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Kats’ Korner: What the Prospect of a New Community Center Could Mean for the Oakland Public Library


On May 5th and 6th, there were meetings held at the Oakland City Auditorium to discuss the possibility of a new Community Center being built in Oakland. I wasn’t able to attend, but I have opinions on the subject. To those that attended, please don’t hesitate to contact me and share your views. Even if you didn’t attend, I want to hear from you!

My first concern is the library. Granted, the plans aren’t set in stone. But, all the same, as citizens of Oakland, we should all be aware of what the potential plans involve.

A few years ago, the library purchased the lot to the north of its’ location in anticipation of future expansion. If the current plans for the new Community Center come to fruition, those plans will go by the wayside.

The plans include renovating the current city auditorium, expanding to the north, which will mean the police department will also lose their building. From what I gather, they may relocate to another building.

Back to the library. If, and I mean if, this happens, the city office would move into the library. The library would move to the top floor of the city auditorium.

For one, in my opinion, the city office does not need that much space. I know for a fact that more people go into the library in one day than go to the city office in a week. The library is the leading source of information in Oakland. The library benefits our youth. They have access to hundreds of books and the computers, assisting them with their educational needs.

In my opinion, if it is moved to the top floor of the auditorium, less people will use it. Our elderly in the community can park close to the library, and within a few steps, they are in the door. There isn’t as adequate parking at the city auditorium. It is in the business district. The grocery store, Golden Oaks, a beauty shop, just to name a few, have many patrons. Parking would not be adequate.

I assume they would have to bring the city auditorium up to code, providing handicap access, thus providing an elevator to the second floor. But yet, I ask you, will you walk extra steps to get to an elevator? You may park a block or more away to go to the library.

I realize there may be a need for the community center. West Point built a new community building where many wedding receptions have been held. People from Oakland have had their receptions there due to Oakland not having an adequate building for such an occasion. Lyons also remodeled their city auditorium and many local events are also being held there too. Oakland maybe does need one, maybe. But, should it be at the expense of relocating the library? I am hoping not. As I compared Oakland to West Point and Lyons’ community centers, compare Oakland’s library to Lyons and Tekamah. They are much larger and newer. Tekamah recently built a new addition onto their existing structure. Lyons relocated their small library to a new, remodeled building, providing a much greater service to the community. Oakland’s library was looking into this before the idea of a new community center became the discussion. Now, who knows what will happen?

Yes, it is important to keep up with the times, as they say, and building a community center would do that. But, this is not keeping up with the times for the library. It is going in reverse.

If you have concerns, please make your voice heard. Each and every one of us in this community need to take responsibility for what happens in Oakland. I for one, am against moving the library. I hope other plans are considered, keeping the library where it is and allowing the library to expand, providing even greater service to the community.

That is my opinion. What is yours? Contact me and share your thoughts, but also let the city office hear from you!

 

 

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Oakland Council Meeting Postponed, Oakland Library Closing Early


The Oakland City Council Meeting scheduled for today has been postponed and will be held at a later date yet to be determined. 

The Oakland Public Library will close today at 5:00 p.m. 

Story Time at Oakland Public Library


Penelope and I enjoyed story time at the Oakland Public Library. Library Director, Rosa Schmidt, read many books about Halloween. Then the kids made Frankenstein! He slides up in the cup to scare you! Penelope was shy, but afterwards, all smiles with her craft project!

Penelope and I enjoyed story time at the Oakland Public Library. Library Director, Rosa Schmidt, read many books about Halloween. Then the kids made Frankenstein! He slides up in the cup to scare you! Penelope was shy, but afterwards, all smiles with her craft project!

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Storytime at Oakland Public Library Begins in a Week! Mark Your Calendar!


National Read a Book Day is September 6 2016!! What a wonderful coincidence that we are kicking off a new year of Storytime that day!!

National Read a Book Day is September 6 2016!! What a wonderful coincidence that we are kicking off a new year of Storytime that day!!

Millicent J. Troupe, 93, of Oakland NE


Millicent J. Troupe, 93 years, of Oakland, Nebraska, passed away Monday, May 16, 2016 at Oakland Heights in Oakland.

Millicent Joan Troupe was born April 3, 1923 in Oakland, Nebraska to Clyde C. and Edna (Neff) Neumann. Millicent passed away on Monday, May 16, 2016 at Oakland Heights Nursing Home in Oakland at the age of 93 years, 1 month and 13 days.

Millicent’s roots in Oakland were deep, as her grandfather’s family (her father was 6 months old) came to Oakland from Illinois in 1881 – thus her love of Oakland history. Millicent had finished her goal in life by completing her 200 page book of “Oakland History Revisited”. Even with her failing eyesight, she was pleased to finish this gift to Oakland, and donate the proceeds to the Sesquicentennial in 2018.

