Lauran Ostberg

Red Carpet Reads at the Library

CAM01115 (755x1024) (590x800)Before you head to the theater to see “Ender’s Game” or “Catching Fire” this month or before your teenager talks you into buying and watching the upcoming DVD releases of  “Sea of Monsters” or “City of Bones”, why not stop by the library and read the book first?

The library has put together a display of “Red Carpet Reads” using books that have been made into movies. You might be surprised at what you find!


Look for the Stromsburg Public Library at Downtown Boo

Halloween display-closeupStromsburg Public Library will be participating in the Downtown Boo festivities on Halloween. Stop by our table between 5 pm and 7 pm  to receive your treats and a chance to win a prize bag.  See you Thursday! 

Downtown Boo is sponsored by the Stromsburg Chamber of Commerce and area businesses. There will be free hot dogs, popcorn, and apple cider along with hayrack rides and bucket truck rides!

2013 downtown boo

Spooks, Goblins and Other Scary Creatures

By Diana Johnson
                Spooks, goblins, and other scary creatures are featured in a wide array of books for both children and adults at Stromsburg Public Library. Children’s books are more fun than scary and many, like The Little Old Lady that Wasn’t Afraid of Anything and The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark, teach a helpful lesson. However, even children and adults enjoy hearing and reading a spine-chilling tale.
                Mary Downing Hahn has written many eerie books for young people and the library owns an adapted children’s version of Frankenstein in addition to the original story. Also included in the collection are numerous versions of Washington Irving’s spooky and humorous tale of the headless horseman in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.
                Those interested only in nonfiction can find books on the paranormal and other recorded hauntings and historical records. One such record is found in Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides. This book tells the story of World War II’s dramatic mission to rescue more than 500 American and British prisoners of war in the Philippines.
                A collection of Mark Newcomer’s tractors is on display in the Gordon Fredrickson exhibit case. We thank him for sharing both the red and green brands with the community.

Brown Bag Lunch October 8, 2012

CAM00836By Diana Johnson

Meet Nebraska author Willa Cather through her letters, first published in February this year. Stromsburg Public Library will host Andrew Jewell, co-editor of the collection of letters titled, The Selected Letters of Willa Cather, Tuesday, October 8, at 12 noon.

As the editor of the Willa Cather archive at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Jewell is well qualified to introduce the character and personality of the author. The program is funded by Humanities Nebraska. The library encourages patrons to bring a lunch. The library will provide coffee and cookies.

Because Cather wanted to be judged on her work alone, she left clear instructions in her will that her letters were not to be published. With her literary reputation now secure and the death of her nephew, the will’s executor, the will has expired and the letters have become available for publication. The present collection represents only 20 per cent of her total letters. They cover her teenage years in Red Cloud through her distinguished career as a novelist.

Remember that free Wi-Fi at the library is now password protected and a new password was issued Oct. 1. Stop in during open library hours to get the password after signing a form outlining Wi-Fi use policies.

Lapsits to Begin at the Stromsburg Public Library

The first lapsit of the season will be held on September 17, 2013, 11 am at the library. Lapsits are open to children ages 1-4 accompanied by an adult. Lapsits are a great way to introduce your toddler to the joys of reading and the library.  We have many fun activities planned to help with early literacy in young children this year.

For this first lapsit, we will be reading the book, “There Was an Old Woman Who Swallowed a Fly”, then we will page through the book while listening to the song by the same title. After introducing this classic rhyme to the children, we will also read “I Know a Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello”.

New to lapsits this year will be a “Discovery Time”. This is simply a time for the children to play with puzzles, and other items out of our “Discovery Packs”. This is another aspect to early literacy for children that we would like to encourage. It also gives moms a chance to visit and connect!

Lapsits will be held the 2nd Tuesday of each month through April. Check our calendar for other montly activities held at the library.

September Lapsit

Wi-fi now password protected

Stromsburg Public Library is proud to offer free, wireless Internet access to the community around the clock. This service is important for students to complete homework, for job seekers to complete applications and for numerous other responsibilibites that cannot be accomplished during the limited number of hours that the library is open.

Reports have recently surfaced that the unfiltered service has been inappropriately used, making it necessary to password protect the access to Wi-Fi. Those wishing to use the service will need to enter the library during open hours to get the password after signing a form agreeing to abide by the library’s Wi-Fi policies. Password protection will begin September 3. The password will change the first of each month. Users will then need to get a new password from library staff.

Library hours are as follows: Monday and Friday 1 to 5 pm. Tuesday and Wednesday 1-8 pm. and Saturday 10 am to 2 pm. The library will be closed Monday, September 2, for Labor Day. It will reopen Tuesday, September 3, from 1 to 8 pm.

Diana Johnson,

Library Director

Earn an “A” with the Stromsburg Public Library

School starts this week and the Stromsburg Public Library is here to help all your students have a great year!

Any student of Cross County Community Schools is eligible for a library card at the Stromsburg Public Library whether they live in Polk county or York county. All residents of Polk county are eligible for a library card at any of our four county libraries; Polk County Library, Stromsburg Public Library, Osceola Public Library and Shelby Community Library.

The Stromsburg Public Library librarians are available to come talk to any class or organization and demonstrate all of our online resources, including how to renew books or put an item on hold from home! Call us at (402) 764-7681. Also check out the online tutorials available in the archives of this page.

The students will soon be receiving their laptops, remember that the Stromsburg Public Library is a wifi hotspot 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There’s never a reason for your student to be without internet access.

Don’t have a printer? You can print, fax, and scan documents at the Stromsburg Public Library. We do not have wireless printing available at this time so make sure you email the document to yourself or make it accessible somehow from the library’s computers. Copies are 20 cents a page plus tax.

Stromsburg Public Library is a great source of AR books to help students achieve reading goals this school year. In addition to our physical collection, you can check out ebooks and audio books from our on-line library system by clicking here. All you need is your library card number to get started. Don’t know your library card number? Call the library at (402) 764-7681 and Diana or Monica will be able to help you.

The library also subscribes to a number of databases that are available on the NebraskAccess site. To sign in all you need is a Nebraska driver’s licence number or a password that is available at the library. These databases take you directly to the source of reliable information for research papers, speeches and so much more. They go way beyond your typical Google search.

For all your display needs the Stromsburg Public Library has an Accu-cut die machine. Use our machine to put that professional touch on any school project. The library may borrow additional dies from the Northeast Library System. Just let us know a day or two in advance. To see a complete listing of their collection see their Lending Library page here.

The Stromsburg Public Library wants every student at our area schools to have a successful year, if we can be of any help, just let us know!



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