Archive for February, 2014

New Non-Fiction:  “Things That Matter” by Charles Krauthammer;  “Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War” by Robert M. Gates;  “Embers of War” (Vietman) by Fredrik Logevall;  “One Foot Forward: Stories and Faces of
Widows and Widowers” Judith Fox;  “Game Plan: How to Protect Yourself From the Coming Cyber-economic Attack” by Kevin D. Freeman;  “Break Out!” by Joel Osteen;  “The Everything Backyard Farming Book”;  “The Business of Being Social” (harnessing the power of Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and YouTube);  “Marketing Strategies for the Home-based
Business”;  “Three Weeks to eBay Profits”;  “Little Hands and Big Hands” (sign language);  “Bee Products for
Better Health” by C. Leigh Broadhurst;  “Classic Locomotives” (700 photographs);  &“The Story of the Blackfoot People”.

The ‘Hot Reads for Cold Nights’ Adult Winter Reading Program is doing great.  Into the second week 96 book reports have been received from 23 participants.  Each week a drawing is held for a small prize and there will be a final prize at the
end.  It is not too late to sign up and share your reading experience with a very small book review (just circle the #
of stars you want to give the book).

New Adult Non-fiction:  Baby Signing Book;  Backroads & Byways of Colorado;  Hide & Seek: the Story of a Wartime Agent;  The Fall of Arthur by J. R. R. Tolken;  Fracking;  Concealed Carry for Women and for kids – Pay it Forward Kids:  Small Acts, Big Change.

Crafts and Fun Stuff:  Sew Me!: Sewing Basics;  Box: Castles, Kitchens, and Other Cardboard Creations for Kids;  3-D Art Lab for Kids: 36 adventures in Sculpture and Mixed Media;  Art Lab for Little Kids;  Modern Neutrals (quilting);  Quilters–Their Quilts, Their Studios, Their Stories;  Stitch It For Fall;  Storyland Cross Stitch;  and Parachute Cord Craft.

Agriculture and Home Business:  Easy Compost;  Keeping Bees & Making Honey;  How to Start a Creative Business;  Wisdom for Beekeepers;  Grow Your Own Pizza! (gardening for kids);  The Everything Guide to Starting an Online Business;  and Wisdom for Hen Keepers.

 New Non-fiction Health and Diets:  The Big Book of Gluten-free Recipes;  Naked Calories;  Migraine–Identify Your Triggers, Break Your Dependence of Medication, and Take Back Your Life;  Complete Migraine Health;  Forever Beautiful–the Age-defying Detox Plan;  The Detox Prescription;  One Size Does Not Fit All Diet Plan;  This Isn’t What I Expected–Overcoming Postpartum Depression;  Super-charged Hormone Diet;  Winning the Battle Against Prostrate Cancer;  What Addicts Know–10 Lessons From Recovery to Benefit Everyone;  Your Personal Paleo Code;  The New Lean For Life–Outsmart Your Body…;

New adult fiction:  “Hazardous Duty” by W. E. B. Griffith;  “”Deep Trouble” and “Swept Away” by Mary Connealy;  “The Death Trade” by Jack Higgins;  “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” and “Songs of Willow Frost” by Jamie Ford;  “Cross My Heart” by James Patterson;  “Vanished” and “Trapped” by Irene Hannon;  “White Nights: a Thriller” by Ann
Cleeves;  “Alaska Bride Collection” by Tracie Peterson and others;  “How the Light Gets In” by Louise Penny;  “I’ll Be
Seeing You” by Suzanne Hayes; and “Stella Bain” by Anita Shreve.

New Large Print Fiction:  “Read It and Weep” by Jenn McKinlay;  “Cold Snap” by Allison Brennan;  “Dexter’s Final Cut by Jeff Lindsay;  “Beyond These Dreams” by Sandra Robbins;  “An Old Betrayal” by Charles Finch;  “Prairie Song” by Mona Hodgson;  and “Woodrose Mountain” by ReaAnne Thayne.

