Archive for December, 2014

New Adult Fiction: “ Let Sleeping Dogs Lie” by Rita Mae Brown; “The Chocolate Clown Corpse” by JoAnna Carl; “Revival” by Stephen King; “The Burning Room” by Michael Connelly; “Private India: City on Fire” by James Patterson; “Bad Country” by C. B. McKinzie”; “Flesh and Blood” by Patricia Cornwell,  “Star Wars: Tarkin” by James Luceno; “A Map of Betrayal” by Ha Jin; “Blue Labyrinth” by D. Perston and L. Child; “Citizens Creek” by Lalita Tademy; “The Floor of the Sky” by Pamela Carter Joern; “House of Secrets” by Jeffrey Savage.

For Christmas: “All is Bright” (Thomas Kinkade’s Cape Light)” by Katherine Spenser; “A New York Christmas” by Anne Perry; “Ho-Ho-Homicide” by Kaitlyn Dunnett; “A Christmas Prayer” by Kimbarla Lawson Roby; and “An Island Christmas” by Nancy Thayer.

New Non-Fiction: “Consumer Reports Buying Guide 2015”; “Thirteen Soldiers: A Personal History of Americans at War” by John McCain; “41: a Portrait of My Father” by George W. Bush; “Lives in Ruins: Archaeologists and the Seductive Lure of Human Rubble” by Marilyn Johnson; “Houses of Civil War America” by Hugh Howard; “Parcells: a Football Life” by Bill Parcells; and “Lone Star Nation: How Texas Will Transform America” by Richard Parker.

New Audio CD’s: “Three Wishes” by Liane Moriaty; “The Lost Key” by Catherine Coulter; “Angels Walking” by Karen Kingsbury;

New Young Adult: “10 Ultimate Truths Girls Should Know” and “Girl Talk: Boys, Bullies, and Body Image”

Smart Investing @ Your Library

Wednesday, January 14, 2015 at 5:30 p.m.  OR Thursday, January 15, 2015

What questions do you have about your budget, getting started with investments, or retirement planning? Kimball Public Library has resources to help you find answers. We offer books, DVDs, and online resources to help you make better decisions about your money.

The Smart Investing @ your library® Builds Nebraska Communities program is coordinated in Nebraska by the Nebraska Library Commission and the Northeast Library System. The information will cover getting out of debt, planning for retirement, knowledge and resources on investing,

The aim of this training is to help people make well-informed financial decisions for themselves and their families. This financial education effort is supported in part by a grant from Smart investing @ your library®, a partnership between the American Library Association and the FINRA Investor Education Foundation.

This is a unique opportunity provided by your library to offer a self-directed, personally paced program. The program is current, unbiased, and confidential. It provide access to a world of information and answers for financial questions.


Take advantage of these unbiased resources offered in our upcoming Financial Education training. Join us either Wednesday, Jan. 14 at 5:30 p.m. OR Thursday, Jan. 15at 10:00 am for the kick-off of the Financial Education training offered at the Kimball Public Library. Register in advance by visiting the library to sign up, email, or call 308-235-4523. Participants who attend both the Kick-Off and Wrap-Up (February 19) events and participate in the online curriculum will be eligible to win an iPod Shuffle.


On December 17, (a Wednesday), the library will host a Christmas Open House with treats and drink for anyone who wants to stop in and see our Christmas decorations, check out Christmas books or just come in and say hi. We’d love to see you.

A bit of library history: the first libraries consisted of archives of the earliest form of writing—the clay tablets in cuneiform script discovered in Sumer (modern day southern Iraq), some dating back to 2600 BC. Private or personal libraries made up of written books appeared in classical Greece in the 5th century BC. In the 6th century, at the very close of the Classical period, the great libraries of the Mediterranean world remained those of Constantinople and Alexandria.

Modern libraries are increasingly being redefined as places to get unrestricted access to information in many formats and from many sources. They are extending services beyond the physical walls of a building, by providing material accessible by electronic means. Your library (Kimball Public Library) has many resources for you and your friends and neighbors.

One of the library’s computers, which provides help for the disabled, rarely gets used. It enlarges the print for reading, will read documents to you, has larger keys for arthritic hands and much more. If you know someone who could benefit from this computer, please let them know.

Thanksgiving week is upon us and the library board and staff wish to thank all of you who use the library; and all those who support the library by attending the events we host and monetary contributions. We are thankful for all of you. We are also grateful for the Friends of the Kimball Library and all the work they have done in the past and are currently doing with projects that provide for youth and adult activities and helping raise money for new carpet. We are also grateful to the city and county entities that contribute to funding the library.

Personally, I am thankful for the great library board members who contribute their time and thoughts to keeping the library here for you, and to the staff who work hard, smile a lot, and put up with my management and to a special volunteer who helps us out almost daily. We wish you all a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.

To see what materials the library has & to reserve copies go to: You can browse through just what Kimball Public Library has or you can see what the other libraries in the consortium have. Books can usually be borrowed from other consortium libraries at the normal interlibrary loan fee of $3.00 to pay for the shipping. But check with Kimball holding first. Your user name is your card # and the password is your last name.

eBooks are available from Nebraska Overdrive Your Kimball account must be in good standing to use this free service. If you have trouble contact staff at the library. You might also want to explore for free books, many of them with expired copyrights OR the new Digital Commons Network

The library has a growing collection of musical CDs. Many of them are instrumentals, and there is a variety of genres from classical, to new age, to rock, to western. Consider these for check out when you are traveling for when you get tired of listening to news or audio books or visiting. There are over 100 now and we are adding a big pile. All of these have been donated to the library.

The Brown Bag Book Club will meet again in January on Tuesday the 15th.  Several good books were discussed during the Fall with “Survivor” coming out with the most attention.  The movie is coming out at Christmas time.

The after school programs have been fun and educational.  8-12 children attend these programs and learn about science with Leta and they love the craft projects.  The programs will continue after Christmas with some changes.

The adult crafting classes have not been well attended.  So we will probably do away with those and devote our time to other projects.

The Medicare session was well attended with lots of good questions.  Thanks Shari Roberds for helping us out again.

Smart Investing @ Your Library is another grant that the library applied for and received. 22 libraries in Nebraska are participating in this project. Each library received books, CDs and DVDs for patrons to use and utilize. The other part of the grant will be working with UNL Extension personnel to provide financial education opportunities for ages 18 and up. There will be a signup time in January and a wrap-up party in February with some rewards for participating. More information will be coming soon.

The fundraising for the carpet for the library is still going on. There are several ways to help us out. You can buy a ‘book’ for $25.00 each and have your name on the spine label of the shelf display; just give a cash donation OR, bring us your Main Street Market receipts that we can apply toward funds from them. We are getting close to the $100,000.00 that we need to receive the first $1000.00. This project will keep going after the first $1000.