Millicent attended Oakland Public Schools and graduated from Oakland High School, Class of 1940. Although Millicent wanted to go to business school in Omaha, her father wanted her to stay home. She worked at the Oakland Public Library and typed War Bonds at the Farmers & Merchants Bank. In 1941 Millicent enrolled at Doane College in Crete, Nebraska. She was a member of Alpha Lambda Delta, an honorary society recognizing academic excellence for freshmen.

In January 1943, Millicent met Charles W. “Windy” Troupe, who was training to become a fighter pilot in the Navy Air Corp V-5 program at Doane College in Crete. Windy said he had found a girl “who would wait for him”. Windy changed to the Army Air Corp and he was shipped out for training in Pasco, Washington. On September 6, 1943, Windy passed through Oakland to meet Millicent’s parents and ask Millicent to marry him. Millicent said “yes”. Corresponding only by letter, they did not see each other until December 1944. Windy had received his wings. Millicent and Windy were married December 28, 1944 at Dundee Presbyterian Church in Omaha, Nebraska. Windy and Millicent were married for 60 years, until Windy’s death in 2005. The Troupes have three sons; Jeff, Phil and Roger.

After WWII, Millicent and Windy returned to Oakland. Millicent was a wonderful mother and homemaker. Millicent served on the Oakland School Board from 1954 to 1960. She was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church. Millicent was a longtime member of Chapter EL, P.E.O., serving many offices. Millicent was given the AK-SAR-BEN Good Neighbor Award in 1986 for her decades of reading her weekly story hour to the residents of Oakland Heights Nursing Home and taking them on trips, reading a story hour to children at the library, and for her thousands of hours researching, compiling and saving the history of Oakland. Millicent instilled in her children the importance of correct writing and spelling, knowledge in travel, the love of all humanities, letters and current events (which she cut out of newspapers, underlined and sent to her children and grandchildren often).

Millicent was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Windy; brother, Chase Neumann and wife Jean; brothers-in-law, Earl Holle, Ralph Troupe and wife Peggy.

Millicent is survived by her three sons, Jeff (Judy) Troupe of Oakland, Phil (Pam) Troupe of Adams, NE, Roger (Betty) Troupe of Fremont, NE; eight grandchildren, Jill (Ryan) Flessing of Lawrence, KS, JoAnna (Aaron) Going of Oakland, Melissa Zahourek of Lincoln, NE, Meagan (Greg) Gates of Lincoln, Mark (Katie) Troupe of Lincoln, Matthew (Grace) Troupe of Lincoln, Ana (Josh) Harms of Blair, NE, Sara Troupe of Fremont; 11 great grandchildren.

Memorial Service:
Fri., May 27th at 11:00 AM
First United Metodist Church, Oakland
113 N. Oakland Avenue, Oakland, Nebraska 68045

Private Family Burial at the Oakland Cemetery.

Memorial Contribution:
Friends of Oakland Foundation to be used for Education and the Oakland Public Library.
Pelan Funeral Services is in charge of arrangements.
Millicent Troupe

Millicent Troupe

 

Santa Claus Comes to the Oakland Public Library


Santa arrived at the Oakland Library today, visiting all the girls and boys, who were so excited to share their wish lists for Christmas with Santa. They also enjoyed craft time, coloring pictures of Santa while he looked on. All photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Santa arrived at the Oakland Library today, visiting all the girls and boys, who were so excited to share their wish lists for Christmas with Santa. They also enjoyed craft time, coloring pictures of Santa while he looked on. All photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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Holiday Hours for Oakland Public Library


The Oakland Public Library will be Closed Thursday Dec 24 (Christmas Eve), Friday Christmas Day and Closed Saturday morning.

Santa Claus is Coming to the Oakland Library


Santa Claus is coming to the Oakland Public Library tomorrow, Tues., Dec. 22nd at 10:00 a.m. to visit all the girls and boys! All children are invited to see Santa. Don’t forget to bring your wish lists to share with him!

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Christmas Crafts and Story Time at Oakland Public Library


Several Christmas books were enjoyed during story time at the Oakland library. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Several Christmas books were enjoyed during story time at the Oakland library. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

 

Ella Brands also enjoyed making Rudolph during craft time at the Oakland library. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Ella Brands also enjoyed making Rudolph during craft time at the Oakland library. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Ava Johnson is proud to show what she made during craft time at the Oakland library. Rudolph! Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Ava Johnson is proud to show what she made during craft time at the Oakland library. Rudolph! Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Making Apples was the Craft at Oakland Public Library


Oakland Public Library's story/craft time is fun for the kids every Tuesday morning! They each had fun making apples, and found playing with the yarn fun too! All photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Oakland Public Library’s story/craft time is fun for the kids every Tuesday morning! They each had fun making apples, and found playing with the yarn fun too! All photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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