The Old Books Craft Day on Saturday, the 22nd, is available to young adults and adults.  The supplies will be provided
but participants are invited to bring photos and scrapbooking decorative pages, etc. if they wish.  There is a small fee
of $3.00 to cover some supplies.  Please sign up at the library in person or by phone by Feb. 19 so we can set up tables and have enough supplies.  There will be ideas to start your creative juices.

Kim Sharples will show you how and will have book covers ready for use in the main project.  The class will be 3 hours long and there is a limit of 15.  If more sign up, we can do another class in the afternoon or another day. Altered book1
This will be fun.

Once Upon a TownOn Tuesday, the 11th, we have the Brown Bag Book Club with “Once Upon a Town: the Miracle of the North Platte Canteen” by Bob Greene is the exciting and very interesting historical presentation of what many, many volunteers did to
support the troops passing through Nebraska during WWII.  “During World War II, American soldiers from
every city and walk of life rolled through North Platte, Nebraska, on troop trains en route to their ultimate destinations in Europe and the Pacific. The tiny town, wanting to offer the servicemen warmth and support, transformed its
modest railroad depot into the North Platte Canteen.”  A quote from the summary.  The book is based on eye-witness accounts from volunteers and soldiers. Please grab a sack lunch and join us for a lively discussion on this book.

On Thursday at 12:00 noon we are hosting C. M. Wendelboe, the author of 3 published books based on mysteries on the Sioux Reservation in South Dakota with Manny Tanno, a Native American, as the FBI agent.   His third book is “Death on the Greasy Grass” set on the Battle of the Little Big Horn area.  The Kirkus Starred Review says it is “An exciting and quirky mystery that seamlessly shifts between past and present, offering a number of finely delineated characters and a strong sense of life on the reservation and the beauties of a hostile land.”  Again, grab a sack lunch and join us for some interesting background as Mr. Wendelboe share how he gets the ideas for his books, does his research and develops the characters.  Books will be available for sale.

C. E. Wendelboe is a relatively new author in the mystery field.
He has published 3 novels in his Spirit Road Mysteries Series.  Mr. Wendelboe was here about a year ago and
proved to have a relaxed personality and a good sense of humor.  Craig Johnson of the Longmire Series compares
these novels to Tony Hillerman’s Navaho mystery novels.  Please mark your calendar and plan to join
the discussion.


The Brown Bag Book Club that meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month has chosen “Once Upon a Town: the Miracle of the North Platte Canteen” by Bob Greene as the Februaruy book.  This book was written in 2002, but is seeing a resurgence.  One synopsis states:  “In search of “the best America there ever was,” bestselling author and award-winning journalist Bob Greene finds it in a small Nebraska town few people pass through today—a town where Greene discovers the echoes of the most touching love story imaginable: a love story between a country and its sons.”

I found an article in the archives of the cultural room that said many Kimball cooks made care packages and sent them to North Platte for the 6 million GIs who went through North Platte.  WWII information has been the topic of many books and documentaries.  Bob Greene has written several other books.  If you are interested in reading the book and joining the discussion, come into the library for more information.

RAG-Time, the after-school program for grades 3-5, is this Friday, 7th at 2:45.  These programs are scheduled on
NEXT is the after-school program for grades 1-2 and is on Tuesdays at 3:45.   See the rest of the spring schedule below.

Leta and Jamie are working with Cynthia and Chanda from the Univ. of Nebr. Extension to provide these programs
of fun education and activities.

ClubNext:  Febr. 18, March 4 & 18, April 1 & 15.

RAG-Time:  Feb. 21, March 7 & 21, April 4

A little blurb from the past — Do you remember Berma Shave signs along the road?  Berma-Vita Co. of Minneapolis entertained travelers with one of the most unusual and successful advertising campaigns with the jungles and the product they promoted.  Berma Shave was introduced in 1925 and promoted a brushless version of shaving cream and a unique brand of advertising.  The sales took off.  And the advertising continued until 1953 when the company was sold to Phillip Morris.  They used a set of six signs posted along the highway which generally contained a rhyming humorous ad.  There were about 600 jingles.  Two examples are:  Every shaver / Now can snore / Six more minutes / Than before / By using / Burma-Shave & Your shaving brush / Has had its day / So why not / Shave the modern way / With / Burma-Shave