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Céline Swan: Let your imagination sing in your library! | Lifestyles

September is library card month!

The theme is Let your imagination sing in your library. Well, don’t worry, even though my name is Celine, I certainly don’t sing like Celine Dion, so I’m not going to hurt your ears and sing.

This year, Tony Award-winning performer, actress, singer-songwriter, and philanthropist Idina Menzel (“Frozen,” “Wicked”), and her sister, author, and educator Cara Mentzel, will serve as Honorary Chairs of the Month. library card registration.

Idina and Cara are thrilled to remind everyone that one of the best places to find your voice is in the library. During Library Card Signup Month, they want us to explore everything the library has to offer, like new children’s books, access to technology, and educational programs. (

The Grand Island Public Library continues to adapt and expand its services to meet the changing needs of our community. We are seeing an increase in the use of computers as people use the library to seek employment. The library has free Wi-Fi. We work in partnership with the Nebraska Department of Labor of Grand Island. Please check our notice board near the adult computer area. We realize that some customers may not have access to a home computer or printer for business, educational or recreational purposes.

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Customers can receive help from library help desk staff. They can call the library to set up a Book a Librarian or visit the Makerspace or genealogy areas. We’re also seeing customers using our Makerspace Lab for entrepreneur and small business needs, and many are already making holiday gifts. We have a portable digital media lab that customers can also use.

Adults can participate in Grand Island 150 programs celebrating 150 years.

Two bus tours of Grand Island’s most historic sites were planned; the first was yesterday, September 17, but you can still sign up for this September 24 tour. It starts at Stolley House in Stolley Park, takes around 90 minutes, you don’t have to walk and it’s free. You can register on the library website

Today, September 18, Doug Biggs of the University of Nebraska at Kearney will reenact the speech President Theodore Roosevelt gave at Grand Island’s First Public Library. Michelle Setlik of the Hall County Historical Society will provide a history of the library from 1884 to the present day.

A great way to use your imagination and pretend you were a young child growing up in Victorian times is to attend the 146th Annual Edith Abbott Victorian Tea for Years Three to Five, scheduled for 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, September 26. You can dress up in your fanciest outfit and bring an adult guest to enjoy the party with you! You can bring your favorite doll or teddy bear. You’ll learn about Edith Abbott and the Victorian era, enjoy refreshments, games, crafts, and be entered to win a prize!

Book your place online at (Click on Events) or call the library at 308-385-5333 to register.

One program to set up to save the date for children 11 and under is the Kids Train Program scheduled for 2 p.m. on October 10 at Burlington Station. The Tri-City Model Railroad Association will showcase their model railroads and library staff will be there to provide stories and crafts. Register by calling the library.

Some great new fall books that help me use my imagination: for little ones “Little Blue Truck Makes a Friend” by Alice Schertle, “The Pigeon will Ride the Roller Coaster” by Mo Willems; and the elementary fiction coming October 25, Jeff Kinney’s “Diper Overload” (#17 Diary of a Wimpy Kid). I do not forget the adults; check out “Boards: Stylish Spreads for Casual Gatherings” by America’s Test Kitchen (2022)

I encourage everyone to get a library card and find books and use that imagination.

Céline Swan is director of the Grand Island Public Library. Email her at [email protected]