It’s a new year and we have some new changes at your library.

To expand Schuyler Public Library’s outreach program, I am working with Schuyler Community Schools’ after-school program each Thursday and Friday afternoon. My middle school activities on Thursday are from 4-5:30 p.m., and my hours at Schuyler Elementary School are 2-3:30 p.m. Fridays.

That means until further notice there will be no regularly scheduled Craft Day, Movie Night or Game Day. It is my hope that participation in the after-school program will allow me to make contact with more youth in the community and make them aware of all we have to offer at your library.

That being said, I encourage people of all ages to visit the library on a regular basis. We have a wide variety of reading material, movies, audio books, games, crafts and toys available every day at any time. Our hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays; and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. This is a schedule that should work for everyone, so please make it your New Year’s resolution to make a visit to your library part of your routine.

We have two very-special free events coming up for the Schuyler community this month. On Thursday, Jan. 14, there will be a free screening of the award-winning documentary film “Latino Americans - 500 Years of History” at the Colfax Theatre beginning at 7 p.m. The screening will be followed by discussion with historian Dr. James Garza. The topic for this episode is “Latino Americans at War and Peace.”

On Saturday, Jan. 23, at 10 a.m., storyteller Linda Garcia Perez will be at Schuyler Public Library to present “Abulita (Grandmother) Stories I Heard When I Was a Girl.”

Humanities Nebraska provides major funding for these programs. Humanities Nebraska receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Nebraska Legislature, Nebraska Cultural endowment and private donations. Both of these programs should be of special interest to our community, so I encourage everyone to try to attend one or both.

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