Lauran Ostberg

Riders of the Hoot – Owl Trail

Through poetry, music and narratives sisters, Marci Broyhill and Teresa Kay Orr, will present a program on the Riders of the Hoot-Owl Trail : Nebraska’s Outlaws. This is sure to be an entertaining and informational program about some little known Nebraska history. Join us October 6, @ 6:30 pm. We will be meeting in the big room so we can set up enough chairs to allow distance between attendees.

Summer Reading Wednesdays in July

Your children are invited to the Stromsburg Public Library’s Summer Reading program. Our program will be celebrating classic stories and nursery rhymes as well as fun new stories as we follow the theme, “Imagine Your Story.”  We have many fun programs in store for children entering Kindergarten – 5th grade the 2020-2021 school year.  The programs are free and open to all abilities.

We will be meeting on Wednesday mornings in July starting July 1 with Kindergarten through 2nd grade from 9 am – 10 am and 3rd grade   – 5th grade from 10:30 – 11:30. There are no special events planned at this time due to the changing nature of COVID-19 restrictions. We just weren’t sure what summer reading would like look this year!

Registrations can be completed online under the Summer Reading tab or in person at the library.

See you this summer!

Monica, Emily, and Miss Osten

Library Opening with Restrictions

The Stromsburg Public Library will be reopening this week with a few restrictions.

  • First of all, for the safety of staff and their families, please do not come to the library if you have a fever, cough, or are feeling unwell.
  • We will be keeping the number of people in the library building to under 10 people at a time.
  • Patrons will be requested to use hand sanitizer upon entering the library.
  • To help the most patrons we can we ask that one family member be in the library at a time.
  • We ask that patrons do not sit and read in the library. Simply check out materials.
  • Patrons will be asked to place materials on the desk and then step behind the line to maintain social distancing.
  • No computer gaming will be allowed.
  • Computer use will be limited to three computers instead of five so we can maintain social distancing.
  • All computers will be cleaned by staff after use.
  • We will continue to provide take out service to those that request it.

Thank you for your continued use of the library. I would like to remind everyone to take a few minutes and log into our new library catalog at and set your preferences for notifications. Theses preferences will be utilized for contacting you about holds that are available, overdues and lost materials. Otherwise you will be receiving a phone call from us for each of these. To log in you will need your library card. If your library card reads P ### You will need to include the P and the space.

You can now also text the library from our library catalog. If it is during open hours a staff member will be able to respond to your requests via text. This new system is focused on you the patron. We hope you like it!

Help Documents for New Catalog

These two PDF’s will help you navigate searching for items and managing your own account on our new interface.

A couple of notes:

-Once in your account you will be able to choose how you want the library to interact with you when notifying you of overdue items and holds. You can now choose to be notified via text, email, or phone call. The way I understand it you will also be able to text back to the system and a staff member can respond via text to you. You should also choose if you want your reading history saved or deleted and how many years you want it saved.

-The new system is connected with our OverDrive system. This is good because it means OverDrive holdings will show up in our catalog so you do not have to search two places at once. BUT this also means if your account is blocked for any reason, you will also be blocked on OverDrive until your account is cleared.

-For those of you that use Nebraskard you can now search the Kilgore Memorial Library right from our catalog. Look for the “Search Other Libraries” on the top left.

As staff learns the new system we will continue to provide you with more information about your capabilities within the system.



New Look for the Stromsburg Public Library Catalog

We will be making the switch to a new library system after 5:00 pm on Tuesday, April 28. This means that you may not have access to the library catalog during the evening of Tuesday. We will have a new look on Wednesday, April 29 when you go to our catalog. If you want to get a feel for what the new catalog will look like check out Seward’s online catalog that I’ve linked below.

For various reasons, this move had to happen very quickly so bear with us as we all learn a new system. Part of the reason for switching systems is the enhanced capabilities it gives our patrons in accessing the library and the more user friendly features of the catalog. We will have tutorials and pdf’s available for you on Wednesday teaching you the basics. One of the best things? You can tell at a glance if a book is in or out – green for in, red for out. 🙂

Revised Library Hours

For the time being we will close the library at 5 pm Tuesday evenings and will not be open Saturdays. We will go back to our regularly scheduled hours as soon as possible. Thank you!

Revised library hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday – 10 am – noon
Friday 10 am – 3 pm

New Update on COVID-19 Procedures

4-21-2020 UPDATE
For the time being we will close the library at 5 pm Tuesday evenings and will not be open Saturdays. We will go back to our regularly scheduled hours as soon as possible. Thank you!

Revised library hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10 am – 5 pm
Thursday – 10 am – noon
Friday 10 am – 3 pm

3-19-2020 UPDATE
Upon the recommendation of Four Corners Health Department to the City of Stromsburg we are now asking patrons to NOT ENTER the library. How this will work:

*Call ahead and the librarian on duty will prepare your “order” for take out! We will bag your books and other materials, place your name on them and set them in the vestibule for you to grab.

OR make your order online through the catalog and will get it ready

OR email us at

OR Facebook message our page

*Please use the drop box for all returns

COVID – 19 Updates and Information

UPDATE AS OF 3-15-20
Just a note – I’m encouraging all patrons to not linger in the library. Come, get your materials and continue on. We love you all, but minimal social interactions are being encouraged. ❤️

Did you know you can create a bookbag in our Online Catalog and we can have it ready for you? To log into our Online Catalog, your library card number is your username and your password is your last name, all lower case. This can help in shortening visits. We will check the holds and process them each morning at 10 am.

A Post from the Director:
This is the information for the library at this time. Keep in mind that this is an ever changing situation and things may change quickly. This post will be pinned at the top of our page and noted when there are updates.

As of now, the library has no plans to close. We are open our regular hours Monday – Saturday.

If you do not wish to come into the library but have materials at home there are options available to you. You can call the library 402-764-7681 to renew books and other materials. Also, feel free to drop off items in the drop box.

Keep in mind we have online materials available at or through the Libby and OverDrive app.

Below are several useful links where you can find more information about the coronavirus and FAQ’s.

Nebraska Department of Health website on Coronavirus

University of Nebraska Medical Center Daily Coronavirus Update

CDC website on preventing Coronavirus spread in communities…/2019-ncov/community/index.html

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