who fear the dark.

New Young Adult books:  There are four new books in a series called ‘Zom-B’ by Darren Shan.  B is a troubled high school student- disrespectful, shoplifts, gets into fights and basically writes off school. But all that is the least of B’s problems. Reports of zombie attacks elsewhere have been aired on television and most believed them to be a hoax, but when the school is attacked, B and a group of students have to fight their way to safety.

            The Pretty Little Liars Series by Sara Shepard has been completed and on the shelves up to #13;  The House of Night Series by P. C. Cast is filled and ready for checkout; and Percy Jackson and the Olympians newest book ‘The Titan’s Curse’ is here.  Other new young adult books are ‘The Golden Lily’ and ‘The Indigo Spell’ by Richelle Mead;  ‘Masque of the Red Death’ and ‘Dance of Read Death’ by Bethany Griffin;  ‘Eleanor & Park’ by Rainbow Rowell; and ‘Torn’ and ‘Sabotaged’ (Science fiction) by Margaret Peterson Haddix.

New adult fiction:  ‘Second Watch’ by Judith A. Jance;  ‘Someone’ by Alice McDermott;  ‘The Bones of Paris’ by Laurie R. King;  ‘The Longest Ride’ by Nicholas Sparks;  ‘Doctor Sleep’ by Stephen King;  ‘A Man of His Own’ by Susan Wilson (about a service dog who needs a home);  ‘Necessary Lies’ by Diane Chamberlain; ‘Loss of Innocence’ by Richard North Patterson:  ‘Storm Front’ by John Sandford;  ‘Doing Hard Time’ by Stuart Woods;  several Louise Penny novels;  ‘Ghosts of Bungo Suido’  by P.T. Deutermann;  ‘The Glass Ocean’ by Lori Baker;  ‘The Final Cut’ by Catherine Coulter;  ‘Just One Evil Act’ by Elizabeth George;  ‘Identical’ by Scott Turow;  additions to popular authors in the Young Adult section, and many more.  There is a complete list at the library.

Adult Large Print Fiction:  ‘The Icing on the Cake’ by Janice Thompson;  ‘Remnants of Murder’ by Elizabeth Lynn Casey;  ‘Read and Buried’ by Erika Chase;  ‘Foal Play’ by Kathryn O’Sullivan;  ‘Ghosts of Bungo Suido’ by P. T. Deutermann; and ‘Mountain Homecoming’ by Sandra Robbins.

Story Time this week is at 10:30 a.m. with the theme of Halloween and Clifford the Big Red Dog.  The next 3 weeks will feature stories from Mrs. Aerni’s High School class of senior students who have written and illustrated their own original story.  Nov. 6 will be Laura Flores with a story in both English and Spanish; Nov. 13 will be Henry Heeg and Jake Reader with a sports story; and Nov. 20 will be Shelby Vogel and Kelly Green with a fantasy story.  This should be a fun time and we welcome these creative students.

The library staff started 2 after-school programs this fall and are partnering with the Nebraska Extension Office — Cheyenne, Kimball & Banner County office personel.

The Rag Time is for children grades 3-5 and is on every other Friday afternoon at 2:45 – 4:00.

ClubNext is for children grades 1 & 2 and is on every other Tuesday afternoon at 3:45 – 5:00.

It is free and fun with cool stories, creative learning and craft activities.

Jamie taught a Pinterest class with 9 students.  It was informative and fun.  She plans to do another one.