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Gering Library readies celebration
April 11, 2013 Jerry Purvis   

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Photo by Doug Harris/Gering Citizen - Siblings Benjamin and Kristy Haulnan, both students at Lincoln Elementary, enjoy the children's computer section after school at the Gering Public Library.

Next week, the Gering Public Library will join the celebration of National Library Week with the theme “Communities Matter at the Library.”

Planned for April 14 – 20, library staff is planning a contest to see who can guess the number of books in the library. The winner will receive a book tote bag.

As part of National Library Week, Friends of the Gering Library has scheduled its annual book sale for April 18 – 20. The event starts on Wednesday from 5 – 7 p.m. with the sale open to Friends members. People who would like to join can sign up for membership that day.
The sale opens to the public on Thursday from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Friday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. – noon in the library meeting room.

Also during the book sale, two graphic novels, “The Asphalt Warrior” and “Ticket to Hollywood,” will be raffled. These are the first two entries in the graphic novel series by Denver author Gary Reilly. The novels feature Murph the Denver cabbie.

Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and are available at the library or from any Friends of the Gering Library member. The drawing will be at noon on Saturday, April 20.

Also continuing at the Gering Public Library is the series of free computer classes. Public Services Librarian Christie Clarke said the classes are possible because of a grant from the Library Broadband Builds Nebraska Communities project. “This grant allowed us to purchase a laptop computer cart with six laptops,” she said. “As part of the grant, they wanted to see us utilize the technology and hardware to provide education for the community.”

The Gering Library has partnered with the Lied Scottsbluff Library and Workforce Development at Western Nebraska Community College to schedule a number of free classes to familiarize people with specific areas of computer technology.

Gering has already had a course in Introduction to the Internet. On May 4, Introduction to Email is planned. And on June 8, it’s Introduction to Microsoft Word.

At the Lied Scottsbluff Library, a course in Introduction to Facebook is scheduled for April 18 and Introduction to Pinterest on June 10.

Local businessman John Stinner Jr. will conduct much of the training and classes are limited to 15-20 students. Interested persons are encouraged to call either library for times and to register.

Clarke said the Gering Library is also in the planning stages for the summer reading program for adults, teens and children. Some of the themes include “Groundbreaking Leads” for adults, “Beneath the Surface” for teens and “Dig Into Reading” for the kids.

“We’re also scheduling a family gardening program at the Ever Green House,” Clarke said. “We’ve purchased a plot and families will be able to do some planting and cultivate through the summer.”
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