Archive for November, 2013

October is a BIG month for libraries and literacy.  Oct. 13-19 is Teen Read Week which was designed to promote reading enjoyment and literacy skills for teens.

National Friends of the Library Week is Oct. 21 – 26.  The Friends of the Kimball Public Library have been in existence since the early 1900s and have supported the library in many ways.  They staffed the early library, purchased books, promoted library use and helped purchase items to enhance and preserve the library building and functions.  Through the years the Friends have raised funds through the annual Book Sale and funded the insulation on the North Wall, purchased carpet, children’s area rug, lots of shelving, and other physical property and they shared in the purchase of the ADA computer for visually impaired and arthritic citizens.  They support the Summer Reading Programs and offer programs for the adult community for entertainment and education.  The Friends annual meeting is usually held in April and present historical and cultural programs from speakers such as Jeff Barnes & Linda Hasselstrom.  Our Kimball Public Library is certainly better off with a ‘Friends’ group.  Please consider joining the Friends as a member for only $2.00 per year.  You may join by coming into the library and signing up.  Thank you Friends!!

October is also National Reading Group Month.  The mission of National Reading Group Month is to:  increase public awareness of the joy and value of shared reading, provide a time for reading groups to celebrate their accomplishments and plan for the future, provide opportunities for individuals to join an existing reading group or start a new one and encourage libraries, bookstores, and organizations to host special reading group events.  And by coincidence, we started a Brown Bag Book Club.  This group met on Tues. this week from 12 – 1:00 pm.  They discussed O Pioneers! By Willa Cather with stories about the land and even touched on settlement of Kimball County.  The group decided to continue to meet and pursue the ‘land’ trilogy of Willa Cather with ‘Song of the Lark’ in November and ‘My Antonia’ in December.  There will be several copies of these books for you to check out and then participate in the discussions.

Other special dates:  Oct. 5 is ‘World Teachers Day’;  Oct. 7 is Poetry Day;  Oct. 12 is ‘Free Thought Day’ OR ‘Moment of Frustration Scream Day’ (which ever you prefer); Oct. 13 is ‘English Language Day’;  and more ending with Oct. 27 as School Library Day and ‘Tell a Story Day’.  And your stories are important to the history of the county.

Many new books arrived last week and the staff has been getting them entered in the computer.  Some should be ready for checkout by Wednesday.  21 new audio CDs are on the shelves including ‘Hunting Eve’ by Iris Johansen; ‘The Half-stitched Amish Quilting Club’ and ‘The Tattered Quilt’ by Wanda Brunstetter;  ‘ The Cookoo’s Calling’ By Robert Galbraith;  ‘Big Girl Panties’ by Stephanie Evanovich (a niece of Janet Evanovich);  ‘Mistress’ by James Patterson;  and ‘The Highway’ by C. J. Box.

On the fiction side, new additions include ‘Death on the Greasy Grass’, the third book by C. M. Wendelboe;  ‘Rose Harbor in Bloom’ by Debbie Macomber;  There are a few new westerns too with a special one – ‘Butch Cassidy: the Lost Years’ by William W. Johnstone.

There are 9 DVDs on fire safety and prevention.  These are short and colorful and geared to educate the very young children  — ‘What is Fire?’;  ‘Fire in Your House’ #1 & 2; ‘If Fire Gets On Your Clothes’;  ‘Home Fire Escape Plans’;  Fire trucks an stations and Home Fire Prevention.

The Friend’s book sale was better than last year, and thanks to all who attended and bought sacks of books – at least 60 bags full & overflowing went out the door.  The Lincoln Highway display was not as well attended as we hoped, but the comments were positive and we will have it up for a few more days.  And the ‘Sense of Place Historical Tour’ was a positive addition to the day’s activities.  It was worthwhile and the plans are to continue with it next year.

Back to the book sale – there were many books available in the West Room and many went to new homes.  However, we still have plenty of books and FREE videos.  You are invited  to come shop if you didn’t get here Saturday and shop some more if you did.  The books will be out for a couple more weeks before we start to reorganize the space.  There are plans for more shelves and making improvements.  Please help out by taking some books home.  Also, it saves the books from going to the recycling center.