Programs

The Alliance Public Library strives to offer programming that is both education, informative, cultural and entertaining. Programs include Nebraska Humanities presentations, an annual Summer Reading celebration, seasonal concerts, special guest presenters, and more!

The Alliance Public Library is currently closed to the public and all group events have been cancelled.

Visit http://libraries.ne.gov/alliance/2020/03/16/alliance-public-library-coronavirus-procedures/ for more information on available services and current procedures, including digital access to materials and extended due dates.

Bury Him: A Memoir of the Vietnam War by Captain Doug Chamberlain will be shared at the Alliance Public Library on Saturday, March 21 during an Author Presentation and Book Signing, beginning at 10:30 am in the Community Room.

Doug Chamberlain, the grandson of homesteaders in eastern Wyoming and western Nebraska, grew up with the “country values” instilled in him in the rural environment of a very small community.  Even though there were only 10 students in his high school graduating class, several of his classmates pursued careers, public service, and military service that took them to various locations around the world.  His rural values and the foundational reinforcement of those values at the University of Wyoming and John Brown University proved to be tested in their entirety when he became a Marine Infantry Officer in the Viet Nam War.  His life changing experiences in that war proved to haunt him during his search to solve a mystery that spanned 50 years…and Bury Him details the sordid facts and the horrible truth that had eluded him.

In this frank, engaging memoir, Captain Chamberlain chronicles the missions, personal courage and sacrifice of the Marines he was privileged to command; painfully recalls the unspeakable order he and his Marines were forced to obey; and the cover-up which followed. Nearly four decades later, Captain Chamberlain makes right what was wrong; brings some closure to the men who were under his command; and attempts to put to rest the guilt which plagued his military career and life. Unlike most books on the Viet Nam War, this book is written at a tactical level by a Marine Company Commander who was there.

Join us for a sharing of Irish Poetry with Dr. R.F. McEwen at the Alliance Public Library on Thursday, March 26 from 6-7 pm.  Deeply inspired by his Irish heritage and his love for literature, poet and author, Dr. McEwen presents an evening of Irish poetry. He will read and briefly discuss classic works from Irish musicians like Cathal McConnell to select poems of William Butler Yeats.   Following his presentation, there will be an opportunity for questions.

R.F. McEwen was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1945. Since 1962 he has been a professional logger and tree trimmer, working trees throughout the United States as well as in, during the late 1960’s, Guyana, South America. In 1972 he began teaching Middle School English in Chadron, Nebraska and went on to teach at the college level for 28 years. His work has appeared in numerous journals, including Kansas Quarterly, The Prairie Schooner, Melville Extracts, South Dakota Review, and in The Yellow Nib: The Literary Journal of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry. His book, Heartwood, was featured on CBS SUNDAY MORNING. He co-produced a two-CD collection of the great Irish sean nos singer Joe Heaney: “Tell a Story: Joe Heaney in the Pacific Northwest” (Camsco Music).  His most recent books, Casey Joe MacBride’s White River, volume I, and his latest And There’s Been Talk, are published by Stephen F. Austen Press. His poems are often but not exclusively set in Ireland, western Nebraska and Pine Ridge, South Dakota, and Chicago, Illinois, although he will not allow his work to be determined by time, place, nationality, ethnicity, or religion.

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