Lauran Ostberg

Christmas is the Time for Giving and Holiday Hours

By Diana Johnson


During this season of gift-giving, remember the gift of a public library in your community supported by the residents of the city of Stromsburg. This gift continues to give to those who utilize it.

A recent report from the PewResearchCenter found that 95 per cent of Americans agree that libraries play an important role in giving everyone a chance to succeed. At a time when more information can be found online, people continue to highly value free access to books and media, assistance from librarians, a safe and welcoming public space, and a range of resources and programs. Library services improve the quality of life according to the report.

Public demand for digital training and technology classes continues to increase as does the demand for public Internet-connected computers. The Pew study found that 72 per cent of all American adults have either used a public library in the past year or live in a household with a family member who actively uses the library.

“The future of libraries is both online and in person,” said Barbara Stripling, American Library Association president. “Libraries mix traditional and new services to meet changing community needs.”

Stop in and learn about all the offerings of your local library. During the Christmas holidays the library will be closed December 24-25. The library will be open Monday, December 23, and Friday and Saturday, December 27-28.

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Library Happenings for the Week of November 18-23, 2013

The next meeting of the library board will be November 18, 2013 at 7 p.m. Library board meetings are open to the public.

We will have a lapsit all about hungry animals on November 19 at 11 a.m. We might have to eat a snack after we read these books! Lapsits are open to children ages 1-4 accompanied by an adult.

Board Book Display


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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!


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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

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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.

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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.

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