springAre you ready for Spring to be here? I sure will be glad when it warms up and we can shed the coats and sweaters, seeing the grass green up and seeing the trees bud outside are a sure sign that spring is coming soon.

Thanks to all who came to the Friends of the Library book sale again, it was a great success and we appreciate all the hard work that goes into getting it set up. The money goes to many wonderful programs for both adult and children and to buy new books.

Have a good week!

Picture revealed!

The picture of the building that was in my blog post for January was the City Hall building on Grant Ave. It’s scarcely recognizable as that of yesteryear since it is modernized and now houses the H & R Block business on the ground floor with apartments above. The picture was taken many years ago and discovered in the attic of a home bought in the late 1960’s. It must have been quite a sight to see the billboards at the side of the old city hall. I believe the building use to be the home of First Federal Savings and Loan Association too.

Also, mark your calendars as the library will be closed Monday for Presidents Day. It will reopen on Tuesday at 10 a.m.

Do you recognize this picture?

Here is a picture that appeared in the York Daily newspaper in July, 1960. Can anyone identify the picture and where the building is located in York?


Be looking for my blog post in February to find out about the picture and its location, including what business is currently in that building today.

Also, the library will be closed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on January 19th and will reopen on Tuesday the 20th at 10 a.m. We will have a display of Martin Luther King Jr. books that you might like to check out.

Have a good month!

Happy holidays!

wreathI can never think of Christmas without a warming glow that lights my heart with happiness. My thoughts turn to the wonderful Christmas season. We have Christmas music playing, so come and check out a good Christmas book or relax and read in the library. One delightful read is a book written by Jason F. Wright called Christmas Jars. Keep some tissues on hand for this holiday story that is sure to be a Christmas classic! The story inspires each reader to perform a random act of kindness in the form of a Christmas jar.

Stop by the library and view the wonderful display of the Avenue of Trees and vote for your favorite trees during library hours. We thank the people who were so gracious to decorate a tree and to the Friends of the Library for coordinating this event each year. The trees add a special touch to the library during the Christmas season.

The library will be closing at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24th.  We will be closed on Christmas Day,  Thursday, December 25th as well as Friday, December 26th.  In addition, the library will close at 3 p.m. on December 31st and will be closed for the day on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2015.

Best wishes for a happy holiday season from the Kilgore Memorial Library staff!

Thanksgiving, a National Holiday


The library has many children’s books to check out for children to read this Thanksgiving.

For adults, we have:

The Thanksgiving Book: an illustrated treasury of lore, tales, poems, prayers and the best in holiday feasting

The Thanksgiving book: a companion to the holiday covering its history, lore, traditions, foods, and symbols, including primary sources, poems, prayers, songs, hymns, and recipes : supplemented by a chronology, bibliography, web sites, and index

America’s hidden history: untold tales of the first Pilgrims, fighting women, and forgotten founders who shaped a nation

Those are just a few titles of some great books to read this Thanksgiving season.

May your Thanksgiving be filled with the magic of Autumn and the blessings of family and friends.

The library will be closed Thanksgiving Thursday and Friday, but we will resume normal hours on Saturday.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Kilgore Memorial Library Staff!

Happy Halloween!



BOO!…Halloween is around the corner and the staff at Kilgore Memorial Library wish you all a safe and happy Halloween!

Grandparents, parents, and children–come and checkout some of our spooky books or make some spooky treats! We also have costume books, so come on down to the library and see what you can find to read and find some fun ideas for Halloween.




We have a nice selection of books, but here are just a few ideas:

The Halloween Handbook: 447 Costumes by Bridie Clark

Hailey’s Halloween by Lisa Bullard

The Very Worst Monsters by Pat Hutchins

The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown

The Scarecrow’s Hat by Ken Brown

Creepy Castles by Sarah Parvis

Gross Recipes by Kelsi Turner Tjernagel

Halloween: 101 Frightfully Fun Ideas by Carol Field Dahlstrom


Don’t forget to stop by the library on October 31st and have a treat on us!

Banned Books Week

Celebrating the Freedom to Read

September 21-27, 2014


Artwork Courtesy of the American Library Association

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982. According to the American Library Association, more than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. There were 307 challenges reported to the office of Intellectual Freedom in 2013, and many more go unreported.

ALA’s 10 most challenged titles of 2013 were:

1. Captain Underpants (series) by Dan Pilkey

2. The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

3. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

4. Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

5. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

6. A Bad Boy Can Be Good For a Girl by Tanya Lee Stone

7. Looking for Alaska by John Green

8. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

9. Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya

10. Bone (series) by Jeff Smith

Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all the people in the community that the library serves. Materials should not be excluded because of the origin, background, or views of those contributing to their creation.

Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.

While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.

Celebrate the freedom that you have to read. Come to the library and ask for a challenged book!


New Genealogy book being added to the collection

Pile of BooksThe library is adding a new genealogy book to our collection, Genealogy, the Internet, and Your Genealogy Computer Program by Karen Clifford.

This book is a manual for modern genealogy. Designed for the beginner, the book contains guidelines for using public libraries, courthouses, and archives for genealogy research. It also explains how to use Latter Day Saints family history centers and the Regional Records Services Facilities of the National Archives. The new updated edition contains references to current URLs and databases and discusses new genealogy software options.

The library will be purchasing this book, so drop by the library and take a look at the genealogy books we have in our collection to help you do your family history research. We will be glad to help you get started.

Library Summer Book Sale

Mark your calendar for the Kilgore Memorial Library Summer Book Sale! Members of the Friends of the Library can attend a pre-sale from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, July 25th. The sale is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 26th.

Plan to support Kilgore Memorial Library’s Book Sale. The sale is sponsored by the Friends of the Library who volunteer their time to raise money to purchase books for the library and host special events for all of us to enjoy throughout the year. We will be selling used books, audio books, children’s books, and regular and large print books. Fill a reusable tote bag with all the books you can get in the bag for just $5 – a real deal! And you get to keep the tote bag!

We thank the Friends for the wonderful support they give to the library and we hope to see you support this very worthy event this weekend!

Genealogical Research

The library has received information from the U.S. Department of the Interior on Homestead Records on where or how to find Homestead Land-Entry Case Files. Earlier this spring, the project to digitize and index the Nebraska Homestead Land Entry Case Files was completed. Was your ancestor one of the more than 75,000 people whose existing records prove they received free land in Nebraska through the Homestead Act of 1862? Homestead

Visit these resources for information about your ancestors’ roots:

  • Visit www.fold3.com and www.ancestry.com or visit a Family/Search History Center (for locations see familysearch.org/locations/centerlocator)
  • Access the records through the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Libraries electronic resources
  • Visit Beatrice, Nebraska and use Homestead National Monument of America’s research computers
  • Visit any of the National Archives research facilities nationwide

These files contain detailed information about our ancestors including what kind of homes they lived in and how many acres of crops they grew; in some instances, they contain naturalization information and military service documents.

Nebraska’s peak year for homesteading was 1913 when 5,134 homesteads were distributed equaling 2,476,575 acres.

We hope this information will be of help in your research of family history.