Walthill Public Library

Springing Into Action

Written By: nbriggs - Mar• 29•22

Yes, Spring has arrived as far as the calendar goes, now Nebraska just has to catch up. When the weather warms up I can see from the Library windows people are venturing out and about and each week I have a few more use the library.

I am hoping that more people will begin to use the services the library offers. We still have shelves and shelves of wonderful books that are waiting to be opened and enjoyed. The month of April we will begin pushing to register more people for the free Overdrive program that is offered in our communities.

Thursday, April 7th from 5:00PM to 7:00PM the Walthill Public Library will be hosting an Open House. The Walthill Public School and Nebraska Indian Community College are partnering with us to register those in our communities for the free Overdrive Program. Light refreshments will be served for those who attend.

What is Overdrive you ask? Registering for the free Overdrive app allows you to borrow eBooks and audio books free from the overdrive library. The Overdrive app is available for Android, Chromebook and tablets, etc. The Walthill Public Library is a member of Nebraska Overdrive and pay for the yearly subscription. It is a free service to patrons who have registered for their own overdrive account, and an easy way to listen or read books on your devices.

Hope the weather is good and that there is a good attendance at the Open House on April 7th, 5:00pm to 7:00pm. See you there!

Off and Running

Written By: nbriggs - Mar• 08•22

March is close to being half over and I just got back to using our word press account again. Technology and myself have a mixed relationship. Sometimes we are friends and other times not so much. So, I thought I would start off by saying, I am excited about the upcoming events that will be taking place at the library in the next few weeks.

Covid-19 has kept us home and fearful to get out and about and I think it is time to get off and running again to the library for some fun activities.

Tuesday, March 22nd the Walthill Library will be hosting “Board Game Night” for 7th through 12th graders, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. We hope to learn how to play some chess, maybe a little checkers, and some other awesome fun board games. There will be Miss Nola’s “fabulous popcorn” and drinks for those participating. It is a free event–and it promises to be a fun time for all.

So come on down to the Walthill Library at 6:00 on Tuesday March 22nd and have some fun!

April 7th from 5:00–7:00 we will be hosting an Open House at the Walthill Library. We hope the weather is good and that people will get out and about and stop in for a visit and some information about one of the free programs we offer here. Watch for more information soon!

Did I mention it that we have some great books at the library?

Tis the Season–for a Snow Day!

Written By: nbriggs - Dec• 03•18

I was looking at the library blog the other day, and it had been a long time since I had posted anything. So much happening–packed–we moved–we got settled in–and then we discarded books again!
Our library is a busy place with the lots of activities taking place here.
I did tell my co-worker, Sherry, that we need to take more photos of what is happening. So, hopefully we will do better in 2019!
Here are a few photos of the library today. There was a snow day today, and so we have a few youth enjoying books and computers.
Just in case I don’t write another story this year–Merry Christmas Everyone from Nola and Sherry at the Walthill Public Library

Settled In

Written By: nbriggs - Oct• 23•17

Moving to a new library has been such a huge undertaking.  I think we are close to being settled in now, and I am beginning to think about the holiday seasons and decorating the new windows and display areas. I guess that officially means we are settled in.

The new meeting room is finished, and I just need to add a nice buffet for coffee and snacks and some pictures and canvas paintings on the walls, and the room will be perfect!

We were donated a large artificial tree from the American Legion Post #89. We are so thankful and thrilled. We now have room for a large tree in the new larger library.

As I look out the window, I can see the Walthill Park and the leaves blowing off the trees. October is community month, and the village held another town clean-up weekend.  Last week some of our youth picked up garbage in hopes of making a Trash Monster.  We will see–if we get it finished or not, but I’m proud of the boys who participated in helping clean up the community.  Here are some photos of the trash they collected.

Yes, we are settled in and waiting for our next exciting project at the Walthill Public Library!

Walthill Public Library Information

Written By: nbriggs - Apr• 27•17

This home page will now give you information about the Walthill Public Library.  To read our library posts, please go to the Library Stories page.

Walthill Public Library’s Mission and Goals

  • The mission of the Walthill Public Library is to provide quality materials and services which fulfill educational, informational, cultural, and recreational needs of the entire community in an atmosphere that is welcoming, respectful, and businesslike.
  • The general library goals of the Walthill Public Library shall be:
    • To serve all residents of the community and the surrounding region.
    • To acquire and make available to all residents of the above area such books, periodicals, pamphlets, and other services as will address their needs to a) become well informed, b) locate answers to important  questions, c) cultivate the imagination and creative expression, d) develop skills for career and vocational advancement, and e) enjoy leisure by means of reading and other media services.
    • To acquire the means to provide the most frequently requested material locally and upon demand.
    • To maintain a program of services which locates information, guides reading, organizes and interprets material for people of various backgrounds, and stimulates thinking and intellectual development in individuals of any age.
    • To strive consistently to discover new methods and improvements for better services for the library’s customers.
    • To review regularly these goals of the Walthill Public Library and, if necessary, revise them in the light of new developments.

