Archive for April, 2014

The Kimball Public Library has  chosen to take advantage of another grant offered through the Nebraska Library Commission and FINRA (Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). The staff and volunteers will be doing some online training for the next couple of months. Then there will be information available to the community through programs and other venues at the library.  This looks exciting and definitely a learning experience for the staff and volunteers. 

Choose Privacy Week is held annually May 1 – 7. Choose Privacy Week is an initiative that invites library users into a national conversation about privacy rights in a digital age. With all the digital surveillance, others know how much time you spend on Facebook, the Internet, e-mails; where your searches go and how many times; how much you owe on credit cards, when you insurance expires; and a multitude of other things.

Today, the American Library Association is joining a nationwide day of action calling for reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the law that says the government can access your email and documents in the cloud without a warrant. ECPA is one of the Internet’s most outdated laws – it was enacted in 1986, before most people had access to a home computer or email. If you would like to learn more or join in the conversation, you can visit

The 2014 Summer Reading Program theme is “Fizz, Boom, Read” and will focus on science projects.  Leta has some fun speakers and projects planned again this year.  There will be six session on Wednesdays, beginning May 28 and going through July 6 with the wrap-up program.

Leta will be getting the Summer Reading Program to the classes at school this week. Parents, please watch for the information. The sign-up period will be in May and the first session will be May 28, 2014 (Wednesday) at 10:15.   Sign-up at the library.  We are already starting to receive registrations.

During the past year the library has been fortunate to have a student intern, Courtney Hunsaker. She has become an asset in filling in and assisting staff with shelving, helping patrons, providing technical computer skills in promoting library activities including Farmer’s Day and Summer Reading Programs. She developed and presented programs twice for the Pre=school Story Time. We thank her for her work, wish her the best as she graduates and goes on to college, and we enjoyed getting to know her.

Soon Abigail Johnson will be an intern. The Internship is provided with funds up to $1000.00 per library through the Nebraska Library Commission, the Nebraska Library Association and the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Abigail will be starting about mid-May and after some training she’ll be ready to help with our busy Summer Reading schedule. The purpose of the Internship is to introduce young people to the many facets of the library world – public, school, academic, medical, legal and other libraries. This is a method of recruiting students into the library science field.

The week of April 1-5 was Money Smart Week and this week the education is being continued today through Money Smart Kimball and Jennifer Provance with an educational program for the 5th and 6th grade classes. Her topic will be comparison shopping for the 6th grade. Thank you Jennifer.

Here are some financial websites that might have information for you: has financial videos for young adults and much more; is a site that rates credit cards that promote cash back; and degrees of financial literacy is a free program of the nation’s certified public accountants to help Americans understand their personal finances through every stage of life.

During the Money Smart Kimball presentation for the 5th and 6th grade classes 4 students won a drawing for $10.00 to add to their saving account or start a savings account. The winners who have come to claim their funds are Brendan Walker & Chelsea Malson in the 6th grade and Sydney Keller & Jaden Lee in the 5th grade.  Congratulations to those students.  They were all excited about the plan.  If they keep their account current or add to it for 6 months, they will each receive another $10.00.

There is some new landscaping in the front of the library.  It has been difficult to keep the original planting thriving because of the big shade tree.  So the board decided to put in some landscape rocks and some benches, which should arrive soon. We think it will be more attractive and interesting and easier to maintain.   Thank you to Jim Ryschon and his department for helping to transport and place the rocks.  Jim also contributed a few smaller rocks to add interest.

Two new benches will be added soon.

New Adult Fiction:  “Night Diver” by Elizabeth Lowell; “A Wanted Woman” by Eric Jerome Dickey; “Astonish Me” by Maggie Shipstead; “Under Cold Stone” by Vicki Delany; “Carnal Curiosity” by Stuart Woods; “Keep Quiet” by Lisa Scottoline; “The Other Story” by Tatiana de Rosnay; “The Collector” by Nora Roberts; “Thomas Kinkade’s Angel Island: Harbor of the Heart” by Katherine Spencer; “Murder By Music” by Barbara Graham; “Waiting for Wednesday” by Nicci French; & “And the Dark Sacred Night” by Julia Glass.

New Non-fiction: “The Rule of Nobody: Saving America from Dead Laws and Broken Government”; “Sustainable Compromises: a Yurt, a Straw Bale House, and Ecological Living”; “Prairie Forge: the Extraordinary Story of the Nebraska Scrap Metal Drive of World War II”; “A Grizzly in the Mail and other Adventures in American History”; “Grandmother’s Wisdom” and “CDL Exam: Air Brakes Endorsement”.

