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Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 10 May 2012 16:54

The Wauneta Public Library serves the entire community in a number of different ways. Ruth Hohl (at left), librarian, and members of the library board, (continuing from left) Doretta Anderson, Sharon Haarberg, Virginia Lawson and Joyce Bley stand in the special children’s area at the library. Jan Coone, not pictured, is also on the library board.

By Sheri Hink

The Wauneta Breeze


The Wauneta Public Library serves the entire community in a variety of ways, serving the young, old and in between.

The library board and long-time librarian have worked to develop programs and services that benefit the entire community.

They have special programs that allow the elderly or those who are home bound to take advantage of the library. They also have special programs for children during the summer months.

The library is open Mondays and Thursdays from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. MT. Patrons may borrow one of the 9,298 books available, free of charge.

The library offers books on tape/CD, DVDs and large print books. The library also has computers and internet access available. Those who need to make copies or send a fax may do so for the nominal fee of $0.20 per page.

If a library patron can not find a book they would like on the shelves, librarian Ruth Hohl explained that she can borrow the book from another library for them.

The library is managed by Hohl, who has served as librarian for 30 years, and governed by a volunteer board.

Hohl said that she feels lucky that the library has such a wonderful board, “they are wonderful, real helpful all of the time.” Library board members include Virginia Lawson, Joyce Bley, Doretta Anderson, Sharon Haarberg and Jan Coone.


Services to the community

Those who stop into the library have the special treat of seeing glimpses of Wauneta’s past. The library has a variety of historical Wauneta items on display for all to see.

The library also has a microfilm reader that many patrons use to look up family histories.

The library has hosted special events too. Local authors including Linda Young, Patricia Bremmer and Jim Johnston have graced the walls of the Wauneta Library for book signings.


Service to the elderly and home bound

Library leaders realize that not everyone is able to come in to take advantage of their services. Therefore, they make their services mobile by taking books to the nursing home and to those who are home bound.

The library also helps those no longer in the community. Last fall the library donated three or four boxes of books to the Veterans Home in Grand Island.


Services to children

The summer is a great time for children to get excited about reading. Each summer the Wauneta Library sponsors a summer reading program for children pre-K through third grade. The program, which will kick off the first week of June, offers reading and craft activities for five weeks in the summer.


Events on the horizon

The library is in process of making plans to host a book sale later this summer during the village garage sales.

The library will also be expanding its offerings by providing access to e-books later this year. This project is a large undertaking and will be done online through the Nebraska Library Commission.


Help the library

Those interested in getting involved with or helping the library have a variety of avenues available to them.

“We would like to thank the ones that use the library and donate to it. Without them we wouldn’t be here. We’re always glad to see people come in and browse,” said Hohl.

The library gladly accepts donations of books or financial resources. Cash donations are used to purchase books, supplies or equipment needed to make the library more helpful to the entire community.

Wauneta’s library is lucky that they have had great supporters for many years. Several years ago they recieved $50,000 from Winona Hollenbeck. That money was put into a CD and the interest is used to do library improvements and to purchase new equipment such as computers and printers.

In recent months memorial funds were used to purchase tables, book cases and planters for the library.

Another way to help the library is by donating history items to the collection. Library leaders are proud of the Wauneta history on display there and would appreciate donation of items to grow the collection.

The Wauneta Library can be reached at 308-394-5243 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with questions or for more information about services available.


Series on local service organizations and clubs

This story is part of an ongoing series highlighting service organizations and community clubs in the Wauneta area. The purpose of the series is to inform the public of what local organizations are doing for the community and how they can help.

At the end of the series, Breeze readers will be asked to vote for their favorite organization or club. The organization or club receiving the most votes will be given a $50 donation to use towards the project of its choice.

Organizations and community clubs interested in being featured in the series should contact the Breeze at 308-394-5389 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 May 2012 16:54