St. Paul Library Newsletter

August 2019

UPCOMING Programming:


  • PreSchool Story Time- Friday's @ 10 am (till school starts)
  • PAWS to READ- Monday evenings
  • Back to School Night- Thursday, 15th
  • St. Paul School begins- Monday, 19th
  • Cricut Basics Class- TBD
  • MakerSpace Morning- TBD
  • Intro to Gmail/Google- TBD
  • Coloring Time (youth & adult)- TBD

Past Summer Programming:

  • GCA Days Book Signing
  • Family Painting Class
  • Youth Duct Tape Class
  • Flying Saucer Creation
  • Recycling Bug Boxes
  • ...and many more!
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Summer Library Highlights

Summer Reading Program

The 2019 Summer Reading Program, "A Universe of Stories" was focused around stars, astronauts, and everything about space. Over 150 preschool through sixth graders registered and attended the outreach program during the month of June. Several interactive guest presenters came to the Library and attracted even more kids to the facilities; Mad Science, the Lego Guy, and Grand Island Clean Community System with Buggy about Recycling, and Zeke the Therapy Dog! Hands on projects during Summer Reading consisted of; slime making, hovercraft creation, balloon rockets, galaxy jars, and so many others! The different age groups had a "RACE TO SPACE" where they combined their minutes read to see which group could blast their rocket to space first. Overall, 31,785 minutes were read this summer by the students! A feedback survey was given to students and parents to help make future Summer Reading Program's even better! Over 95% of the responses indicated that parents felt that Summer Reading Program was beneficial to the kids and that they would chose to participate in future Summer Reading Programs!

Library Statistics for July 2019

  • Number of Children's Books Checked Out: 967
  • Number of Adult Books Checked Out: 801
  • Number of DVD's Checked Out: 290
  • Number of OverDrive Check Outs: 358
  • Number of items in the Library: 42,758
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GCA Days Book Signing

It was great to see a couple of Nebraska Authors showcasing "the Good Life" at GCA days here in St. Paul during July. If you did not have a chance to stop by, purchase a copy of their book, or chat with these awesome people their books, "The Spirit of Nebraska" by Debra Kleve and "Unlikely Vikings" by Garry Clark can both be checked out in the Library. Once again, thanks to everyone involved in making this event happen!

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St. Paul BOOK FAIR

Stop in during our annual "Back to School" Book Fair at the Library on September 23rd-27th! We are looking for volunteers to help with this event- contact the Library if you are interested in helping set up, work the event, or tear down! There will be plenty of raffles, games, and fun activities during our Book Fair Week; watch out for the September newsletter for more details!

Staff Changes

At the end of June, we said "we will miss you" to the St. Paul Library Director for the past 5 years, Angie Blankenship. Mrs. B. accepted a job in Lexington for the upcoming school year. We are so appreciative of everything Mrs. B. brought to the Library and we know that she will be greatly missed in both the community and school.


That being said, we would like to welcome Ms. Aubrie Brown as the new Director at the St. Paul Library. She will be begin teaching Pre-K through 7th grade classes in the fall; alongside, ordering books and supplies, scheduling library programming, managing the budget, and many other tasks. Let's give Ms. Brown a warm Wildcat's welcome!

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WAYs to help the St. Paul Library

How can you help the Library:


  • Donations made out to "Saint Paul Library Foundation"
  • Memorials given to the Library Foundation
  • Volunteer hours at the Library during Book Fair (in September)


How past Community Support has helped the Library:


  • Purchase new books (children's, young adult, and adult), magazines, and DVD's
  • Update furniture, seating, and working area
  • Increase the amount of items in the MakerSpace (computers, Cricut, button maker, etc.)
  • Provide new Library Programming (paint night, summer reading, intro to gmail, etc.)

St. Paul Library

Contact the St. Paul Library if you have questions, concerns, or ideas to bring up! We look forward to getting community feedback and providing adequate resources to all patrons!


The mission of the St. Paul Library is to provide quality educational and recreational opportunities by offering materials in all formats to reflect the particular needs, interests, and lifestyles of its users.



Aubrie Brown, Library Director