Walthill Public Library Polices


Written By: nbriggs - Apr• 27•17

We have moved into our beautiful new library at 323 Main Street in Walthill.  It is hard for me to believe that the “Old Fire Hall” was transformed into the beautiful building we have now.  The new building is bright and cheerful and much larger, than the older one room library we have lived in since 1980. I find myself looking around and saying, “Now what do I do?”

Well, I suppose I need to refocus my thoughts from sorting, packing and moving into programming for the patrons.  It seems I tend to focus on the youth more than anyone, so shifting to bring in more adults will involve thinking out of the box a little.

Our book presentation of “Gitchie Girl” by authors Phil and Sandy Hamman was a great start, with 14 people in attendance. .

One suggestion that I am pondering is a monthly adult Saturday morning, complete with coffee and donuts.  Maybe you have some ideas that you would like to share with us.  If so, send your comments in—we welcome awesome ideas.  Here are a few more photos of our Open House and our first fun and messy projects in our new library


Our Library Board President John Magnum



Coming Along!

Written By: nbriggs - Nov• 14•16


Just stopped in to check on the progress of the new library building. One of the construction team said, “It’s Coming Along.” Yes It is! There are new changes everyday now. The siding is up and it looks awesome.  The sheet rock is almost ready for painting, and soon the electric and plumbing fixtures will be installed. It all takes time, but I am amazed how quickly it is progressing. It won’t be long before we are in our new building and unpacking.
Speaking of unpacking—the library has boxes everywhere. We are sorting, cataloging, discarding and packing books of all kinds.  Our plan is to have everything boxed and ready when they give us the go ahead. Right now we are looking at the middle of December for the final walk through. Then the fun begins!
We are hoping the move goes smoothly–and that we have good weather and volunteers to get us from here to there.

If everything goes as planned—watch for our Open House around the middle of January 2017.

Moving On!

Written By: nbriggs - Aug• 24•16

On Sunday, I looked out the window and noticed that many of the barn swallows were gathered on the electric wire in front of our  house. We are always amazed to see so many birds gathered in one spot–ready for their long journey.  The day after they leave, is always a little sad and quiet on the farm.

Just as the birds need to move on—the kids at the library have moved on–into school, new classes, new teachers and many new experiences.  It has been a great summer–very busy at our little library, but we are also preparing ourselves to move on.  We are continuing to prepare for our move in late fall or early winter to the newly remodeled building that will be our new home.  We are sorting and throwing out the old to get ready for the new.

Moving on is sometimes hard. I will miss this little library—and all the good times that have we have shared with our families, here. But as we prepare to move into our new home, I also look forward to the exciting adventures the new space will provide. Our new library building will have a kitchen–not a pretend kitchen like the one we have now. We will have a larger storage room, 2 bathrooms, a foyer, and coat racks and more. So, yes, moving on is never easy, but we are choosing to look forward to even more great experiences in our new home.

Playing Games

Playing Games


Puzzle Contest

Puzzle Contest



The beginning

Front of our new building

Front of our new building

Just some of our memories of this summer and what is happening with the new project!






Getting in the Swing of Things!

Written By: nbriggs - May• 25•16

Yes, school is out for the summer, and that means the Walthill Public Library will be hopping with activity. Our summer reading program is, ON YOUR MARK, GET SET…READ!  The “Read for Pizza”, reading program began on May 16th. Youth will be reading so many minutes to earn personal pan pizzas at our local CK’s.
Wednesday’s will be our special program day. Our first session will be Wed. 25th–Ready, Set–Read a Recipe. Nebraska Extension of Thurston County will be providing the programming for Grades K-6th. The library staff will have a fun activity the following day, to extend the lesson.
June 1st- the lesson will Ready, Set–Fill Your Plate–and the focus will be creating a healthy meal.
June 8th–Ready, Set–Think Your Drink.  This day the kids will be able to make a special healthy drink, using an exercise bike. The next day we will be making our own shakes–using what we learned.
June 15th–Ready, Set–Use Your Senses. Sweet and sour- “Dill Pickles” will be a must for our extension of this lesson.
We have lots to keep us busy this summer. We hope to have Hula Hoop, Jump Rope games, and a “Bicycle Safety Day”. We also have a variety of crafts planned to keep the kids busy on those hot summer days.
Good Food—Exercise—and Fun Activities— and let’s not forget what it is all about —LET’S READ!


Encouraging New Readers!

Written By: nbriggs - Mar• 31•16

books1Tablets, kindles and nooks and even our smart phones are some of the devices we now choose to read books. They are called EZ-readers, but I still love having a real book in my hands. I love the feel, the smell and just the entire experience of sitting down, relaxing with the good book.

It is time to redo the library window again and we are exploring different
ideas to encourage patrons and community members to come on in and check out a book.
In the last few months we have purchased some great new books to add to our collection. This week I found some great new reads that will be on our shelves as soon as I am able to process them.
Speaking of shelves, we are running out of shelf space, and can’t wait until we are able to move into our new building with all the new shelving. We have a new mobile shelving unit that should be arriving soon. Just in time to fill up with some of those great new books.
Watch for the new window display—it may just surprise you!