Niobrara County News

Fall Book Discussion Series Announced

Register now for the library’s fall book discussion series, “The Lighter Side.” The series features four books with a humorous side and will be facilitated by Barb Baker.

The first book, “Dewey: the Small-Town Library Cat that Changed the World” by Vicki Myron will be discussed on Tuesday, September 3 at 6 p.m. On a cold day in 1988, Spencer Public Library in Iowa got a special delivery. Vicki Myron, the library’s director, found a nearly frozen ball of orange fur in the overnight drop box. That orange fur ball was a kitten that ended up not only changing the library, but the town and eventually went on to touch the whole world. The book will make you laugh, cry, and find inspiration from a little ginger cat that touched everyone’s life.

On Monday, October 7 “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson will be featured. This book chronicles Bryson’s adventures as he attempts to travel from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail. Although he never fully completes the journey, he still offers historical insights and a new perspective on an important part of the American wilderness.

Grab a towel and “Don’t Panic” as you travel along with two unlikely heroes in Douglas Adams “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” When Arthur Dent’s home is demolished for road work he follows his alien friend, Ford Prefect, and aided by a reference book, hitchhikes through space. The two travel throughout the galaxy and time where often the more improbable something is, the more likely it will happen–all because of Zaphod Beeblebrox’s Infinite Improbability Drive. This book will be discussed on Monday, November 4 at 6 p.m.

Rounding out the series on Monday, December 2 will be “A Girl Named Zippy: Growing up Small in Mooreland, Indiana” by Haven Kimmel. Kimmel was born in a small Midwestern town in 1965. She grew up in the heart of America at a time when life was idyllic and the focus was on family and community. In Mooreland, Indiana, with a population of no more than 300, Kimmel created memories that she shares with great love and fondness. She was nicknamed Zippy at a very early age for her undying energy and her reluctance to stand still. Her thirst for life is coupled with a curiosity that makes her pay attention to every little detail around her. She was sheltered from most dangerous things in this sleepy town. The story centers on the love of her family and the special qualities of the people of Mooreland, Indiana.

Call the library at 307-334-3490 or stop by 425 S. Main to register for the series and to pick up the first book.