Archive for December, 2013

Join us for our first Adult Winter Reading Program.  “Hot Reads for Cold Nights” kicks off on January 13, 2014.  Register at the library any time.  Read a book, listen to an audio CD, or check a book out on Overdrive (all eligible books should be from this library) and complete a simple review form and turn it in to be eligible for the prizes.  There will be random weekly prizes and a Grand Prize of a ‘Longmire’ book autographed by Craig Johnson and an Official Absaroka County Sheriff Department coffee mug.  This program will run for 2 months with the last day to turn in a review on Monday, March 17 and drawings for prizes on March 18.

Pre-school Story Time is for children 3-5 years and there is room for more.  Please come and invite others.  Registartion is encouraged so we can have enough materials for all. 

January 8 — New Books for a New Year

January 15 — Jan Brett Books

January 22 — The ABCs

January 29 — Groundhogs and Other Critters

Beginning Computer Class — 3 sessions, January 14, 21, and 28 at 10:00 a.m.

Pinterest — January 22, 6:30 to 8:00

The Brown Bag Book Club is at 12:00 on January 14th

The Photo Contest Entry Deadline is January 21 by 7:00

Pre-school Story Time starts on January 8 at 10:30 with “New Books for a New Year” — ages 3-5

There was, of course, Pre-school Story Time on Wednesdays 8 months of the year, and the summer reading programs for 4-6 weeks and that includes all ages.  There were classes on Basic Computer Skills, Facebook, Kindles, and Pinterest was added to the list.  UNL Extension personnel taught Social Media for businesses and Bill Loring taught a Photography class.  There were also help sessions offered for the work force – filing for benefits and job hunting.  Rechelle comes a few times a year to teach the Bob Ross Painting classes that continue to be popular. 

The library was painted and re-arranged to make it more welcoming.  New computers and new desks were installed for more access to the Internet and comfort.  Jamie Carpenter joined the staff and has enhanced the library’s presence through the Internet.  Courtney Hunsaker joined also as a student intern helping through the summer months with the youth along with learning many library tasks.

            Many groups meet here weekly and monthly.  The EMT classes are Tuesday & Thursday evenings and are 4 months long.  Regular groups include the Kimball Garden Club, the HighPoint ShutterBug Photography Club, The Plains Genealogy Society, Kimball Housing Authority,   Keep Kimball Beautiful, Kimball Area Foundation, K-Fact, Relay For Life, & bible study groups.  The Hunter Safety Course is held in the Cultural Room.  There are several other educational, civil and social groups that use the library meeting rooms frequently.

            The Kimball Oral History Project was revised under the name Prairie Tales Oral History Project with the goal of collecting stories from all over the area for history and research.  The Money Smart Kimball Committee was established to provide financial information and literacy to all walks of life.

A lunch book club was established and will be meeting again in January. 

            The Friends of the Kimball Public Library provided culture with a speaker at their annual meeting in April and held a very successful Farmer’s Day book sale.  The library and staff have had a busy year.

Thank you to all who use this library and appreciate it being here.  Thanks also to the library staff who help get so much done in the year. 

            Plans for the future – new seating for the reading area, new carpet, shelving for the audios and videos, more classes and more activities for adults.  Whew! 

There are some new craft books for Christmas ideas if you are still working on those things.  All the fictional Christmas books are on display also.

New non-fiction:  “Johnny Cash – the Life” by Robert Hilburn;  “Jack London: An American Life: by Earle Labor;  “History Decoded” by Brad Miltzer;  “The Four Doors” by Richard Paul Evans;  “Practice to Deceive” by Ann Rule;  “Who Discovered America?: the Untold History of the Peopling of the Americas” by Gavin Menzies & Ian Hudson;  “Working the Land: the Stories of Ranch and Farm Women in the Modern American West” by Sandra Schackel;  “The Tell:  the Little Clues That Reveal Big Truths About Who We Are” by Matthew Hertenstein;  “Heart” by Dick Cheney;  “Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-dollar Trash Trade”: The Embassy House” by Morgan Jones and Damien Lewis;  “What’s so Funny” by Tim Conway;  “Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-ravaged Hospital (Hurricane Katrina);  “Scrap It” (scrapbook ideas for other decorative objects);  “The Genrosity Network” (fundraising);  “Creative Photography; 52 Fun Exercises for Developing Self-wxpression with Your Camera”; “Drama High: the Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher”;  “Southeran Casseroles” by Denise Gee; and several Paleo Diet and health books.

