Library Happenings

David Seay will present a program titled The “Tradition” in Traditional Folk Music at 11:00 am on Monday, June 4, 2018 at the Grant County Library.

Mr. Seay’s program will have demonstrations and short stories of folk instruments such as harmonica, penny whistles, Indian flute, ocarina, pan pipes, and others.  The presentation is free and open to the public.

The program is sponsored by Humanities Nebraska and the Aeola H. Brennemann Library Foundation through the HN Speakers Bureau.  Speakers Bureau connects Nebraskans with over 165 authors, historians, scholars, musicians, and storytellers who give performances and speak on topics as diverse as  the immigrant experience, Great Plains history, world folk music, Nebraska literature, international law, and Native American culture.  The Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau is the largest of its kind in the United States.

All presentations last for approximately thirty minutes to an hour and include time for questions from the audience.  Programs are available for any non-profit or educational organization in the state and can be tailored based on the age and sixe of the audience.  More information about how to book speakers through the Humanities Nebraska Speakers Bureau can be found online at


Readers, preschool through 6th grade, will read and learn about the world of music and the sounds around them, as the Grant County Library presents “Libraries Rock” during their 2018 summer reading program.  Included will be crafts and activities teaching the children about music and sounds.  On June 4th we have scheduled a program titled “The Tradition” in Traditional Folk Music with speaker David Seay.  He will have demonstrations and stories of folk instruments such as the harmonica, penny whistle, Indian flute, ocarina, pan pipes, and others.  Free harmonicas will be distributed to the children attending.  Registration will be at 10:30 am and the program is from 11 am – 12 pm in the Grant County courthouse meeting room.  This presentation is made possible by Humanities Nebraska, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment as part of the HN Speakers Bureau and the Aeola H. Brennemann Library Foundation.  This program is free of charge and open to the public.

Summer Reading will be Monday, June 4th 10:30 am – Humanities program; Wednesday, June 6th 10-11:30 am; Monday, June 11th 10-11:30 am.  The last day, featuring games and a picnic, will be Wednesday, June 13th 11 am – 12:30 pm.  The summer reading program is free of charge.  For more information, please contact Vickie or Jennifer at the library at 458-2218.


The Aeola H. Brennemann Library Foundation Board and Grant County Library Board will hold their annual Halloween Bake & Craft Sale on Monday, October 30th at Dredla’s Grocery from 8-5.  We will be serving 3 kinds of soups:  Chicken Noodle, Vegetable Beef, & Chili along with Runzas, Enchiladas, Breakfast Burritos, Dinner Rolls, Breads, Cinnamon Rolls, Halloween Cookies, snack bags, candies, and many other goodies.  We will also be holding our Raffle at the time of the sale for 3 items:  $50 Gift Certificate, Food Basket, and Christmas Display.

Thank you in advance for attending this important annual fundraiser for the Grant County Library.  We sincerely appreciate your support!




The library foundation bake sale was held on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Dredla’s Grocery from 8-5.  We had chicken noodle, chili, and vegetable beef soups, enchiladas, runzas, breakfast burritos, Halloween cookies, breads, breakfast rolls, cakes, pies, cookies, bars, snack bags, and many other items.  We also had craft items for sale.  Our raffle winners were:  Jan Daughtery – Food Basket; Donna Simpson – Scarecrow Plaque; Bob Yorges – $50 Dredla’s Gift Certificate.

We would like to thank everyone who donated or supported this important fundraiser.  Your generosity is truly appreciated and made our sale a huge success – THANK YOU!!


Nationally Known Author to Visit Hyannis

Buck wilder aka Timothy R. Smith, a nationally known author, will be coming to the Hyannis High School lecture hall September 28, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.

Everyone is welcome to come and meet a real author and learn how Buck Wilder, author of “The Small Fry Fishing Guide” and “The Small Twig Hiking and Camping Guide”, writes his popular books.  He has also written numerous other books.

Buck Wilder presents a motivational and entertaining presentation that inspires elementary-aged children to read, use their imaginations, and most importantly, to believe in themselves.

Western Library System with the aid of a Nebraska Library Commission Youth Grant for Excellence presents Buck Wilder aka Tim Smith as their 2015 author tour.


Neva Ducker received a special award for never missing a summer reading program from kindergarten through her 6th grade year.  The 2015 summer reading program was the last year she will be able to attend.  She may be interested in being a volunteer next year.  Thanks Neva for your loyalty to our program!


The Grant County Library held their summer reading program June 1, 3, 8 and 10.  The theme this year was “Every Hero has a Story”.  We met a few of our hometown hero/community helpers and also became super heroes for a day.

Children from ages 2 to 12 years old attended with a total of 22 attending overall.  Each day the children made a craft, had a story read to them and enjoyed a special snack and prizes to go along with the theme.  On Monday, June 1, Sheriff Shawn Hebbert came to visit and talked to us about safety.  Wednesday, June 3, fireman Jeremy Holthus and EMT Kayla Wintz showed us around the fire trucks and the ambulances.  Monday, June 8, we became super heroes making our own super hero masks, cuffs and finger puppets sidekicks.  Sue Pearman, from the extension office, also came on this day.  We decorated a pillowcase that will hold a “Quilt of Valor”.  This quilt is being made by the area 4-H groups with the help of the Legion Auxiliary.  It will be presented to an injured soldier at one of the USA medical facilities across the nation or overseas.  The last day was June 10.  We played a couple water games outside in the rain and then enjoyed a picnic provided by the library board.

Also on our last day, the children were presented with several awards.  Throughout the program the children record how many minutes they read and those amounts are tallied.  In three age divisions the children who read the most win a new book.  The winners this year were Neva Ducker in the 10 and up age division, Gary Brennemann in the 6 to 9 age division and Dillon Hebbert in the 5 and under age division.  The combined total of all attendees for a two week period was 2,760 minutes.  That is 46 hours of reading!  Receiving perfect attendance for coming all four days were Jhet Holthus, Audrabell Werth, Rylee  Bacon, Neva Ducker, Hunter Cover, Kimberly Kleist, Lila Brennemann and Gary Brennemann.

Children’s librarian, Jennifer Holthus, was excited about the number of attendees this year.  It was an honor to help with the “Quilt of Valor” as if fit right in with our theme.  We had three helpers this year:  Valerie Gould, Peg Finegan and Sheryl Ferguson.  They helped with crafts and read books to the children.

The goal of the library is to cultivate the joy of reading in children and see them carry that interest on into their teenage and adult lives.


The Grant County Library Summer Reading Program will be held on June 2, 4, 9, and 11.  The time is 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. on the 2nd, 4th and 9th and 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. on the 11th.  This year’s theme is “Fizz Boom Read”.  Jennifer Holthus, library aide, will be the program leader.  It is open to ages pre-school to 6th grade.  There will be a story time, crafts, and activities may include science experiments and more.  Registration will be held on the first day (June 2nd) and we will have our annual picnic with games and prizes on the last day (June 11) hosted by the Library Board and Foundation Board.  Contact the Grant County Library at 308-458-2218 with any questions.  Hope to see you then.


The Grant County Library Staff, Library Board and Library Foundation Board want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.  We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has donated or been a volunteer during the year.  Any and all help and donations have been greatly appreciated.  We could not do it without your support ~ THANK YOU!





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