Free Discarded Books At The Library

We are always getting in new books at the library.  To make room for the new, some of the older books that are well worn or haven’t been checked out recently need to be discarded. These books are available free (donations accepted) for whomever wants them. Come in to the library and look them over. You may find the perfect book for you.

Discarded Books

On Your Mark, Get Set, Read – at the Sargent Library!

Today is the official beginning of the summer reading program for kids. For only one hour of reading (or being read to), the prize is an ice cream cone or a hot dog. Another hour of reading time will earn them a prize from our treasure chest. A free pizza and movie rental is the reward for 5 hours of reading. We will have prizes for up to 10 hours of reading. Later in the summer, there will be free baseball tickets to see the Lincoln Salt Dogs or Omaha Storm Chasers.

Reading time logs can be picked up at the library or downloaded here.  It is so important to encourage your children to read over the summer months. The books can be from any source, and don’t forget, that the Sargent Library offers free eBooks and audio books for you to download to your tablet, computer, or phone. Let’s surprise the teachers this fall when they discover that their students have improved their reading skills.

Older kids can enter a prize drawing for a Kindle. Every book they read earns them another entry.

Happy Reading!

Summer Reading Treasure Chest

Summer Reading Treasure Chest

Accept the Challenge and Read Nebraska Books

Nebraska will celebrate its 150th birthday on March 1, 2017. The Nebraska literary community has chosen to use this time to highlight some of the best literature produced by authors in our state. Everyone is encouraged to read 42 books by various Nebraska authors. The chosen books highlight varied cultures, historical time periods and locations and include books of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, young adult and picture books.

Here is the reading challenge: Read all 42 books and you qualify for the Grand Prize.  Read 6 or 12 books and you qualify for the silver or gold prizes. You have until Feb 28, 2017 to enter. This contest is for all ages, so why not read some Nebraska books together as a family this summer? Entry forms are available at the Sargent Library, or follow this link for more information.  Nebraska 150 Reading Challenge

Nebraska 150 Books

Exciting Summer of Reading Planned

Wow! The Sargent Library has an exciting program planned for the kids of the community. Our goal is to encourage the kids to read for pleasure and to retain their reading skills over the summer.  

Younger kids (Preschool – 6th grade) can fill out thOn Your Markeir reading time log and earn prizes like ice cream cones, pizza, movie rentals, etc.  We want children to enjoy reading, so all sources of reading are encouraged. They can read print books, eBooks, audio books, newspapers, comic books, or even the back of their cereal box. Plus, on five different afternoons throughout June and July we will have an Afternoon of Reading where kids can come and listen to a story, play games and do crafts.

The older kids (Jr. High – High School) can have a chance at winning a Kindle. Every book they read earns them an entry for the prize.

Come into the library to learn about all of the details. Library cards are free to everyone, no matter where you live.


Check Out Our Audio Books

Many people may not be aware that the Sargent library offers audio books.  We have 72 books on CD that you can check out.  However, since we subscribe to Nebraska Overdrive, we also have a selection of over 8000 audio book titles available free online.  Audio books are great for long road trips. For those who work in the field most of the day, a radio can get really boring when you’re listening to the same old commercials. Listen to an audio book instead.

Now, if you have a smart phone or tablet, it is a simple task to download an audio mp3 and listen to it. Another option is to download an mp3 to your PC using the OverDrive App and then transfer it to an mp3 player.

Finally, if you don’t have any of the above devices, there is still a relatively cheap solution. Go to Ebay or Amazon  and search for a “car mp3 wireless  FM transmitter” These can be purchased for as little as $3.23. To use this device, download the audio book to any flash drive. Then when you plug the flash drive into the transmitter, the audio will come through your car’s FM radio speakers.

This may all sound a little confusing, but feel free to come to the Sargent library anytime, and I will help you sign up for OverDrive and answer any questions you may have.

Nebraska OverDrive Libraries

Thank You To Our Veterans For Their Service and Sacrifice

Have you ever visited the Wall of Faces? This is a website that displays the pictures of Vietnam veterans killed in action. Some of these veterans listed don’t have pictures, and recently I was contacted at the library for information on a Leroy Sheldon. I searched the Sargent newspaper archive and found this article from 3/6/1969. Freedom isn’t free, and today we honor and remember Leroy. We also give a big THANK YOU to all of the veterans who served and are currently serving our country.


Free Read Along Books for Kids

Did you know that you can download free “read along” eBooks for your child? These are audio books that allow your child to see the pictures or words and read along. To access the eBooks, you need to log into Nebraska Overdrive for Kids & Teens.  (Ask at the library for your free password.) Then click on the “subjects” tab and select the category that interests you.  Now look for the “format” pull down menu. You will want to check “overdrive read with narration.” That’s it! Now you can choose and enjoy a read along book.  These books are available for preschoolers, beginning readers, and also older, reluctant readers. Feel free to call or come into the library for help with Overdrive.

Nebraska Overdrive for Kids & Teens

Calling All Local Photographers

Hildegard Center for the Arts, in partnership with the Nebraska Tourism Commission and the Nebraska State Historical Society, is sponsoring a Photography Call for the great state of Nebraska!  The purpose is to highlight historic places and often over-looked historical treasures in all 93 counties. Let’s make sure that Custer County and the Sargent area are represented.

Click here for more information and to submit photos.

Hildegard Center

Sargent High School Yearbooks Are Now Digitized

The SHS yearbooks have returned! This summer we sent the library’s collection of high school yearbooks to Oklahoma Correctional Industries. OCI scanned our collection for free and sent us back a set of seven DVDs that include Sargent High School yearbooks from 1915 to 2014 – all in JPEG format. They did a wonderful job.

We don’t have any current plans to put these online.  Some people may not appreciate having the world see their high school pictures. Another concern is that certain commercial “classmate sites” may use the information for their own website.

The yearbooks are all available on the library’s six computers.  People are welcome to come in with a flash drive and copy any years of interest.  There are also copies of the DVDs at the Sargent School library.

Here’s a picture from the 1915 annual.
Silly teenagers in 1915


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