Pinterest?  What is it?  Pinterest is a website that allows you to “pin” things online, just as you would pin them on a real life bulletin board, but instead, Pinterest saves all of your pins on your account so that you can access them easily.

When you’re browsing online and see something you love and don’t want to forget, what do you do — email it to yourself?  Print it out and put it in a binder?  Bookmark it on your computer?  Pinterest provides a simple way to compile all of the great things you find online — from clothes to DIY home ideas to inspiration.  The library now has a Pinterest account and you can find it at www.pinterest.com/kimballpublib.  You will see posts on recommended books and other library related information.  And we will be having another Pinterest class in January.

Gifts of new cameras are often received at Christmas.  And we don’t know how to use them.  Here is the answer for you.

The Club is also hosting a session on January 12 – “Help with Your New Camera” from 9-12 at the library Cultural Room.  But anyone who wants some pointers is welcome to attend.

Remember to take your family holiday pictures and get them ready to enter in the “Family Holiday” photography contest in January.  The HighPoint ShutterBug Photography Club is sponsoring and promoting this new contest. 

The age divisions are 5-12 years and 13-18 years with an entry fee of $1.00 per entry and limit of 2 entries per person.  And adults 19 and up with a $2.00 entry fee per entry and 2 entries per person.  Photos should be 8 X 10 and mounted, NOT Framed, on something stiff enough so they can stand up in the holders. 

Entries are due on Jan. 21 and will be shown through February.  The will be Judged Awards and People’s Choice Awards.  I know we will see some very neat photos of families and holiday decorations.

New Christmas books include “Silent Night: a Spenser Holiday Novel” by Robert B. Parker;  “A Nantucket Christmas” by Nancy Thayer;  “A Christmas Hope” by Anne Perry;  “The Dogs of Christmas” by W. Bruce Cameron;  and “Christmas Bliss” by Mary Kay Andrews.

New adult fiction:  “The October List” by Jeffery Deaver;  “Biology of Luck” by Jacob M. Appel;  “Nostalgia” by Dennis McFarland;  “Hild” by Nicola Griffith (historical);  and “Spider Woman’s Daughter” by Anne Hillerman.

            New Audio CDs:  “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens;  “From Missouri” by Zane Grey;  “Reflections on the Psalms” by C. S. Lewis;  “The Big Fifty” by Johnny D. Boggs;  “The Wedding Gift” by Marlen Suyapa Bodden;  “”Thankless in Death” by J. D. Robb;  “Cross My Heart” by Carly Phillips;  “just One Evil Act” by Elizabeth George;  “Christmas Bliss” by Mary Kay Andrews;  “Risk” by Dick Francis;  “Doing Hard Time” by Stuart Woods;  “Sycamore Row” by John Grisham;  and “Fifteen Minutes” by Karen Kingsbury.

Be safe always but esp. through the holidays by guarding your personal information.  Frauds are so rampant.  Ignore all mail, phone, and e-mail solicitations for foreign lottery promotions and investments.  Never submit advance fees for sweepstakes.  Don’t trust e-mails or text messages that appear to be from you financial institution, government agency or request details about your financial status.  Shred financial documents and don’t give out personal information on the phone, through e-mail or over the Internet to unknown persons or businesses.  Regardless of your age, sex, education level, etc, you are a potential victim.

More safety tips for the Internet:  Never click on links sent in unsolicited e-mails;  Use firewalls, anti-spyware, and anti-virus software to protect your computer;  Inspect your credit report at www.AnnualCreditReport.com and get a free annual credit report;  Review your financial statements and credit card statements regularly;  Watch for home repair scams and travel club fraud;  And it is recommended to change your passwords annually.  Passwords should be at least 10 characters and a mix of letters, numbers and symbols.  Don’t use phone #s, addresses, personal names, etc.  Again – we are all potential victims.  If you think you are a victim of fraud, contact your police department, the State law enforcement, your financial institution or the Nebraska Attorney General’s hotline at 800-727-6432.