New Large Print Fiction: “The Headmaster’s Wife” by Thomas Christopher Greene; “Last Bride” by Beverly Lewis; “Minding Molly” by Leslie Gould; “Butterfly Palace” and “ Safe in His Arms” by Colleen Coble; “Dream Dress” by Janice Thompson; “Killing Cupid” by Laura Levine; “When Shadows Fall” by J. T. Ellison; and “Murder, She Barked” by Krista Davis.

New Audios: “Timeless Tales of Beatrix Potter”; “Close Your Eyes” by Iris & Roy Johansen; “A Revelation in Autumn”, “The Hope of Spring”, “The Pieces of Summer”, and “A Vow for Always” by Wanda E. Brunstetter; “Killing Cupid” by Laura Levine; “The Divergent Series trio” by Veronica Roth; and “Concealed in Death” by J. D. Robb.

New Adult fiction: “River’s End” by Melody Carlson; “Empress of the Night: a Novel of Catherine the Great” by Eva Stachniak; “Tempting Fate” by Jane Green; “Robert Ludlum’s the Janson Option” by Paul Garrison; “Death on Blackheath” by Anne Perry; “Four Friends” by Robin Carr; “Missing You” by Harlan Coben; “Waking the Dead” by Heather Graham; “NYPD Red 2” by James Patterso and Marshall Karp; “The Alpine Yeoman” by Mary Daheim; “Snapshot” by Lis W. Wiehl; “Cross Roads” by Wm. Paul Young (author of The Shack) and a mystery series based on quilts by Barbara Graham.

“Death Comes Quickly” by Susan Wittig Albert; “When the Cypress Whispers” by Yvette Manessis Corporon; “Blossom Street Brides” by Debbie Macomber; “Warriors: an Ale Hawke novel” by Ted Bell; “Without Warning” by David Rosenfelt; “Cavendon Hall” by Barbara Taylor Bradford; “Love and Treasure” by Ayelet Waldman; “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” by Mary Higgins Clark; “The Cold Nowhere” by Jonathan Stride; “Frog Music” by Emma Donoghue; “Destroyer Angel” by Nevada Barr and “Blood of the White Bear” by Marcia Calhoun Forecki.

New Western Large Print: “Four Graves West” by James Kane; “The Last Outlaw” by Stone Wallace; “Honor Thy Father” by Robert A. Roripaugh; “Jackpot Ridge” by Ralph Cotton; “The Shooting Sheriff” by Nelson Nye; “Wunpost” by Dane Coolidge; “Crucifixion River” by Marcia Muller.

New Non-fiction: From Society Page to Front Page: Nebraska Women in Journalism – chronicles the history of journalism by decades and all the changes that have come about; The Wahls Protocol: How I beat Progressive MS Using Paleo Principles and Functional Medicine;   The Oral History Workshop: Collect and Celebrate the Life Stories of Your Family and Friends; and there are several history and poetry DVDs.  Also –“Radical Remission: Surviving Cancer Against All Odds” by Kelly A. Turner; “The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words, 1000 BC-1492” by Simon Schama; and “The End of Dieting: How to Live for Life” by Joel Fuhrman.

The BIG announcement was — the Kimball Public Library Board and Friends are in the beginning stages of raising funds for new carpet. The ‘pink’ carpet is 20 years old, greyed, and snagged. The approximate amount of funds required for carpet and linoleum in all the usable rooms in the library is $18,000. The board has decided to sell ‘books’ at $25.00 each to raise the money. So we need to sell 720 ‘books’. The Friends of the Library have kicked off the campaign with 104 ‘books’. Another big project for them. Thank you Friends! The ‘books’ are symbolic and will fill shelves on a board as they are sold. The ‘books’ will be labeled with the donors name and be on display in the library. The theme is ‘Carpet It! Buy a Book’.

Sunday, April 6, was the Friends of the Kimball Library program with guest speaker Charlotte Endorf sharing information through her topic “Nebraska Spirit: The North Platte Canteen”. If you missed this, you missed some wonderful personal stories from veterans and the women who managed to keep the canteen going for 51 months with all volunteers and some neat displays.  This is a unique part of Nebraska history during World War II. Women and men all over western Nebraska helped support the efforts of the Canteen, even Kimball County.  Kimball ladies participated in serving the military personal too.

Membership in the Friends of the Kimball Library is open to anyone interested in supporting the library and is only $5.00 per year. There is more information about the Friends on the website