Lauran Ostberg

Sidewalk Art, One Book One Nebraska and Summer Reading

By Diana Johnson


Artists are wanted to display their creativity for the sidewalk art show July 23, at Stromsburg Public Library. Teens (or adults!) may sign up for a section of sidewalk and use the colored chalk provided by the library. We are hoping for many artists and invite the public to view the outdoor chalk drawings.

The community is invited to participate in One Book One Nebraska for 2013. The book selected is O Pioneers by Willa Cather. Cather’s first Nebraska novel was written at a time of rapid industrialization and urbanization and reflects the uneasiness felt by citizens toward the changing United States culture. The novel touches on other themes as love, marriage, temptation, and isolation.

The library has multiple copies of O Pioneers until mid-August. It would be helpful for patrons to read the novel before the extra copies must be returned. The Hallmark Hall of Fame adaptation of the novel is available at the library. The film stars Jessica Lange, a two-time Academy Award-winning actress. Special programs highlighting the novel are scheduled for this fall.

Summer reading continues for the next two weeks. Come and join the fun and discover new and exciting books.

Used books at a bargain price will be sold at the Polk County Fair next week July 25-27. Books sell for 50 cents for hardbound copies and 25 cents for paperbacks. The book sale is sponsored by the Polk County Libraries Association.

Summer Reading Began Today!

Summer Reading started today with 20 K-2 students attending. They learned about roots and how they help a plant grow. Our books focused on gardening. The students made reading goals and wrote them on roots so our tree in the children’s area can grow.

Summer Reading continues tomorrow with the 3rd-5th grades at 9 am. All 3rd-5th graders are welcome, even if they haven’t registered.

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Fabulous Females (You’ve Probably Never Heard Of)

CAM00490“Dig Into History” is our theme for the Teen Summer Reading Program this month. On June 11, teens played a rousing game of boys vs girls Historical Jeopardy with the boys taking home the prize.

For our book club selection we are reading “Belle Boy: A Sister in the Rebel Ranks” by Anne Fuller. When her adored older brother, Johnny, goes missing in action at the Battle of Gettysburg, Samantha Anne Davis becomes Sam Davis and joins the Confederate Army in hopes of finding out what has become of Johnny. Will she find him before someone discovers her secret?

A big thank you to Jean Esther Dale for her information on “Fabulous Females” for our display this month!

Don’t forget to submit your answer for our weekly trivia! We are keeping track of correct answers and there will be a grand prize at the end of summer reading for the person who submitted the most correct answers!

Summer Reading Begins July 8 & 9

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The Stromsburg Public Library’s Summer Reading will begin Monday, July 8 at 9 am with the K-2 grades and the 3-5 grades will start Tuesday, July 9 at 9 am. Crystal Stratman is in charge of our program this year and is really excited to begin!

The Summer Reading Program will consist of a story time, and crafts. The students will be given reading logs to fill out each week. Prizes will be given to our top readers! Reading throughout the summer is important so that students don’t fall behind in reading for the fall.

Come out to summer reading at the Stromsburg Public Library!


Calling All Readers!

By Diana Johnson


Stromsburg Public Library is calling readers (and even non-readers) of all ages to sharpen their skills and reawaken the joy of reading by enrolling in the summer reading program. Adults are not to be neglected.

Adults will have the opportunity to complete a trivia sheet each month pertaining to the theme, “Groundbreaking Reads.” June trivia is an earthy word find with only 16 words to locate. Prizewinners will be selected from correct, completed worksheets. Stop in each month to pick up a trivia quiz. Another sheet asks the reader to match the quotation with the correct author.

Not interested in trivia? Then read any book, magazine, audio book, or ebook and enter the title and your name into a drawing for a prize each month.

Young people in grades 6-12 are invited to test their knowledge in a historical jeopardy game Tuesday, June 11, at 7 p.m. at the library. Teens may also answer one trivia question each week for a prize. They are encouraged to look up the answer if they don’t know it. The answer must simply be submitted for the drawing by the end of the week to qualify for the prize.

Elementary students will begin their weekly summer reading sessions July 8 and 9. Stop in and register.

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Correction: Teen Book Club Meets June 4th

There was an error made on the flyers around town. The Teen Book Club meeting will be June 4th, NOT June 6th as advertised! Sorry for the inconvenience.

The Historical Jeopardy game competition for Teen Summer Reading will be June 11, 2013 @ 7 pm.

Don’t forget the summer trivia contest going on at the library. Each week is a new question and winners are picked from the correct answers! This competition is also for grades 6-12.

Hope to see you soon at the library!

Fredrickson Display Case

Linda Richard's Beautiful DisplayThe Gordon Fredrickson display case was given in memory of Gordon Fredrickson, a long time member of the community and faithful patron of the library.

The library’s goal is to change the displays each month. We have had many varied collections over the years ranging from a license plate collection to school bells.

This month Linda Richards has loaned us her pitcher collection. The collection includes milk pitchers, gallon pitchers, cream pitchers, and various other sizes. Linda’s collection includes gifts from family and piano students, as well as heirlooms passed down from family. One pitcher was even purchased at the Stromsburg City Wide Garage Sales in 2010!

Stop in the library and view this beautiful collection.

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Summer Reading is for Everyone!

Embedded DIG into Reading Logo“Dig Into Reading” is the theme for this year’s Summer Reading Program. The program runs through the month of July and is for children in grades K-5. Crystal Stratman will be in charge of our reading program this year and has many exciting events planned!

The librarians will be visiting the school soon to encourage advance sign-up and get the students excited about reading this summer. Watch the webpage calendar, Facebook and look for flyers around town with details.

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New this year to the Stromsburg Public Library is a Teen Summer Reading Program. The teen program will run through the months of May, June, and July and will end before school starts in August. Each month will have a different theme that relates back to the central theme of “Beneath the Surface”. There will be a weekly trivia contest, big events and a teen book club.

The teen program will kick off with a “Hobbit Party” on May 4th at 12:30 at the library. We will have hobbit food, trivia, and games. Come dressed as your favorite hobbit and you could win a prize for “Best Costume”.

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Also new this year is the Adult Summer Reading Program. The program will run from May-August and will be in addition to monthly events such as book club and genealogy meetings. Join us as we look at groundbreaking books, technology and events.

Adults will keep a reading log similar to what the kids fill out each summer, with a twist. Anything you check out from the library counts! Come see what all the library has to offer besides just books. Movies, audio books, eBooks, and magazines, are just a few of the  materials available for check out, we also have an Accu-Cut machine, projector, cake pans and so much more!

Watch the calendar on our web page for more details on all the upcoming Summer Reading events!

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