Contact Information for Oakland Chamber of Commerce Page


Rosa Schmidt and Denise Gilliland are the two in charge of updating the Oakland Chamber of Commerce’s web page. This page details upcoming events in Oakland throughout the year.

To submit information for the page, please email Rosa at books@oakland-library.org and Denise at katcountryhub@gmail.com. Information may also be left with Rosa at the Oakland Public Library.

Thank you!

Oakland Library Book Review: The Martian by Andy Weir


 By Rosa Schmidt, Oakland Public Library Director 

 The Martian by Andy Weir grabs the reader the instant you begin. The story is told from the perspective of Mark Watney, an astronaut for NASA. He and a crew are collecting samples on MARS when a dust storm causes them to do an emergency evacuation. During the process, Watney is injured and presumed dead. His captain, in an effort to save the rest of the crew leaves his body on MARS. Only Watney is not dead and the tale that unfolds is incredible.

As the story progresses we get narratives from key NASA members, media and Watney’s crew, further drawing us into the suspense. Will Watney be saved or will he die alone on MARS?

Weir is a masterful writer, from his descriptions of MARS, the equipment involved, to the character depth. Despite all of the technical jargon the story flows enough that even non-science fiction readers will enjoy “The Martian”.

The son of a physicist, and with a background in computer science, Weir researched to make the story realistic; studying orbital mechanics, astronomy, and the history of manned spaceflight.      

Director Ridley Scott brings “The Martian” to theaters this October, starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristin Wiig and Kate Mara. Do yourself a favor and enjoy this amazing story by reading the book first. You know the book is always better!

Rosa Schmidt, Oakland Public Library Director. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Rosa Schmidt, Oakland Public Library Director. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Oakland Library Column: Nebraska Golden Sower Nominees


By Rosa Schmidt, Oakland Public Library Director

Rosa Schmidt, Oakland Public Library Director. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Rosa Schmidt, Oakland Public Library Director. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Anyone who knows a child enrolled in school should really be familiar with the Nebraska Golden Sower Award. Sponsored by the Nebraska Library Commission, this award is presented annually in three children’s categories: Primary (first awarded in 1983), Intermediate (1981) and Young Adult (1993). When winners are announced this May 2016 it will be the 35th year of the NGSA! Even more exciting is the fact that the children get to vote! Voting is open to all eligible Golden Sower readers in the state through public and school libraries.

   Current nominees are already flying off the library shelves this summer! So some students have been getting a head start and will be ready to vote at the April 15th deadline. I would like to introduce a few of the nominees each month in this column, beginning with:

“Simpson’s sheep won’t go to sleep” by Bruce Arant. I can hardly wait for storytime to start up again so that we can read this one aloud! Those sheep know all the possible excuses to stay awake and farmer Simpson will figure out just how to “tuck-in” those sheep for a good night’s sleep.

Rump, the true story of Rumpel stiltskin” by Liesl Shurtliff. This captivating fantasy has action, emotional depth, and lots of humor. An entertaining take on a classic tale, this one has been popular with our 5th and 6th graders this summer.

The “Testing” by Joelle Charbonneau. Fans of young-adult dystopian novels will fall right into this story. The first in a trilogy, it is told in first person, from the view of Cia, a young teen who is specially selected to join in the Testing. The Testing is about educating and selecting future world leaders. Of course, things may not be as they seem. This story offers action, romance and intrigue in a page-turning format.

Encourage a young person you know to read. There is no better way than to be a reader yourself! Read to them, with them and discuss what you read! Reading should be fun at any age!! Visit your library and check out a Golden Sower Nominee today!

 

 

 

Thanks Santa for Coming to the Oakland Library


Oakland Library Director, Rosa Schmidt, gives Santa a hug, thanking him for coming from the north pole  to visit with the kids at the library. Photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Oakland Library Director, Rosa Schmidt, gives Santa a hug, thanking him for coming from the north pole to visit with the kids at the library. Photos credit of Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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Katie Brehmer is Oakland’s New City Clerk


The City of Oakland's new city clerk is Katie Brehmer, left. Rosa Schmidt, Head Library Director, also works part-time in the city office. Stop in and welcome Katie aboard and tell the ladies hi! Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

The City of Oakland’s new city clerk is Katie Brehmer, left. Rosa Schmidt, Head Library Director, also works part-time in the city office. Stop in and welcome Katie aboard and tell the ladies hi! Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

It is Reading Time


Hilary Ray enjoyed the Easter stories read by Oakland Public Library Director Rosa Schmidt. Hilary picked out many books for Rosa to read during story time. With the Easter holiday approaching, the Easter books were a huge hit!

Library Director Rosa Schmidt reading an Easter story to Hilary Ray. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Library Director Rosa Schmidt reading an Easter story to Hilary Ray. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Easter Egg Coloring at Oakland Public Library


Hilary Ray had a fabulous morning coloring Easter eggs at the Oakland Public Library. Rosa Schmidt, Library Director, had a unique way of coloring the eggs. She used shaving cream and food coloring, combining the two in a metal pan. Once the two were combined, Hilary rolled the eggs through the color then placed them on newspaper. After 15 or so minutes passed, she wiped the colored shaving cream off and revealed beautifully colored eggs.

Hilary is rolling the egg in colored shaving cram. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Hilary is rolling the egg in colored shaving cram. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Another color for Hilary to roll the egg in! Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Another color for Hilary to roll the egg in! Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Hilary with the eggs after wiping off the colored shaving cream. Her mom Nikki is helping her choose which ones to take home. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Hilary with the eggs after wiping off the colored shaving cream. Her mom Nikki is helping her choose which ones to take home. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

The Week of the Young Child


Celebrating the Week of the Young Child at the Oakland Public Library, in conjunction with the National Association for the Education of the Young Child are these preschoolers. Oakland Library Director, Rosa Schmidt, is reading to them.

Oakland preschoolers enjoy a book being read by Oakland Library Director Rosa Schmidt. Photo Courtesy of Oakland Public Library.

Oakland preschoolers enjoy a book being read by Oakland Library Director Rosa Schmidt. Photo Courtesy of Oakland Public Library.

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