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.

Buffalo Bill’s Nebraska on November 12

Western history author and lecturer Jeff Barnes brings the life and legend of William F. “Buffalo Bill” Cody in Nebraska to the Alliance Public Library for a presentation on Tuesday, November 12, at 7 p.m. The presentation is sponsored by Humanities Nebraska.

“Buffalo Bill’s Nebraska” covers Cody’s arrival in Nebraska as an army scout and follows him through his career as a hunting guide, rancher, performer, senator, colonel, and showman while on his way to becoming the most famous person in the world.

“No one personified the West – nor personified America in Europe – like Buffalo Bill Cody,” said Barnes, author of The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill. “He spent an incredible quarter-century in Nebraska, transforming himself from a somewhat-obscure scout to the world’s first superstar. He did that all from Nebraska, which is truly a story in itself.”

The 45-minute presentation includes rarely seen images and seldom-heard stories of Cody, with the opportunity for questions afterward. Barnes’s book also will be available for sale at the lecture; published by Stackpole Books, The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill is the first comprehensive travel guide to Cody’s activities on the Great Plains, including his homes, forts, battlefields, and related sites. It includes the history of Cody and the sites, historic and contemporary images, maps, and useful travel information.

A former newspaper reporter and editor, Barnes writes and lives in Omaha. He is a former board trustee with the Nebraska State Historical Society, former chairman of the Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission, and a frequently requested speaker with Humanities Nebraska. He is the author of 150 @ 150: Nebraska’s Landmark Buildings at the State’s Sesquicentennial, The Great Plains Guide to Buffalo Bill, The Great Plains Guide to Custer, Forts of the Northern Plains, and Extra Innings: The Story of Modisett Ball Park.


The most frequent users of the HN Speakers Bureau are primary and secondary schools, colleges and universities, libraries, museums and historical societies, agencies for the elderly, rural organizations, churches, arts organizations and ethnic organizations.  Humanities Nebraska sponsors the largest Speakers Bureau program in the U.S. according to the National Endowment for the Humanities.  For information detailing the available speakers and guidelines for booking them, please access our website at (Speakers section) or contact Humanities Nebraska at 215 Centennial Mall South, Suite 330, Lincoln, NE 68508, phone (402) 474-2131, fax (402) 474-4852 or e-mail

Jewelry Workshop: Wire Wrapped Copper Cuff Bracelet

The Alliance Public Library will host a jewelry workshop on Thursday, December 5th from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m. Participants will create a wire-wrapped copper cuff with semi-precious gemstone beads. Patrons will be able to choose from a variety of different stones such as tiger eye, cherry quartz, and jasper. No prior jewelry making skills are necessary to attend.

The workshop is open to ages 12 and up, and minors should be accompanied by an adult. Space is limited to 10 participants with a registration deadline of December 4, and an eight dollar materials fee is due at the beginning of the class. For more information or to register, please contact the Alliance Public Library at 308-762-1387.


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